Renuka Lake - Nahan

Majestic lake presents a grand panorama to the visitors. Renuka Lake is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh.

Varanasi older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together.....By Mark Twain.


This is a picturesque small village enroute to Mcleodganj. Isn't it a painting by GOD himself...!


One of the most haunted place on the planet. Staying after sunset and going before sunrise is STRICTLY prohited by law.


Enjoy boating in the green waters of Luxembourg and park your boats in the above parking bays.


The Ancient Temple which inspired the design of Indian Parliament House.

June 28, 2014

Puri - The Soul of India!

Are you an adventurer or a religious buff, fond of arts or festivals or simply fun-loving? Never mind whatever you like, Odisha, (formerly Orrisa) has something for everyone! Located on the eastern coast along 500km long coastline, Odisha, the ‘Soul of India’, is a combination of scenic locations, natural and historical wonders!

Some of the major attractions of Odisha are famous Jagannath Temple in Puri, 700-year-old Sun Temple at Konark, India’s biggest salt-water lake Chilka, popular white sand beach of Gopalpur-on-sea, which is ideal for sailing, surfing, swimming and sun-bathing. Bhitarkanika and Nandankanan are among 18 of its national parks, which is home to thickest mangrove forest, red silk cotton trees and rare flora and fauna species. Tourists also visit Odisha to celebrate Durga Puja, Konark Dance Festival, Kalinga Mahotsava and the most famous Rath Yatra (car-festival).

The best time to visit Odisha is in winters, which stays between October and February, when the temperature goes as low as 12 degrees. Odisha's capital Bhubaneshwar enjoys direct flights, road and railway networks from all major Indian cities. The tourists can take taxis, buses to reach its destination from Bhubaneshwar airport. You can also book hotels online ahead of your visit but confirm your hotel facilities before booking. 

Sun Temple, Konark

Don’t miss out on 700-year-old magnificent Sun Temple located at Konark that is considered as one of the best dedications to the Sun God as it features sun’s movement around chariot. Ganga Dynasty’s King Narasimhadeva built this chariot-shaped temple, holding 24 giant wheels with seven horses, in the 13th Century. The spokes of the wheels created sundial that is said to have used in time calculation during the day. The first wheel at the temple’s entrance said to have caught the first ray of the rising Sun every morning.

The granite-made temple is also said to have contained a great mass of iron and magnets on which the entire structure stood. Of the two main magnets, one was at the top, while the other in the basement and the Sun God idol was in the air in between with the help of magnetic force. The diamond on the idol used to reflect rays of the sun, that’s how the temple got its name Kon-ark – which corner/angle of the Sun. The magnet was so powerful that it used to affect ships’ magnetic compass, forcing them to bang on to its shores. The Portuguese removed these magnets to protect ships’ destruction since Konark was major port at that time, causing the collapse of this most magnificent structure, which proves India’s architectural, astronomical and electromagnetism might. In 1984, the UNESCO also declared it a World Heritage site.

The art lovers should plan a visit to Konark in December at a time when it hosts a three-day cultural extravaganza that calls performers from across the country to show various classical India dance forms like Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Odisi etc. Spiritual tourists visit Konark during Magha Saptami Fair in full moon phases of January/February when devotees take holy bath, watch sunrise over the sea and worship nine planets as a custom.

Jagannath Temple, Puri
Odisha is home to many historical monuments and temples, among them, the most popular one is the Jagannath Temple of Puri, which is believed to have been established in the 12th century to pay homage to the Lord of the Universe. Besides its historic importance, the temple is one of the four significant pilgrimage center of Char Dham Yatra for people following Hinduism in the Indian subcontinent.

