Bellow is the single most beautiful creature I have ever seen in its natural environment. I will probably never have the privilege of seeing another Tiger in the wild again (that is, at least, without baiting practises by park officials). Time is running out for these magnificent animals, who are unfortunately among the world's most threatened species. Only an estimated 3,200 remain in the wild and it is sad to think that because of our negligence they will soon be extinct.
Posts tagged ‘Nilgiri Hills’
After encountering Tiger Poo, we combed the general vicinity for tracks and then decided to cross a canal that led us over a meandering river. We climbed a steep slope and once at the top decided to pause here for a light snack. The chattier of our two guides, showed us his scars as he recounted a leopard attack, which he miraculous survived by fighting off the large jungle cat with nothing more than his bare hands.
Mudumalai is a National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary located on the northwest side of the Nilgiri Hills. Situated between other surrounding protected areas, the strategic position of the reserve creates a wildlife corridor, which is haven to a long list of threatened and endangered species, such as Indian Elephants and Bengal Tigers.
Four days ago, we left for a mountain town in Tamil Nadu, called Ooty. Shawn, Nachi, Jo and myself left Alleppey, took the Sleeper train to Coimbatore and then from there made our way to Ooty.
The train took us North East into the state of Tamil Nadu, where the Nilgiri Hills form the southern most point of the Western Ghat mountain range. The hills are constantly surrounded by a shroud of dusty smog, which rises from the dry dessert-like earth and tends to give the hills a blueish tinge. This change in geography, only hours away from Alleppey, was an interesting contrast to the lush and green landscape in Kerala.