so, thought of going to Ponmudi,
|A glimpse of Ponmudi, under a heavy cloud cover|
which was recommended as a good spot to trek from.
due to heavey overnight rain and a landslide, the Trivandrum central station was closed and all trains were delayed.
so, by the time we were ready to leave the hotel, it was already past 1.45 PM.
so, we thought of visiting the meenmutty falls, which has an organized trek with a guide, arranged by the forest department.
but, that was closed for some reason and we chose to take up another small trek - that we had not heard of earlier, but proved to be a good choice.
the trek was through a thickly wooded path - we also crossed a small adivasi dwelling - and the climb in places was quite steep.
with the rains, sections were also wet
though there was a semblance of a path, most of the was was more like this:
we saw some uniquely shaped mushrooms - that looked like diyas -
the guide wanted us to take off our footwear, to get a better grip [some of the rocks were mossy] and we crossed the river twice.
first to get to the other side where it was easier to walk along and then back to continue to walk towards the first of the two cascades.
but our guide insisted that we go further to get even better views and only after we got near the waterfall and took some pictures, was he satisfied.
Overall, i would recommend this spot - and i suppose there are may more such spots along the way to Ponmudi, that you would enjoy if you are interested in getting a closer feel for the rich natural environment.