Monday, January 8, 2018
Thekkady Wildlife Sanctuary
1-1-2018: Left Kalady around 10.30 a.m. and traveled to Thekkady via Perumbavoor-Muvattupuzha-Pala-Thodupuzha-Poonkunnam-Kanzhirapally-Mundakkayam-Peeramade-Kumily. The total distance was 165 Kms - the first 110 kms was covered comfortably as the roads were excellent and no gradients.The last 50 Kms were steep and we had to negotiate steep and swerving ghat roads and there were several sharp turns affecting visibility and overtaking was a challenge. As we continued our ascent we encountered more and more hills and lush green vegetation. We saw both coffee and tea plantations with silver oaks standing tall in the midst of plantations. The scenery was breathtaking and brought an incredible feeling of joy. We were running against time as we had to necessarily reach and enter Periyar sanctuary before 5.00 pm after which vehicles entry into the sanctuary is prohibited. We reached Kumily at 3.40 pm and shortly thereafter after a 3 km drive reached the sanctuary gates. There we had to produce a copy of our reservation slip & Identity. We paid Rs.185/- entry fee & entered the sanctuary and drove another Kms to reach KTDC Periyar where we had booked our room. We were looking forward to a thrilling stay and plenty of adventure in Thekkady.We checked into the jungle lodge - comfortable room, luxurious beds, no air conditioning,only fans,neat and clean bathrooms.Tariff American plan - breakfast & dinner included. Amazing ambiance,superb climate, enchanting environment, sylvan surroundings. Cool climate but cardigans not required. Bird calls, tweets & whistles all around beckon you. Fearless bonnet macaques (monkeys) everywhere ready to pounce and snatch away your satchel or snack.