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Siruvani - A Wild Encounter

Trees with the expansive canopies do not let in much light, and in the growing darkness, you grope around for a way out. The tribal guide smiles, knowingly, beckoning with his fingers to follow him.

Then a muffled crash in the woods! The guide sometimes stops, and you feel the hair on your nape stand on the end. Your eyes start searching for a ferocious animal that may be waiting to spring on you.

In the evening, after all that trekking, compounded by the fear of stumbling across a wild animal, when you’re dead tired and desperate to dive into a jungle stream for a refreshing bath, you will be welcomed by silent streams and lush green carpets on their banks.

This is the experience that Siruvani saves for you.

Siruvani can be called a paradise on earth, a lush green wonderland pampered by wind, water, and thriving life. Situated in the Singappara woods in the northeastern edge of Palakkad, the dark misty woods of Siruvani invite you to an experience you’d never have even dared to dream.

The Siruvani dam is situated inside the Singappara woods. There are many trek routes to get in: one goes to a beautiful but abandoned fort overgrown with weeds – the Banan fort, and another winds its way to the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border, from where a short trek will take you to the top of a hill. You can see large tracts of rice fields in Tamil Nadu from its crest.

A safari to Keralamedu, the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu managed by Mannarkkad Ecotourism, also helps you experience this wild beauty. In this case, the journey begins from Inchikunnu check post. After a nearly 10 km drive through the lush woods, you will reach Siruvani Dam site. Two gateways- one in Kerala and the other in Tamil architectural style - welcome you here. From here move forward to the breathtakingly beautiful grasslands of Keralamedu.

The forest bungalow (a 150-year-old building built by the British) – Pattiyar Bungalow - deep inside the woods on the banks of the Siruvani reservoir is a must-see destination. You will, in all probability, forget yourself, your nagging professional deadlines and all your personal worries, sitting in its veranda, watching the Muthikulam falls cascading down a mountain.

For more details:
Divisional Forest Officer
Mannarkkad
Phone: +91 4924 222574

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