Fog, wind and Meesapulimala

Hey friends,

Its been quite sometime I have been away from blogging. So I have decided to take you to a less explored yet beautiful place ‘Meesapulimala’.

Meesapulimala trek

God’s own country, Kerala regain its charm with monsoon. With greenery everywhere, she looks like a bride in a green velvet gown. Meesapulimala is a trekking spot in Munnar. Though December is the best time to visit the place, Monsoon trek has its beauty.

I chose first week of june to visit there because of 2 reasons. First is that I love rain and I believe nature looks its best during rain and second one is leeches will be less ( which is quite prominent in these areas after rain).

The trek is organised by KFDC ( which is under Kerala government). We were a group of four and booked the trek online from http://www.munnar.kfdcecotourism.com for a day.

Base camp.

They have 3 options for accomodation. Base camp and sky cottage from where we have to trek for 8km one way. We booked Rhodo mansion which is more expensive compared to other options. I personally suggest this as these are beautiful cottages with breathtaking view. Moreover the trek distance from rhodo mansion to Meesapulimala is only 3 km and we can spend more time at the peak without time constraints.

We were asked to report at the KFDC office which is situated at a distance of 2.4km from Munnar town after lunch by 2pm. From the office till rhodo mansion the transport was provided by KFDC as the road enroute was quite dangerous. We thoroughly enjoyed the 28km jeep ride and stopped in between for tea and snacks and yes ofcourse we couldn’t stop us from clicking couple of pics as whole way was a treat to one’s eyes. Rain and fog added the beauty of the place.

 

After 3 hours of drive we reached the picturesque location of rhodo mansion. We were literally shivering as the temperature was 12 degrees and quite windy. Our guide Mr Rajan and the caretaker Mrs Selvi were amazing hosts. They welcomed us with a hot cup of tea which was must required in that weather. That evening we spent there enjoying the view and the delicious hot dinner cooked by Mrs Selvi.

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Rhodo Mansion

We started our climb at 7:30 in the morning next day after a hot cup of tea. The weather was quite rough with rain, fog and strong gust of wind all over the place. Initial 1 km and the last leg of the trek was a bit steep, otherwise I can call it an easy to moderate trek.

The climate was changing constantly with every stage of trek. Initially it was foggy with mild breeze and towards end of the climb the wind was so strong, we were struggling to balance and stand. All four of us were walking holding on to a woollen shawl in a line so that wind wont push us down from the cliff to the abyss below.

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The climb down was quite dangerous and we were struggling to stand on our foot. One point of the trek we literally felt that the wind is going to lift us. The experience was once in a life time one. The next half an hour of the trek was pure adventure. Pushing ourselves against the wind and climbing down holding on to each other was a strenuous task.

Our Guide – Mr Rajan

The magical view during the climb was enough to forget all the risks we endured and the gratification we got after successfully finishing the trek was undefinable. Our caretaker pampered us with a delicious lunch once we reached back and then it was time to say good bye to Rhodo mansion. We left the place at 2 in the afternoon promising ourselves that we will visit this place again soon…

Immortal

Waiting to be washed away by you

To dissolve into you completely

Yearning to hold your hands tight

Wander to the unknown lands afar

See the life through your eyes

Taste the sweetness and bitterness

An endless journey seeking solace

Pushing away the hurdles confronted

Submitting myself to you completely

To taste the fineness of immortality

Through you my name will live forever

Till the last drop of you say good bye

Weekly Photo Challenge – Silence

Hey friends,

Here is my submission for this week’s photochallenge – Silence

There is nothing beautiful than the silence of nature. Especially when you live in a city flooded with sound of traffic and people all around you and living life like a robot, these short getaways to the heart of nature where there is no intervention of humans make me feel so good. Its like rebooting myself and filling a fresh energy to push me ahead to prepare for the upcoming routine schedule.

