|PERIYAR RESERVE: FROM THE BOAT|
Munnar to Periyar is about 4 hours drive and we headed there post breakfast to comfortably reach by mid-day. Periyar or Thekkady is a protected area and national reserve for tigers. There are numerous spice plantations in the area and we stopped at one. There was a short tour where our “guide” pointed out to the various plants.. hibiscus leaves for great hair, herbs for muscle ailments and allergies, aloe vera for the skin and of course cardamom, star anise, coffee beans to name a few.
|KALARI : WORSHIPPING THE GODS, FIRE AND WEAPONS AT ONSET|
|TREE HOUSE AT THE SPICE PLANTATION|
|A WONDERFUL MEAL@ AYUR VEG. CAFE|
Next we headed to the Elephant Park where one take ride them in amongst their habitat and bathe them. We were lucky and allotted a tusker and quite enjoyed our ride. But our luck ran out soon- when we reached the Periyar Reserve we were told that the Reserve Boats were out of order and only 2 were available to take visitors inside the santury. Unable to get tickets, we were told to come back early morning next day and be in line by 5.45 AM! Yikes!
|KALARI: FIERY FIGHTING|
|PERIYAR: ITS LONELY ON TOP!|
|OUR TUSKER FOR THE ELEPHANT RIDE|
|ROOM @ WILDERNEST, COMFY AND COZY|