Soochippara Falls in Kerala – Needle Rock

Soochippara Falls is in a beautiful location, in the middle of a dense green forest at Vellarimala in Wayanad. The drive from Kalpetta is scenic. We passed beautiful tea gardens with manicured bushes which stand on the slopes of small hills. The hills seemed to stretch endlessly. If you are travelling in the mornings, you are will come across female workers plucking tea leaves from the bushes. Travellers may know that Kerala is one among 50 Places of a Lifetime as rated by National Geographic.

Tea Estate; Kerala; Kalpetta; outdoor; uasatish; India;
Road to Kalpetta

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary

Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary was a unique experience. It is on the Kozhikode – Mysore highway, an hour’s drive from Kalpetta (36 km). The sanctuary is open from 7 to 10 in the morning and 3 to 5 in the evenings. We started early morning from Kalpetta so that we could get in when the gates opened. The roads are good and there was little traffic at that time.

Muthanga; forest; Wayanad; Kerala; India; uasatish;; elephant; mist;

Train Journey from Kannur to Kasaragod in Kerala

The train journey from Kannur to Kasaragod is a scenic route. It runs close to the sea which can be seen at many points along the way. The tracks cross rivers and backwaters. There are dense mangrove forests near Kannur. As can be expected in Kerala, coconut trees are seen everywhere. The landscape is lush and green during monsoons.

Kerala; India; rains; monsoon; coconut trees; reflections; uasatish;;
North Malabar in the Rains

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple

Chottanikkara Bhagavathy Temple is dedicated to Goddess Shakti and is visited by thousands of people every day. We went there on a Thursday morning last month. It is 15 km from Ernakulam South station. We hired an autorickshaw and the ride took us past Champakara Canal and the entrance to Hill Palace in Tripunithura.

Kochi; street; Ernakulam; outdoor; autorickshaw; uasatish;
Riding an Auto through the Streets of Kochi