Dumb Charade

The 12 of us were returning after a refreshing trek in the Sharavathi Rain forest last week in a Tempo Traveller. Since there was a load ride ahead of us before reaching Bangalore, we looked for ways to kill time.

“Dumb Charades,” Ruchin promptly suggested.

It would have been a great idea had we were on a bus rather than on a TT. The tempo was crowded with us, our luggage and the separation between seats was narrow for any person to stand and face the audience. Also the low ceiling of TT prevented anyone from standing erect for a long time.

We all looked at Ruchin sceptically. But he was the poster boy of confidence!

“Why? Why can’t we play Dumb Charades?”

Quieting our objections, he declared “I will start. Watch”

He stood up in his seat, which by the way was the last seat in the TT, and stared at us. It was difficult to see him as none of the lights were lit inside the TT. We could barely make out his form from the passing street lights.

We all stared at his still form silently wondering what he is upto.

After some time, he said “Don’t you guys get it?”

“No. What was the film?”

Beaming triumphantly, he said, “Khamoshi”.

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