You wake up to the sweet sonorous whistle of the Malabar Whistling Thrush exactly at 5.30 in the morning and begin to marvel at the similarity between bird and man and at God’s creation. Perhaps the bird scores over man in its consistency of the tune, I thought. Then the other birds appeared to take over from there as though waiting for a signal, chirping endlessly, all at the same time. When I was about to open the door leading to the balcony to feast on the scenery, I noticed a large monkey with its baby firmly entrenched in its pouch keenly watching us through the glass door and scratching it vigorously in an attempt to enter the room. Immediately half a dozen monkeys, big and small joined him wagging their tails as though beckoning us. It was amusing to watch one of them dragging its baby by its tail towards her when she noticed the young one was at some mischief. We came to know later that these visitors frequented their guests during the time of breakfast expecting to be fed with fruit or bread.
While on our morning walk along the path that was lined with spice trees and some flowering plants, we spotted the whistling bird and a giant squirrel but before I could take a shot, they had disappeared from our sight. We had to miss Bird watching since it was suspended during summer as it was the time elephants encroached to feast on jackfruits (we saw clusters of jackfruits hanging from trees inside and outside the resort).
One of the lower level suites
The Resort has 19 cottages and two suites, all built at different levels amidst a thick growth of a variety of spice trees. When asked for the reason, The General Manager of the Resort, Jiju James said “since the resort is built in a spice valley the owners did not wish to cut down the trees but build cottages around them in order to preserve such treasure’’. Another piece of information that came as a surprise to me was the distant hills that were seen from Bevina were called The Bakasura Hills as the mythologica figure was believed to have lived there and his footprint was proof of this. Noticing my astonished expression of disbelief, Jiju displayed the name on his mobile for me to read. It appeared Tippu Sultan had his Watch Tower over the hill.
Kurumba Village Resort has 19 cottages which are reachable with less number of steps compared to the two suites for which you have to climb down 100 steps.
The path from Bevina leading to cottage
Perhaps it’s worth the effort when you realize you can have the best view of the valley from here —the small lake fed by the gurgling waters we know not from where as you just hear their sound! Even if you miss the Forest walk for some reason, during your climb up and down within the Resort, you come across almost all the trees it boasts of—Silver Oak, Sandal, Mango, Pears, Peaches, Nutmeg, Mace, Pepper, Cloves and so on. Time appears to stand still when you begin to revel in nature’s beauty and bounty in all its pristine form. You immediately strike a rapport with Robert, the friendly Guest Relations Staff. All that the Resort needs is a Souvenir shop where the artifacts of the Kurumba tribes are displayed and a fund of information in the form of brochures which could be made available to journalists and tourists as this five year old Resort certainly requires more publicity for future tourism.
Thanks to our good friend Dr. Hariharanath for recommending Kurumba
Village Resort for our holiday but for whom we wouldn’t have known
that such an idyllic place existed.
N. Meera Raghavendra Rao