Venniyani Mala – Treading on the footsteps of Victor George

Victor George, the talented photographer met his tragic death while trying to cover the landslide that occured in Venniyani mala in 2001.

We visited the place where a memorial is set up in his honor.

 

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
 

Trek to Keezharkuthu

It happened! All my fears were misplaced.

Route

Udumbannoor – Pariyaram – Kaithapara

keezharkuthu - start of the trek

We started from Udumbannoor at 7AM towards Pariyaram. The trek to Keezharkuthu starts from Pariyaram. And Pariyaram will be the last place to stock up your supplies before you start the trek.

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