morning ride Rodo Valley which is about 15kms from Munnar town.
The name of the town is derived from Rhodendrum trees with the
deep red flowers. The jeep ride takes us through the scenic
Silent Valley . After consuming our packed breakfast, we are
ready to start the trek.The first part of the trek involves
climbing up nine hills, the ninth being Meesapulimala. The
initial part of the trek is along the same jeep track through
which you came. After about 10 mins, we take a small deviation
towards the left leading uphill. The climb will be somewhat
steep from this point onwards. Soon you would reach above cloud
level and the place would offer a bird's eye view of Munnar and
surroundings. There are various varieties of flowers all over
In less than half an hour you would finish climbing the first
hill and find yourselves in another valley with an even better
view. There is a small lake in this valley and you could now see
the other side of the hills as well. Meesapulimala is on the far
left. Surianalle town and numerous tea estates behind you.
Further down, one could spot the Anayirangi lake. And on the far
right was Anamudi, the tallest peak in South India, standing
tall @ 2695m. Of course, the clouds in the horizon would give
you constant company!
We climb down the 1st hill, cross a small stream flowing
through the ridge and then get to the 2nd hill. This would take
you 15 minutes to half hour more. The 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th
hills are relatively easy. You would need to descend a little
bit and climb up the next hill, which was almost of the same
height. The 7th one is a bit tough though. You have to get down
a little bit more and then climb up. After the 7th hill,
Meesapulimala looked very close. The hill got its names as it
resembled the face of a tiger - well if you look closely you may
also think so !
The last climb up the Meesapulimala is a tough one, but once
you are on top of the hill, all the difficulties will be
forgotten. It is amazing to be on top of the world and one step
away from the clouds! Meesapulimala is arguably the 2nd tallest
peak in South India (after Anamudi) according to many websites.
At about 10.30 we would start our descend from the other side
of the peak. The descend is a bit steep. You may find elephant
dung during our descend. But, we need to assure you that the
elephants are generally expected only by evening time. After
about 40 minutes steep decend, we get inside a shola forest. The
place is nothing short of a wild garden with flowers and plants
of different colors, shape and sizes.
At about 12 you would be at Kolukkumalai and surrounded by tea
estates on all sides. These tea estates are said to be the
highest in the world at 2175m. If the sky is clear, the green
carpet offered a magnificient landscape. From here we ride back
around this tea estate to Munnar.
Overnight at Tea County