Experiences in Mudhumalai

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 reflections.