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Avalanche (Avalanchi) — Second Visit but saw much more

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Trout Hatchery

This was one tourist spot that my SIL insisted on visiting. I was not so sure because we had come here before and they do not allow you beyond a particular point. Well, we started out late as usual. It was raining as well but surprisingly a lot had changed since our previous visit. One of the first things I noticed was that we could go beyond the point.

Eggs and Lil ones
Eggs and Lil ones

They had 1 number of tourist-friendly boards to let us know that we were entering the Reserve. We had to get tickets which turned out to be a big hassle. It was quite crowded and we didn’t know if we could go this trip or the next. There were so many vehicles and so many people and chaos reigned.

Because we were told that we would get the tickets after 1 hour, we proceeded to visit the trout hatchery that was close by and not as crowded.Well, we figured out why it was not crowded. The place had moss all over the place, was dinghy, and begged for maintenance. Instead of standing outside waiting for the ticket counter to open, we were inside an absolutely dark building that we all wanted to quickly get out of but we were taken all around and someone took the pains to explain the process while we listened (im)patiently.

Driven in a Tata Sumo
Driven in a Tata Sumo

When we got back, we found that chaos still reigned supreme and we doubted if we would visit the most talked about tourist spot in recent times. And all of us were hungry. We also noticed that folks who came after us were talking to some of the locals and getting their ride before us. That is when we realized that the trip may not happen and all our effort was for naught. SIL, who had left the whole trip in the hands of the men folk, jumped to action and in a few minutes we were off. Yes, that is exactly how it happened. The men folk were quite surprised.

Cold and Foggy Day
Cold and Foggy Day

The drive was in a Tata Sumo and we did not share the vehicle with anyone else. It was terribly cold and foggy. And the cold breeze all but threatened to kill us but we stayed warm in our sweaters and jackets. The guide who accompanied us, stopped at all the relevant places, a waterfall where we all did the obligatory pose – some snaps came out ok but most of the snaps had a bit of someone else who also wanted a photo – it got a bit irritating, of course.

Next to a waterfall
Next to a waterfall

It was a windy day so my hair was flying all over my face and most of my snaps have come out natural but hardly great ūüėÄ The Arien was busy shooting pics irrespective of the state of my hair while I tried to control my hair. In fact, when I had my hair somewhat controlled, I found the Arien shooting some shrub ūüė¶ Well, so no great snaps of me!

Apart from the regular snaps, the Arien was experimenting with Black and White pictures and so almost every one of the regular snap was also shot in black and white – except my snaps of course, to lend an effect to the snap. Well, it worked.. mostly ūüėÄ The drive to the place was so interesting that we enjoyed the drive a lot though we were all shivering a bit. Winter had not officially started but there was quite a fog.

Bizzare Tree in BW
Bizarre Tree in BW

We also stopped near a bizarre looking tree opposite a temple. The Arien, of course, first shot a picture of the tree and then sauntered over to us. We were all on our way to the temple. Aunt refused to get off the Sumo so the rest of us decided to go. I am not a big fan of praying in public but for some reason I felt compelled to do so this time.

The temple was just another temple, it appeared at a turning and the Sumo was stopped after the turning. So, you kinda have to walk down to the temple and then climb a few steps to actually stand before the Sanctum Sanctorum.

The Temple
The Temple

Also, the guide and the driver both expected us to spend some time at this spot, praying or taking snaps and so they took a break. If my uncle was in the Sumo, he would have said “Aaah.. thats ok.. we have been to a lot of temples, Keep going.”

Anyway, those were some of the highlights of the travel to Avalanche. We all agreed that this trip was well worth the wait and thanked SIL profusely for pushing for this trip. Without her effort, we would have all headed back to the room for some eating and sleeping.

Nope, not over yet. One more post on Avalanchi with a few more pictures to follow. Also, since we went on this trip in 2012, it takes me a while to go over my meager notes, the pictures, and piece together a post.. be patient you all ūüôā

 

Mudumalai: Day 2 and the Nature Trek

Day 2

This year I was determined to be the change that I always wanted.¬†Getting up early is pretty tough for me – I usually like to¬†stay in bed until 8:30 smtms even 10 a.m. This year I was determined to change that.¬†trekbeginning The moment the Alarm went off – I woke up and we were both ready by 7:00 – we had earlier decided against having a bath¬†because that may delay us and we did not want to be late. We reached the cottage where dinner had been served¬†and then started our looong wait. Two gals came by – tried coffee and then tea – were thoroughly unimpressed as we were – n went back – we waited –¬†forever it seemed¬†– and totally lost our patience.¬†The Trek guide¬†arrived at 7:30 but we waited arnd for the huge group to arrive and they did – slowly – in ones and twos.¬† It was the arbid grp we had seen last nite at the bonfire –¬†they were actually a bunch of married couples¬†and a few single folks.¬† There was another family,¬†3 members – a father, mother, and a¬†young son. We finally started out at 8 – I was¬†completely cheesed off and so was the arien who was pretty quick in showing his irritation on the trek guide. While we waited near the trail – the father had disappeared and so we spent sm time observing the scenery.¬† The trek guide was eager to settle things with us as we were the only tamilians and asked us to chk¬†out a¬†tree with¬†amazing fire-like flowers¬†– while we all stared open-mouthed – the arien shot his first pic of the day ūüėÄ

