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Old 5th March 2011, 10:57   #16
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Day02, 27.08.2010
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We were talking about spotting more elephants and were deeply involved in that discussion a set of Gaurs ran down the hills in front of our jeep. Had they come towards the jeep...it is better not said. Why are these fellows after me? In Nelliyampathy one of these fellows had scared me to the hilts. And now a group of them.

Herd of Gaurs crossing the road
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Seemed that the Gaurs were hesistant to climb further. We were keenly looking out as to what is making them fear that they are not going forward...

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Day02, 27.08.2010
GAVI

Mr. Varghese immediately finds the reason. Two wild elephants were up the hill.

Wild elephants up the hill
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We drove on further and reached a place that resembles a grass land. The grass are so tall that it can even hide an elephant. Here we found an elephant family. It was so much involving to watch them, and at the same time we were cautious not to demand undue attention from the male elephant as they were known to be very protective when the baby is around.

The Elephant Family
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Mr. Varghese and me walked through the grass land daring the leech bites for a good look at them. But they were facing towards the hill and we waited for a while thinking they'll turn around.

The Lovely Wild Elephant Family
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Does anybody know why the wild elephants put mud on their body? Here the mud is reddish and the elephants look brownish due to that.

After waiting for half an hour, we decided to go further.

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Day02, 27.08.2010
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Drove on for another few kilometers and stopped at a nice viewpoint.

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Mr. Varghese (red cap) and the Jeep Driver (blue coat)
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Some Pictures for the album
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Mr. Varghese trying his hands with the Jeep. PPGs looking on
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We started back to the cottage by 08:00AM

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Thanks Laluks,
You have answered all queries. Though I have almost all your travelogues in my to do list.. not sure when I shall do them. Do share no of Mr. Varghese.
Also your pics are sort of movie to a spooky area and really worth a location for a horror movie. They are amazing and never seen before. They are really untouched and exposing them is the reason why Gaurs are angry with you or may be like to take an autograph from you .

Also the reason why elephants throw mud on their body is for various reasons like to reduce heat or to ward of blood sucking insects like bugs or leeches.
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Thanks Laluks,
You have answered all queries. Though I have almost all your travelogues in my to do list.. not sure when I shall do them. Do share no of Mr. Varghese.
Also your pics are sort of movie to a spooky area and really worth a location for a horror movie. They are amazing and never seen before. They are really untouched and exposing them is the reason why Gaurs are angry with you or may be like to take an autograph from you .

Also the reason why elephants throw mud on their body is for various reasons like to reduce heat or to ward of blood sucking insects like bugs or leeches.
Gaurs trying an autograph
Ah! the mud part makes more sense now.
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Beautiful place. I now know why one of my friends from Kumily always speaks about how wonderful Gavi is during the monsoons. And now after seeing the lovely pics, I have promised myself to do a trip to Gavi this year.

Thank You laluks. Wonderful thread. Rated it 5-stars !!
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Beautiful place. I now know why one of my friends from Kumily always speaks about how wonderful Gavi is during the monsoons. And now after seeing the lovely pics, I have promised myself to do a trip to Gavi this year.

Thank You laluks. Wonderful thread. Rated it 5-stars !!
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Nice shots Laluks. So for a change you handed over your camera to Mr Verghese and indeed he has done a nice job on the B&W!

Another Question: Is driving down to Gavi alone all the way from Bangalore or its better to club it with another one or two places? Based on what I see, I would add another place like Thekaddy or Vagamon.
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Nice shots Laluks. So for a change you handed over your camera to Mr Verghese and indeed he has done a nice job on the B&W!

Another Question: Is driving down to Gavi alone all the way from Bangalore or its better to club it with another one or two places? Based on what I see, I would add another place like Thekaddy or Vagamon.
Mr. Varghese is very enthusiastic with the camera. One of his foreign clients had understood his abilities and had gifted him, her digital camera before leaving Gavi. From that day he is very happy to go about showing his photographic skills. He is also very careful with the camera.

Gavi can be done in a days visit, or with an overnight stay. Mostly everybody takes 1 night as I could understand from them. But since my idea was to exit through the other route I wanted the second night to be there so as to start early morning from there.

Either ways, since you are driving 560Km from Bangalore, clubbing Thekkady before and Vagamon after is a good idea.
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Day02, 27.08.2010
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We drove back to the cottage. Some pictures of the road conditions till here for a comparison. The road deteriorates considerably from here to Angamoozhy.

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We drove back towards the cottage.

A Scenic view
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We reached Pachakkanam Checkpost
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Mr. Varghese doubles up as the Checkpost Guard too. He opens up the barricade to let our jeep go.
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Mr. Varghese sprinting to our moving Jeep.
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A Nilgiri Langur up the tree
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An abandoned building enroute
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We reached Pampa Dam.

Pampa Dam Gate
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The roads in front of Pampa Dam
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We took a detour and went upto the inspection bungalow.

The Inspection Bungalow
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I could spot a hiding Barking Deer
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I caught her attention and took this picture.
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Look at this. Head held high, walking as if on a ramp. Who said these fellows are not smart! They too like all the attention. Should have had the Roxette hit "She's got the looks" playing while she was at it.
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We continued our drive back to the cottage.

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Day02, 27.08.2010
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A little further we reached the Kochu Pampa Weir. All these are part of the Sabarigiri project.
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We continued on to the cottage.

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A beautiful pond enroute.
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We found another gang of wild elephants.
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The roads near the cardamom processing facility. Left has cardamom plantation and the right has the processing unit.
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We reached the dining area by 10:00AM.
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After breakfast we reached to our rooms for some rest. Next event planned was boating since it was not raining. Decided to do the boating by 11:30AM.

Some pictures of the accomodation.

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Civvy parked near an abandoned building
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It was in this building that we had bon fire
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Jr. PPG looking at the state of the building
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Cow Girl
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Cow Girl's Car
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The view from the room
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The views from the Verandah of the room. It overlooks the lake at Gavi.
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After resting we went down to the boat landing area for boating.

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Day02, 27.08.2010
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We reached the Boat Landing by 11:30AM.
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Lazed around waiting for Mr. Varghese and took some macro shots. It was not raining and that the mist had cleared too.

Some Macros.

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We could see some day tripping crowd has arrived at Gavi.
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The beautiful Gavi Lake
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Mr. Varghese had already made arrangements for a boat.

PPGs all ready and strapped up in life jackets
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The view of the bridge from the lake.
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There is a beautiful water fall on the other side of the lake.

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Day02, 27.08.2010
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The other side of the lake had a beautiful waterfall. You'd never expect such a beauty is hidden away there.

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We spent almost an hour there and returned back.

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We started back to the boat landing.

Jr. PPG trying to cross the flow
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Our boat waiting to take us back
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Beautiful Gavi Lake
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The bridge and our cottage at a distance
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Finally we reached the boat landing area by 12:45PM. We enjoyed the area without mist while lunch was getting ready.

The boat landing area and gardens with the mist cleared.
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Fig
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Another macro.
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We finished lunch and went back to the room. The next plan was to go on a long trek by 14:30PM.

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