Time stood still in a deep sorrow

My vision blocked by thick fog

Ruling out the parallel life I live

Still I feel I am locked in a cage

Eager to fly like a bird let loose

Wander away to worlds unseen

Move away from all the havocs

Snuggle in the silence of nature

Kanheri caves

Hey Friends,

I have been planning to write a blog on Kanheri caves since I visited the place few months back. These centuries old caves are located in the heart of Sanjay Gandhi National park situated 10 km from Borivali , Mumbai. These caves are one of the finest examples of the Indian rock cut architecture whose period of establishment is considered to be in between 1st century BC and 11th century AD.

The road to the caves itself is a visual treat with lush green forests on either side along with lakes and streams adding its beauty.

The distance from National park entrance to Kanheri caves was around 23 km. I would have preferred to go by walk exploring the scenic beauty of the place but due to lack of time , I had to head directly to the caves.

Though there are 109 caves in the whole area , most famous out of it is the chaitya griha which is believed to be used by the buddhist monks for meditation.

Entrance to Cave no: 3

Sculptures on the cave entrance

This history of Kanheri Caves is very ancient. The word “Kanheri” comes from the Sanskrit word Krishnagiri which means Black Mountain. It is believed that Buddhist Monks of the Hinayana Faith started the excavation of the Kanheri Caves from the hills in the 1st Century. Later on, the Buddhist Monks of the Mahayana Faith also contributed to this excavation process.

Chaitya griha (prayer hall)

Though I am not a person who is much interested in history, end of the day, I started admiring the historical carvings and sculptures and I can’t stop myself from praising the talent and hardwork put forth at that age where no machinery was available and carved with bare hands with minimal tools! Truly incredible!

After all these centuries, encountering all harsh weather conditions , these caves and the inscriptions and artworks still stand with all its pride and valour. Every Indian who visit these caves will surely feel a spark of pride being part of such a great culture.

Weekly photo challenge – Weathered

Theory of life!!!

Entrusting my life on tiny threads

Which are already breaking apart

Wait is long, hunger is strong

All I crave for is a prey in my web

All I can see is darkness ahead

With subtle movements beneath

Waiting to swallow me whole

Trying to figure out my feelings

Fear, hunger, anger or failure

Hope is fading away with time

A home fully ready to collapse

To push me into the deep hole

What awaits there; life or death

Can be answered only by time

I stood there unable to figure out

What exactly is the theory of life!

Windows of nature…

Its always known that there will be a light in the end of a dark tunnel. Though it is a very simple sentence, it projects the message of hope in the journey of life. The darkness of hardships and the light of accomplishments.

This is a well known fact of life. Am I being too philosophical? Though that is not my intention this view made me think philosophically. The sea is still bright and full of light while everything on the shore was engulfed in darkness.

Standing on the shore and watching sea through the coconut tress, I felt as if I am gazing at brighter side of life through a huge window standing in dark. Every sorrows and instances which I went through in my life came gushing into my mind. It reminded me of how I used to sit near my windows looking outside expecting the dark clouds to move away and lit my life with a new sunrise.

Gazing afar I stand here alone

Exploring shades of dawn and dusk

With the little waves talking to me

and clouds watching from above

Scattered clouds,rumbling waves

Breaking the silence of nature

Washing away the sins of mind

To the brighter start of a new day

Weekly photo challenge – Experimental

Hey friends

Here is my submission for this week’s photo challenge!

You might be wondering what a bunch of flowers have to do with this week’s theme ‘experimental’. Let me explain.

I bought my new Iphone 7 plus last May. The only reason I chose 7 plus over others is because of its added camera option of dual lens. The portait mode in this phone gained lot of popularity within few days of its launch.

When I got my phone I was so excited to try the portrait option and was searching for something to click. I was at home and I saw this beautiful bright bunch of flowers standing there. I felt it was talking to me. It was asking me “don’t you feel that I am good enough for your experiment”!

I went near the flowers and adjusted the camera to get the depth effect and then the perfect capture and thus a beautiful portrait image was saved into my gallery.

