There is no better cure than a little hard walk through the forest – or what is left of them! So with that intention in mind, we set off to Uppukunnu, to visit a temple deep inside the forest.
Thodupuzha -> Uppukunnu -> Chelad -> Malayinchi -> Thodupuzha
KSRTC buses start from Thodupuzha at 7:15AM and 11:40AM from private stand. Take ticket to Uppukunnu Church. The bus journey uphill is eventful – mostly because of the struggle the driver has to do to get the gigantic vehicle up the hill.
Once you get down at the stop, ask for the way to the temple and people will help you out. This is the part where I feel about not having a GPS device with me. Because I am sure even if I go there again, I will loose my way in the forest. And that is one more danger added to the constant leech infested place up the hill and down the hill.
Get a guide.
Get leech protection (salt / mosquito repellents will do)
Get good chappal with firm grip.
Since we had none, we endured on the walk. I must say, this is the first trek I have been where all through out the way I was covered by foliage. Tall trees line the less trodden mountain path that leads up to the temple. Needless to say it is scary, slippery and exciting.
Initial part is easy. But later the path becomes narrow, steep and slippery with cliff on one side. Exciting!
Stat walking from Uppukunnu. Reach the temple. Walk to Chelad. Then to Malayinchi. Then board bus to Thodupuzha.
A less accurate map view