the abbi falls is very popular and attracts a steady stream of tourists.
a deviation from that road - and a further 25 kilometers will bring you to mandalpatti.
the road, where it exists, is also in fairly bad shape. some of the steep hairpin bends with loose gravel, make it a thrilling [and risky] drive. in a couple of points,
the shola forests
amidst a thick forest, the place was just off the main road.
the estate had a stream running through.
the water was fresh and cool.
one more aspect to observe if you get a chance to got through coffee plantations is to look for the kopi-luwak [pronounced kopilua] or civet coffee.
coffee beans, eaten by wild cats [civets] and the undigested beans that are excreted - are considered very special and tasty - quite likely because of the enzymes in the digestive system that give them the special flavor.
in most estates, these are not really used, as the quantities are very limited and do require special cleaning, packaging etc.
of course, no trip down the jungles is complete, particularly in the monsoon or damp areas, without leeches.
as we walked through thickly wooded paths, we did come across a few.
they are considered to have therapeutic value and no need to panic.
it is interesting to see how these small leeches quickly bloat up with your blood!
this is a picture of one that had its fill, and then was caught.