“From my heart I wander, because I seek truism, from my eyes I gather, because I affirmed the realism. From here and there I marvel the contrast, I voyaged to heal my wound and collected seashells, and now I acquaint with the blue hills, where I choir with ebullience.”
Overview… a serene kaleidoscopic backdrop
Right from the twinkling shore to the lofty blue hills you will discover another way to revive. Amidst the wildlife and tropical rain forests you will find yourself in a serene kaleidoscopic backdrop with rolling tea gardens, gilded hill tops, gurgling waterfalls, meandering rivulets and a host of plant species.
An artist with detailed entreating gestures, swirls of movement, eloquent eyes, resplendent make ups, elaborate costumes, performing traditional plays accompanied by ornate singing and ethnic music, especially set on ragas, create a trenchant thematic Indian culture ruminating the essence from bygone civilizations, Kathakali dance, Kerala’s cultural heritage will draw you in ‘God’s own country’. Welcome… to lotusland where you can heal your mind, body and soul and to the land of unbroken tradition, Ayurveda, ‘the science of life’, the harmony of it, your body’s wits. Before you ally with the shallow waters and green lagoons, bestir yourself with some luscious cuisine and then start exploring the exotic realm with a keen heart and open eyes. Recall the moments you captured while cruising on the traditional houseboats along the cocoa-palm lakeshore and mingle with the vast ocean and its conspicuous ambience. Avow the contrast when nature is erratic.
“Down the swirling way, throughout my journey, I have never acquainted with such a haunting trail, I swear to God that naturalism is alike his Holy Grail. Now when I have came so far, it’s time for me to know your children, I’ll then convey you their messages and my reverend verses.”
Simplicity and originality are the essence of ‘Malayali’. The etymon of their lifestyle educes from the earliest known period of human culture. Their chaste identity can be traced from their unique art and architecture, music and poetry, dance and drama and dress and sustenance. With simple pleasures of life they are very protective about their religion and rituals and tradition and ancient practices. People, culture and nature together make Kerala a unique and a wholistic vacation for Indians as well as for foreigners.
“We are not God and we are not in heaven, this is his land and we are his children. What he has given us is a gift; we don’t exploit nature as we are not implicit.”
“Like a nomad I rove, I ponder By the swaying giant coco leaves
I rove, I ponder down the sprinkling sandy beach
Like a messenger I heed, I blab
By the refreshing wind
I heed, I blab to the sparkling horizon
Like a gull I try to fly, I try to observe
By the tangerine indolent sky
I try to fly, I try to observe the jovial beach down the coast line.”
…where you can be steamy and tracked, where you can be traced and tossed, Thekkady is the place where you can fulfill your chronic dreams. Here at Periyar National Park you can go for some exotic Jungle Safaris and trail down some tiger tracks and if your luck permits you can even encounter the world’s wildest and hungriest species. Acquainting with other species along the Periyar River you will come across spice and coffee plantations, slushing waterfalls and cascades and Mangala Devi Temple, at an altitude of 1337m, veiled between lush greenery and you can even take in the panoramic view of parts of Eastern Ghats and some adjacent villages.
This hill station is marked by vast expansions of tea plantations, colonial buildings, streams and waterfalls. It is an ideal place for those who want to trek – up to the Anamudi Peak, at an altitude of 2695 meters, the highest point in South India. Breathtakingly beautiful, a havoc of peace and tranquility, Munnar will also beguile you with its varied fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests. Eravikulam National Park offers a magnificent view of the tea gardens and the rolling hills and will haunt you just when you notice the slopes get covered in a carpet of blue. Other nearby destinations from Munnar is Mattupetty, Chinnakanal, Anairangal and Top Station.
This is a quaint hill station ideal destination for honeybunches. The drive up to this hill station will swing you along the winding roads and mute you by the fresh mountain aroma along with the gurgling streams. The breathtaking panoramic view from this lush green hill station will abide you with Thangal Hill, Murugan Hill and Kurisamla. Vagamon, the Queen of Green Meadows, will always be a virginal territory notwithstanding how much you exploit the nature with your roving eyes.
Wayanad is nested on the Western Ghats and is gifted with exportable quality cash crops like vanilla, tea, coffiee, peper, cardamom and many other condiments. The wildlife, amidst varied flora and fauna, along these vales is yet another appealing cause for tourists. Wayanad, taking an important part in Indian history, is also dotted with reminiscence of Stone Age civilizations and Veda Tribes.
Yet another jaw-dropping hill station with a beholding sight of Western Ghats from an altitude of 1572 meters. The Pothundy Dam is a picturesque locale with facilities for boating and picnic parties. It also offers a splendid view of long stretch of paddy fields forming a verdant carpet on the Palakkad Valley.
The Gateway to Kerala, criss-crossed by rivers which are tributaries of Bharatapuzha River, Palakkad is indeed a unique destination with vast expanses of paddy fields and palm, dense forests, history, culture and Ayurvedic treatment centers. The medieval era granite fort, Palakkad Fort, the landmark of the town, is one of the best preserved forts in India. Palakkad is the etymon of a rich folk culture and folk arts forms like Kanniyar Kali and Porattu Natakam. Silent Valley National Park, which is a rich mosaic of varied habitats and a unique preserve of tropical evergreen rain forests, is the core of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The crystal clear, wild and perennial river Kunthi descends from the Nilgiri Hills and is a gift to this wild park.
From a very short distance from Thiruvananthapuram, you can avail excellent opportunities at Ponmudi for trekking amidst tea estates and mist covered valleys.
Covering parts of Tamilnadu, Kerala and Karnataka, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve includes many different species of mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, amphibians, butterflies. One can even spot endangered species like the Asian elephant and Nilgrir Tahr. With almost 3300 species of flowering plants at its disposal, Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is rich in plant diversity as well.