Anyways we were¬†off.¬† It was a steep incline and I was out of breath¬†in 15 mts ūüė¶ The only¬†casualty was the mother who asked¬†the guide if it was going to continue to be¬†steep¬†– the guide replied that¬†this was only the initial incline and we had a lot more to go – she dropped out. We went on ahead at a steady pace – I did not¬†plan on quitting and so I walked at as brisk a pace as possible¬†in an incline.¬† We saw the spotted deer on our trek but could not take any snaps as we were arnd¬†18 ppl and the noise¬†made by the 18 ¬†supposedly-tiptoeing ppl is actually louder than a twig breaking and so the deer disappeared frm view¬†ūüė¶

nilgirimountainsWe walked n walked n walked –¬†we came¬†across a waterfall, elephant dung, deer dung, amazingly picturesque locations,¬†and¬†almost came face-to-face with a¬†lone tusker but that happened much later.¬†As we climbed, I sometimes wished the trek would end – I was tired out¬†and then we would see the dung and I would foolishly believe we may come across either more deer or the elusive elephant.

We continued walking…¬† and then we reached a plateau which was specifically meant for a photo-op and so we used it. You can actually see the Nilgiri mountain at a great distance with the shadow of the other range on it – it looked simply lovely ūüôā I thot we had reached the end of the trek. Well, the trek guide told me we were¬†not done yet. The¬†beeg¬†grp of 14 was happily¬†involved in various photo ops till I was ready to scream. The kid was bugged and¬†actually said wht¬†we 4 were thinking “Not one more snap! Come on!!”¬†The ice was broken between us and the father started on a loong story of a bee biting him and the Arien was the sole listener – the kid had obviously heard the story before and I was trying hard not to glare.

The group of 14 finally stirred and we were off Рsome more climbing and soon I was weary and before we knew it wemachan were going downhill. My salwar was completely covered in brambles and those teeny circles of thorns that hurt awfully РI was tired of having to pull them out of my salwar so we could move on when suddenly the trek guide went on ahead. He told us to wait and all of us were frankly too tired by then Рit was nearing 10:15. He came back running and looked panic stricken. We could also hear a noise that sounded like a huge animal was moving towards us Рthe trek guide advised to start running the moment he shouted. The sound stopped jes behind a huge clump of bushes and shrubs. None of us were fit enough to run at tht time and so we all stared at each other and laughed. The animal was a lone tusker that was well-hidden but pretty close to where we were and could turn violent. We waited a while hoping 2 catch sight of it Рno chance.

We continued walking and saw the electric fence – we were advised not to touch it and then suddenly we saw a machhan. It obviously did not belong to our resort – there was a lot of private property deep in the jungles which was pretty surprising. We happily took pictures of the machan ūüėÄ We are actually standing pretty close to the electric fence that we were not supposed to touch.

We reached the resort at 11 and walked straight into the breakfast area – I was famished. An amazing spread was laid out consisting of Idli, Pongal, Vada, Egg burji, toast, sausage, chicken, and I cannot really remember¬†what else. I think we all hogged quite a bit – pongal was re-filled, toast was made again – I think everyone was famished and so¬†we gorged on the food ūüėÄ By the time we decided tht we had had enough – it was almost 12:30 ūüė¶ I was not too sure if we¬†could have lunch at all.

tortoiseWe finally had lunch at 2:45 – it was awful ūüė¶ I really wished¬†we hadn’t come for lunch – the veg biriyani was so¬†spicy – I managed two spoonsfull and decided tht was all I cud handle after¬†five glasses of water ūüôā¬†Most ppl lowe curd rice which was the alternative and I cannot the stand the sight of it n so I decided to have the sweet which was Gulab¬†Jamoon.¬†The chicken biriyani was supposedly ok.¬† As we walked back to our cottage, I came across this tortoise sunning itself – it was still for so loong tht the Arien believed tht it was probably a small statue placed for our amusement. And then it blinked, the arien missed that and so did not believe me and then it moved its feet and he finally did.¬†He took the snap before the tortoise decided to disappear into the water. We also spotted the friendly fish – bright orange in colour in the water. The Arien was not too interested in taking snaps of the cute fish and so we went back to the cottage. I was looking forward to a siesta ūüôā

We¬†opted for our very own¬†safari in the evening. We decided against opting for a safari from the resort and decided to drive down to Bandipur and back. I was hopeful of catching sight of a lot more animals. Fingers crossed!! ūüôā Zzzzzz ūüôā