As I had mentioned in my previous post, we visited the hill station Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu a few days back. So here I am, sharing my experience from this adventurous jungle escapade!
It was about 8 hours long drive from Bangalore and we left quite early around 5 in the morning only to reach there by afternoon. The journey was pretty epic, thanks to awesome roads and gorgeous weather. This vacation was not just a typical summer holiday to the hills but a close and enriching experience of nature where we were welcomed by serene view of mountains, rustic smell of rain, lush greens, sounds of jungle and rain drops falling, clouds moving past us… I could go on but I’d be here forever!
We had booked our accommodation at this beautiful property called Karuna farms surrounded by mountain peaks and forest from every side. To reach there, we parked our vehicle around 2 kms away and hired a jeep to cover that rugged stretch. The place has beautiful cottages spread across the hill and a stunning waterfall too. If you are there, do not forget to talk to its owner Nevil, a soft-spoken and ever smiling old guy. Talking of amenities, there is no TV, room service, pool or Wi-Fi as it is no luxury hotel but simple rooms with all basic facilities and yes, a personal kitchen. Even though the very first night, we were scared out of our room by snails falling on our bed from roof but it was not something we were not warned about in advance! It is a jungle after all and such things are common. The simple living certainly got to me and i was in love with the place.
The first day was spent resting after a tiring long journey. Next morning, after breakfast we headed for jungle trek and walked till it hurt. It was exciting to be on our own! No signboards, lamps or cemented path to guide but jungle trails leading us. It was nothing less than a treasure hunt. We did a short trek to reach the gorgeous waterfall and there was nobody else except us in its vicinity. From there, we went on to search for hill point called Rock and after taking three wrong paths we finally reached the spot and trust me the view from there was breathtaking. I have put some gorgeous pictures from this place below. On our last day there, we just wanted to take it all in and decided to sit by our favorite spot and relax which was the community space aka kitchen area. Making our own tea and toasts sometime or talking to people working there made us feel at home and this whole experience has only left me asking for more.
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