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Kerala is the most beautiful during the monsoon season and Monsoon is the best time to experience the magic of the nature. The atmosphere is dust-free, everything is green and lushy and everyone seems to be happy…

Monsoon in Kerala

Monsoon in Kerala

Kerala has two rainy seasons: Southwest Monsoon in June-July and the Northeast Monsoon in October. For me, Southwest Monsoon is the best time to visit Kerala and enjoy its beauty in her liquid form adorned with wet green palm leaves.

Tea garden

Tea garden

I visited Munnar and Periyar last year in mid July. Munnar (munnaru – three, aaru – river) is a hill station at the Western Ghats surrounded by beautiful tea gardens, waterfalls, lakes and wildlife sanctuaries. It is situated at the height of 1600 m above sea level in the confluence of rivers Mattupetty, Kannimala and Nallathanny. Munnar is also famous for the wild orchids locally called Neelakurinchi which blooms once in 12 years. There is also a small Tea Museum in the town where you can see how tea is produced. Munnar town is a small and busy town and if you are planning to stay there it’s better to book your acommodation in advance.

Munnar: Early in the morning

Munnar: Early in the morning

Layers and layers of tea

Layers and layers of tea

Fresh air

Fresh air

Tea estates of Munnar

Tea estates of Munnar

Periyar National Park (also known as Thekkady and Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary ) is the protected area and elephant reserve. There is also a tiger reserve but it stays closed during the monsoon season. Elephants like rain, tigers don’t. There are huge jackfruit trees all around. It’s the most exotic fruit I have ever tried. Elephants also like them very much. Activities you can enjoy at elephanth reserve are elephant riding (around 400 Rs , 30 min) and elephant bathing (1000-1500 Rs).

Jackfruit forest

Jackfruit forest

Forest ride

Forest ride

At the elephant reserve

At the elephant reserve

Periyar lake

Periyar lake

Periyar lake

Periyar lake

Munnar

Munnar

“The earth has music for those who listen.” 

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