Rath Yatra, Puri
Puri is also famous for Rath Yatra or annual "Festival of Chariots" that occurs between June-July every year. During this time of the year, the deities of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Devi Subhadra are taken out of the temple on a chariot for holy view. First the three deities are brought out and taken to royal bath and then taken back to the temple for 15-day isolation for repainting and preparation for the Rath Yatra. The festival begins with the procession of deities on the chariots on the second day of the bright fortnight of June (Ashadha) from Puri temple to Gundicha Ghar and ends nine days later on its return. Foreigners and millions of devotees from all parts of the country come to Puri at this time in a belief that the participation in the festival will earn them a safe passage to heaven. The 'Rath Yatra' will begin on June 29 and 'Bahuda Jatra' (return car festival) will be on July 7 this year.

Puri Beach

Besides being a popular pilgrimage point for religious and spiritual tourists, Puri offers a unique opportunity to see sunrise and sunset from the same beach.

Indian and foreign tourists flock the Main Marine Drive Road parallel to Puri Beach during Annual Beach Festival in November. Fine sands of Puri Beach also attract internationally famed sand sculptor Sudarshan Patnaik during this time. 

The holiday-makers can spend time leisurely in swimming, sun-bathing and playing along the roars of the mighty sea. Camel rides in moon light along the coastal line is another fun-way to enjoy your holidays in Puri. Families can also have a great time at food stalls and shopping around this time.

Bedi Hanuman Temple, Puri
India is a country of rich historical heritage with many untold stories lying in its every corner. One such is of Bedi Hanuman – a temple lies on the Chakrateertha road of Puri, near Jagannath temple. The story goes like – "Once sea created huge havoc on the town of Puri, creating trouble for saints by washing away their houses. Saints had no place for meditation, so Saint Angirasa went to Lord Jagannath and requested him to find a way for them. The Lord ordered Hanuman to save the town. Hanuman, who was very fond of travelling, stood at 'Chakrateerth' and prevented waves from doing any damage to Puri. The mighty sea could not do anything in Hanuman’s presence but would create havoc when Hanuman goes out of town. Seeing this, the saint again went to Lord Jagannath for help and the lord gave a chain to Angirasa to tie Hanuman. Next morning, when Hanuman found himself tied on 'Chakrateerth', he became very angry and stood to break the chain, but when he saw Lord Ram’s name on it, he accepted the bondage and remained there forever.

Gahirmatha Beach

Whether or not you are a marine buff, you must not miss out on Gahirmatha beach during your visit to Odisha. It is not just another beach but a place famous for nesting of ‘endangered’ Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. It is Odisha’s only marine wildlife sanctuary where Olive Ridley Sea Turtles come every year in the month of November for mating and nesting across the coast. Since the coast becomes home to migrating turtles, it is considered important for turtle conservation. 

To reach Puri: Cuttack railway station at 100km away is the nearest station from this place, while Bhubaneshwar airport is only 130km away. Taxis and buses can also be availed easily from any part of the state.

Contributed by Anuja Shrivastava...

May 30, 2014

Dehradun - Blended in culture of city and hills

Capital of Uttarakhand, Dehradun is a small charming city that is known for its scenic surroundings, acclaimed educational institutes, cool environment and lots of interesting attractions to explore.  

Such is the location of Dehradun that one can enjoy the journey either via Haridwar/ Rishikesh or via Nahan. If you are coming via Nahan then enjoy a number of spots in the way too. First one being citrus fruits' orchards at Dhaula Kuan (58 km. from Nahan).
HIMCO shop on the main road sells fresh juices, squashes and pickles. Do not forget to try..

Moving 17 km. ahead it is the time to pray at Poanta Sahib Gurudwara. Poanta Sahib is a sacred town built in the memory of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Guru of the Sikhs.
Gurudwara serves 24 hrs. langar (free kitchen) to everyone. Though it is not necessary, but if possible "Do contribute something to support this divine initiative" by the Gurudwara. Pray for a few moments here and continue the journey to Dehradun.

