Archive for the ‘Trips & Treks’ Category

Unparallel scenic gift in Kemmangundi

Lush green mountains carry amazing beauty, frequently embraced by silver clouds, is unparallel scenic gift by mother nature to creatures like us.  Our procrastinate brain will never forget this natural magnum opus written by omnipotent soul.  The colour pattern viewed from zenith of mountain in Kemmangundi is nothing but a mixture of green and blue scale hill-locks.  When we were beleaguered by a giant cloud, the chillness and fresh air revived the body and wet the hair.  While descending from a peak, an enigmatic forest welcomed us and our dunderheads alarmed the brigade to stay back.  This made to cut-short the agenda to reach Bababudangiri and Mullayangiri hills.  Panic on everyone’s face when their legs red-marked by leech incursions.  Back to ground we headed to a dormitory as our tents were tap-dancing in vrooming wind.  Successive dawn was pretty cool as we took jeeps to drench in Hebbe falls.  Amidst a flunk in trek, there were bulk in enjoyment among us.

Trip to Papanasam and other sites

Kaaraiyar dam

Kaaraiyar dam

During this office shutdown week, I was spending time in my Periamma’s home in Palayamkottai, Thirunelveli district.  We made an one-day trip to nearby places by renting a Tavera.  I’ve started around 7 o’clock in morning with my Amma, Periamma, Akka, Pappa, Kutti and Cousin-brother.  We went to Kaaraiyar dam near Ambasamudram and had a look there, but didn’t go for boating because of other plans.  The dam was huge and the panoramic bluish view was mind-blowing.  We had our breakfast there get completed with home made idlies.  Then we went to Servalar Dam which is famous for hydel project and no spectators were there except us.  Then we came down to Papanasam and had a nice bath in clear river water and had a dharshan in nearby Papanasa Swamy – Ulagammai temple.  Then we went to Manimuttar dam and with permission from the authorities we went to Manimuttar Falls.  The bath at this falls was very refreshing due to chilled water and the force in it.  After welcoming dawn, we made the way back to our home with good memories.

Frequent visits to Trichy

Within 6 months I had visited Trichy 4 times to attend marriages and engagements.  During my trip to Trichy before 2 years, I had visited Malaikottai Ucchi Pillaiyar Temple and Srirangam Renganathaswamy Temple.  But on these recent trips, I had nice time in visiting Mukkombu, Vayalur Murugan Temple, BHEL campus, Kallanai, Thiruverumbur Kovil and Woraiyur Vekkali Amman Temple.  Everytime with different set of people as friends and families, those were altogether remarkable trips.

Trip to Malpe and Udupi

This weekend our group of 12 people had a memorable trip to beaches near Udupi.  First I would like to mention, in the entire trip, all the guys were very busy only in eating.  Meahwhile, we had a good time in St. Mary’s Island ferry-ride, Football game in Maravanthe beach and Volleyball game in Kaup beach.  On a religious front, we made a visit to Udupi Krishnan Kovil and on the way back took some snaps near Tunga river at Teerthahalli.  With this group (Subramani, Senthil, Muthusivam, Praveen, Rajesh, Prakash, Bala, Pramod, Sai, Nachi and Shyam) every trip is an enjoyable trip.

NetApp Team Outing to Bheemeshwari

Today, I had a good time with NetApp team members for outing to Bheemeshwari Fishing Camp, which is located 100 kms from Bangalore.  A clan of around 20 members spent very good time in climbing a hill-lock, playing outdoor games, kayaking, climbing on nets which were tied between trees, etc.  We didn’t go for river rafting as they were not operating during this time.  The good part in the outing was, when we had fun time when one person gives introduction about other person in an interesting way.

