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…

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

Into the light…

The way is in front of my eyes

Gleaming with streaks of hope

Shadows engulfing from behind

Implying the darkest past I fared

I ran to the end of twisted road

Gasping for breath and panting

Heart beating at an alarming pace

Ready to collapse at any moment

I ran and ran as fast as I can

I could feel the warmth again in life

Shoving off all my fear and doubt

A whole new world opened for me

Beautiful and bright as heaven

All I could feel is your intense love!

Weekly photo challenge!

I have been going through my gallery searching for a meaningful photo to submit for this week’s photo challenge and got stuck into this capture.

All those who search for the hidden meaning inside this image, I would like to suggest you to read the following poem!

They stood there divided by the river

Struggling hard to be together

Stretching its branches in full length

Leaning towards to feel the touch

Still they feel they are one soul

With the bridge connecting them

Villains are there in all love stories

Here river turned to be one

Still they waited days and months

For that precious moment to come

When their soul and body be one

And remain together forever…

Favourite capture 2017

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.