A rare, light moment at Monkey falls

Soon after crossing Aliyar catchment, the bus began its ascent on the winding roads with 40 hair-pin bends leading to Valparai, a hill town. En route, I noticed a signboard with ‘Monkey falls’ written on it and decided to see it on my way back. After wandering for a few days at Valparai, I boarded…

Valparai: a conflict zone or tranquil getaway?

“All tea estate workers need to be in the field before the siren rings at 08:00 am. They work hard collecting leaf buds through the day to meet a day’s target of 25 kg. One evening the supervisor sent back his wife and two others for falling short of 2 to 3 kg each. On entering…

Grooving to nature’s tune at Periyar Tiger Reserve

Neither had I spoken to anybody nor anybody to me. We traveled in silence the entire night and reached Thekkady, early the next morning. I had seen a newspaper headline, ‘Two days nature camp at Thekkady,’ organized by Environment Conservation Group, Coimbatore and had enrolled myself for the study tour. On reaching Bamboo groove, an…