The bumpy ride is an adventure in itself, through narrow winding tracts and past tea plantations. After the journey, you can embark on a tour of tea factory and become skilled at the various aspects of tea processing. Finally, drink in the scenery along with a steaming glass of tea.
Covering 97 sq. km of lush grassland and sylvan valleys, the Eravikulam national Park is a treasure trove of teeming flora and fauna. The star attraction here is the Nilgiri Tahr, on with almost one-third of the world’s population roaming these grasslands.
You can also meet the Nilgiri Marten, a small clawed otter, ruddy mongoose, dusky striped squirrel, barking deer, lion-tailed macaque, Malabar giant squirrel and small Indian civet in their home turf. While leopards and wild dogs are often spotted around dawn or dusk, the elephants, buffaloes, gaurs and Nilgiri langurs are frequent visitors here.
While countless poems have been penned to describe the hillsides covered by the veil of blue Kurinji flowers, nothing compares the sight of the profusion of blooms. Flowering once in 12 years, the Kurinjimala Sanctuary protects them and has started conservation plans for the plants and its habitat.