Another 27 km. straight drive will take you to barrage at Dakpatthar. This is slightly (5-6 km.) off the track from Dehradun. Continue straight from Herbertpur crossing, right turn will take you to Dehradun. Thanks to my special friend, I got to enjoy such a lovely point.
Apart from the barrage, there is also a beautiful children's park here. From here Dehradun is only 40 km. ahead.

Coming back from Nahan, a brief stopover at Dehradun is both wise and refreshing. Dehradun is a little town that boasts of hustle-bustle of a city with some quiet and calming corners.
First in line is Tapkeshwar Mahadev temple. The legend has it that this place was often used by the gods and saints for offering prayers to Lord Shiva. Guru Dronacharya, after many years of worship, too got the gift of the archery knowledge by Lord Shiva. The knowledge was later transferred on to Arjun, the greatest archer that ever lived and ever would live.

The huge temple premises looks like a small tour of Gods’ land. It starts with Lord Shiva’s temple, the cave where gods and saints prayed for years. It daily attracts a large number of devotees who worship numerous forms, statues or shivalings that represent Lord Shiva.

Temple premises is distributed on either sides of a small stream of clear and cool water, to reach the other side of the premises you have to cross a small water stream (do that bare foot and bid adieu to all your tiredness in a flash). There, one temple each is dedicated to Goddess Santoshi, Lord Hanuman and Goddess Vaishno Devi, which in fact is a replica of the cave in Jammu and Kashmir. 

The reach to the small sanctum sanctorum of Vaishno Devi temple, through the small cave route, is both spiritualistic and thrilling. 

What catches the eye and strikes inquisitiveness in one and all is a marble stand with a small square platform and some cylindrical marble pieces on it. A close look at it tells you that it is your guide to nine planets, their properties and how they affect your life.

Next is Japanese Temple or Buddha temple for a similar soul-satisfying experience. This is an important of Dehradun and is widely acclaimed for its impressive architecture, beautiful interiors and pleasing surroundings.
One can easily spend a few hours to explore the huge premises of this temple and every minute spent there is worth it. The temple attracts large number of tourists and Buddhist followers from every corner of the world. Mojor attraction within the temple is 103 ft. high statue of Lord Buddha, dedicated to Dalai Lama.

The main stupa of the temple, about 220 feet in height, is built as a replica of Mindrolling manostery, Tibet. It is claimed to be the largest reliquary in Asia.

Stupa with comapny of adjacent structures, craft its own identity and also presents a magnificient skyline to Dehradun.

From the towering Lord Buddha statue, giant stupa, calm praying halls to little monks showcasing some brilliant football skills, the place seems like without any worldly trouble. Watching monks play football is something which no one should afford to miss. 
You can also join them and hone up your footbball skills. Free accommodation, clothing, food, and other facilities are provided by the Buddha Temple authorities to around 500 monks who live here and study.

The colourful gardens, full of various types of roses, other flowers, plants and lush-green trees add to the place’s decor and peace. The shops and temple garden are open for the general public seven days a week. However, the interior of the temple remains open only on Sundays. 

Too much of spirituality lets now proceed to some cave exploration at the much accliamed – Sahastradhara, around 11 km from the city of Dehradun. Though the earlier generation tells you tales of these mountains squirting out water streams in all their resplendence. However the scene is not as stunning, but still too beautiful. However, the cool water, slowly trickling down the mountains around you makes your journey fulfilling. 

Take a dip or just sit on the huge rocks with your feet in water or better still do some casual climbing to discover a your very own hidden pool or some historic cave. Once there, don’t forget to try something from the small eateries. Pick your favourite from hot and crispy pakoras, vegetable maggi or mouth-watering aloo tikki.

And you can end your brief meeting with this small town amid its main market, bustling with energy. Just a few moments away from its new-age cafeterias, bakeries, restaurants and shopping centres, is the old market near the clock tower. A look at that age-old clock tower and any Ruskin Bond fan would immediately identify with his many characters’ experiences and stories. It is perhaps the lanes of this market only that his famous character – Rusty – ran down with his local friends to savour local sweets and delicacies.
The market not only is a treasure trove for souvenirs, junk jewellery and local handicrafts, it also houses decade-old eating joints serving the flavours from across the country in authentic style.

