Sunday, July 17, 2011

Jumanji 04 - The Entrance to the Paradise Lost

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I had met sudhir in March 2011, when I completed my trek Jumanji 03.He was stating about Jumanji 04 and this time we wanted to explore the route to Sasipara – Kerala.It was raining that night in Chennai in end of June “ A ring came from Sudhir plans are on for Jumanji 04” I told sudir to give me advance notice so that I can book my tickets from Chennai.

 


As stated the call came from him, this time we have plan to explore Sasipara & Alakupuri waterfalls.I reached Bangalore on 02nd Night and joined the group. It was cold and hazy rain in Bangalore that day.We started our trek at 8.45 AM, The group dumped little things in the van which they can use it after coming back from the trek.


 


I started walking in the front, There was sound heard from the 3rd Steep climb. “ Ram can Join you, if you are going in the front”. Keerthana & myself started moving in the front faster, so that we can take small rest. Soon the group joined and see the below video which is entrance to the peak Tadiyanamol.


 


We completed our breakfast at 10.15 AM and the group started walking, we took sharp deviation from the rock, crossing the waterfalls, this time the group wanted to surpass the Tadiyanamol Peak. There was warning from sudhir given since we are getting in to the forest in Seasonal time. We need to come across Lot River, hence avoid bringing camera. “The place was cloudy, can see the raise of clouds from the below mountains and the path way which lead nowhere” The group reached a point, where we surpassed the Twin peak. The patch’s over the mountains where like bridges which connected us between nature’s hearts with our true feelings. Please see the below video recording for reference
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Jumanji - The Entoute to Sasipara - Paradise

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“The time was 11.15 am, we reached junction point. The group was stunned by the View of the Tadiyanamol Peak, “The cloud that drifts away with green pasture”.

 


“Mist touch our heart with beautiful sound of the bird that has freedom fly across
boundaries” The wind was blowing from the other end, we saw group of Elephants.We waited for them to clear, as it was crossing our path way. Sorry we were crossing there path way .

 


My self Sudhir & suresh were walking in the front. We found dead snake. It was Krait is Black or bluish-black in colour with white narrow cross bands and a narrow head. Kraits are found only in Asia. It is 15 times more deadly than any common cobra. It is active at night and relatively passive during the day. The krait has a tendency to seek shelter in sleeping bags, boots and tents. Their habitat includes open fields, human settlements and dense jungle in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. We took it in twig and buried it in sand.


 
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Jumaji 4 - River Crossing Awesome Experience.

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The time was running we were walking and out of the place where the elephants were standing before, At last we decide to follow the elephant path which really dangerous but no option was given. The path exactly goes inside the forest reach the river. As Sudhir and others were walking toward the river, we came across the the elephants & started going back.

 


The time 4.45 Pm, we waited for 15 min slowly. The path way was clear by that time and we reached the running river by 5.30 Pm. The group had the lunch close to the river and sudhir stated we need to do a night trek.

 


“Time was 6.00 PM, Jinu give a whistle. Get ready to cross river. Myself, Suresh, Sreraj, sudhir & Jinu entered the running river to gauge the depth of the river. “ Yipeeeeeee Yahoooooooooooooooooo”” It so chilling & freezing” We tied the rope One end to the other end of the tree, The group planned to pass on the bags 1st and then the people. We cherished and enjoyed every moments of the river crossing. Jumanji rocks.

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Saturday, July 16, 2011

Jumanji 04 - No way back - Deadly.

 


Best is yet to come, during the entire trek we came across lot of Leech bites and
The trek after from river point till we slept was challenging and best part.We started walking in the dark, and all our light were switched on. Every step was
Filled with leech infected area, Jinu & sudhir got together and discussed about the GPS marking of the house which is 5 Kms from the river bed.

The group took the decision not stay inside the Jungle we started to walk; The group came dangerous and close attack black widow or Scorpion. People were cautioned and moved to safer place. The leeches were singing and drinking our blood. The time was running it was 9.00 PM; we were searching for a dry area were we can make night shift camp. The place was not found and still walking till 12.15 PM.

