Sometimes the best therapy for boredom is a long drive, that’s exactly what we picked as well. During my last holiday to Kerala, we thought it would be a great idea to enjoy a nice drive on a rainy day, but little did we plan to reach Tamil Nadu in just a few hours. From Pathanamthitta, it took us only about 3 hours to reach this mesmerizing destination – totally a must visit! If you havent explored your own country and neighbourhoods, no point setting out on a journey around the world!
The drive itself was just amazing and lovely that we couldnt stop ourselves from stopping by to enjoy nature and its beauty. On our way we stopped to spot the Thenmala dam, the view is just so mesmerizing. Thenmala means mountain flowing with honey, and is also a part of wildlife sanctury with over 100’s of species around.
If you love adventure and want to experience a little more of adrenaline rush then thenmala ecotourism project offers a lot water adventures from mountain biking to river crossing.
The drive through the government reserved forests must be the highlight of the trip, we thought. Monkeys jumping around, swinging and swaying – be sure to have your window glasses rolled down to enjoy the music of the nature. You might think the roads might be horrible, nope guys, they gutter free, clean roads which looks like not many have been by. That is when we thought of our final destination of this long drive that we set out on has to be Thirumala Kovil.
On your way, you’ll notice a huge bridge the british kind on your left hand side. If you choose to take a train ride all the way from Kollam is also a beautiful journey by itself. The bridge was made before independence about a 100 years from now. You’ll also spot a suspension bridge that is equally old, truly a treat to every photographers lens.
Our next stop was Courtallam, known as the spa of South India. This city has about 9 waterfalls, the major one being Peraruvi. You’ll spot a lot of images of hindu gods carved on the rocks. The water here is considered to be herbal, which has the power to cure many health issues. The hindu temple located near the waterfalls represents one of the 5 sabhas of Nataraja (dancing shiva). The myth behind the temple is that on lord Shiva’s request, sage Agastyar was requested to proceed southwards to maintain the balace of earth during lord Shiva and godrss Parvati’s wedding in the Himalayas. Sage Agastya created a shivalingam to established it in the temple.
Oh and a must try delicacy there was Nongu made out of coconut.
Our next stop was Thirumala Kovil, when we thought this was the amazing part we were wrong again. Its a Lord Murugam temple located on top of a mountain. The road leading up to the temple is truly a scenic ride upwards. We can almost reachout to the clouds.