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18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Travel
GOLDEN TEA GARDENS

Valparai, Anamalias, Tamil Nadu. The Anaimalai Hills, also known as the Elephant Mountains, are the range of mountains that form the southern portion of the Western Ghats and span the border of Tamil Nadu and Kerala in Southern India. These parts are famous for the tea and coffee plantations as well as for their abundant wildlife - from giants like elephants and gaurs to predators like tigers and leopards to endemics such as lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri tahrs. But over the past century, it is mostly the tea-gardens that have provided employment in the region leading to inevitable human-animal conflicts over real estate. And the tea plantations, set up in colonial times, remain functioning in this corner of the country. As depicted in this image, unhurriedly contemplating the tea gardens is pure bliss, especially when the sun rays break through the post-monsoon clouds and dapple the verdant valleys with a timeless tapestry of light and shade.

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Date Taken: 11.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: India
Camera: NIKON D5
Copyright: © Amartya Mukherjee