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Unexplored Kava, Palakkad, Kerala

ABOUT KAVA
Malampuzha is situated on the lower hills of the Western Ghats, located in Palakkad district, in the Indian state of Kerala. Malampuzha Dam is the largest reservoir in Kerala, used for irrigation  and  is the source of drinking water to Palakkad and surrounding villages.
Kava is just one of those rustic villages around the catchment of  Malampuzha dam. This weekend getaway, sprawling in the middle of Malampuzha, has hills in all directions, varied flora and fauna, and a visit to this place will make you  feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
ENROUTE TO KAVA
Kava is a hidden gem, just 10 km from Malampuzha Garden.  Take your ride through Annakkal route from Malampuzha Garden and Kava is just 8 km from Annakkal junction. There is no public transport facility available to the place. Nowadays, this route is famous for film and wedding shooting. I saw a couple posing for pre-wedding photography. And I drove through the lonely roads with teak plantations on either sides.
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Unexplored Palkulammedu, Idukki, Kerala

Palkulammedu (Palkulam Hills) is one of the highest peaks in Idukki district, in the Indian state of Kerala. This hill station is located 3200m above sea level which offers a beautiful view of nearby towns . Ever since I saw the Malayalam movie 'Idukki gold', I wanted to see the beauty of Idukki and Palkulammedu (in Malayalam  'medu' means ' hill')  - one of the jewel places in Idukki.

DAY 1

ENROUTE TO IDUKKI

To experience Palkulammedu, I started my journey from Kochi at around 10 AM in my car.

Route Map:

Kochi - Perumbavoor - Kothamangalam - Oonukal - Thalakode - Neriamangalam - Chembakuzhy - Needapara - Keerithodu - Churli - Karimban - Asoka Junction ( 106 kms )

I took a diversion to Idukki before reaching Neriamangalam.
Made my way to Idukki through the lonely roads!  And I stopped my car at few places to click photos of the picturesque scenery around. The lofty mountain ranges were constant companions and unsurprising.

The road stretched on ahead with doze…

10 Reasons to explore Vazhachal in Monsoon!

Vazhachal Forest is a lesser touched natural beauty. It fulfills your desire to be far from people, contemplate and enjoy the nature from hills and valleys, waterfalls and thick forest. Vazhachal Forest Division comprises of Athirappilly, Charpa, Vazhachal, Kollathirumedu and Sholayar Ranges.

The Athirappilly-Thumpoormuzhi-Vazhachal DMC has organised a 'Mazha Yatra' (rain trip) for nature lovers. This one day trip starts at 7.45 AM from Chalakkudy PWD Rest House and ends at 7 PM.
A safari through the evergreen forest of Vazhachal forest ranges of Western Ghats - Kerala, India offers you an overwhelming experience. A weekend trip especially in monsoon, bounded with biological garden,with hills and valleys,sprawling grass lands,cascading water falls and spice plantations makes for a great treat to the eyes. So here are 10 major reasons for you to explore the Vazhachal in monsoon.

THUMBOORMUZHY DAM & RIVER VIEW GARDEN

First spot on the way was Thumboormuzhy Dam & River v…

Kolukkumala-Kurangani-Top Station trek

The Munnar mountain ranges is one of the most sought after trekking destinaton in Kerala, having  borders with Tamilnadu. Kolukkumalai-Kurangani-Tops Station trek is a treking journey of two days and is ideal for both adventure and nature lovers who wish to enjoy the beauty of landscapes and valleys in the backdrop of stunning peaks. The places are actually in Tamailnadu . The trekking route mainly comprises of mountain walking and is considered as moderate difficulty level trekking.

DAY 1

ENROUTE TO MUNNAR

I started my journey from Kochi at around 5.30 AM in my car. The road trip from Kochi to Munnar is merely three and half-hour journey. Enroute is the famous Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls. The zigzag road will keep you company for the most of your journey. As you are approaching Munnar, all your senses will be in for a treat courtesy of the expansive tea plantations.  I reached Munnar at around 9.30AM. Parked my car in the parking area which is managed by Munnar Grama Panchayat…