We remember trips for various reasons, some for place, some for people, some for special moments, some for food, some for surprises, some for enjoyments. What if every thing come together, yes this trip is one such memorable awesome trip.
This trip was planned almost a month ago to attend engagement of Sir Kumaresan with Sangetha (20-05-2013) and Marriage reception of Jayabalaji with Archana (21-05-2013). So as planned we all boarded Nilgiri (Blue Mountain) Express on 20-05-2013 night 9.15 pm en routed to Tirupur, Some of us took Cheran Express which started bit late around 10 pm.
Chapter 1 – Tirupur
We all reached Tirupur on 20-05-2013 around 4.30 am, then we reached the lodge near to the railway station where rooms have already been booked for us. We refreshed ourselves and headed to SirKumaresan’s Engagement with Sangetha. The marriage hall was just 10 mins from the lodge and We had great time there wishing the couple and making fun of them at times, the whole place was filled with smile, laughter and claps and we call this “happy moments”. After having breakfast there and some photo session we made a short visit to our friend Rams a.k.a Ramanathan’s home which is very near to the marriage hall. There we spent some time chitchatting and tasting awesome laddus made by Ram’s mom. Next from there we directed the van straight to SirKumaresan’s Home, There also we did the same chitchatting and had some snacks. But this time this fellow Nigilan made sure that we didn’t eat much because he had arranged lunch for us in his home, and thats where we headed next.
Chapter 2 – Palladam
After an hour ride from SirKumaresan’s home we reached Nigilan’s home in Palladam. He had already invited us for his home for lunch. While awesome lunch was being served to some of us, I was impatiently waiting outside. In the mean time our another friend Vadivelan who is a very good artist started sketching Nigilan’s Father, The drawing came really well and Nigilan’s dad penned down a poem immediately to appreciate his talent and to thank him. Some of us who already had their lunch came out with their stomach full and unable to move, made me to think is there any food left inside for me to eat :P. Now its my turn, The banana leaf (traditionally food is served on banana leaves) is completely filled with various food items which are all awesomely tasty especially the chicken curry. Nigilan and his mother made sure that we eat to out maximum and only stop when there is no more enough space in stomach to fill more. Thanks a lot to Nigilan and his parents for such awesome food and their hospitality, even i felt that we troubled them bit more as it is not that easy to cook for 25 people. We left their home with both heart and stomach fully filled to our next destination and we call this part “awesome people and food” 🙂 .
Chapter 3 – TopSlip
Our next destination is TopSlip which is some 3hrs from Nigilan’s home, the whole ride i was burping and was induced with sleep, like a python which swallowed some heavy meal. The route which we took was via Pollachi, the whole route is scenic with coconut trees and wind turbines. Once we reached there around 5pm we refreshed ourselves in the dormitory which was already booked for us. After having some coffee (some had tea) we rushed to catch the van which will leave around 5:30 to the elephant camp where they feed them. After some 10Km ride on the mountain roads and sighting some monkeys and deer we reached the elephant camp. Once we reached the guide pointed us an majestic elephant and said its name is Kalema and its an kumki (trained elephants which are uses to drive out wild elephants into forest). Then we saw huge amount of food being feed to elephants and took some pics of it. There is one small calm elephant which was named Abinaya, i gathered all my courage to touch it and take some pics standing next to it. It was dark when we returned and we also bit lucky to spot some black big deer on the way. After relaxing some time in the dormitory we left to have our dinner.
Some times some good things happen because of some bad things and the bad thing this time is a power cut, While we entered the canteen to have our dinner the power went off suddenly, so candles was lighted on the table but this time we cant call it “Candle Light Dinner”. While we were waiting for our dinner me, Uttam anna and BUDDY jaisree started discussing a plot for new ghost/horror story, It was seriously super fun for me and Uttam anna but this BUDDY got really frightened hearing those stories, what came to rescue her is food. I was totally surprised when i went out after having the food, the tree which was looking normal is now look like as if it was decorated with lights for Christmas, suddenly a cool breeze blew and some of those light moved out of the tree, the scene was magical it took some time for me to realize that those lights where fire flies. This Buddy caught one fire fly on her hand and i managed to take a pic of it, just the light of it. It was completely dark, breezy,cool and drizzling while we walked to the dormitory, i don’t have words to express that experience, just an unidentified joy in me and my heart felt light.