Even if for a day or two, the time spent here would definitely make for lifetime memories.

Way to Explore: Nahan – Dhaula Kuan (58 Km.) – Poanta Sahib (17 km.) – Dakpatthar (27 km.) – Dehradun (40 Km.)

From Dehradun one can go to Rishikesh (54 km.)/ Haridwar (53 Km.) or come back to Delhi. If you are interested in continuing the journey, head off to Mussourie (35 km.), to enjoy below panoramas:

 Happy travelling Friends...

April 22, 2014

Nahan - for real vagabonding

There are times when urge to travel is so much that destination takes a backseat and we tend to start without any destination in mind. This is when you feel like going for a "Journey without a destination"

While in middle of such a temptation, I decided for some real vagabonding in the himalayan ranges in Nahan region. Totally secluded from the hustles of any type, Nahan is an ideal place to roam around like a free bird. Once out of Delhi the excellent highway ends up adding to your impatience of reaching Nahan as soon as possible. "Resist the temptation"

Nahan is a small town and headquarter of Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh. Lytton memorial is the entry point and a renowned landmark of Nahan.

There are a few accomodations available here, however locales advised us to go uphill 14 kms. and stay at Jamta. As we had no obligation for destination, we started meandering uphill along the snaky roads.

To our good fortunes Jamta is the highest point in the region and has some very good staying options. With such a view outside your window. One can not say anything other than Vow, what a place...? Decision to travel without a fixed destination was paying.

This is a place to enjoy your evening tea, morning breakfast along side the green airs of the hills. One here it was the time to further explore the virgin beauty of this region.We were surprised to that the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh, "Renuka Lake" is separated from us by a distance of only 27 Kms.

Next morning it was the voyage downhill to Renuka Lake. Every turn of the serpentine drive in the hills will surely keep your cameras in overdrive. Each click of the immensely artistic panoramic caricatures will only lead to click more and more. Enjoying the voyage also bought some envy, it was natural to envy the fortunes of the people living in such a heaven.

While enjyoing our drive, we came across a pleasnat surprise in the way. Check out the temple situated in middle of a waterfall - "Bedolia Waterfall".

During the rainy seasons the of temple beautifully chisels the downcoming waterfall. As this was not the rainy season, so one more visit has to be planned to witness the helpless waterfall. One gets so much engaged here that its natural to forget that we have to drive to Renuka Lake which has been waiting for our arrival. OOPS..."Excess of everything is bad". No issues, we again started towards Renuka Lake. 

Renuka Lake is the largest lake in Himachal Pradesh and is 672 m above the sea level. Renuka Lake is named after Goddess "RENUKA", mother of lord ParshuramWelcomed by naughty ducks in the pond called "Ram Sarovar", you have entered the place of Renuka Lake which is also very sacred and is worshipped as a holy place. This place is also birth place of Lord Parshuram. Check the history associated with it...

Time to thank the Gods for such a wonderful experience in the Renuka Temple. Every November this temple is a site for annual fair. Saints and devotees from all over the Indian gather here to witness the meeting of Lord Parshuram and Goddess Renuka.

Land locked by the mountains on 3 sides, floating lilies on the water surface, Renuka Lake is as picturesque as your dreams can be...

With a circumference of about 3214 m. this lake is surroundedby a sanctuary too. A leisurely walk into the sanctuary will not disturb the inhabitants, Lions, Bears,...My favorite turned out to be bulky "Mithun Cow"...

The range of flora and fauna in the sanctuary is amazing.

This region can be described as land of valleys, meandering water streams and a place where you can drive throughout the day without getting enough of the place. This was turning out to be more wonderful than any of the expectations. As evening was approaching, settling mist was making the valleys more gorgeous. You can have the liberty of stopping your car, walking down to the bed of the streams and cherish the twilight in the woods...

