A desperate need to find something new in Kodaikanal landed us with the info about Mannavanur Lake. Situated around 30-40 Km from the main city among the lush green valley, this place is a must visit place for all travelers interested in traveling to places off the beaten path. It is also known as the Bison-Valley, a beautiful virgin stretch of nature at an altitude of 7000 ft above the sea level
We booked our cab from the city’s taxi stand near the petrol pump. A little bit of bargaining with the driver landed us with a decent deal of Rs 1200 for the trip. There were 6 other locations included in the itenary but most of them dint have much to mention about them. The view point offering the top view of the lake was quite a site. After spending some time frolicking around and posing in various hilarious poses we decided to move on towards the lake.
Mannavanur is a small village whose sole mode if income comes from farming. On the way towards the lake we could see fields filled with carrots. Various vegetables are cultivated here including broccoli, French and butter beans, and the village also provides home made dish to those approach them, even rabbit meat is cooked if requested.
The lake is situated inside a sheep farm. The lush green valley is scattered with flocks of sheep grazing all over the place. It was awesomely scenic, quiet and to our surprise we were the only people out there. A little walk from the gate took us to the lake. I am at a loss of words when I try to describe this beautiful place. Surrounded by green hills on all sides, the silence was being broken only by the chirping of some unknown bird at a distance. We could have spent almost the entire day by the sides of the lake watching the reflections of the mountains in the crystal clear water had it not been for the dimming lights and the threatening clouds. There are quite a few benches near the lake that you could occupy. A small creek had formed from the water that overflowed from the lake due to the rains. We were quite pleasantly surprised to find few fishes in this creek. So if you are interested in angling, you can carry your gears along and try your luck.
Not many shops nearby, though a small tea stall offers the basic tea and biscuits. Be prepared and carry all your essentials along. Also be ready for the surprise visit by the rains. Options for accommodations are not many. The Camper’s club is said to be the only option for staying nearby which offers basic accommodation. Contact No: +91- 9444477358.