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Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

Hi, friends If you want to walk through the midst, clouds, and fog, Meesapulimala is one among the most beautiful and adventurous places in the southern Kerala, for trekking. This beautiful hilly area, surrounded by the thick forest and thick shrubs are well-known for its adventurous trekking and wildlife. This place is close to Munnar and is one of the best places in Munnar for trekking lovers. Meesapulimala is the second highest peak in Kerala after "Anamudi'.

The Meesapulima Peak is called so because it resembles a tiger’s face. “Meesa,” means mustache, “puli,” means tiger and “mala,” means hill.

 After the successful completion of Hemkund sahib and Thevalley of flower trek, we planned for next trip to Kerala which included Meesapulimala trek. Thanks to Praveen Shekhar who arranged this tip very well.

 Journey began on January 12th from IGI airport to Cochin which was 4 days short trip. I only want to talk about 1st day trek to Meesapulimala.

 After landing in Kochi airport we needed to reach silent valley which was approximately 4 hours’ drive.  Reaching silent valley was quite a challenge because it was private road with narrow lane. Area was surrounded by tea plantation and there are two three deviations on the way. I couldn’t find any one on that road till I reached the silent valley base camp.

 By the time we reach base camp it was late around 7 pm. We had a warm welcome at the base camp which consisted of a Kitchen, one store room, One big open hall where usually the food is served with a camp fire area, a comfort station, wash room, a lawn for making tents.  The loneliness felt on that place was remarkable. No phone calls, no busy scheduled works, no noise of vehicles, and no pollution. Electricity for the camp is generated using the micro turbine. The best thing about Munnar is chillness and the climate. We spent the night in the outdoors by sitting around the campfire sharing stories and delicious south Indian supper. All we could see was the unending layers of hills, beautiful waterfalls and the mesmerizing sky with full of stars.

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

Main Camp

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

View from the camp

We wake up early morning and after freshen up we had breakfast. We started walking around 8:00 am from the base camp. The trails started with a steep ascend which exhausted the sumptuous breakfast.

In 30 minutes we reached the top of the falls and had our first break there. The walk was through marshy land and almost every one of us had leeches crawling in our legs. But after that we entered into some plain grass lands and from this point the walk was little easier and we could cover more distance in less time.

 

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

The fall

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

Middle of the Jungle

By 12 we reached Rhodovalley which was 6 kms from base camp and had a break of 15 minutes. Crossing the large valley through the grass lands we reached the base of a mountain and trek leader said Meesapulimala is behind this mountain. I was anxious to see the destination and wanted to ascend fast but all I could dowas to drag my foot one after another. Don’t know why but I was feeling very tired. But the fact which I later realized was that I have reached the maximum level of my stamina. Walking 8 km through the steep hills drained out my stamina.

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

Mighty Mesapulimala

Getting to the top of the mountain trek leader showed me the Meesapulimala. It was an enormous structure to look at and the very sight itself boosted me up and I decided I won’t turn back leaving this giant unconquered. We had to cross yet another valley and in another 20 minutes we reached the base of Meesapulimala. All the team members were tired and we took a break before starting the final lap.

There were no obstructions in front and the top of the peak was visible from that point. I Don’t know from where I got that energy but I wanted to do the whole final ascend in one stretch. I neither looked up the top nor did I look back Just concentrated on my foot and kept both my legs move one after the other. The fresh air was helping a lot. A long breath was enough to continue whenever I felt like stopping.

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

Awesome long trek

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

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By 02:00 I touched the top of Meesapulimala. It was a great moment of happiness when I reached the top. The view from the top was simply unbelievable. All the surrounding hills seemed like little dwarfs and it made Meesapulimala really a giant. The three giants of Top station seemed a prototype of what we see from the top station view point.  I clicked the view but I could never get the real picture that we can see with bare eyes. Cameras could copy 60% of what we can see there I would say. Beauty unlimited was lying in front of me. We could see the Kolukkumalai hills, Yellapetty, top station, Kurangini area, and lot of other hills.We had a breathing time of 30 minutes. Cameras went on clicking. There was no need of composing a scene for taking pictures. Just point the camera to any direction you feel and click it will be good picture.

 

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By 02:00 I touched the top of Meesapulimala. It was a great moment of happiness when I reached the top. The view from the top was simply unbelievable. All the surrounding hills seemed like little dwarfs and it made Meesapulimala really a giant. The three giants of Top station seemed a prototype of what we see from the top station view point.  I clicked the view but I could never get the real picture that we can see with bare eyes. Cameras could copy 60% of what we can see there I would say. Beauty unlimited was lying in front of me. We could see the Kolukkumalai hills, Yellapetty, top station, Kurangini area, and lot of other hills.We had a breathing time of 30 minutes. Cameras went on clicking. There was no need of composing a scene for taking pictures. Just point the camera to any direction you feel and click it will be good picture.

 

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

Finally at the top!

By 02:30 pm it was time for us to say good bye to Meesapulimala. We were taking another route while descending and trek leader showed the way in front. But the story doesn’t end here. What goes up must come down right. And it is always the coming down part that is wrought with danger and fun. As the mists were drizzling upon us for the past one hour, the hills became wet and the soil turned loose and slippery. If climbing was difficult because of the effort we have to put in, it was easier in a safer sense. We were in control of our steps and always had the upper hand. But while going downhill, the cruel gravity came into play. We all know how cruel he can be. With a full heart we started descending through the other side. Descended down the hills and covered a valley. Then there were small hills which was easier to walk through. A look back would give the Majestic view of Meesapulimala.

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

Now we can walk straight!

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

Group

We treaded slowly and cautiously along the slippery path, following each other’s lead and taking the best path possible. Many slipped and lost balance and were doubtful of their next step, but we lent a helping hand and picked them up, dusted them off and again continued in out path. We were a team, a team united by some common motive.

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

View from the top

Adventure of Meesapulimala “A walk to remember”

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