“The Road Not Taken” will take through small hamlets and village roads which are lovely way to observe local life and people. Spice plantation trail is a solid 3 hour walk over hillocks and glens. You will find out about the local spices cultivated by the people of Muduvankudi: from early turmeric to the spicy and pungent Bird’s Eyes Chilli or kanthari, you will learn about how farmers grow black gold: pepper. The cardamom plantations transport you to different world, with lush emerald stalks and giant tree canopies. As you walk along, check out the multi-hued bird life all around you! From the ravishing ruby-throated bulbul and chattering Malabar hornbills to the metallic blue Malabar Whistling Thrush – the forest birds you will see around are sure to leave you enthralled. Come with us: “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…”

Ecotones, Munnar, Village Walk
Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both; And be one traveler, long I stood; And looked down one as far as I could; To where it bent in the undergrowth.”

Ecotones, Munnar, Village Walk
Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

“Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim; Because it was grassy and wanted wear, Though as for that the passing there; Had worn them really about the same.”

Ecotones, Munnar, Village Walk
Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

“And both that morning equally lay; In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day!; Yet knowing how way leads on to way; I doubted if I should ever come back.”

Ecotones, Munnar, Village Walk
Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

“I shall be telling this with a sigh; Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.”

Ecotones, Munnar, Village Walk
Photo: Zuzana Zwiebel

Trekking with ECOTONES CAMPS

For Manoj Narayanan and Praveen Muraleedharan the concept of Ecotones Camps was born out of a passion to bring guests closer to nature. While most hotels and resorts utilize the beauty of nature and the wilderness to sell themselves, there are very few that give back to nature or contribute to conservation in any way. Eco-tourism responsible travel to natural areas that does not damage the environment, contributes to its conservation, and improves the well-being of local people is an ethical option and Ecotones attempts to imbibe this culture in its true sense. Guests can indulge in nature-oriented exploratory activities such as bird watching and nature trails or can just sit back and enjoy the scenic view. With activities such as cycling and guided nature walks, we hope to take people one step closer to nature and inculcate an interest for the natural world through observation and learning about its many intricacies.

GALLERY –  Munnar: The Road Not Taken

TEXT: Ecotones Camps & Zuzana Zwiebel

POEM: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost


ART OF TRAVEL: www.shaktitrails.com

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