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’.
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.
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.
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.
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…