God,Grapes & the curse of the Hijara - trip to palani-kodaikanal-kumily

smoothwanderer

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there was nothing much to see in the pine forest just rows and rows of pine trees. we spent just 15 mints there and went off to see the pillar rocks. there we have to take tickets for self and also for the cameras. initially there was heavy fog and the rocks s were obscured after about 10 minutes it cleared and what a view it was.
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Tilak Francis

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The trek between these pillar rocks taking down to the base of the pillar rocks is fascinating and was known only to the locals as Devil's Kitchen. But after the kamal Hassan starring movie 'Guna', it became very popular drawing more weekend venturers and was banned from the public after the death of twelve youths whose bodies were never recovered. The first known fatality in that ravine was that of late Mr Shenbaga Nadar, who was one of the early settlers of Kodaikanal and a well-known businessman whose descendants still owns automobile, restaurants and much other business in the hill town.
 
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smoothwanderer

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thanks for the info Tilak. trekking to the caves would have been fantastic.
we reached kumily 7pm. we got 2 rooms in a hotel at the start of the Thekkadi road. we settled into the rooms & went on chatting till 10.30 pm when we realized that we hadn't had dinner. we rushed of to a hotel near by and just got in before closing time. we hit the bed by 11.30 pm. me and wifey got up by 6 am and went for a walk with mujeeb who had gone for the morning namaz. we walked to a small shop which was having brisk sale sale of tea. we had tea and omelette by the road side. we had planned for the boat ride in thekadi, but ragmohan had incited mujeeb about taking pictures in a vineyard and mujeeb was insisting to go to the vineyards for taking photos. we were in a dilemma as we would have to travel back till cumbum to get to the vineyards. thats when we noticed a pamphlet in the hotel reception about a jeep safari along the jungle border. the boys rang them up when we tod them about our need to visit a vineyard they proposed a package tour of an organic garden,farms,irrigation canal, penstock view, vineyards and a finale of a jungle border safari with a chance to encounter wild life of 70% all for a sum of inr 3500/ we agreed to it and they told us that the jeep would pick us up from our hotel.we went to have our breakfast to a hotel nearby which was named Ariyabhavan to mislead people. we immediately understood the mistake as the hotel was dirty. but the friendly waiter made us comfortable and brought us our food very quickly. on telling him that the vada was cold by my wife, he smilingly came over and felt the vada with the back of his hand and assured her that it was still warm :shock: his finger nails were dirty too:grin: my wife who is a cleanliness freak was aghast :mad::confused: wtf....... we all had a good laugh at her expense.
we were first taken to an organic garden where the lady there showed us lots of medicinal plants and told us about their uses. then she tried to sell us many things. sheena bought some organic cardamom while ragmohan bought hair oil to improve his foliage. i was bored. next we were taken to some villages in cumbum to see the farms.
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smoothwanderer

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we drove through village roads that varied from good tarmac to pure kacha roads. we saw lots and lots of vegetable farms cultivating beetroots onions beans etc.in some paces the farmers had adopted drip irrigation.then we went to a canal which had rushing waters. we spent some time there and met 3 old people on lady said her age was hundred plus we gave them money and took several photos with them.
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smoothwanderer

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after the canal view, off we went to see the vineyards, the dream of mujeeb.he was seen carrying an athar bottle with him at all times which had been presented to him by his would be:wink:. we reached there in half an hour. we all were seeing vineyards for the first time in our lives. there were many visitors there, kids and teens from schools and colleges. spent about 1 hour there. we bought some wine from there and also bottled grape juice. but the juices were not pure and we felt that they had mixed artificial flavors in it.
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