Ian Lockwood

MUSINGS, TRIP ACCOUNTS AND IMAGES FROM SOUTH ASIA

Postcards from the Palanis 2012

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Looking west to the Agamalai Hills (to the left) and the Berijam Ridge escarpment of the Palani Hills. Taken from the Pillar Rocks viewpoint on a crisp winter morning. In the far distance to the south-west (left) are the Highwavys while to the far west is a portion of the Cardamom Hills near Bodimetu.

In 2012 I had a chance to visit the Palani Hills  on several occasions and was fortunate to have an opportunity to get out into several of the remoter areas. My mapping work on the ranges and larger southern Western Ghats system continues from afar. In this post I highlight some of the familiar views shot in panoramic during our family’s winter visit.

Winter view looking west from Coaker's Walk.

Winter view looking west from Coaker’s Walk. The Highwavy Hills are in the far distance, just above the haze line (estimated at about 1,400 meters). Earlier images of the same view show native grasslands in the foreground while here they have almost completely been obliterated by invasive wattle and lantana!

Lake view in the winter

Kodaikanal kake view at dawn in the winter

Perumal and the view east from Coaker's Walk int he winter.

Perumal and the view east from Coaker’s Walk in the winter.

View west to Perumal and Priest's Walk from Eagle Cliffs.

View east to Perumal and Priest’s Walk (far left) from Eagle Cliffs. This rugged escarpment was once the favorite haunt of Nilgiri tahr, something recorded in earlier accounts of Kodaikanal.

High Range and Anaimalais profile, looking westwards from Kukkal.

Anai Mudi (far left) the High Range/Eravikulam plateau and Anaimalai Hills  looking westwards from Kukkal. The Nilgiris were also visible to the north-west (out of the frame).

Anai Mudi and Eravikulam from Kukkal in the winter.

Anai Mudi and Eravikulam from Kukkal in the winter.

Kukkal ridge with the Nilgiri Hills visible on the north-west horizon. The Anaimalai Hills above Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary are to the west (left).

Kukkal ridge with the Nilgiri Hills visible on the north-west horizon. The Anaimalai Hills above Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary are to the west (left).

 

Written by ianlockwood

2013-02-16 at 2:55 pm

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  1. What a wonderful collection of excellent photographs! Keep up the great work.

    Ted C. Essebaggers

    2013-02-16 at 3:26 pm

  2. Ian, these photos are just spectacular. Well done.

    Sara Ann Lockwood

    2013-02-22 at 5:59 am

    • Great photos that bring back great memories…….thanks

      Margaret Kapenga Shurdom

      2014-02-03 at 7:41 pm

  3. Ian, I do love your work. The pictures of the Hills take me back as I have such wonderful memories of hikes we used to take all around the Palanis.

    Sylvia Seamands

    2014-02-04 at 9:12 pm

  4. […] Postcards from the Palnis 2012 […]


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