I recently visited Sirumalai, a small hill full of green forests rich in herbs which is just 25 kms from my house. The ascent was thrilling and the climate was cool as it is at a height of 1000 meters. There are about 23 hair pin bends to reach the top . After a couple of kilometres up the hill we could see the town below. The air was fresh with rich fragrance of of herbs.
The main cultivation here is pepper, cardamom, lemon and bananas known as Sirumalai pazham, a small local variety of plantain which is supposed to have medicinal properties. Each plantain costs about Rs 5-6 and the skin is very thick and fibrous ,one would find a plantain the size of a little finger 🙂 inside.
The village atop is a small with 4-5 shops and a few low roofed houses. There are about 200 families involved in extracting honey from honey combs. There is beautiful lake here bordered by tall green trees. Boating facility is available too for those who want to slowly glide through the placid waters of the lake. The virgin beauty of the hill is intact as tourism is not in full swing here. This place would certainly make a nature lover happy. There are no hotels or canteens here . Hence pollution is less too.
Here are a few pictures. Enjoy them. I am off to Goa and shall be back with more information.Till then …