One humble request to all the people planning to go to for treks. Please respect nature and remember other people. Never litter these wonderful places. Infact, it will be great, if you can pick up some of the litter (especially the non-bio-degradable) and carry it back. Please abstain from smoking and drinking when you are with nature. Even if you cant help it, atleast carry back cigarette buds and liquor bottles. If couple of us show some responsibility, we can keep these places clean and pristine for the coming generations!!!
Almost a year after my first Himalaya trek, I managed to write it down. We - me, Preethu, Amit and Priya - joined the YHAI India trek to Saurkundi for an awesome first time experience in the Himalayas.
Having read about the Escape Road for years, me and Preethu called up Kodai Mani to arrange a trek from Kodai to Munnar through Berijam lake and the beautiful villages of Kavunji, Kilavarai and Vattavada. I was not so happy with the very unprofessional conduct of Kodai Mani and team - especially considering his high fees - and wanted to go back to the Vandaravu watch tower. So, a return trek from Top Station was inevitable :), this time with Jinu, Priyanka and Gladys, guided by Rajan. As per Rajan's plan, we trekked up to Vandaravau watch tower and grass lands on day 1, while on day 2, we descended towards Kurangini, before returning to Bangalore via Bodi and Theni.
A foray in to the southern tip of Western ghats - trek to Agastya Mala from Podiyam via Pongalappara, with Pravin, Sundar and Souvik, organized by Vishwa and Thomas. With a climb of about 1600m+, this would rank as one of the toughest treks I have done.
A visit to Pythalmala and Kanjirakolly which included a trek to the peak, exploring some view points in the area and a beautiful drive around the hills and back to Bangalore.
I always wanted to return to Savandurga, ever since a bizzare trek in March 2004 when I lost way and headed to the nearby jungle. This time, the trek was quite 'normal' as five of us - Santa, Tilak, Sudeepto, Gopal and me - headed to the foothills on our bikes and reached the top of Billigudda effortlessly. This was also the first time ever, three of my interests - Biking, Trekking and Photography - came together. A month later, the ghosts of the March 2004 misadventure was exorcised completely when I went back to Savandurga to complete an exciting trek to Karigudda.