Flowers and birds of Munnar

Osbeckia reticulata (called Kattukadali in Kerala) grows everywhere on these hills

The accessible part of Eravikulam National Park is a disappointment at first sight. It is a narrow sliver of protected land between plantations. A black-topped right of way cuts through it. If you look at everything on the way carefully, it might take you an hour to walk up the road, and another hour to walk back. In spite of this, it is a jewel of conservation. The number of birds and plants you see on this walk is immense. It is only when you see this variety that you realize that the park spreads far, and tourists are allowed only into this little stretch. As usual, what I managed to photograph is a small part of what I saw.

The walk is up the flanks of the “Elephant” whose head is Anamudi. Rising to 2695 meters, this is the tallest peak in India outside the Himalayas. I did not look for the famous butterflies or amphibians of this region. Nor did I look at the insects which must be ubiquitous, given the number of insectivorous birds that we saw.

Linked to bird names which begin with F

By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


  1. Sorry for my late response. I got really sick with the 2nd vaccine last week and I’ve been 3-4 days behind since I recovered. You have some amazing photos this week and I love they flycatcher. I’m really glad you joined us because I know everyone is seeing birds they have never seen before. 🙂

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      1. Yes and I’m going to see my kids and grandkids next weekend! I haven’t seen them since Jan. 2020 just before the lockdown. I’m very excited about it. It will be worth it. 🙂

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