When we had trekked up Rangaswamy Betta, Jainy had told me that he
was planning a trip to stay in the middle of a dense jungle later. This was one
of the things I had always wanted to do and was extremely interested, and
cordially invited myself to join him, which he graciously accepted.
Dates: Left from Bangalore on 14-Aug-02, came back on 18-Aug-02 evening.
14 Aug (Wed): Train Journey To Coimbatore Train
journey from Bangalore to Coimbatore; traveled overnight standing in the
general class compartment of an extremely crowded train for 8.5 hours. Having
traveled in flights and AC class trains, this would have been a terrible ordeal
had it been a year ago, but now my perception was totally different.
15 Aug (Thu): Arrival at Theppekaadu from Comibatore via
Ooty. Went on a night ride and had a close encounter with some wild elephants.
16 Aug (Fri): Trekked through the jungle guided by
Kallan, a local tribal, in search of a secluded waterfall. At night, I took my
first walk through the jungle at night with Jainy conquering one of my great
enemies my fear.
17 Aug (Sat): Took an elephant ride through the forest
witnessed elephants climbing up a steep slope with surprising agility.
18 Aug (Sun): Another trek in the morning through the
jungle with Kallan, to track a bison. Left Mudhumalai later in the morning and
returned to Bangalore.
This article is an excerpt from my personal dairy, hence the reader is
adequately warned here that it may at times be too elaborate... since it was
not exactly intended to be a story but documentation of facts and my