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Trek to Dolphin’s Nose, Kodaikanal !

“Climb the mountain not to plant your flag, but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see you.”   –   David McCullough Jr.

As a traveller, I cannot decide whether I like mountains more or beaches. One thing for sure is that I like trekking. In Kodaikanal, trek to Dolphin’s Nose is a must do activity. It took us around 3 hours to climb till Dolphin’s nose & back, which included our time for rest too ! Forget rest, it was more of munching break 😀

Way to Dolphin's Nose

Trek to Dolphin’s Nose

Tips for trekking

  • Know your health – Keep necessary medication for emergency
  • Research about the terrain
  • Check weather conditions of the area
  • Wear appropriate clothing & shoes 
  • Stay hydrated
Toward’s Dolphin Nose

The trek leads to a protruding flat rock at approx 6600 ft resembling the shape of the nose of a Dolphin. We had undertaken the trek in the morning time & the weather was pleasant. The route in not much strenuous & is covered with trees. It passes through a small village with eateries along the way.

Somewhere in between trek at Dolphin's Nose

Somewhere in between trek to Dolphin’s Nose

The start of the trek may disappoint you due to garbage around it. But, as you descend the path gets clear & better. Flat rocks tend to be slippery at some locations, so we had to be careful while walking.  Enroute, there is a Mountain View Point, stopped here for catching your breath. We were unable to spot any mountains due to the weather.

Even if at some point you feel tired, the people around keep you motivated enough to walk further. I had gone for the trek over on a long weekend, there were different group of students & professionals chit chatting. It’s always fun to watch people enjoy life !

View from the top covered in clouds

View from the top covered in clouds

The view from the Dolphin’s Nose was breathtaking. Standing atop the cliff look around to capture the mountains & town below. Further ahead is Echo Point. This also gives you astonishing view. You need to climb a small path of rock to go till the end. I did not go till the last point here. I was more of ‘I-will-stay-back-see-you-enjoy types people here’. To be honest, it looked scary to me.

Echo Point, Kodaikanal

Echo Point, Kodaikanal

By the time my friend returned from Echo point after her solo adventure, I had spotted just the perfect place to relax with noodles & coffee. We sat there for around an hour before heading back.

Back in the city, we had enjoyed our sumptuous meals for the day at Cloud Street Cafe & Ten Degrees. Both the cafes are nearby & provide great service.
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Travelling through Tamil Nadu – Kodaikanal (Part 3)

Kodaikanal, the Princess of Hill Stations , is easily reachable by buses. We had covered this journey in two parts – first an early morning train from Nagercoil to Dundigal & then bus to Kodaikanal. The bus takes you through the mountainous terrain. Sit back & enjoy the view. Weather is cold & pleasant.

Lilly Valley Resort,Kodaikanal

Lilly Valley Resort,Kodaikanal

I had stayed at Lilly’s Valley Resort. It has cozy wooden cottages where you can stay & feel closer to nature. Our room had a porch where we spent our time listening to songs. Our package included complimentary breakfast which was sumptuous each day.

Things to do in Kodaikanal
  • Kodaikanal Lake

Roam around this artificial lake & enjoy shopping at small shops around it. One end also has a Tibetan Market where you can find some cool woolens. Shop till you drop 😀

  • Bryant Park

It’s a botanical garden which houses variety of roses. There is a very old Eucalyptus tree & a Bodhi tree here.

At Guna Caves,tree roots

At Guna Caves

  • Guna Caves

There are very old caves. You cannot enter these caves as they are closed for public. When you reach till the end you can see Pillar Rocks just across the valley. For us, this place some how resembled Game of Thrones setting.  The entwined roots of so many trees gave it the look I guess. I know I sound crazy. A place where we were going to spend only few minutes turned into an hour. We had started crazy photo session spree.

Guna Caves

Guna Caves

  • Trek to Dolphin’s Nose

Kodaikanal has abundance of trekking routes nearby. We went for a trek to Dolhpin’s Nose. Trekking route passes through a village & has small eateries on the way. A detailed post for the trekking experience would be up soon 🙂

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Why am I Nocturnal ?

It’s 12:50 am when I have started writing this post. So, you might have some idea of what I am talking about. Few people don’t like to sleep at all. Na, I am not one of those. I love my sleep, wake me up when I am asleep & unleash the monster 😀

We, by we I mean ‘Secret Society of nocturnal’,have signed a bond to stay awake at odd hours. We stay up to create our own secret world & enjoy the silence of night. The noise of the day breaks the calm. Silence keeps us sane to work on all that we want.

Night owl

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Family & friends alike, ask me why I stay awake at night. To be honest, I don’t have an answer for this. Mind you, it’s not an easy job that I have undertaken. It has required constant efforts of last 10 years. Dedication & Perseverance ! Try it for yourself.

Ingredients to make a nocturnal drink
  • Take variety of madness

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  • Mix it with zero level of care for health
  • Add habits like, reading, writing , binge-watching or others as per your taste
  • Blend them all together & the drink is ready

This recipe is guaranteed to make you nocturnal. We can provide testimonials from other users on request. My personal experience it always works !

Are you ready to be a member of society of nocturnal ? Comment below to ask for the registration process 😀

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Being a responsible Indian Citizen !

