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Old 16th June 2009, 10:46   #31
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Wow!!! It’s a trip for a lifetime. that great adventurous one.
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The coincidence is that when we went shopping for raincoats, I specifically looked for 'Duckback' raincoats. I remember them from the 80's / early 90's when we could buy them in a Bata showroom (or was it Corona showroom?). Duckback for adults and BubbleGummers for kids.... they used to have a range of satchels and bags as well.
Duckback indeed had "Trouser & Jacket" type raincoat which I used for almost 5 years. They were proper water proof rain coats which also had the comfort advantage of those new generation "Windcheater" type rain jackets unlike the earlier generation rain coats. I bought it at Witco in Chennai, not sure if they would be available these days in any of those flashy malls because its too down market for the consumers visiting those malls.

The bigger advantage with "Duckback" was they never ever came in flashy colours which is a boon while trekking in the forests.
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The coincidence is that when we went shopping for raincoats, I specifically looked for 'Duckback' raincoats. I remember them from the 80's / early 90's when we could buy them in a Bata showroom (or was it Corona showroom?). Duckback for adults and BubbleGummers for kids.... they used to have a range of satchels and bags as well.

However looks like with the onslaught of cheap chinese stuff, not many shops stock the Duckback brand these days. I picked up some brand from Total mall... which turned out to be 'water resistant' and not 'water proof'. After a few hours of rain, it started letting water in. Need to pick up something better for the next trek.
I did find 'Duckback' rain coats in a shop in National Market, Bangalore when I was searching for a raincoat last year. You can check out there
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Truly outstanding and amazing pics there. This place is a must do and will make it to my list. Thanks for sharing this. Awesome stuff.
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Wow, an awesome travelogue. Your narration and the pics took me through a virtual journey; I still have goose bumps thinking about how adventurous it would be to spend a night at this spooky little place you guys halted for the night.

I m petrified of leeches, not sure what phobia is it called, the pics of the bloody leech sent a shiver down my spine.

Duck backs and bubble gummers brought back nostalgic memories, sweeeeeeet

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'Xing'ing around ! - A Long walk, Monsoon, Leeches, Wildlife & Railway History...-62.jpg

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Nice pics, the first one is a malabar pit viper(highly venomous) very well camuflaged.
The second one, is a saw scaled viper(i doubt though) again very venomous.

Great adventure, nice pics!

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Truly amazing travelogue, fascinating narration & pictures have come through very well. You have gone ahead and provided history & guidance of the place which is very resourceful for all the readers. Over all a stunning experience.
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Where was this lurking around!
@Hotstuff Hats off to you man for bringing it on to us.

As HVK said this is really great! But I still liked Dudhsagar better!
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Thanks to Maximus for posting on this thread. He's dug out a great hidden gem. But what's depressing to note is your current signature hotstuff.
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^^^^^
+1 to that. I don't know how I missed this thread.

IIRC, there was an article in Outlook Traveller on the light railway.

It makes me sad to see what we do with our heritage. I know of one other forest railway (Fakiragram, Assam) of which nothing (and I mean NOTHING) remains.

I had talked with some IRFCA members about listing all the abandoned rail lines in the country. Nothing came of it. Can TBhp members do that?

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excellent snaps or shall i say 'hot stuff' you got there hotstuff! I am smitten by this WLS and planning for it shortly.
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Inspired by this very travelogue, I did complete the trek in Parambikulam last December. you can probably consider this trek more as a looong walk.

The old tramway has been converted into a jeep track and the trek is on this track. The track goes alongside the Parambikulam river. Depending on the time of the day you can sight wildlife on this trek. We found a pair of wild dogs while returning. Overall, it was a very good experience.

It is a very good effort by the Kerala Forest Dept to improve eco-tourism in the area. The dept is pretty strict in allowing vehicles into the national park (Parambikulam is a National Park now). The guides are all local tribals who know the forests like the back of their hand. Be sure to book in advance.
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Thanks guys. There are many gems hidden in here and i was delighted to discover this one out of nowhere. I was on virtual tour when i was reading.

I am continually impressed by your travelogues - Hotstuff.
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