Chinmay help me “ Grab my hand I m not able to walk “ sound heard from vijaylakshmi. Sudhir stopped every 5 min of the trek after 10.00 pm, even he had given up need some rest. Ram utter words” Not able to walk, give me way. Let me walk in the front so that I will not get missed “ Ravi sound hey guy where are we camping, where we going now……. We can see opposite side of the mountain with Light burning, as the mist covered the place in front of us . As our hope of finding dry Land failed badly.

 


Meanwhile, Karthik “ tell I found a different route while we were coming up. Immediately Suhir & Jinu went along to see the place at 12.00 PM in the mid night.It was pitch dark, Leechs crawling our shoes, playing with our blood.

 


All the 9 people stayed together and Jinu Karthik & sudhir came back and stated
We found different route, need to check that one in the morning. The group went in to strong debate “ Every were we found Litter( Plastic bottles, Brandy covers , Plastic cover in the Jeep track which we follwed) Why should we go back ?

The place were we slept was close to small waterfalls and it porn to animals which come drink water. It was good lesson to us learnt the hard way, no one collected dry wood. Which in turn made feel so cold, not able make camp fire as the entire place was wet. The started to Sleep at 1.00 PM, sleeping in the middle of thick Jungle “ Every one were damn tried” “ There were there tarpons put across and each group had one person switched on dim light to have vigil of the entire night. If sound comes immediately we need to get up.
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Jumaji 4 - The Feel of True Nature

 


“Time was 4.30 AM, got up and it was raining suddenly. Every where getting on top us. We were not able to sleep that night. “6.00 AM see the below picture, I was thinking of my home, My mom wakes me up for coffee” “Here the nature delight giving us best of all challenges which kept us away from sleepless night.

“Time 7.30 AM , I was searching was good place to complete my morning
downloads. The best part whiling downloading you will surely get upload from leeches in unknown place of your body. Jinu & sreeraj also crossed me in search of the same place, while we completing the work. Jinu & Sreeraj scouted he place and came back to the group stated there is man made steeps going up.

“The time was 8.30 Am, the started to pack every thing and it was raining heavily and we started to walk toward the steps and The group was surprised. We came out of the thick Jungle and landed at a place called Kabe coorg, The closet place to kerala was 9 Km from the place we reached. Just See the below pictures & videos foir your reference.


 


Sudhir spoke with the local and arranged a guide to explore the place in kerala, but the was so tried and they stick to one decision not to go back. We also had time and food and good guide. No chance to go back and the group decided to go the village which close by and take the van back to good place to eat breakfast. The trek ended
With out exploring place to sasipara, but for sure we shall come to explore the place to Kerala. The group was so close in entering kerala we failed.


 


Thanks to the entire group off 11 people who came along with me. BASC is become like home for me and I enjoy each & every moment of my trek. Thanks to Sudhir & Jinu and BASC for arranging such wonderful trek. I m waiting for Jumanji 05………… 
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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gavi - Outline of the Trek.

 


Where is Gavi ?
Gavi is in Kerala, it falls under periyar wild life reserve forest. Virgin land still un explored by many people. India is beautiful and we have not seen such beauty in our own country.

How to reach Gavi ?
Chennai - Kumily - Gavi - 463 Kms
Nearest railway station: Kottayam, about 114 km away.
Nearest airports: Madurai Airport (Tamil Nadu), about 140 km away;
Cochin International Airport, about 190 km away.
Season Time: Nov to April.
Non Seasonal Time: June to Sep (Preferred reason to Avoid High Expenditure)

Contact Address
Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Eco-Tourism Project Periyar.

For more details please contact
Tourist Information Office
Department of Tourism, Thekkady
Phone: 04869-222620

Gavi Eco-Tourism a project of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation has caught the attention of tourists, mostly from European countries. The project is exclusive in many respects and the majority who visited was nature lovers and adventure tourists. Over a short period of time visitors to Gavi gradually increased, especially after 'Alistair International' the world acclaimed tourism major listed it among the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the must-see places in India.

It was dream for me to visit this place , I was collecting articles related to Gavi.
Mean while I took part in the Tadiyanamol trek organised by BASC in March where Jinu told more information about the place, We were waiting for June since the Off Season would start and right time to visit Kerala.




