About : GAM

Full Name Gita AM

Mumbai resident and not - so - young nature lover, interested in off season travel to places of natural beauty and ancient heritage. Other interests are gardening, environment, culture and law.

Ghumakkar Since 2010-10-11 05:19:13

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2013-02-12 / Comments (21)

Valparai Series – Part 4

To reach the Nalla Mudi view point, one has to walk through where else but the Nalla Mudi tea estate. A rather stern looking Forest guard stopped us with a Sorry, No Entry, Elephant problem. He was not however as fierce as he looked and easily succumbed to our pleading that we had come so far from the distant planet of Bombay, so how could we go home without seeing this place?

Valparai Series – Part 3

Though elephantine in appearance, the Valparai bisons (Indian Gaur) are usually mild creatures who mind their own business. But which fool would proceed further ‘where angels fear to tread’? After taking our fair share of pics, we did an about turn.

Sometimes the wildlife comes out on the main road, much to their detriment. Wildlife killings by overspeeding F1 drivers is unfortunately all too common despite the many caution signs. This huge deer was standing barely 1 foot away at twilight. I realised he was next to me only when some bikers stopped to stare.

Valparai Series – Part 2

The estates brought prosperity for the new settlers but ‘development’ also meant massive deforestation of once pristine forests with the attendant depletion of indigenous fauna and flora. In those days
of abundant natural wealth, this was not a matter of concern.

In recent times, the Nature Conservation Foundation - an NGO, has engaged the estates in a successful conservation programme to maintain wildlife corridors and regenerate the forest. Consequently, you never quite know who you might meet in and around those Valparai tea gardens!

Valparai Series – Part 1: An Introduction

A Glimpse Of Jaipur

The Big Nataraja of Konerirajapuram

Quick Trip To Bangalore And Belur

Periyar Tiger Reserve

Tranquil Tranquebar

The road less travelled to Marayur

Matheran Magic

Satara Surprise