As you know, you are going places with me in April month that too in an alphabetical manner. Before this, four stories have been shared (Not-So-Amicable Ahmedabad, Bumpy Forest ride to Belgaum, Icy Cool Chitkul, Devouts’ Paradise Dwarka).
Now, the place I am taking you along is the one, I, myself, was totally unaware of to begin with! I had no role in planning this trip…no wonder I was clueless!
But let’s just say that it was a wild life protected area, a National Park, and, the strange thing is- We were on our honeymoon! How’s that?
Eravikulam National Park: The location
This is located in Munnar district of Kerala; The God’s Own Country.
Why we visited Eravikulam National Park?
Because it was part of our honeymoon package, I told ya! Who goes to national parks for honeymoon in the first place? Well…we did!😆
Eravikulam National Park: What was the expectations?
None…since I didn’t know where we were going. All I knew was we had paid for the package and George (our prepaid taxi driver) was the man in-charge! Only he knew where we would be going…and when? We were so naïve to question!
When we met Ervikulam National Park
George knew no hindi and his hand was tight in english as well. SO, in addition to exploring new places, we were also getting better at one more thing- sign language! 😆
He dropped us at the Rajamalai gate and tried to guide in whatever way he could. We pretended to understand like obedient students. He was telling us stuff because private vehicles were not allowed inside the park and mind you it’s a national park not a tiny community park! Tourists are allowed to visit only this Rajamalai zone.
Upon entering, it came to our notice that it is actually the first National park of Kerala and is also a heritage site. The park is famous for,
- Anamudi peak, the highest peak in South India
- Tahr which is an endangered species of goat like animal, and
- Neelakurunji (blue flower) which blooms only once in 12 years!
It did sound exciting!
They provided a bus for some 100 meters inside the park beyond which you were left all by yourselves, at the mercy of your feet. Obviously, we didn’t venture too much into wilderness and called it ‘the end’ at the Top Point. The place smelt fresh. It was foggy lush green landscape, with plenty waterfalls making their way down the hills.
Did we make it to Anamudi peak? No. There were many high mountain peaks…yes!
Did we see Neela Kurunji? Certainly Not! It was October; the flower blooms in summer!
So was this trip a waste? Well…Not entirely!
We did meet the endangered yet endearing Tahr, face to face!
Wasn’t that pretty paisa vasool?
That’s all from wild.😊
Planned or unplanned, every trip has something to teach us. Sometimes, it brings out a side of yours, even you didn’t know existed. Next journey is one such. Stay hooked!