Hisham Barbhuiya Sep 18 2014

Topslip – South India’s Yarrow Unvisited

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With long weekdays becoming a trend these days, it is quite natural to seek a short trip to a nearby destination. For many in South India, the answer may lie in Kodaikanal or Ooty. However, there is a place called Topslip, not in England or America, but rather here in Tamil Nadu. With its picturesque green hills, pleasant weather, beautiful tea gardens and wildlife, Topslip is a place you definitely ought to try out.

Located in Coimbatore district, the town nearest to Topslip is Pollachi at a distance of 17 km north-east. The district headquarters is located 61 km to the north. Kerala is also close-by, making it an ideal short holiday spot for families, students and professionals seeking a short break. In fact, the place is located in the midst of the Anamalai Mountain Range in the Western Ghats.

(Photo Courtesy – Sadanand Kamath, indiamike.com)

(Photo Courtesy – Sadanand Kamath, indiamike.com)

Topslip’s Unique Forest Guest Houses

There are a lot of jungle lodges in the hills, similar to the ones you see in Malaysia, Indonesia or North-East India on TV. The best part is that these lodges are government-managed.

(Photo Courtesy – topslipist.com)

(Photo Courtesy – topslipist.com)

What to see?

The list of stuff you can actually see around here is unlimited. As we did, you can go for a leisure ride around town and check out the many tea-gardens around, and click photos among them. Mark the fact that they can come in handy if you have not changed your social media display picture for a while, due to fabulous background scenery.

The place has also gained reputation as a wildlife hotspot of the area. It is said that the wildlife in this area has been free from human intervention for a very long time. Some of the creatures you can sight here are the tigers ofParambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, located around 4 km from here, adjacent to the Nellampathy ranges of neighboring Kerala. Even if you are a trekking enthusiast, you will find the area having an abundance of facilities to choose from, as it is just green and green all around. It is best to expect only relaxation from this place and not much in terms of shopping.

How to reach?

The best place to use as a launching-pad to come in into the city is Coimbatore. Besides a reputed airport and railway station, buses are also available from the city. Buses from Pollachi are readily available from 6 am to 4 pm.

When to see?

Being from a hilly region myself, I can say that you can visit a mountainous region at any time of the year. If you are adventurous, you can brave it out during monsoons too. If you are a little laid-back, visit during the dry seasons of November to January. Visit anytime and the place will always be beautiful and ready to welcome.

So, make sure you book your tickets to this fabulous place soon. It is nearer and beautiful enough to hold you spell-bound. One of the better options to go around is to travel by bus. Now, you can book your tickets at TicketGoose.com.

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