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Old 22nd October 2013, 08:04   #76
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Top station. Sadly the time we reached there all the light had gone.
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Anniversary celebrations
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Guess who enjoyed the most..
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This was the specialty of Aruvi resorts. Many thanks to fellow bhpian revintup for suggesting this place.
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Old 22nd October 2013, 08:16   #77
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Our parents are busy with talking and lazing around, lets head to the fall
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In search of source of the water fall
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Demon in the background!!
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Looks like naveen.raju have found the source
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jacs shooting the butterflies
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Junior jacs
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Deetjohn and Revintup
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The final group shots
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Old 22nd October 2013, 10:00   #78
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Our ace photographer strikes again. Awesome pics vaisakh and that waterfall pic is wallpaper stuff. Now waiting for the pics from others.
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Old 22nd October 2013, 10:15   #79
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Our official photographer has delivered yet again.. and in style!!
Fantastic snaps vaisakhr.

I shall upload my share by evening
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Old 22nd October 2013, 10:22   #80
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Vaisakhr - This is why we captivated a bachelor photographer for the ride. You did a good job buddy and we care for you. (See how Rajoy protected you and your cams from the drizzle )

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Thanks to all my buddies for making this trip eventful and memorable. Wifey will never forget this Anniversary, unique it was for her.

Kiddos had a fun filled time too. We should make this recurring event every 6 months or so.


Revintup - Choice of the location was awesome. I literally got surprised to see the waterfall infront of me while opening the balcony door in the morn.

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Old 22nd October 2013, 13:01   #81
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This weekend was so nice... The memories from the trip still linger in my mind.

I am thinking Lets do the next one

@vaisakhr.. Excellent, fantastic, bombastic pics man. Loved it . particularly my kids pic. Thanks for that man.

@dhanushmenon and jacs.. waiting for the pics from your cams.

I think the drive with family made the trip unique and also enjoyable.

Another item that added to the fun was the walkie talkie. Man we had so much fun with that.....
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Old 22nd October 2013, 13:32   #82
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Excellent snaps Vaisakh. Good to see the tbhp Kochi team growing in strength. Hope to catch up with you guys for the next trip at least.
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Old 22nd October 2013, 13:34   #83
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It was a fantastic meet to say the least.
Though we did not see any new faces, the experience of a drive and quality time spent together carried a lot of weight.

First things first. All credits to rajoy123 for coming up with an ingenious idea of buying a few walkie talkies for the drive.
He floated the idea on the whatsapp group and by the end of day, he had already purchased two pairs. One pair for future drives and one for himself (Probably to converse with his wife when she is in kitchen and him playing Xbox in his room ).

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Though initially it was for boyish enthusiasm, these proved to be of great help for communication within the convoy.
I was staunchly against this from the beginning. I vehemently opposed this being a distraction on the road. But as it turned out, I had to gulp down my words when these were put to real use.
Rajoy even claims that mine was the voice which was heard the most over the set. Thatís utter non sense...

The convoy picked up strength in bits and pieces as we were all scattered around the city. I met up with rajoy123 near the BOT bridge and so the convoy started as two cars.
The next meeting place was the open space in front of Choice School, where we were joined by figo_mba on his red Figo and naveen.raju with vaisakhr on the formerís white Ecosport.
Deetjohn met us there to wave good bye with a promise to meet us the next day. He did keep his promise when he along with Speed.Demon and Revintup joined us on Sunday at the resort.

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Let the pics take on from here.
The first pit stop to stock up supplies

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Cheeyappara falls

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Karadippara view point
Vaisakhr on job on what he does the best... photography!!

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Rides lined up

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The first sight of green tea plantations

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The Ecosport and its proud owner

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The rides again

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The tea break

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Proudly stamped on the Ecosport

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Shades of green

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Old 22nd October 2013, 13:38   #84
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The waterfall pic is already my Wallpaper . Nice work vaishak

Missed the trip. Waiting for the remaining pics.

Cheers.
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Old 22nd October 2013, 13:49   #85
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Atop topstation

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In the bone chilling cold at Topstation, we sipped on hot masala tea and gulped down the yummy Maggi. The small tea shop and his urn on the cliff

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Highlight of the return drive: Fog!!

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Driving as a convoy in fog was quite an experience.
The walkie talklie was put to optimum use during this phase.

Day 2

When we retired to bed the previous night, we could hear the rumble of a stream nearby. As it was pitch dark by the time we reached the resort, we were not aware of the proximity of a waterfall.
When I lazily gathered myself out of the bed to the balcony of my cottage, I was pleasantly greeted by this wonderful view

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Naveen.raju, jacs and vaisakhr were already down on the pavement sipping on hot coffee.

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The boyís gang- present and future

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Some shots of the falls

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Old 22nd October 2013, 14:42   #86
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Awesome pictures vaisakhr and dhanushmenon! Thanks a lot for sharing them.

Speed.Demon' expression in the first group shot is very amusing. We got a taste of the Motorolas on the way back and they are awesome fun! Great idea rajoy123!

And what a place it was. Superb recommendation revintup! And we owe you a big one for the yummy appam/ parotta and chicken curry on the way back.

Guys, not a single pic of the Speed.Demon' Waggie? I think he was washing the car late on Sat night to bring that extra shine on the tyres. Speed.Demon, even Kungipalu got featured in one pic.

Edit: The post wouldn't be complete without a thank you note to revintup for the very warm welcome at his home and for Speed.Demon' for hosting us on his car on Sunday. And jacs, your Fusion looks great!

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Old 22nd October 2013, 18:38   #87
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continued....

A small trek in the morning to the top of the waterfall

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Rajoy123 and our official photographer had found something amusing

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Cocoa

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Balloon time for kids atop the waterfall

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Figo_mba and his junior

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My son was adamant on rock climbing.

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The falls from the top

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He really did have a field day

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Our official photographer in song

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From the temple pond near the falls

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Having trekked back to the resort, it was time to explore another fall nearby. This time though, the only female quotient was my daughter.
A dip in the stream was quite relishing.

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Deetjohn was acting as a chieftain of the tribes with a wooden baton to show his authority

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And as my son soon found out, the water was chilling too..

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However, he soon set forth to his next rock climbing expedition

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All thanks to revintup for suggesting this place and for the initial co-ordination in striking a good bargain for the stay.

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Had a great time. Enjoyed each and every moment of it.
One which we would all cherish for a lifetime.
Looking forward to more drives of the like.

Keep revving.
Drive safe
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Great pics vaisakh & dhanush. Hoping to make it for the next drive.
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Old 22nd October 2013, 21:57   #89
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Awesome snaps Dhanush. Any upgrades to lens firepower?

Surely your kid will go places! A big pat on his back. How many actually went into that cold water !

One snap of the Ecosport please; minus Naveen! I know Naveen will kill me...

I had a quiet laugh looking at the walkie talkies bought for the drives! Where did the cell phones go ?

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Loved the snaps and reports. Thanks you guys for bringing them.

Regarding walkie talkies, are they legally permitted on public places? I ask this because we had to inform officials while we used the same at Mysore for a program.
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