Entering the Nilgiri plateau above 2000 MSL through Mukurthi and Manjur by the eve of 29 Sept 2012. The land of Kota, Toda and Paniya. Also an ancient Jain centre called Ootakalmand now turned Udakamandalam.
On the return ride I took the Masinagudi-Gudalur-Nilambur route. It was butterflies raining in Masinagudi and Mudumalai Tiger reserve. Blue Tigers and Common Crows were having some local migration. I saw Gaurs and elephants grazing all along the road. My battery was empty and could not take any snaps. Reached Kutipuram by 10pm on 30th Sept 2012. Thanks to my Kawasaki-bajaj Avenger the 400 km ride was a great educating and illuminating voyage to the Blue Mountains, the queen among hill stations in South India. Lack of rain is crucially affecting all these ecologically fragile biodiversity hotspots, especially the rain shadow regions towards the eastern slopes of the Ghats the Malakudam or Malayaparvatam.