Uppukkunnu trek

 

Uppukunnu Valley

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.

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Route
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.

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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.

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Precautions
Get a guide.
Get leech protection (salt / mosquito repellents will do)
Get good chappal with firm grip.

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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.

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Trek
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.

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A less accurate map view
 

Stories from the month of December, 2011

My thoughts are climbing the forest.
December 1, 2011

Everyday I decide not to sleep very late. But everyday I make that decision very late. :)
December 5, 2011

“എന്നോടെന്തിന് ചൂടാവുന്നു? ഞാനൊന്നും ചെയ്തില്ലല്ലോ!”
“അതെ. നീ ഒന്നും ചെയ്തില്ല എന്നതാണ് പ്രശ്നം.”
December 12, 2011

“Hey, How are you?”
“Better than yesterday.”
“Why? What happened yesterday.”
“My uncle died.”
December 23, 2011

I am busy – not by choice; but by necessity.
December 28, 2011

How do you explain a girl?
I don’t think not even the gods can!
December 28, 2011

“Now every girl should know you.”
“I thought they already did!”
December 29, 2011

Stories from the month of November, 2011

All girls are beautiful. But a lucky few are insanely hot.
November 4, 2011

Rather than the hundred things you have done perfectly, people only remember the one time you have botched up!
November 6, 2011

People find it easy to submit to a barber or a beautician with their whole heart. Why can’t we do the same before god?
November 9, 2011

Notice any Indian couple. One of the two will have a pot belly.
November 12, 2011

I want to be afraid. But my pride doesn’t let me to be.
November 14, 2011

The problem with nostalgia is that most of them will copyrighted to someone else!
November 15, 2011

I can’t do a lot of stuff I wanted to do because I have to work. But then again, I am able to do a lot of stuff as I have work.
November 20, 2011

Is being a miser called “misery”?
November 20, 2011

I am putting on weight – only around the abdominal area.
November 24, 2011

Stories from the month of October, 2011

If you are adamant, call me unrelenting.
October 6, 2011

Girls walking holding their pinkies is a treat for the tickle nerves!
October 7, 2011

“stoned lie” അഥവാ കല്ലുവച്ച നൊണ!
October 7, 2011

Chicks with smoking butt!
I mean, cigarette butt.
October 11, 2011

24 hours is a lot of time. You jut have to slow down once in a while to appreciate it.
October 13, 2011

“ഭയങ്കര പല്ലുവേദന.”
എന്നാ പറ്റി?
“വേദന കടിച്ച് അമര്‍ത്തി അമര്‍ത്തി …”
October 14, 2011

എഴുതിയാല്‍ കൊള്ളാമെന്നുണ്ട്.
പക്ഷെ ശരി ആകുമോ എന്ന ചിന്ത.
എഴുതി കഴിഞ്ഞാലോ ഇത് കൊള്ളാമോ എന്ന സംശയം.
പ്രസിധികരിചാലോ ആരും വായിക്കാത്തത് എന്തെ എന്ന ആധി.
മൊത്തത്തില് എഴുത്ത് പ്രശ്നമാണ്.
October 14, 2011

Being stupid is in everybody’s genes.
October 15, 2011

ഇനി മുതല്‍ ഞാന്‍ മരിച്ചു പണി എടുക്കും.
ഇല്ലേല്‍ മാനെജേര്‍ എന്നെ കൊന്നു പണി എടുപ്പിച്ക്കും. അതോണ്ടാ.
October 16, 2011

ബുദ്ധിയില്ലെന്കിലെന്താ വിവരം ഒട്ടും ഇല്ല !
October 16, 2011

ലവള് രാവിലെ തുടങ്ങി … അല്ല തുമ്മാനെ!
October 18, 2011

ക്ലാസ്സു കട്ടുചെയ്യുന്ന ഉത്സഹതോടെയാ ഇവിടെ ആള്‍കാര്‍ വര്‍ക്കിംഗ്‌ ടൈമില്‍ യോഗ ക്ലാസിനു പോണേ!
October 19, 2011

Work to earn.
That’s the motto.
Not mine. The company’s!
October 21, 2011

It is more like saying, everybody is an asshole because everyone’s got one!
Blah! Get real.
October 30, 2011

Stories from the month of September, 2011

Chicks in kasavu sarees! Oh yes, Onam is around the corner.
September 2, 2011

“what are u up to?”
“validating a concept of mine”
“somekind of a new relativity theory?”
“We all’ve our own relativity theory to discover.”
September 3, 2011

Why do people have to call me while I’m peeing? It always results in a dangerous balancing act. :)
September 6, 2011

No matter where they are, mallu girls are the dumbest, bitchiest and sexiest women on the planet.
September 7, 2011

You know your life is simple when all your stuff fits into one backpack.
September 13, 2011

There are a lot of stories you haven’t heard yet.
September 15, 2011

Listening to an enlightening speech. Wish I knew the language.
September 16, 2011

Time is passing me by. So are chicks.
September 23, 2011

You know what the best blunder of mine is?
Paying fee for a free entry!
September 29, 2011

Coconut grove അഥവാ തേങ്ങാകൊല!
September 29, 2011

I have something called a comfortable side. It is usually the left.
September 30, 2011

PIXAR – The Last Man Standing

We all love PIXAR for what they have given us – time and again. But what is happening of the PIXAR that we know and is fond of.

