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Old 7th October 2009, 15:58   #16
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maggie nice images there, however there is a halo effect on few of the images and methinks we can live with it for now. For a novice(not that am an expert) these are some excellent shots and compositions.

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btw, who 'escorted' the snake outside?
Or did you guys happen to share your accommodation with an unwelcome visitor??
I'm sure it was a rat snake.
First few hours we did, apparently the ladies werent comfortable especially maggie's better half. Hence we drove down to the office and got to guys to come over and take a look. They fancied the idea of killing it , than letting it lurking there. Looks like the snake had made that place its home and wasn't budging to even move it. They killed it and we could only watch.

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This is what you get when you put two travel bugs who also are great photographers together, an awesome treat for your eyes!!

The Scorpio with all lights switched on looks superb.
Thanks hari.

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Im Impressed. 630 Kms from Bangalore makes it 1630 kms from Bombay. Which means it is a 2 day journey.

Do post details on who to get in touch if one wants to go there!!
cyrus I know its quite a long drive from where you are. Take a flight to kochi(Cochin) and hire a cab to get to Vagamon. Just about 100kms + .

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Awesome travelogue riju and maggi.. Now don't stop here, we want more and so post them fast.
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Nice writeup and amazing pics...both Riju and Mag. Waiting for the rest...
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Its worth every penny you have spent on that. Outstanding Pictures.
waiting for the full story
Thanks folks.

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PS: Next trip, just buy Mahesh a steering wheel. He can wrench/steer to wherever he wants from the rear seat.
Just that I was keen on doing the 1st 5k kms myself. My wife's never yet driven the scorp' and she completely understands my love for it.

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Mind blowing pictures and location. Fantastic. Do share us more details about this place and accommodation etc.. Definitely a place to visit. I am stuck to this thread. Do post some more wonderful pictures.
Please check my 1st post its all there. Its all about how you bargain and I was pretty good at it .

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Riju, awesome travelogue with your signature style pictures. However, i note quite some pictures have lot of noise, is it because of the fungus on the censor? And, what beautiful weather, must have been like in heaven.

OT: I foolishily used by DSLR in drizzle during my recent trip and it won't click now? What do i do?
Avi my pictures and noise ? From what I know only the images of the scorp' have some noise since it was shot in the dark. Fungus on the censor doesnt add noise, rather makes it mark on the image when shot at wider apertures. The one on my camera is a small spec and looks like this is the after affect of not having used the camera for good 4 months.

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1st Floor, Above Bank of Baroda,
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Avi my pictures and noise ? From what I know only the images of the scorp' have some noise since it was shot in the dark. Fungus on the censor doesnt add noise, rather makes it mark on the image when shot at wider apertures. The one on my camera is a small spec and looks like this is the after affect of not having used the camera for good 4 months.

For Nikon service queries please contact these folks

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1st Floor, Above Bank of Baroda,
Beside Reddy Hostel,
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Abdis, Hyderabad - 500001
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Phone: +91-40 66460248
Email: nikon.act@gmail.com
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Thanks for this info, its close to where i live. will check them out.

Yes, the scop pics have some noise in them otherwise all pictures are super. I liked one picture especially of the blue bus passing by with trees lined up both sides, i reckon that was taken by your wife. Please pass on my compliments to her
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What is this Riju and Mag? Both of you were carrying cameras and we see only some few snaps?
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Didn't the bus driver add any adjectives before asking you to cut a few lights!! The pictures look lovely. First one looks a bit ominous though.
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This is what you get when you put two travel bugs who also are great photographers together, an awesome treat for your eyes!!
Thanks Hari.

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What is this Riju and Mag? Both of you were carrying cameras and we see only some few snaps?
Dearest sir,

As it happens, my camera 4GB memory ran out of space and the pics on the return drive were limited. I can hear you now- you want to gift me the 16 GB memory card. Alright, I accept your offer, after pondering over it deeply and not wanting to hurt your feelings.

Riju's pics on the forward journey got compromised as we discovered fungus imprints on some very good shots he had taken.

OK- some more pics coming up shortly - as soon as I stop pretending that I am working.
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Riju, you forgot my mention in the Vote of Thanks.

What are the other places you visited?
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What is this Riju and Mag? Both of you were carrying cameras and we see only some few snaps?
He was on a shooting spree. I am sure he realized he dint have competition when he found out that am no longer gonna be shooting . So much that his 4GB card was full.

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Didn't the bus driver add any adjectives before asking you to cut a few lights!! The pictures look lovely. First one looks a bit ominous though.
Nopes nothing at all, I love the drivers (bus) there since they have some sense of responsibility. Quite a few drivers made way for us while we were driving uphill.