 


 


Both group reached Kumiliy on 11th June 2011 morning at 7.00 AM “The Entry to the paradise lost” had check post to cross and we reached A place in search of good Boarding & Lodging, Maharani Hotel right bang on the main road is the hotel we stayed. The Dormitory cost us RS 800 for 7 of us with good beds provided. The Group Started to discuss what we need to do on the 1st day, as we have plan to visit Gavi on 12th June 2011 as we need purchase entry ticket. Gavi tickets has 2 package Rs 900 per person Package which provide Good breakfast, lunch& tea , Coffee with Guide provided to us to see the place. 2nd Package allows you to stay inside jungle and it cost you RS2500 per person each day.


 
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Gavi - Information about the place - Part 2

 


Gavi Eco-Tourism a project of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation has caught the attention of tourists, mostly from European countries. The project is exclusive in many respects and the majority who visited was nature lovers and adventure tourists. Over a short period of time visitors to Gavi gradually increased, especially after 'Alistair International' the world acclaimed tourism major listed it among the leading eco-tourism centres and one of the must-see places in India.

 



It was dream for me to visit this place,I was collecting articles related to Gavi.Mean while I took part in the Tadiyanamol trek organised by BASC in March where Jinu told more information about the place, We were waiting for June since the Off Season would start and right time to visit Kerala. The reason it would help us to reduces the Cost. I published the information in face book and through which we formed the team from Bangalore & Chennai. 3 People from Chennai 4 people from Bangalore decided to visit gavi, for both of the group had no clue whom to contact for boarding & lodging.


 



Both group reached Kumiliy on 11th June 2011 morning at 7.00 AM “The Entry to the paradise lost” had check post to cross and we reached A place in search of good Boarding & Lodging, Maharani Hotel right bang on the main road is the hotel we stayed. The Dormitory cost us RS 800 for 7 of us with good beds provided. The Group Started to discuss what we need to do on the 1st day, as we have plan to visit Gavi on 12th June 2011 as we need purchase entry ticket. Gavi tickets has 2 package Rs 900 per person Package which provide Good breakfast, lunch& tea , Coffee with Guide provided to us to see the place. 2nd Package allows you to stay inside jungle and it cost you RS2500 per person each day.


 
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Gavi - Entry & Exit to the Paradise

 


We got the Tickets to Gavi from Kumily forest office, the time was 10.30 AM. The plan is to view points in Kumily Ottathita & Chellarkovil Waterfalls.After visiting the both the place the time was 1.00 PM reached back to Kumily and had Lunch at Ambadi Restaurant which has got both Veg & Non Veg food. The food was good Especially the ambience and the way of the Dinning was awesome and it was built in old Kerala style house. After completing the food we wanted to take boat ride in Thekkady. Since we had reached the place at 3.00 PM in the evening all the tickets for the Boat ride Sold for the Day. The group decided to walk inside the Thekkady Boat road we roam around inside and came back to the hotel at 5.15 PM. Every one was tried and we have decided to Sleep faster and to get up in the morning at 4.30 AM. The Jeep guy comes at 5.00 AM to Pick up.

 


The next day the jeep guy called us at 5.00 Am, We started the Journey” Jinu asked to remove the roof top of the Jeep”Myself & Chimay were standing behind enjoying the roof top view, Soon Saurab also joined. The View of the Jungle was awesome as we entered the reserve forest.


 


Time was running fast we where totally lost with mother nature best show.
Let me explain, how it look like “It was small road both sides of the roads covered with Grass land every moment you hear the sound of animals while the Jeep diver was slowly driving the Jeep. The Jeep reached a place, The road in front was not seen as the mist covered in front. We got down enjoying the View. The Below video recording show it all.


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Gavi - The beauty not explored

 


We reached Gavi at 7.00 AM, the below Video & picture can explain how the View was at the place. We were asked to sign the register and left free until 8.30 AM. Breakfast at Gavi was awesome and we all enjoyed the food. Each group were assigned a guide who know the routes very well. Every moment we were thrilled by the view we came across. Time was 9.15 AM we started our trek, walking up the mountains covered with grass & stones ever were, The guide asked us to keep silent as we come across some animals during the trek.