When the heart bleeds for thy love

to wipe away the tears of loneliness

Searching for the long lost love

Reminding of the days cherished

Memories are the only remains

Feelings are washed away by ocean

Leaving a deep scar in the heart

Swimming in the depth of darkness

Searching for the glimpse of light

Hope is fading away with time

Still I am living holding myself tight…

Weekly photo challenge – experimental

Weekly Photo Challenge – Rounded

Hey friends,

Here is my entry towards the Weekly Photo Challenge – Rounded

As always I am here with a capture from nature. If you look around you carefully, you can see numerous God created curves and rounds like perfectly shaped trees, curved mountains, the cluster of clouds in the sky and much more.

Though I had many captures of curved roads and other manmade structures, I made my mind to present this before you as I won’t be satisfied from within if I take one of those.

Standing on the hilltop where I grew

Looking down at the life below

The world beneath is full of colours

Smudged into numerous shapes

All I could see is hasty movements

Running straight without deviations

Sailing in vigor in the stream of time

Still the shore is just an imagination

You may say I am looking at the life

Sadly I say I couldn’t see any life…

Mauritius getaway Day-3 (Casela park)

Hey friends,

      I am quite excited to share my Casela park experience with you. This was the best day among all days I spent in Mauritius. Casela, the world of adventures ( That is what it is known as) quite deserve its name. It is totally a world of adventures. It is a perfect spot for all age groups. I am sure no one will leave disappointed from this beautiful place.

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You can enlarge to see what all they have to offer.

The park is spread over 14 hectares of land and offer so many activities including animal interaction programs, jungle safari, quad bike and much more. As all activities are scheduled at specific times, we have to choose accordingly what we want to do. img_3001

I started from Trou d’Eau Douce at 8:30 and reached Casela around 10. It was a 57 km drive. As I have already scheduled mountain adventures for the afternoon, morning I decided to go for jungle safari. The whole park was beautifully designed and maintained. The first sight as soon as I entered was a beautiful fish pond.

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When I walked further I came across peacocks and huge tortoises maintained in natural settings. The whole area is quite calm,neat and clean. I was lucky enough to come across a dancing peacock too on my way to bus stop for jungle safari.img_3295

The safari bus took me through that area of the park where animals are kept in their natural environment. Deer, Rhinos and ostriches were freely roaming around there. They were not scared to come near the bus too. I felt as if they were giving us a good view of them. It was a great experience for me as I have never seen an ostrich this close and not inside a cage.

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The Safari bus took us next to tiger and lion zone. Tall observation points are built near the fence where we can get a good view of them. There were activities like walk with the lions which I couldn’t do as I have already scheduled that same time for mountain adventures.

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By the time I was done with jungle safari, It was almost afternoon. After lunch I went to the pick up point for mountain kingdom. I had already booked for Canyon swing, Nepalese bridge and Zip line. They provided me with the safety harness and helmet and took through a jungle to the platform for canyon swing. I was so excited when I saw the view. The platform was built on a mountain top, and the swing was  between two mountains with a stream flowing below. It was a breathtaking view and an adrenaline rush experience, jumping from top of a mountain and swinging to and fro on a rope above the stream.

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Platform built for canyon swing

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Next was the Nepalese bridge. Narrow wooden planks arranged in a line connecting the two mountains, suspended high above tropical lush green forests, twisting and turning when you keep your foot on it. I felt as if I was walking in air. 350 m Nepalese bridge was quite a thrilling experience.

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After this exhilarating air walk I have been taken for Zip line where I got a chance to enjoy the mesmerizing beauty of the environment. There was 5 Zip lines with 5 different views. Though zip lining was less thrilling as compared to the first two, the view was quite soothing and stunning.

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The staff were sweet, pleasant and encouraging. Safety was taken utmost care along with that they created a pleasant and happy environment. They all became my good friends by the time I finished my activities.

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My pickup back from mountain kingdom was ready by the time I collected my photos. It was hard to say good bye to those amazing people I met and Casela park. It was totally an exciting day. I had my excitement and smile still on till I reached my hotel room.  A wonderful experience you should never miss if you are planning your vacation in Mauritius.