Last week I was blessed with a week long vacation by my boss and out we flew to Koutralam. Koutralam is a famous place for water falls which originates from hill ranges that were rich in medicinal herbs. Bathing and drinking this water if very good for health but we all wanted to place to escape from Chennai’s scorching heat.
The wonderful season for this place is between June to early September when the monsoon just starts. Th falls will become wild or lean in other parts of the year. This year the season started almost by end of June but we are lucky to visit the place when there were not much crowd. Yeah, you won’t believe that people around that part of Koutralam religiously visit this place and in peak times you need to stand in long queues to lend your head to the roaring falls for few minutes. When we visited there is less water but we bathed peacefully for hours together.
This season created a weather where there are very small droplet like showers the whole day. You will never get wet but every minute enjoy the chill droplets on you. The entire place and surrounding village enjoys this kind of climate during this season.
And to relish our taste buds mother nature showers with season’s best fruits Sendhatti Palaapazham ( A red tinted jackfruit with no threads inside but just the seed spurted with the juice when split into for eating. Pure indulgence ), Rambuttan, Mangoes, plums, jumbu fruit, Mangusthan etc were to delight to munch upon with wet dresses and growling stomachs soon after an hours bathing and again getting charged for the next dip.
Fruits in the near by shop
Another view showing pears and plums
Nungu artistically shelled out of the panangai and stacked in a Palm leaf…
We also visited Manimutharu dam and falls but the camera charge went down and hence could not take pics.
I literally lived on these fruits and ate very little cooked food as the bath in the falls and its serenity should not be spoiled (somehow I ot this feelin) ! And I never wanted to come back! The shots might look very dark but the cloudy weather just allowed me those kind of clicks 🙂