Once you are back at Jamta, evening and morning tea is also a pleasure. Immerse yourself in an isolated wak in the Shivalik hills and relish the ambiance.

How to reach Nahan:

Hitting the Roads: Way to Jamta (around 270 Km from Delhi) Via: Sonipat-Panipat-Kurukshetra-Karnal-Shahbad Markanda-Kala Amb-Nahan-Jamta

By Train: Nearest railway stations are Ambala, Chandigarh and Kalka and regular bus services connect these stations to Nahan.

While returning to Delhi take the other route (via Dhaula Kuan, Poanta Sahib and Dehradun) and continue exploring more and more...

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February 21, 2014

Sarnath - Where Lord Buddha first preached...

The Holy city of Varanasi has been a symbol of spiritualism for thousands of years and has been a centre of enlightenment and awakening for many great thinkers and preachers. Almost all the renowned saints/ personalities like Gautam Buddha, Mahavira, Kabir, Tulsi Das, Adi Shankaracharya, Ramanuja, Patanjali,....have been associated with this city in one way or other. 

Lord Buddha too started his journey from this placeAfter the Buddha has attanined enlightenment in Bodh Gaya he came to "Sarnath", located 10 kms.from Varanasi was the fortunate place where Lord Buddha gave the first teachings of what enlighted the world as "Buddhism".

On reaching Sarnath, the first monument to come our way is the CHAUKHANDI STUPA. Stupa is a huge mound of brick-work whose square endifice is surrounded by a octagonal tower. What a gigantic structure this is...? Construction of such a huge structure with only brick work might not get approval in present times:

The Chaukhandi Stupa is believed to have originally built as a terraced temple during the Gupta period between 4th - 6th Century to mark the site where Lord Buddha and his first disciples met traveling from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath. Later Govardhan, the son of a Raja, modified the stupa to its present shape by building the octagonal tower.

Buddhists wordwide look upon India as the land of the Buddha and a visit to this country means a pilgrimage to those places sacred to the memory of the Enlightened One. Sarnath alongwith Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar is amongst the four cities declared sacred by Buddha to his followers. While we were appreciating the peaceful environment here, we found ourselves at the doors of celebrated "Sarnath Temple"

It was the time for praying and thanking the GODs for their benevolence on me and also seeking thier blessings for continuing my travels.

The walls of this temple are decotated by life paintings of Lord Buddha.

Lord Buddha is reforming a notorious savage:

This place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon was and still is a Deer Park. In the language of religions, Lord Buddha set in motion the wheel of Law (maha- Dharmachakra Pravartan).

Lets share the session of Lord Buddha teachings underneath the same tree, which has been actually the witness of that great session.
Actual place where Lord Buddha gave his first teachings
Those 5 disciples also deserve a mention, names being - Mahanama, Kaundinya, Ashwajit, Bhadridaya and Vappaji.

One of the greatest emperors of ancient India, King Ashoka, who dedicated his life in spreading the Buddha’s message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, visited Sarnath around 234 BC and erected a stupa here. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail.

Originally said to built by Emperor Ashoka. DHAMEK STUPA (Dharmarajika Stupa) is the most remarkable structure at Sarnath. The Stupa is a huge cylindrical structure, 28 m. in diameter at the base and 43.6 m. in height, built partly of stone and partly of brick. The stone facing the lower part is adorned with delicate floral carvings of Gupta origin.

Adjacent to the Dhamekh Stupa is a beutiful temple dedicated to Lord Mahavira. The top of the main chamber where statue of Lord Mahavira rests is inscripted by a basic reality of life:

Meaning - "Whether he is a king , emperor and used to ride on elephant with great pomp and show,                                                                      but everyone including him, has to die one day when his turn will come"

Most of the times we keep on living as if we are immortal and will stay on this earth for ever and on the day of our end we realise that we have never lived. However the truth is that we are just a visitor for a small time in this world. Walls of the temples too are decorated with paintings of various Tirthankars of the "Jainism" religion.

