Six days passed since I climbed down the mountains and I travelled through two different parts of Western Ghats, although I have visited them already few times, I just went to see if I could reveal some more and enjoy the cool weather and nature I am always fond of. Staying from uncle’s woodhouse in Kodai Hills (Thandikudi) we relished and relaxed a while for few days before climbing down and up to another part of Western Ghats in Theni district.
|My uncle's woodhouse called Smokey Haven|
After long time I visited the Bryant Park in Kodaikanal with an expectation to see Kurinji, that started to bloom after 12 years. In 2006 we saw Kurinji flowers bloomed at the popular Kurinji Andavar Temple there and at the edge of some valleys; I really wish to see its bloom again as it is the year of blooming. Although I know the peak season of Kurinji blooming begin from May to September, the time the southwest monsoon lash, I tried my chance to see the flower but couldn’t make way to one. Wish I could revisit the Kodai again later this year to see my second chance for Kurinji.
The Bryant Park doesn’t have any flowers this time and I know I’m too early to lookout for flowers as the Park was only getting ready with freshly cut and planting of flowering plants to be bloomed during the summer vacation or flower show in May. The park was free of crowd and gave amply space to move unhurried and capture landscape photos of garden and some flowering plants. Apart the park I checked couple of old churches in Kodaikanal with remarkable architectures and hidden beauty, after going through some street searching.
Except a day going to Kodaikanal, we spent most of the time at the woodhouse and short drives around. As usual I enjoyed the birds chirping, and taking photos around the woodhouse. The days are sunny and cool at night helped me to stay outside the most and the travel to the hills in Theni was only somehow disappointed. I have been to this mountain in Theni twice and once have stayed at the govt. guest house at the mountain top at a height of 1500 msl. I really don’t want to reveal anything about the place which had new road lately what made me disappoint.
The mountain is partially leased by a private tea plantation, and other parts come under wildlife sanctuary with biodiversity. Only recently government decided and laid road to this place which has been almost off-road for many years, where even buses played up and down though huge bumps. What bothered me was the road’s width. It was already a single road and the environment dept. permitted to lay road for only 5 metres width, but they have widen the road to 12 meters which meant cutting down lot of trees and many were rare species.
I couldn’t take it easily not only because it is my favourite place, the nature out there is incredible and untouched by many. The streams, river and dams all holds freshwater, which is becoming a rare source of nature everywhere and the people here uses only natural spring water that flourish throughout the mountains. I feel so blissful every time being there, listening to birds with distinct notes and watching sunset from this mountain is spectacular indeed. Theni is been my favourite place since visited in 2006 and I always enjoy being there whenever I get chances. I think to make many posts out of the trip in future posts. Keep sharing