Event though I am a die hard fan of PIXAR, the recent outing of PIXAR with BRAVE hasn’t exactly excited me. It is good; but not up to the quality standards of PIXAR itself.

There was a time when PIXAR films would always make me wonder “What are they eating to come up with this story!” But sadly, no more. After Ratatouille, their original stories did not produce the “wow” PIXAR films usually comes bundled with.

But luckily the PIXAR shorts continues to charter fresh and exciting waters. If Day & Night was brilliant, La Luna is mind-blowing.

I just hope with The Good Dinosaur, PIXAR’s habit of being fabulous is restored.

Fingers crossed.


Originally published at http://goo.gl/dQllk

Shivanasamudra Falls – A formal (boring) travel write up

Four of us – Anees, Jayakrishnan, Jessan and me – decided to drive down to Shivanasamudra from Bangalore in an Etios on a relaxed weekend. The 60 kilometers journey from Bangalore was smooth and comfortable, thanks to the excellent vehicle Etios is. We had a brief stopover for breakfast at an eatery in Kanakapura. At the local temple we witnessed a colorful procession being carried out as part of the temple festival. The fervor of the devotees was undeterred even though the hot sun was beating down on them.

 

Shivanasamudra is a small town in the Chamarajanagar District of Karnataka. Situated on the banks of the river Kaveri, it is the location of one of the first Hydro-electric Power stations in Asia, more importantly it is well known for its beautiful waterfalls. It is here that the river Kaveri splits itself in to two parts and drops over a cliff and then joins again. The twin falls are known as Gaganachukki and Barachukki.

The effect of the scorching sun was nullified by the waters of Shivanasamudra. Since the monsoon season is yet to set in, it was possible to go right up to the core of the waterfall. The descent (and the painfully climb upwards) of more than 200 steps was worth the trouble. It was fun in the waters with the entire crowd around you. Some groups came with smiley stress balls which they threw into the crowd. Immediately the whole crowd became one team and started throwing the stress balls at each other.

 

Shivanasamudra holds opportunities for all kinds of enthusiasts. For the adventurous, the place offers a small trek up the hill to reach the top of the waterfalls. The picturesque surroundings are enough to keep photography enthusiasts busy for hours. Another key attraction here is the ride in the circular boats for a nominal fee.

A trip to Shivanasamudra is incomplete without visiting some of the most exquisite ancient temples close by. We left Shivanasamudra by around noon and headed towards the small temple town of Talakad(Talakadu).The drive to the place is beautiful with never ending stretches of paddy fields.

Set amid sand dunes, with the Cauvery flowing close by Talakad is a historical site with interesting legends associated with it. One can imagine the past glory of Talakad, with over 30 ancient temples, which are all now buried in sand. The unexpected vastness of sand will take you by surprise.Folklore has it that the town was submerged under sand due to the ‘Curse of Talakad’, by a chieftain’s wife named Alamellamma. It is also used to explain why successive rulers of the Wodeyar dynasty did not have a direct progeny.

As the day drew to a close and we decided to head back to Bangalore, we spent the last few moments of our trip watching the breathtaking sunset on the banks of the river Kaveri.While we drove back to Bangalore we took along with us beautiful memories of a fun trip and a keen desire to visit this beautiful place all over again.

Written for a newsletter with major improvements from a colleague of mine.

Post Thought Catalog

It was sheer chance that I stumbled in to Thought Catalog. A thoughtfully compiled site about the silliest subjects that anyone can imagine.
The beauty of the discovery was that it made me realize that there could be a lot of audience for the stuffs that I wanted to write all these time. You may wonder why I wasn’t jotting them down here. Good question.

For the fear of being type casted.

Indians have this annoying habit of associating a person with his/her online image. So if you write a string of silly posts and try to circulate them among your friends, all you get will be disapproving nods (God bless their neck!). But if the same is done on an established platform like Thought Catalog, suddenly that lame article becomes somewhat readable and share-able.

Scratch … Scratch….

It is the sound of me jotting down the leads on which I should write a kalippu piece. Folk, let me get to work. 😀

Spanish Masala – An Indian’s Take

The observations of a wandering Indian when he was in Spain for a fortnight; in no particular order.

  1. First things first – There is no such thing as Spanish Masala! (the movie may beg to differ) They hardly use any spice. Eveything is eaten almost raw.
  2. No vegetarians exist in Spain. Or it is as if they don’t expect any vegetarians to be around. Almost every dish is non-veg.
  3. They eat pork pork pork and pork … and more pork! If there is any dish that they can’t make with pork, then they use pork pulps as some of a kind of jam!
  4. The people are beautiful as well as helpful.
  5. Girls are too good. They are almost like the saying “finger licking good!”
  6. The word “Coke” implies Coca Cola. Nothing else.
  7. And oh, they can not say Pepsi. They always say “Pespi”!
  8. Omelettes come stuffed with “onakka meen (salted fish)”!
  9. Also “chaala (Sardine)” is eaten with a fork and knife.
  10. No one knows English in Madrid. So no way you can hit on the girls :)
  11. Almost all women wear stockings with a micro skirt or knickers.
  12. Every one owns an iPhone or at least one of the Apple products.

If you are thinking of these as “mean-o”, you must have actually enjoyed it!