After the hoo-haa died down, we decided to resume our sight-seeing. Our first spot for the second half of the day was the funnily named “Bear Shola Falls”. We were told that a long time ago, bears used to visit those falls for their water needs. The road to the falls is not a pucca road but for once the Gods decided to be merciful and the sky was clear and we made our way to the falls. It was nice but we were somehow not in a mood to enjoy the falls – probably the result of too much of excitement during the first half of the day! I took a few snaps because the arien refused to go into the water. Usually, if there is a waterfall he will refuse to get out and I have to play spoilsport. Naturally, this was surprising! Water was plentiful and there were a lot of people crowding around and so we left almost immediately.
Our next spot was the lake – not the berijam lake (another odd sounding name) but the kodaikanal lake. The lake was a great photo-op and even the Arien was cheered. The Arien shot a pic that reminded me a lot of the snap he took in Wayanad of the Pookot Lake. You can read about the Pookot Lake, here. Of course, the purple lotus was not to be seen and so while it looked a lot like the other snap – it failed to create an impact. But, the lake was huge and we were definitely feeling a lot better after visiting the lake.
The Arien shot a few decent pics and we were soon back to our normal selves 🙂 The rain had all but disappeared and we could admire the beauty of Kodai. I insisted on having a butta and that made us spend more time than usual at the lake. The Arien was busy shooting pics amidst munches.
People walked all around the lake – children all togged up for riding bicycles safely, with helmets, knee pads, elbow pads etc. were happily riding around with a watchful parent.
Boating did not appeal to both of us and so we drove around the lake – one section was in need of repair. As a result, we could not go all around the lake and had to turn around. Of course, the cyclists could manage and so we stopped the car and watched people walk, cycle, and drive past. It was quite relaxing. The Arien confided that the car trouble had kinda given him a scare. I reminded him that since it was taken care of – we need not worry ’bout it now. He can get suddenly emotional but he is quick shake it off 😛
We still had to visit Guna caves and Pillar Rocks. We set off before it became too dark. This part is quite confusing – I think we finally visited Guna caves. The caves are named so because the KamalHassan movie was shot here or probably in the vicinity. The cave was supposedly bat-infested and I had no desire to visit it. The path to the next toursit spot was so unlike others that I was worried. I also did not see too many women around. It does seem like we are entering a new world.
We finally reached the end of the trek (it was not a walk) and found ourselves stopped by a wire-like structure. I think it was dangerous to go beyond that point. We walked to the edge and realized that it was true and only fools would try it. We started to head back.
At the same time, we saw a number of young boys on the other side of the wire – yes on the trecherous side. I was quite curious mainly because it was a good photo-op. That was of course, until we noticed how they go there. Most of the young guys moved towards a cleverly hidden small rip in the wire structure and crawled to the other side. I could only assume that the boys were drunk. No one in their right senses would try it. Of course, they could be local. Meaning they have done this a zillion times and use it to show-off to the tourists.
I was looking forward to the comfort and safety of our car. However, we had a surprise awaiting us. A monkey had settled atop the car and was giving us “The Look”. The Arien could not resist the opportunity and shot two pics before the monkey fled.
I was real glad to get back into the car. My feet were aching from the trek. The path was wet, muddy, and quite slippery and so we had to walk up slowly and return in the same speed. We saw quite a few boys, run, slip and fall and while it was a source of amusement for the rest of his gang – I did not want to fall down and hurt myself in any way, here or any other place for that matter. The Arien, of course, being quite impatient, walked a few steps ahead. Thankfully, both of us did not fall. No more sight-seeing for today.
We were totally tired and looked forward to relaxing in our cozy cottage.