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Riju, you forgot my mention in the Vote of Thanks.
What are the other places you visited?
It sure will come thru eventually at the end of the travelogue. Hang in there more pics to come.
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As soon as I saw "VAGANOM" on title, I expected the eye catching pictures with mist n fog from your beautiful camera. Fantastic stills. But quantity of photographs posted here were not quenching my thirst, when I read that "MAG" accompanied you (obviously one expect to have more number of photographs). Wonderful photographs that went straight into my favorite folder. Please do populate this thread with those fantastic pictures. Iam eagerly waiting for those

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you want to gift me the 16 GB memory card. Alright, I accept your offer, after pondering over it deeply and not wanting to hurt your feelings.
No point going for higher capacity card. Better go for a storage device. At least you'll have a place to store your RAW/JPEG files.
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What is this Riju and Mag? Both of you were carrying cameras and we see only some few snaps?
I think it was raining a lot
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Nice trip you guys had man. And riju's pics, no words. Awesome.

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Every chance that you might loose you way at Dindigul coz there aint any markings to reach the Theni Route. We lost our way and continued on the madurai route, was guided by a gentleman to take a village road to get to Sempatti and join the Theni road.
Yes, its unmarked before turn and I think there is a small board mentioning route for Theni once you turn.
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My final installment. There are other pics, but I'm not as happy with them as the ones I've put up. Some others were group/couple shots that the girls werent comfortable with having included

Riju's Scorp - forward journey:
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A lone sentinel - forgotten in the winds of time :
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We had this fella visit us in the cottage. First time I saw/touched a snail. I'm now inspired!
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Our heavenly abode on earth:
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The reptilian. He'd made that roof cove his home. And I unknowingly had rested my arms on the beam in front of it for a long time! Too bad they couldnt release him elsewhere. After all, we live in their front yards.

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The Scorp in her elements:
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Your favorite moderator offroading (there were no roads anyway) in a Mahindra 4x4, for the first time!
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Scenery on the return journey:
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The End.
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Day 2

We had no plans as such coz all of us were simply in awe looking the place and the kind of experience. I wake up only to find maggie and the scorp' is missing. Walk out and I see maggie trying to reverse the scorp through a trail which can barely accommodate the scorp'.

I had no complaints and pretty much realized the adrenaline rush of someone who just picked up a 450D and his urge to shoot. I pick up my camera and simply walk up to where maggie's parked the Scorp'.

A few pics from there,only later did we know that at the end of trail where the scorp was parked is a cliff. The trail ends like 20 mtrs from where the scorp' is parked. We were told that one of the horses from the resort went off this place.

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Walk back to the cottage and only then I realize I have had the 1st leach bite. Mr.Jose the caretaker helps me with the leach.Breakfast was ready by 9am and we were off to the restaurant which about a 4/5 mins drive from our cottage. Both maggie and Sahana have never tasted dishes cooked in coconut oil and from the looks of it I am sure both enjoyed their breakfast.Tasty is an understatement !!

My better half wasn't new to this, she has turned into a half mallu now.All set we are off with Shibu who is our guide cum driver for the day.


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and this would be our ride

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This is how the trail looked at 9am or so.

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The lake inside the property for boating. The ladies made the most of it , maggie and me were left to the mercy of god and darn my legs were aching like mad. Eventually we could never make it back to shore and parked the boat at another hill nearby and walked back .

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The trail we took to reach a view point and this is where maggie gave up driving the jeep. Looked too treacherous and one wrong move could prove fatal.

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Another trail and truly 4x4 terrain. I know it looks easy, further down this is a huge 20 feet incline at an angle of 50 degrees or so.

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The leach saga starts here. The roots from the tree are natural and the pic should explain it all. A makeshift ladder has been made to accommodate visitors climb the tree house.


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Maggie got his 1st leach bite from here and then on its been never ending. Well the leaches did feast on his blood.


We are done with the boating and the trails by about 1pm. We decided to visit Kurusumala church and get back for lunch. Drive down to Eleppara to tank up and we drive to Kurusumala which is close to Vagamon town.

Park the scorp' at the base and start the climb. Visibilty is again a mere 30% or so with the clouds in our face. However the rains play spoil sport and also Sahana had difficulties breathing at that altitude. We dint want to push further coz the rains were already in full swing and all of us were soaked. Decided to go back to the resort for a nice lunch at 4:30pm.

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Took a few quickies on our way back before there was clouds again.

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By now its 6pm or so and its started raining cats and dogs and also it was very windy. The 4 of us head out for a drive through the property and what an experience. All around us its thick vegetation, the trail is wide enough to accommodate one car( you would need an SUV) and the wind blowing in our faces. We come back to our cottage and go blah blah blah for the rest of the night.
We hit the sack early since we gotto drive back the next morning to bangy and we have planned to do a few unscheduled stops en-route.

A shot of the cottage from the inside.

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Something I can't forget about today is that I experienced clouds, rains and sunlight all in a span of 15-20 mins. The weather is so unpredictable that you gotto think twice before you pull out your DSLR's.
Signing off for now and tomorrow we drive back to bangy. REALITY !!

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Simply amazing and truly awsome

I have decided my next trip is to Vagamon
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Awesome ! Or wat can I say ! The resort also looks great.

We might need the contact details of the resort. Will ping u later for that.

You had another company - The Bacardi

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