Kodaikanal, Palni Hills, Tamil-Nadu
"Come to nature and feel good naturally"
The Palni Hills
The Palani Hills of Tamil-Nadu are the eastern offshoot of the Western Ghats. It is a bio-diversity hot-spot, rich in flora and fauna. The hills continue on into Kerala, reaching elevations of more than 2,500 m at the border, from where they become the high ranges in Munnar region - with Anamudi peak being the highest in South India at 2,695 m.
The native, high-montane evergreen forest, or 'shola' as it is known, is unique in the world for its bio-diversity and supports a vast range of tree and plant-life, like creepers vines medicinal and aromatic plants, herbs, orchids, mushrooms, moss and lots more. All these support a wide range of insects, birds and wildlife. The hills have large forest areas as well as large agricultural areas.
In the 1820s, the British surveyed the Palni Hills, but it was not till the 1840s when the first cottages were built, that the early settlers arrived and Kodaikanal started as a human habitation. It was a time when the tiger,bear and many more wild animals had their habitat intact and undisturbed.
Apart from the British, the other early settlers were American, French, German and Swedish missionaires, who found Kodaikanal to be an ideal summer retreat. While Ooty had the distinction of being the Queen of Hill Stations - Kodaikanal became the Princess.
The lake was formed in 1863 at an elevation of 2,100 m and became the water source of the temple town of Palani, in the northern plains, till today.
Kodaikanal offers some of the best views in South India.
"Organic Farm - An Experience in Natural Living"
People in Karuna Organic Farm harmonize with nature, taking care of body, mind, and spirit, without compromising on basic amenities and comforts. They have chosen an alternate lifestyle and made it work. I spent one day and one night there, and it was one more unique experience to the long long list.