Meesapulimala

Meesapulimala is the second highest mountain peak in Munnar, Idukki district, Kerala state. It can be reached ONLY BY TREKKING which takes around 2 hours. The mountain peak is at a height of 2,640 meters or 8,661 feet above sea level.

MeesapulimalaMeesapulimala.

Image courtesy – Laser Shine

Meesapili mala means ‘Tigers moustache shaped Mountain’ in the local language, Malayalam.

Kerala Forest Development Corporation Ltd, a Government of Kerala undertaking, has Package tour to Meesapilimala, as part of promoting Kerala Tourism. It can be booked online (Munnar package). The Meesapulimala trekking is an Eco-friendly tourism package.

How do I go to Meesapulimala?

The package tour starts from the Forest department’s office, near to the Munnar Post office junction and close to Silent Valley Estate. The forest department takes trekkers from here by Jeep to the Base Camp at around 6000 feet above sea level.

Another place to stay overnight is the beautiful “Rhodo Mansion”, which is surrounded by Rhododendron Flowers. Rhodo Mansion is at a distance of around 28 kilometers from the Forest department’s office at Munnar. It is located a few kilometers after the base camp, where one can have the lunch on their way to Rhodo Mansion . You can enjoy the tasty food, participate in the campfire and stay overnight here at the cottages in Rhodo Mansion at around 7500 feet height above sea level.

Actual trekking to the mountain peak starts in the morning and it takes around two hours of trekking through the forests; crossing streams, misty mountains, etc from Rhodo Mansion

Talakaveri

Talakaveri is considered as the source of the river Kaveri on the Brahmagiri hill (not on Brahmagiri range, which lies further south of Brahmagiri hills), in Karnataka state, India. Talakaveri is at an altitude of around 1,276 meters above sea level.

Talakaveri temple Talakaveri Temple.

Except during the Monsoon season, there is no flow of water is seen from this place. There is a temple dedicated to Goddess Kaveriamma. The temple has legend associated with Lord Ganesha and Sage Agastya; Sage held river Kavrei in a container while meditating and Lord Shiva tried to drink the water from it in the form of a crow. Sage Agastya tried to scare away the crow; But crow being divine toppled the container and water started to gush out. This flow of water is believed to be Kaveri river. (A few more twists and turns are there in the legend. )

Thousands of pilgrims comes to the temple on the first day of Tula Masa month (month according to south Indian calendar, which falls during mid-October) to witness the rise of the fountainhead (Kavrei river) from the spring at any moment.

Beside the temple, one can see the Brahmagiri hill. A series of steps takes you to the top of the hill. Once you reach the hill-top, you can have a 360 degree view of the Brahmagiri hills.

How do I go to Talakaveri?

Talakaveri can be reached from Bhagamandala, the nearest town at a distance of 8 kilometers. Madikeri, headquarters of Kodagu district, is at a distance of around 48 kilometers from Talakaveri .

Which are the Nearby Tourist places to Talakaveri?

Namdroling Monastery at Bylakuppe(86 kilometers distance) and Triveni Sangama alias Kaveri Sangam where Kaveri River, Kabini River and confluence at Srirangapatna (171 kilometers from Talakaveri) are some of the other nearby tourist places. Madikeri is a nearby hill station at an altitude of 3838 feet (1170 meters) above sea level.

Baglihar Dam

Baglihar Dam is a 144 meter high Dam built by India across Chenab River in southern Doda district of Jammu and Kashmit state.

Panorama of Baglihar DamPanorama of Baglihar Dam

Baglihar Dam was opened in October 10th, 2008,; 9 years after the starting of construction work in 1999. Also known as Baglihar Hydroelectric Power Project, this dam has a 900 MW power production capacity.

Pakistan has raised some disputes related to this Dam, at various international forums like World Bank. Professor Raymond Lafitte, a Swiss civil engineer appointed by World Bank to resolve the issue, declared his final verdict on February 12, 2007; forcing some changes like reduction in the height of dam structure, pondage capacity, and raising of power intake tunnels. On 1st June , 2010, both India and Pakistan has resolved the issues and agreed not to raise the issue further, ending years of dispute, once for all.

Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park

Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park is situated in Sanguem taluk, Goa and is spread over an area of 240 square kilometers. The park shares its eastern border with Karnataka state.

National Highway 4A divides Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park into two parts. Mormugao – Londa railway line passes through the area. Dudhsagar Falls, 4 tiered cascading waterfall, is inside this park. Many temples built during the Kadamba Dynasty are seen inside Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary.

Originally known as Mollem Game Sanctuary, it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1969. Later on, in 1978, a portion of the wildlife sanctuary was declared as Mollem National Park and name was changed to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park.

Tambdi falls inside Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park
Tambdi falls inside the Wildlife Sanctuary
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The sanctuary has several perennial water sources. Goa depends on the Mahadayi river for 60 % its water needs. which originates in the border areas of Karnataka and Goa. Tambdi Waterfall is a beautiful fall slightly shorter than the magnificent Dudhsagar Falls is also inside the sanctuary. Tambdi falls is difficult to access as it requires climbing steep rocky path.

Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary is very rich in flora and fauna with 722 species of flowering plants. 128 species of endemic plants, endemic to either Western Ghats or to India are seen in this sanctuary. An additional 37 species of Pteridophytes (plants which neither flowers nor have seeds; but reproduce and disperse via spores) are also found in this National Park. Many Mammals, Butterflies, birds and Reptiles are also seen in this park and is home to pristine vegetation like West Coast tropical evergreen and semi-evergreen forests and moist deciduous forests.

Dhangar, a tribal community of nomadic buffalo herders (mainly seen in Maharastra and Goa), lives in this park.

How do I go to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park?

Molem is the nearest town to Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary and Mollen National Park at around 57 kilometers distance from Panaji, capital of Goa state, India.

Parashurama Kunda

Parshuram Kund is in the lower reaches of the Lohit River on the Brahmaputra plateau, in Lohit district, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Dedicated to Lord Parshuram (the sixth avatar of Lord Mahavishnu), the popular Hindu pilgrimage place attracts pilgrims from India and Nepal.

Parshuram Kund

Parshuram Kund (image courtesy – Economic times.

Thousands and thousands of devotees and sadhus (sages) take holy dip at this holy place, in January each year, on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. It is believed that Parashuram washed away the sins of killing kshatriyas in the waters of Brahma kund (The reason for the killings is that kshatriyas killed prashuram’s father and waged a war against Brahmins) .

The site of the Parashuram Kund as established by the great sadhu Parashuram was in existence till 1950. The old site was completely damaged by the great earthquake that shook the whole of North-Eastern states of India that time. The Parashuram kund was completely covered. A very strong current is now flowing over the original site of the kund and another kund is now in place of the old one. (kund means small reservoir where water is stored.)

How do I go to Parshuram Kund?

The nearest railway station to Parshuram Kund is at Tinsukia, at a distance of around 120 kilometers. Bus ply from Tinsukia town bus station to Parshuram Kund via Namsai. Bus services are also available from the bus station at Sadia town.

The nearest airports to Parshuram Kund are located at Tezu (IATA: TEI, ICAO: VETJ at 21 kilometers away) and at Dibrugarh (Mohanbari Airport with codes IATA: DIB, ICAO: VEMN) in the nearby state of Assam.