Sarnath is also sacred to the Jainism as Sarnath is looked as the site of asceticism and death of Sreyansantha the 11th Trithankara. Opposite to this temple their is park dedicated to Lord Mahavira:

Not to forget an exquisite museum dedicated to Lord Buddha, is the oldest site museum by Archaelogical survey of India displays grand panorama of Buddhist cultural wealth and the antiques ranging from 3rd Century B.C. - 12th Century A.D. found at Sarnath.
Since photography is "strictly" prohibited inside the temple premises, so I had to content with only a picture of the museum building from outside. 

Some of the notable antiques/ statues are: Abacus, Giant Umbrella, Terracota figurines and Lord Shiva killing demon Andhak; all the antiques are dated around 1st century AD.

The Modern name Sarnath seems to be a contraction of Saraganatha (Lord of deer). Sarnath is an exceedingly tranquil place giving the universal message of peace and harmony to the entire World. With a peaceful mind and a contented soul it was the time to return to Varansi, however while humming within ourselves:

Buddham saranam gacchami (बुद्धम  शरणम्  गच्छामि )
I go to the Buddha for refuge

Dhammam saranam gacchami (धम्मम् शरणम्  गच्छामि)
I go to the Dhamma for refuge

Sangham saranam gacchami (संघम शरणम्  गच्छामि)

I go to the Sangha for refuge

Lets pledge to keep this earth a beautiful place with peaceful co-existence of every soul and form of life, because a life lived for others is truly a life lived.


January 5, 2014

Kodaikanal - Gift of the Forest

I have been staying in Bangalore for the last two years, working day in and day out. Off late was feeling too much cramped by not being able to enjoy at all. This was the time I came across articles posted on Travel Diaries and thanks to the posted articles, I started believing that for a small trip all we need is a decision and a weekend. As there are a lot of places to explore near to Bangalore, so I discussed my plans with some of my friends. What I realized they also had same opinion about me and were planning to go out for some time.

Four was the company for us and one fine evening we packed our bags and boarded a late night bus to "Kodaikanal". We had whole travel plan in our mind that we will have our first stop in Kodaikanal where we had to take permission from the District Forest Officer to enter the forest for trekking but were unaware of the little obstacles we may face in-between.

We had little hint that Kodaikanal may give a feeling of a hill station but never imagined that it would welcome us with somewhat like below.

The scenic beauty made us believe that it is going to be one of the best Independence Day celebrations. We had a limited time of 3 days with us to explore whatever we could have and it takes more than 2 days to trek till Munnar Top Slip.

On the outskirts of Kodaikanal, our bus had a pit stop at a highway roadside hotel. We had a delicious south-indian breakfast and as expected it was "VOWWW".

On reaching Kodaikanal, we straight away rushed to District Forest Office (DFO) to seek permission for trekking to Munnar. We were with our full spirits when we arrived at DFO but it had something weird in its box for us.

Government officials simply rejected our request to enter the forest by saying ‘It’s dangerous to trek in this season due to some internal problems in that area’. As it was our Independence day so we could not get District Forest Officer to talk and convince him to grant the permission. Waited and kept argued for 3 hours but their response was same and finally we decided to step back and search for a good decent hotel keeping one thing in mind ‘Lets Live today and Fight tomorrow’.

Kodaikanal is a small town with lot of staying options suitable to all budgets. Luckily we got a very good place managed by Tamil Nadu Government itself with easily affordable price of 500/- per room. Rooms were really clean and surroundings were AWESOME.

We had complete half day with us so we just moved out to explore the city after having an economical & hygienic lunch in the HOTEL itself. The moment we stepped out of our hotel we saw many tourists cycling on the roads so without wasting a second we went to a nearby cycle shop and grabbed four cycles on rent.

