We were at Wayanad for a few days last week. Wayanad is a little district in Kerala. Almost all of it lies in the beautiful green Western Ghats. The Western Ghats is a mountain range that abuts India’s narrow west coastal plain. The range is really long, about 1600 km, and runs through the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala ending at Kanyakumari, at the southern tip of India.
I love the Western Ghats for its scenic beauty, its rich fertile soil, its flora and fauna, and most of all for the varying cultures you get to see in its dense forests. In the last couple of years of being in India, we have made many trips to different parts of the Western Ghats, and it continues to beckon. I must admit to also being in close proximity to the Ghats through all of my childhood summer vacations, having almost always spent them in Kerala in my grandparents’ ancestral homes. My father’s home especially was really nestled within the Ghats and people lived in complete harmony amongst its diverse flora and fauna - the innumerable varieties of herbs, the beautiful wildflowers, the many unique birds I have seen there as a child; one only had to peer in closely to spot a snake. Yes, they were that many of them and not to forget the countless stars in the very dark nights, the magical fireflies against the pitch blackness of the long nights. Light pollution was always a far away thing. …. those were the days ….
My children do not have access to my childhood or my childhood vacations. But the closest they come to experiencing them is during our various road-trips to the Ghats. Hopefully, they will go on the remember the Ghats in their own ways. And hopefully, the Ghats will be special to them too.
Here are some pics from our recent road trip to the Western Ghats at Wayanad. This is a post to only introduce the landscape through the pics. I will write more about the trip itself in subsequent posts.
The few drizzles and the foggy, dreamy terrain invite us as we head towards our place of stay.
The typical interior Ghat pathways.
Taking in the view from the peaks after a short trek.
A little brook flowing down boisterously.
Through the windshield rain drops - the post-monsoon is one of the nicest seasons at the Ghats. Green is all there is.
My daughter taking it all from the balcony at the resort we stayed in. A brook breaks into multiple mini-water falls a few feet beneath her; its mild roar completing the scene.
Have you been to the Western Ghats? If so, which parts of it have you touched? How do like them? Do share - would love to hear.
All pictures used here are mine. Please do not use them without first asking me.