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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!!!

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A re-visit to Agastya Mala - Pongalappara - Athirumala from Bonacaud, turned out to be almost perfect. This time we had three days to do the trek, making it much more relaxed than the last time. But, the real highlight was the breath-taking views from the peak, including the five Anjila Pothigai hills jutting out from the cloud cover.

I have found Mullayanagiri one of the easiest places to go back to, due to its location at a convenient distance from Bangalore. Reaching the peak too is relatively easy, in spite of it being the tallest in Karnataka @ 1930m. This time, we managed to do the complete Sarpadhari - Mullayanagiri - Kavikalgandi - Baba Budan Giri - Manikyadhara trek and was blessed with clear views all around.

Munnar is God's own hills in the God's own country and the view of Meesapulimala from Kurangini side is too majestic! I had been thinking of a trek from Kurangini to Meesapulimala via Kolukkumalai for a while now, which turned out to be quite challenging. We descended down towards Rhodo valley, eventually reaching Munnar. It was great to return to Munnar after the last two outings there - a trek from Kodai to Munnar and treks from Top Station to Kurangini and Vandaravu, left me wanting more!

Returning back to the Kudremukh ranges for a Mullodi - Hiremaleguppi - Navuru trek, was very rewarding - lush green grass lands all around, Kudremukh peak from Hiremaleguppi, twin peaks Hiremaleguppi and Thirumaleguppi, hill ranges hosting Hiremaleguppi, Thirumaleguppi and Athiberi ... to add to the charm, it was a challenging trek as well.

Thrilled to finally complete the write-up on a Pandiar - Daverbetta - Mukurthi - Western Cachement - Avalanche trek, with all the details I could gather. Thanks to Ramkumar Gopalan and Srinivas Reddy IFS to provide me with this rare opportunity to revisit the Nilgiri hills and grass lands, through which I was able to explore many important peaks in Nilgiri.

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