|Written by Naveen Kumar|
|Thursday, 07 February 2008|
Page 1: THUSHARAGIRI
To break the same old mundane Saturday, couple of guys made up their mind to get their rucksack out, put on their trekking shoes and vanquish Thusharagiri. As the alarm beeps 6, up we rise and get ready. ‘A' hostel's lights were never lit by 6 before. TATA sumo honks repeatedly below A hostel and we (I, Paggu, Hussain, Ali, pp, jay) start our journey towards Thusharagiri.
Thusharagiri, close to 40 Km from the campus towards Waynad is a one of the trekker's destination. On either sides of the road, you can spot loads of rubber plantation, paddy fields and much more. We were looking for a decent hotel (some were expecting a dhaba) and ended up in an A/C hotel named Thusharagiri. It was around 8'ish and guess what, the stove wasn't lit yet. The waiter gave us the Menu and our eyes lit when the menu read "aloo paratha" and much more. Ordered couple of plates of "aloo paratha" and we never knew it would take 40min to get it done.
We paid an entry fee of Rs.10 each and started our trek towards our destination. Okay, some insights about Thusharagiri "The three waterfalls on the backdrop of the Western Ghats provide an exhilarating and spellbinding sight to the visitor. The best roar of the waterfalls can be enjoyed from September to November.
The waterfall with its gentle spray is sure to soothe every eye. The cascading waters of the waterfall slides past with surfy smiles. Two streams originating from the Western Ghats meet here to form the Chalippuzha River. The river diverges into three waterfalls creating a snowy spray, which gives the name, 'Thusharagiri' ".
The first water fall is 200m away from the start and this looked very dry
Felt very disappointed, but we had to look out for other 2 waterfalls and hoped those wouldn’t be a dis-appointment. So up we go again looking for the second water fall.
For an obsessed trekker, the place isn’t that challenging but incase ur “trek challenged “ or a novice in this field , this is a true challenge. Could see ali puffing and perspiring . He promised to smoke a cigarette less and jog daily. Finally reached the second water fall which is about 300m from the first . It was a very hot day, and we had to re-hydrate and badly needed some salts and rest. We rested near the second water fall eating oranges which we carried and took a break for 10 min and up we go again towards the third water fall.
This was the last stretch of our trek and was the most amazing part. Close to 500m from the second water fall, the last stretch was right in the middle of the forest where you could find all kinds of species except humans. No kind of signals works may be GPS would do but literally was out of reach from the normal world. We enter into this forest Crossing streams, slippery rocky surface watching all kinds of insects fly by. Wasn’t expecting anything bigger than that though.
We reach the third water fall by 12 in the noon and again disappointed to see dry water.
Much added to our disappointment we were unable to enjoy the water out there as it was lousy. Quite disappointed we headed back and promised to crash near the second water fall for couple of minutes.
The Best part of the trip was when we spotted an amazing water fall where we could get our clothes off and just dive into the water. The water was freezing but we finally made into the water and words aren’t just enough to elucidate the experience.
Yeah, it was kind of rejuvenating. It got some extra calories burnt. Headed back home contended, a Saturday well spent.
Watch out for more pages from the Vanquisher’s.
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