I got the first hand experience to witness and feel why Kerala is called "Gods own country"
I went there with a group of 3 on July 21st 2012 . We left Bangalore around 10:30pm by bus and reached the place around 10am next day. This included a 3 hour wait at Bandipur National Park as its closed till 6am and a 2 hour breakfast break.
The base came is further 3.5 KM through the beautifully breath taking tea estate of some Ms Fatima. Finally ready by 11am to start our trek , we left with lot of excitement and hope to reach the summit within 90 minutes. A target we set for our self. The trek itself is moderate level. When we started we realized this is not going to be easy. As it was slippery after the morning shower. We reached the beautiful heart shaped lake around 12 with still two thirds of route remaining till the top. But the views were so breathtaking that we kept stopping to take pics along the way.
It was raining intermittently , but that didn't deter us even a bit. The cloud cover was a breath taking site as we could feel the clouds on our face. And once the clouds of rain went past the view down was amazing. Finally we managed to reach the top around 1 pm. A full 30mins after we had thought we would.
All in all a place to visit if you are a beginner hiker and would love the nature. We returned back in appox 90mins and had a good lunch.
Things to carry.
If its not a sunny day , I would recommend no more than a liter of water and some energy foods. Do remember to take your rain coat as it can rain without any warning. A good hat to protect from sun. Some people complained about leeches but i didn't see any. Would also recommend a very good pair of shoes and hiking gloves.
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