Monday, March 24, 2014

Instagram: Idukki (Thekkady & Munnar) in Kerala, India

Tea plantations in Munnar, Kerala, India
After the backwaters, we drove up the Western Ghats to Thekkady and the hill station town of Munnar. In Thekkady, we visited the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, a World Heritage Site as part of the Western Ghats, where we went on a boat safari on Periyar Lake. We got to see wild elephants (Elephas maximus), sambar deer (Rusa unicolor), gaur or Indian bison (Bos gaurus), wild boar (Sus scrofa), a striped-necked mongoose (Herpestes vitticollis) and many species of birds.

We then moved on to the hill station of Munnar. Around the town are the largest tea plantations in Kerala which create a spectacular cultural landscape. Munnar itself is a busy mountain town with an even busier local market. For more photos, follow @ivanhenares on Instagram.

Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park, Kerala, India
This is what we saw at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, India! Wild elephants!
Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary & National Park, Kerala, India
Sambar deer, gaur (Indian bison), elephants, wild boar, a mongoose and different species of birds were among the animals we saw at the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala, India
Tea plantations in Munnar, Kerala, India
Fantastic cultural landscape at Munnar, Kerala's tea country!
Tea plantations in Munnar, Kerala, India
Kerala's tea plantations in Munnar with the Western Ghats as a backdrop are so picturesque! Every turn was another beautiful scene to enjoy! Indeed this is God's own country!
Munnar Market in Kerala, India
An auto rickshaw makes its way through a busy street of Munnar Market in Kerala, India

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