With no power and no mood to sleep we all decided to play antakshari for a long time, the funniest part in it was when Vasanth sang “Alla Alla Kuraiyuthada” for “Solla Solla Inikuthada”. We all broke into laughter when we heard it, Think he is still remembering the lunch at Nigilan’s home. I feel asleep around 12am but the guys continued the play till 1am.Still the power hasn’t turned back, In spite of sleeping late most of us woke up early around 5am and started playing cricket after a small warm up session by Kishore anna. There is no water even to bath as there is no power for a long time. Phew Phew atlast power and water is back around 8am and we all took bath (except Vasanth :p) and got ready to the next destination.
Next we headed to Parambikulam Dam which is again some 10Km from where we stayed. We have to leave our van in Kerala check post and have to board the allotted jungle safari van, It costs around 150 per person for the safari. Again its super scenic when we ride through the mountain roads, we spotted and clicked some Deer, Monkeys, Wild Cow. But the real highlight is to spot some peacocks. It was very spectacular to see one dancing with its feathers wide open, and it looked as if it was dancing for us and it danced till our van moved. We stopped in a hotel where we all had Dosas for breakfast and headed to the dam. When we are back after sighting Dam and some nice views in the middle we again got lucky to spot a group of Elephants near the banks of the river. We also saw the famous Kannimara Teak which is one of the oldest and biggest living Natural Teak tree. It is round 450 years old with 49.5 meters height and girth of 6.8 meters, It also won the Mahavriksha Puraskar award from Govt of India. Now we again back to Kerala check post and back to our van and headed back to our next destination Coimbatore. We might have spent little time in TopSlip but we can call this as “Moments of Total Enjoyments”. On the way back we stopped in Pollachi to have some thing very special to that place which is Pollachi Elani (tender coconut water), Had couple of them which are sweet and tasty, Felt like “Achievement Unlocked” 😛 🙂
Chapter 4 – Coimbatore
Its already around 4pm when we reached Coimbatore after a long drive from TopSlip and we are yet to have our Lunch. As usual rooms are pre booked in a lodge in Oppanakara Veethi, so we went there to freshen ourselves and had lunch (yes i know its too late to call it as lunch) in a hotel next to the lodge. I made sure that i eat little less because i was aware that we will be having our dinner soon at Jayabalaji and Archana’s wedding reception. After our so called lunch we had quiet some time for the reception, so me, Uttam anna and Buddy decided to go around for a walk. I think this Oppanakara street is Ranganathan steet of Coimbatore, Its filled with lots of textile showrooms, jewelleries and commercial establishments. Alter loitering for some time in the streets and around we went inside a small textile shop just for window shopping, It turned out to be a surprise because Uttam anna and buddy started looking at the dresses there and selected me couple of shirts which are far away from my too monotonous dressing style for a change. Some time changes are good rite :P, So I liked both the shirts and got them. Then we went back to the lodge, got ready and left to Jayabalaji’s Marriage Reception. This Marriage Hall is quiet near ans we reached there after some 5 mins of walk. We spent some time chit chatting and making fun of couple while they were giving different poses for the photographs.As our office customary we made Jayabalaji to kneel down and give flower to Archana, and enjoyed seeing lots of laughter and shyness in both their faces, we can add this to “Happy Moments”. After a group pic we had our dinner, I also want to attend their marriage next day, but unfortunately have to leave back to Chennai the same day. So we went back to the lodge and packed all our luggage and took a bus to the railway station.
We boarded the Cheran Express and it started around 10.20pm and safely reached chennai around 6.30am (22-05-2013).
We cannot be without acknowledging the efforts of the organizers Jayashree(Buddy) and Muthukkumar anna in organizing this trip, taking care of all ticket booking, transport and stay etc. And also be without crediting Kishore Anna, Uttam Anna and Rams for their awesome clicks which will keep this trip memorable for ever.
There is a famous saying that “Great trips are not only made because of the place you visit, But also because of the people who you travel with” and it turned out to be very true in this trip. Its definitely an Awesome Trip To Remember 🙂 .