 


“The wind was blowing as we reached the top of the mountain; Mist comes and says HI & Bye to us. The green patch were seen everywhere. “The path ways was like the en route to heaven, never in my life time experienced such view and had Little bit Sprinkle from mother nature”. After crossing 4 kms in the trek we came across a Hut house which was constructed to make people stay inside during night treks. Guide stated the house is used for different package which people are allowed to stay inside jungle cost RS 2500 per person 1 night stay. The Sound of water gushing through was heard loud and clear. It is nothing But behind the hut house we had waterfalls which were falling from 40 feet below.


 


Time was 11.15 AM we started walking toward falls, The stated we can come with him one by One. We hold hs hand standing on the Edge of the waterfalls. Please find the below video give You the explanation. No words to describe.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Gavi - The Curve that has no Exit.....

 


“Our Mind say’s wait here to build home, while heart says enjoy the nature best creation and the guide says time over we need to get back”. We reached the end point at 12.15 PM while everyone was waiting for the Jeep, I took the below picture

 


As we reached base Gavi, I visited the store where I came across all the animal’s bone took a pictures. The lunch was ready at 1.30 PM, we completed a good Lunch and were waiting for the boat ride. “The Mist was settled in the Man made Lake” ”The heart beat was swift as we stepped in to the boat. The place around was so silent” “You were in my dreams & I took pictures with my eyes” . The boat crashed into jungle “The water falls in front was gushing through way”


“Each step closer to you was freezing – Waterfalls” “It was so freezing fresh out from the Jungle” Please find the below video for More explanation.

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Time was 2.30 PM, time was coming to end, and we need to take the boat ride back to the place. “Our heart sates, do we wish to go back after exploring the virgin beauty”
The group got lost after reaching the Gavi base till 4.00 PM, time was running as we need return. One the way back, I have taken the below picture. “The curve that runs deep into my heart never has an exit point”.

 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tadiyanamol - In Search of Kerala Exit Route

 


We cooked our morning breakfast, maggi noodles. while we were cooking, There was loud noise from the Tadiyanamol Hillcok bunch of 15 people shouting from the other end. They wanted to know how we got down here? they wanted to also join with us.

 


After finishing the breakfast, sudhir had quick brifing on the exit route to Kerala. We were 99% sure we will find the way and exit through kerala. Started exploring the route and we decend down from the peak to get in the forest and found trail along the forest.

 


People intially thrilled as they found some way. As we followed the pathway, it did not lead us any where. The crowd halted at 10.30 AM inside the Jungle and Jinu & Badri Scouted the entire area. Final result no way, the gang started to feel that we are lost inside the Jungle and we switched on the GPS to find the way. The GPS showed the Signal which we have already explored and from the signal point come from Kakkabe.

 


The Time ran like any thing, it was 1.45 PM we have decided and not waste any time wanted to go back the same path way. Now the big hurdle is we need to climb two mountain to go back to 1800Meter. We do not know how much time it will take? The gang had group discussion started to follow the Same pathway but we did not climb the peak instead of it, we walked the boittom Circumference. Sudhir and few other agreed and there was strong opposition from Aneesha & shobhana and other talking practically we do not know the way and we are taking risk some time we might end up inside the Jungle again. Badri who was Sweeper gave small motivation to the crowd stating let us try this way. After 3 Hrs walk we came across a place where we can see the Sky from inside of the forest and Jinu was sent on top to see what is there? We heard the Sound from him Eurekha Eurekha(We found the Way out). The entire gang was thrilled untill then we were undergoing some mental pressure that we might miss the travel back to bangalore. We came out of the Jungle and crowd was rejoiced in Joy. Jumanji Trek is real adventure Thanks to Basc & Sudhir for arranging such wonderful trek. I am Waiting to Explore More Treks in Western Ghats through BASC...................
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Tadiyanamol - Ray that Surpassed

 


I woke up at1.45 AM, I could feel all the sleeping bag was wet as it was so cold and damp. I sat near the fire and started playing some good Hindi and Tamil songs and the gang enjoyed it. The pain of trekking through had gone flying after witnessing the view of Sunrise.

 


The time ran like thin air passing by, the sun ray started hitting the horizon of the peak.Jinu the master man climbed the hillock to view the Sunrise and meanwhile I could Witness rays passing between two mountain.

 


A small Gang got ready witness the sunrise, The ray of surpassed between two beautiful mountains. The Morning was awesome took some video.

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