Colors in the Cloud

African Tulip Tree Blooming amidst the tea gardens of Valparai, Tamil Nadu. Monsoons are one of the best times to visit Western ghats. The hills are green and clouds crown the landscape.¬† In the tea growing areas, the perfectly manicured¬† bushes present a pleasing sight. The picture was taken on a three day ride ride…

Red Carpet Treatment

Tea Estates of Valparai during a three day solo bike ride to Valparai. As the road snakes down towards Sholayar Dam from Valparai, there are beautiful tea gardens flanked by dense forests. Being the fag-end of monsoon season, the clouds played hide ‘n seek with the mountains. Dotting the gardens are these African Tulip Tree…

Scarlet Blooms

Tea Estates of Valparai during a three day solo bike ride to Valparai. As the road snakes down from Sholayar Dam towards Athirapally, there are beautiful tea gardens flanked by dense forests. Being the fag-end of monsoon season, the clouds played hide ‘n seek with the mountains. The view above was across the valley of…

Athirapally Falls

Visited the Athirapally Falls during a three day solo bike ride to Valparai. At the falls, there is a small trail that leads to the bottom of the falls just to the edge of water. It is a steep with multiple switchbacks descending down. While the heavy riding jacket made the going tough, the humidity…