On the trail of a legend

Manu Remakant follows the path of Naranath Bhranthan in Rayiranellur The trip to the Rayiranellur mount is a journey into the heart of a myth. The genesis of one of Kerala’s most enduring folk tales, that of Naranath Bhranthan lies here. Rewind to a few centuries ago. People saw a man relentlessly pushing or trying to push a large rock up a hill. The hill was very steep and the stone too big; every time he pushed the rock a … Continue reading

Breathtaking scenery

Rajamalai is a must-see destination, says MANU REMAKANT A 15-km trip from Munnar to see wild goats seems pointless. But if the local guide insists you take one, although sceptical, you give in. The destination is Rajamalai, part of the Eravikulam National Park in Idukki district. The target: to sight the rare mountain goat – the Nilgiri Tahr, and to lay claim that you have conquered the tallest peak in South India, Anamudi. The journey is taxing to the eyes … Continue reading

Out on an elephant safari

Close encounters of the wild kind need patience and luck, writes Manu Remakant The mist envelopes the road. But Sultan Bathery-Gundulpet Road seems to be programmed in the mind of the bus driver. Or else, how can he drive when visibility ends where his nose starts? The crisp morning air is invigorating and one can see signs of life on the road. One has stare into the mist to decipher the outlines that one sees. Finally the bus come to … Continue reading

Sunset symphony

Enjoy the spectacular view from Chandragiri Fort where time seems to stand still The quiet road does not seem to hold any surprises. The verdant landscape on either side of the road is dotted with tiled houses. At one point, the road bifurcates. The road on the right climbs steadily, leaving behind all signs of inhabitation. There is a nip in the air. A cool breeze that whispers through the coconut leaves carries the smell of the sea. As you … Continue reading