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Old 6th December 2012, 22:13   #61
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Day 01
28th October 2012

More from the sculpture garden

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We had our share of dance too
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Girls will be girls
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Day 01
28th October 2012

We could see Thenmala Dam from there
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We had visited the Dam in a previous visit hence we gave it a skip.

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Old 6th December 2012, 22:27   #63
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Day 01
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Our next attraction was the sway bridge
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The views from the bridge
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PPGs on the bridge
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Jr. PPG enjoyed the sway bridge

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Nice flower
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What does this look like?

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It was time to leave the leisure zone too
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Old 6th December 2012, 22:37   #64
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Day 01
28th October 2012

There was a growing concern about the heritage bridge -
More on this later on the last days log
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Orientation of the ECO Tourism at Thenmala

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The tariff structure - It's not much

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The musical fountain entry - we did not wait to see it

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We visited the Butterfly park

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Indeed we saw butterflies

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Learnt that butterflies do have a host plant to which they are attracted

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Day 01
28th October 2012

More pictures from the butterfly park
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Day 01
28th October 2012

Some more pictures from the butterfly park

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It was time to say bye to the butterfly park.


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Day 01
28th October 2012

We then visited the Deer Park
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Sambar Deer

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This guy was quite curious
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A small play area for the visitors
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Spotted Deer too

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Monkey!
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We did a full round
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Some Swamps
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We are done with Deer park

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The road to Thiruvananthapuram

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Green Apple Stick! Boy! We loved it - don't know which serving was clicked!
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It was 17:30 hours and we had already spent 7 hours at Thenmala. We were quite late. Called up my mom and said we would be late, and also that I would like to go in search of some of my old favourite restaurants. She could feel the excitement in my voice - she says "go ahead, enjoy. I'll not make dinner for you"


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Day 01
28th October 2012

By 19:30 I land up at Hotel Taj at Palayam Jn.
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I was completely shocked, the entire place has changed. With doubts in my mind entered the restaurant. Sat in one of the tables. I was the only one with family. A curious waiter approached me.

Me : Do you still serve Chicken Roast, Chapathi and Lemon juice?
Waiter : Sir , when was the last time you visited us?
Me : probably 20 years ago!
Waiter : Sir! A lot has changed since then. But let me see what I can do for you.
Me : Please
Waiter : Give me some time
..... after thirty minutes......
Waiter : Here Sir, your Chicken roast, Chapatti.
Me : Thanks a lot.
.....after we eat it all up...
Waiter : How was it?
Me : Just the same taste as I remember. Thank you...
Waiter : Sir, infact i am happy to see in my life a return customer after so many years....I am not used to this...

I really don't know what to say!! Gave him some liberal tips and we got out.

Palayam! Yes Palayam! How many times I have been her in my Rx100. Almost every day during my Engineering days. I am just missing all that! LIfe has taken me where all! But if I miss a place at all, it is my place, my home town. It is my Thiruvananthapuram. How much ever I try to hide it, it come out loud and clear - I AM MISSING MY HOME TOWN!!! A LOT

Some pictures from Palayam.

Palayam Muslim Palli (Mosque)

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Palayam Palli (Church)
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Inside the church

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The sculpture of "Swadeshabhimani" K. Ramakrishnapillai
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By the time I reached my mom's place it was 22:00 hours. She listened to my excited narration of the days events. She was so happy to see me so lost in nostalgia. With the charm every mother have, she listened to my story, echoed my feelings, joined in my happiness ...what a day it was...Thank you Mom. for being there for me.


I had carried a LED TV for her from Bangalore. We set it all up and watched some TV together. It was about 02:00AM in the night when my wifey reminds me - its been 24 hours since you slept! Yes indeed I needed my rest.. I crashed dreaming about my home town....


Thiruvananthapuram - I have left her on 1997, but my mind had not even moved an inch away from there...One day I will be back here...Sleep took the better of me and dreams took over...
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Dear Lalu,like they if picture is worth thousand words,then you have billons of word. The pictures taken by you are truly remarkable and like many have already said,it brought back lot of memories.
I had done a trip from Chennai-Palakkad-kollam and back last may.But the way you have captured it ,is truly beautiful.This is first time i went through any of your thread. Have already opened the other one in adjacent tabs.keep writing !
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Day 02
29th October 2012

After a nice sleep, woke up-to a dream breakfast from my mother. She was quite happy to be with her grand children.
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After a lazy morning chatting endlessly, we made some plans to visit Ponmudi, a hill station nearly 50Kms from Thiruvananthapuram. We decided to leave to Ponmudi after lunch. My mother could not join us since she had some prior commitments.

Mom flagging us off for the Ponmudi Drive

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We left by 12:30 hours from our home to Ponmudi

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Day 02
29th October 2012

@thoma - note the posts for details about Meenmutty falls

We reached Meenmutty Falls entrance by 13:30 hours
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Once you take the entry tickets it is a drive of 1.5Kms inside the reserved area.

Some pictures from the drive inside there
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Jr. PPG waving!
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Sr. PPG wetting her leg!

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Wifey checking out the big tree!

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More pictures from the drive
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We parked the car

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We started the trek

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It is advisable that you take the guard along with you from here. Since we had been in many adventures we just went ahead. But there is no direction boards anywhere and multiple trail exists. All we did was follow the river and went up. At times it was risky too.


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Pictures from the trek
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More pictures from the trek
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We found some wild life
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Day 02
29th October 2012

After 1 hour of trek, we reached the waterfall
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After spending half an hour at the waterfall we left

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PPGs watching the fall

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The trek was moderate, with slippery mud and rocks making it difficult. Also lack of direction can give you some crazy moments

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