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

India is a democratic country – government of the people, by the people & for the people. We chose our ministers & expect them to keep all things in check. How often do we even think to do our bit for the country ? We do have fundamental rights, but what about the fundamental duties that accompany it ?

Power cuts, broken roads, corruption, bribery – just crib about it & then forget to act. It’s 2016 & high time we take things in our hand. We adults have the responsibility to set good example for coming generations.

Indian flag

We Power

Commit to follow rules

Let’s begin with baby steps. Driving a two-wheeler, then wear a helmet. In a car, put on seat belt. Red light means to stop, so stop & don’t rush through it.Don’t drink & drive. And, if  at all you are caught breaking a rule don’t negotiate with authority – accept the legal course of action !

Promote Equality

Do we even need any explanations about it ? Stop differentiating between people on every small things you can find about. Religion, color ,gender – was this not enough  already that we now make religion based discriminations. There is enough destruction is the world, for a better future we need to ACT NOW !I know I am walking on thin lines here & should stop writing anymore.  🙁

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Become knowledgeable & wise
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Let me be clear – I am not talking only about getting an education. With education we learn facts, whereas applying those facts for betterment is being knowledgeable.Knowledge has no limits or age bar or a defined syllabus.Ofcourse, basic schooling should be given to all & government is doing it’s part by various schemes like – school chale, midday meals, etc. We do see examples in daily life where educated people are the monsters. Highly educated but demand dowry, educated but believe in female foeticide & honor killings, educated but employ small children as workers. On the other hand are the parents not formally schooled but work hard to get their children educated. This act makes them knowledgeable.

Respect those who defend us – our Soldiers

How can countrymen be safe without their sacrifices ? They leave their families to defend ours. Rail,hail or sunshine a soldier is always on duty. Respect them, what they do, how they live. Soldiers do not only constitute of those manning our borders. There are so many roles involved – infrastructure, operations, logistics, etc. All of these come together to keep make our country a safe place. Have faith in them & lets not question what or how they do what they do.

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This is just a small list of things that We – common people can do help our country. What other things do you think can help use make our country better ? Do share your thoughts in comments.

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( The thought process in the post is inspired by the topic of Indispire#138 – How can We,the common public,help our country India?. All images copied from Google images & credit goes to the owners.)

Travelling through Tamil Nadu & detour to Kerela !(Part 2)

If you ever visit Tamil Nadu, it’s a must to witness sunrise at Kanyakumari. Day 1 of my trip was spent in sightseeing around Kanyakumari town. You can visit the previous post here.

Start of a new day

Sunrise at Kanyakumari

Day 2

We woke up early to enjoy the first ray of light adorning the sea. The bright hues falling over the sea & the soft sound of waves crashing over rocks form a rhythmic pattern.  And, if you don’t reach here early you wont get a place to stand.

We had hired a cab for day tour. Enroute we stopped at Thanumalayan temple – Sthanumalayan Kovil located at Suchindram. The three supreme powers – Shiva,Vishnu & Brahma are worshipped as a single entity.It also has one of the tallest statues of Lord Hanuman in the same complex.

Next stop for the day was Padmanabhapuram Palace. The palace is made of wood & influenced by Chinese architecture. There are some interesting facts about the palace,like,

  • Room full of Chinese jars gifted to the King by chinese merchants.
  • Hall which could seat 1000 people at a time for feast
  • Clock which has been running for a very long time

    At the palace

    At the palace

smiling guide at palace

With Sri Lalitha

There are guides at equidistant who are lovely people to talk to & will tell you all the stories of the palace. It’s here that I met a sweet lady Sri Lalitha & her smile was infectious. She was happy to see two crazy girls on a vacation alone & blessed us to keep living a happy life. That’s the beauty of travelling – strangers that touch your heart.

There is another tourist spot nearby ‘Poovar Islands’, where you can enjoy boat ride through mangroves & backwaters. We had already visited similar places & decided to skip it.You can read about my experience of boating in mangroves here.

Trivandrum, Kerela 

Our journey moved further towards Trivandrum & we had a quick stop at Kovalam beach. The Leela Resort, Kovalam is the perfect stop to enjoy beach seats,sunbathe & play in the clear water.

Beach side recliners

The Leela Resort, Kovalam

The final & most awaited part of the day was visiting Padmanabaswamy Temple.Temple is famous for its hidden treasures which make it one of the richest organizations. Words fail me in trying to describe this architectural marvel. The minute details can be observed in the carvings on the walls. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. There is strict dress code to be followed by devotees to enter temple premises & women need to wear saree. I had to buy saree from a nearby shop.All electronic items are to be submitted at counter.

Statue of lord Vishnu

Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple ( copied from google)

We were lucky to meet another devotee who enlightened us with legends associated with temple. He took us around the temple complex & told facts like how the butter applied on the Lord Hanuman statue never melts or the Statue of Natraja facing with feet pointed in opposite direction than usual. Unfortunately, we could not take a photo with him as no cameras are allowed inside. Are you aware of anymore interesting stories about the temple ? Do share it in comments !

The day was well spent & we returned to Nagercoil to spend the night in a lodge. I hope you enjoyed reading this post & stay tuned for the next part in the series.

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