Aranya Nivas KTDC
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Here I sit in the breezy lobby at the beach town of Kovalam, trying to get caught up on my travel blog before hitting the road again. It was lovely to be back in the Western Ghats and Periyar after the chaos of Madurai. Like most of our stops, this one involved two nights. After our arrival and a late lunch we were off to have a tour of a Spice Plantation. Kerala has been renowned for its spices and they were what brought ...
... of interesting things. We were the only foreigners on the bus and have to say we have hardly seen any other tourists so far. It is very quiet seeing it is end of monsoon season.
So after leaving our accommodation by tuk tuk at 8am we arrived at our accommodation at 445pm with very sore backs, numb legs but at the same time it was great. The scenery on the climb into Kumily was beautiful. Our aim in Kumily was to visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which is actually ...
... to prepare a revised project and estimate which was approved in 1884 by his superiors. 1895 - Construction of the Mullaperiyar Dam and in 1899 - Formation of the Periyar Lake Reserve.
The sanctuary surrounds picturesque 26 km2 (10 sq mi) Periyar lake, formed by the building of Mullaperiyar Dam in 1895. This reservoir and the Periyar River meander around the contours of the wooded hills, providing a permanent source of water for the ...
... for dear life!
Kumily town itself wasn’t that appealing - a bit grotty and run down, and about a million spice shops, but of course the main draws are the National Park and the spice and tea plantations. We had a great spot to stay, Sumilayam Jungle View Homestay (500R), about 10 minutes out of town and actually set into the jungle - apparently they get all sorts of weird and wonderful creatures coming and going, and while we were there we shared ...
... birds, and the long-tail squirrel that looks like a monkey. No elephants, although my driver does try very hard to spot them. I am glad I saw some yesterday, from the boat. I am also glad that I was not chased by them, for sure.
When I get back to Pepper County I am exhausted. I am greeted enthusiastically by some new guests, a delightful - and amazing I will soon come to learn - couple from Cornwall, England. Graham and Pat. ...