Yercaud

A surprise trip to Yercaud with my college mates happened on the wedding day of Anandhi.   Yercaud is only 30 km from the city Salem and our trip organizer Saravanamoorthy decided to spend time there.  A cab was booked and just headed towards the hill station.  We made visit to many view points and also to a small cave temple (Servarayan temple) and spent our lunch time in Anna park.  The pleasant weather was a plus.  The gang includes Krithiga, Navanee, Kanaga durga, Rajesh and Kannan.  Thanks to Saravana for sponsoring the trip 🙂

Trivia:  The name “Yercaud” derived from Yeri + Kaadu (i.e. lake + forest)

Jog falls trip

Another exemplary trip with friends was made this time to Jog falls.  Eventhough the water flow in the falls was not impressive because of off-season, we’ve enjoyed the mini trek down to the base of falls.  The pathway was under construction so it was not so easy to climb down and up in that crooked way.  The gigantic rocks provides the scenic beauty and added colour to the trip.  Evening we had a stay in Murudehswar and it was good to play football on hard beach sand.  On the way to Bangalore we had a visit to Kollur Moogambigai and Sringeri Temples.  As usual we had a fantastic fun time inside the van by playing dumb-cheers and it was Bala’s action for the movie name ‘Kicha Vayasu 16’ last as unforgettable one.  The guys who were made part of this trip were Rajesh, Deivapalan, Pramod John, Senthil, Praveen, Karthik Balaji, Venkat and Shyam.

Exciting Singapore

I had an opportunity to visit Singapore during this trip to SFO.  I’ll say, the best airport ever I’ve seen is Singapore’s Changi International airport for its facilities, ambience and customer service.  The city of Singapore is small and comparatively clean, holding a blend of multiple cultures in it.  At this time, the city was getting prepared for Ramzan, Deepavali and a Chinese festival.  90% of Singaporeans are living in public houses, which are simply sky-scrapers like Western financial buildings.  I had enough time to spend in Little India, China town, Marlion square and shopping at Suntec City Mall.

Go.. Go.. Goa…

Goa gives an exhilarating view and experience of serene beaches. With my friends, I had an opportunity to visit this famous tourist destination in India. We are 10 people assembled at Bangalore Yeshwantpur Railway station and headed our journey to Margoa. The en-route to Goa was a unique experience with beautiful mountain-views and crossing of tunnels. We stayed in a big room which can accommodate 12 persons, located near to Colva beach. Saturday we arrived in the afternoon and spent rest of the day time in nearby couple of beaches (Colva and Majorda) by taking bath and playing volley ball and foot ball. Sunday we took 5 two wheelers for rent (which is normal in Goa for tourist commutation and its affordable too, only Rs. 300 per day for Activa and Rs. 350 for Pulsar) and visited other 5 beaches (Dona Paula, Cogo, Sinqerium, Calangute and Baga) and a fort. Went for boating in Cogo beach and had a look at dolphins in the sea. It was a good day but tiresome because of continuous bike rides. During the night around 11 o’clock we had our dinner on the Colva sea-shore shack and it was different experience to have food at the midnight on beach sand for 3 hours. Then we played volley ball at night 2 o’clock, but I didn’t continued playing because I was the best player in reverse order 🙂 Monday we had visited 2 more southern beaches (Cavelossim and Bernaulim) on going by bikes and afternoon had a visit to the famous Basilica of Bom Jesus church and Goa market. Return journey in the Sharma Travels bus was hectic, as we started at around 7:00 PM at Goa and reached bangalore at 12:00 noon next day. Bus got break-down and journey time was too long. But it was a sleeper bus, so we had some rest in the bus and played cards.

Kollimalai

A short trip to Kollimalai with my friends and juniors was pretty exciting as I didn’t expected the Kolli hills posses this much scenic beauty in her. Kollimalai is in Namakkal district of Tamilnadu, so the journey time from Bangalore was convenient. To reach the famous Akasa Gangai Falls from the Arappaleswarar temple we climbed down thousands of steps. After running enthusiastically down the steps, the gigantic falls welcomed us with her continuous “sarals” (drizzles). I’ve enjoyed much the bath I took in this falls, as it was quite different from our regular Courtalam because of heavy and rough flow of water. Apart from the falls we went for sight seeing like Seekuppaarai, Valvil Ori Statue and the village itself. The next day early morning walk was pleasant for breathing fresh air and taking some snaps. Thanks to Muthukumar for pulling everyone from the bed for this mandatory walk. On this same day he became proud father of her daughter Yaazhini. On the return way to Bangalore, we stopped at Hogenakkal and enjoyed the parisal boat ride and the dip in Cauvery river. The czars in this trip are Rajesh, Arun, Subramani, Senthilkumar, Muthusivam, Praveen and SenthilKAS.