First of all- there are no proper trails to the place only a local can get you here. Look for someone from Thayyeni town if you want to visit.
The hike to the meadows of Panniyarmani starts from a plantation, then takes to deep, dark forest and then to valleys filled with tall green grasses that shame you of your height. This is a very difficult hike, mostly because there are no trails and you wont be able to see where you are stepping as the ground is covered in thick layer of grass. Even with proper hiking shoes and all I found myself twisting and turning my ankles, luckily I wasn't injured though.
The views are amazing. The thick cover of forests down below a 90 degree drop, the maze of Western Ghat mountains going around, the numerous varieties of flowering plants, honeybees and insects. The place is clearly untouched by humans most of the time. You can roam around the meadows and have snacks in there (make sure you dont drop any waste materials- plastics or paper or bottles, whatsoever). This is a very peaceful place with the sounds of the forests and that of the birds chirping.
The meadows goes on and on, just be mindful of the way back if you plan to explore more of the grasslands. Apart from the beauty of the nature, be wary of elephants. This place is a grassing spot and you can easily see the presence of elephants from the amount of dungs present in the area. Also, there is a waterhole which is frequented by elephants. As it is mostly covered in grass at the top portions, it is fairly easy to spot elephants from a distance but dont make any prior noice that will attract them to you. Also, wear something that has dull colours, which goes well with the colours of the meadows and the forests.
Visited on Nov 2017