Cycling after a long time was an extraordinary experience and we were feeling like kids again. We cycled arond 5 km. to very a popular and beautiful place called ‘CROAKER'S WALK’. Within no time it was evening and place started to transform into a beautiful hill station with lights glowing in night.

There was a small teashop where we had one of the best tea of our lives having unique & fresh aroma, unfortunately the teashop guy was unable to fulfill our one of the companion's request of having Bournvita instead of Tea & Coffee. After having snacks we set out to explore the place on foot. as evening was setting in we were enjoying the foggy air of the evening.

Again we had our dinner in our hotel itself and we ended our day with 100% positive attitude that we will definitely get our permission tomorrow for trekking early in the morning itself.

Day  2– We were standing at DFO at sharp 9 AM and got to know that officer will arrive at around 11 AM, this did not mattered as we were prepared to wait. Finally our long wait ended and the officer arrived. Despite sitting immediate outside the office we could not get officer's appointment and finally we had conversation with him over the mobile phone only and answer was still 'NO'. We decided to keep aside our egos and asked the same officer to suggest some better alternatives as we thought that the Forest officer is the person most knowledgeable about the Forest. By seeing our eagerness to trek, the same officer suggested us an alternate trek at Tamil Nadu, Kerala border.

We boarded a common city bus in the late evening which took around 2-3 hours to reach our destination place. We have already decided that instead of luxuries of hotel we will be pitching in the tents. So immediately after reaching our spot we starting preparing our camps & bonfire to cook some food.

It was a perfect night with 0% pollution and brightly shining stars which is a little difficult to find in city's life. While camping you can cook your own food under the blue sky; you can cook whatever you like. Naturally prepared food is always out of the league and same we experienced while having it under the dark blue sky - 'SIMPLY DELICIOUS'.

The place had plenty of Eucalyptus tree leaves which made lighting fire easy. After the dinner, our beautiful camps were waiting to serve us with a good sleep.

Day 3
Whole beautiful nature was in front of my eyes in the morning. I was feeling rejuvenated and 6 hours of sleep seemed like a sleep of continuous 24 hours.

No doubt it was one of the wonderful mornings I saw, Having said that it was also our last day of trip so we quickly geared ourselves for 6 KM trek which includes one waterfall also. I was really excited about the waterfall as I love playing with water irrespective of not knowing how to swim.

In the beginning itself we saw a tomato and garlic plantations coming our way which was quite surprising and delightful to see.

After these plantations, we came across one Mystery Rock and if taken a closer look at you will find the rocks on the upper side resemble some faces. There was something unusual about this place.

After meddling over the mysteries associated with the Mystery Rock, we again continued our trekking on the less explored path:

In our 6 km. of trekking we searched our way through the forest and lot of different trees, majority being pine trees:

In about one hour we completed the trek and reached our cherished spot, "the Waterfall". Seeing a waterfall without any crowd was amazing.

When you go there avoid removing your shoes as the place has leeches and be careful with the slippery rocks. It is hard to explain the feeling I had of being close to the nature on this calm little waterfall, you will have to experience it on your own.

It was time when we had to move and leave the place for Kodaikanal where we had to catch our bus back to Bangalore. However it was every difficult to bid farewell to such lovely surroundings.

Standing here I was thinking that our trip could have got extended by a few days more but i was really happy in my heart that despite not getting the DFO's permission to trek we did not ended up spending time in Kodaikanal itself, but instead explored a new place which most common tourists does not do.

Finally our much desired break was coming to an end and it was the time to say good bye to this place and start your return journey to Bangalore.

Kodaikanal is situated in Dindigul district of Tamil Nadu and is 9 hours from Bangalore by bus. The nearest Railway stations are Palani Railway Station - 64 km. north, Kodai Road Station - 80 km. south east and Dindigul Railway Junction - 100 km. east.