Tag Archives: Kerala High Ranges

Over the Hills and Far Away… The Kerala Highrange Landscape

The blue hills loom in the distance stretching for as far as the eye can see, in the wee hours of the cold monsoon day at Peruvanthanam just after Mundakayam on the Kottayam – Kumily (KK Road), now the Kollam – Theni national highway no 183. The location is idukki district though the view will contain parts of Kottayam distraict also. ...

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Photo of the Pine Forest in Vagamon Kerala

The Ethereal Vagamon Pine Forests

The famous Vagamon Pine Forests at the edge of the Western Ghats in the Kottayam district of Kerala, a stunning rarity for a tropical place as Kerala. The forest is a valley full of acres of lofty pine trees growing on steep edges, which look out over the edge of a cliff. The place has an ethereal feeling, especially since it ...

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The Lush, Green Rolling Vagamon Hills!

A small part of the rolling green hills of Vagamon, Kottayam district, Kerala. Vagamon is a locally famous hill-station tourist destination (though not much known outside Kerala) with green meadows covering bald hills (motta kunnu), pine forests and tea estates. The hills are especially famous. You need to drive up a mountainside from Erattupetta and Teekoy (69 km east from ...

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From the Highranges of Kerala: Calm Hills, Angry Clouds, Happy Flora

Angry dark clouds swirl downwards from the skies as the ancient hills rest calmly and knowingly, having seen it all. The flora happily look forward towards the mist gripping them in its cold embrace, joining them together as one in the landscape that is so alive in its silence, where the hills and valleys hold keys to secrets and mysteries ...

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Beautiful picture of a KSRTC bus slowly emerging from the mist on the Elappara - Vagamon road in the high ranges, Idukki district, Kerala

And from the Mist Covering the Hilly Road, a KSRTC Bus Emerges…

A KSRTC Ordinary bus emerges from the chilly mist covering the hilly Elappara – Vagamon road in the high ranges of the Idukki district in Kerala. The bus was on its way from Kumaly to Moolamattom via Elappara and Thodupuzha. The entire place was completely covered in mist making visibility as low as a couple of meters! The very narrow, ...

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Winding narrow and hilly roads among tea estates in Kerala. This photo is of the highrange in Kerala, the road to Vagamon from Elappara in Idukki district

A Winding Road Among Tea Estates in Kerala

A stunning view of the Elappara – Vagamon road winding like a grey necklace among emerald green tea estates in the high ranges of Kerala, in the Idukki district. This place is called Elappara, literally meaning “Cardamom rock” after the spice grown here. The scenery and beauty of this entire area is breathtaking, often wrapped up in mist even during ...

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