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Old 19th March 2011, 00:47   #76
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Day03, 31.08.2010
Vagamon Heights

We drove on to the otherside of the property.

The route to the hilltop
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PPGs enjoying the ride
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Cattle - I envy them, they get to be here everyday
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Beautiful views
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We parked at a good view location
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Wifey is stunned by the beauty
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PPGs are overwhelmed too.
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Some girl moments
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Old 19th March 2011, 00:59   #77
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Day03, 31.08.2010
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Here the valley is very steep. They lost one horse here.
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Our UV hiding behind the grass
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The grass is lemon grass. Wifey already have collected some for our small forest back home
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A pic of the drive for our album
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We started back from there by 13:30.
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This is the route which we took in the night the previous day. The cottage is visible
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The view of the cottage from the hill track
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Day03, 31.08.2010
Vagamon Heights

The cottage

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A small one too
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@Starvegabond - It was here that the PPGs missed your little angel. Jr. PPG had made a note to come back here with your little angel sometimes. Please grant her wish. She even spoke to Mr. Harish about our trip to Tranquebar and the fun they had together. PPGs simply loved this place.
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We reached the reception area soon. By the time our lunch was getting arranged Jr. PPG took sime time to take care of her pets.

Jr. PPG petting Kaiser
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Wow, Kaiser is asleep.
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Now that he is asleep Jr. PPG went in search of Gobels
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Jr. PPG takes some time for hide and seek too.
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Lunch was served, beautiful spread of Kerala meals. Cleared up in moments, tummy big we went back to the cottage for some rest.




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At 16:00PM Mr. Harish left us at the stream.
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PPGs having a bash in the cool water
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Jr. PPG Posing!!
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Some excercise too.
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After having fun in the water for an hour we reached the reception area back by 17:00PM. We had very hot tea and banana fritters. Yummy.

We found some creatures near the dining room
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The colourful cart
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Jr. PPG waiting to go for fishing
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By 17:30PM we reached the lake for fishing. We saw a board near the bridge on the lake
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The beautiful lake
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Mr. Harish uses a raft to go to the otherside
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PPGs try their hand at fishing
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The sun has set
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But no fish yet in sight
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Disappointment
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But no! Somebody has a fish
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Yes indeed
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More fish
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By 19:00PM finished with fishing and went back to the cottage.

The weather was very pleasant today, with clear blue skies and no rains. Made plans for a campfire by 20:30PM

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By 20:00PM we reached the campfire site.
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Jr. PPG was happy and was running about in full joy.
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It was indeed a pleasant day for all of us.

While the campfire was on, we polished off a nice dinner. Hence no pictures of the fire, was busy with the chicken

The campfire and dinner finished together. Jr.PPG wanted more fun
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By 21:30, we went for a night safari again. Boy that was loads of fun. Everyone was shouting and houling and with such a wonderful feeling reached the cottage. By 22:00PM we retired for the day.

An Amazing fun filled day. We love this place.

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Amazing time you've had

I think this is the same place where Rjstyles had stayed earlier - I remember cos I was struck by the architecture of the resort. I wanted a house like that
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I think this is the same place where Rjstyles had stayed earlier - I remember cos I was struck by the architecture of the resort. I wanted a house like that
Yes its the same place. This place has infact been raided by umpteen TBHpians already. Its either this or Summer Sands at Vagamon. Summer sands is hotelish, this is like homish..

I too have that dream
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Photos, their flow and along with your caption is excellent.

Those creatures in the dinning room!!! Wow, did you had any non-veg that day. Hehehe
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Photos, their flow and along with your caption is excellent.

Those creatures in the dinning room!!! Wow, did you had any non-veg that day. Hehehe
Thanks MJ.
Non veg yes, but Kerala style , not any other asian style.
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Day04, 01.09.2010
Vagamon Heights

Everybody was awake and ready by 09:00AM. A silence was filled in the room, today is the last day of our 15 day holiday. Tonight we would be driving back home.

But yay we still have a day. This day was mostly dedicated to thanks giving for a beautiful long vacation, our biggest executed so far within the family.

We walked upto the reception area for breakfast.

Breakfast was "puttu and kadala". Puttu was made in "Chiratta" (coconut shell) giving it the shape and name "Chiratta Puttu".
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After breakfast as usual I have to collect plant soveniors for our forest at home. They had planned to give me some cardamom saplings.

By the time the saplings were arranged we roamed around at the reception area.

The reception and the place where we had campfire
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"Raanthal"
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Fungi
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Met this fellow behind the reception. Very agressive chap
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Found Gobels grazing
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PPGs says bye to Gobels
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Gobels Acknowledges too
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The cardamom saplings have come
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Cardamom flowers and fresh cardamom at the roots
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By 10:00AM we said bye to Vagamon Heights and got back to the roads.

I wanted to offer my our prayers at Kurishumala, and drove towards Kurishumala which was 10Kms away.

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Day04, 01.09.2010
Kurishumala

We reached Kurishumala fast. On one side it is Kurishumala a Christian Pilgrim centre and on the other side it is Muruganmala an Hindu one.


Kurishumala means the Mountain of the Cross. You can find more details of Kurishumala here Hearty Welcome! | Kurisumala Pilgrim Centre



There are 14 stations of the cross at regular intervals and a chapel on the top. The 14 stations of the cross is usesd as a tool worldwide to reflect to the followers on the suffering and death of Christ.




You would have by now noticed the installations of the crosses in my logs at Calvery Mount and Panchali Medu. Both these places we had to abandon our following the way of the cross after the 10th cross due to heavy rains and thick fog.


Today was bright, with no rains and sun shining bright. But mist was playing hide and seek in between at the hills.



The climb to the top of Kurishumala is a tough 2Km climb. We were all anxious to climb to the top and offer our prayers.



We started the climb by around 10:30AM.
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We reached the 1st Station.



First Station : Condemned
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We climb further
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Second Station : Carrying the cross
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We climb still further. Jr. PPG is tired already
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The mountain you can see is Muruganmala
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Mist starting to spread
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Third Station : Falling
Jesus falls for the first time under the weight of his cross
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Jr. PPG slowly inches ahead
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Fourth Station : Meeting Mother
Jesus meets his mother enroute
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The climb has been steady.
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Mist spreading
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Fifth Station : Simon carries the cross
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Climb started to become steep and more difficult.
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Sixth Station : Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
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Mist spreading. Do you see the stations below
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PPGs taking some rest
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A steep rock to climb
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Seventh Station : Jesus Falls the second time under the weight of his cross
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The views around
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The blue of the sky is always welcome
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Eighth Station : Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
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Ninth Station : Jesus falls a third time under the weight of his cross
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Tenth Station : Jesus is stripped before the crowd
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Eleventh Station : Jesus is nailed to the cross
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A view around
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PPGs slowly climbing up
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The view of the stations below
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Twelfth Station : Jesus dies on the cross
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The emotions now are quite powerful in our minds
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Thirteenth Station : Jesus is taken down from the cross
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The view of the fourteenth station and the chapel
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Do you remember the view of this chapel from the Moon Mountain?
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A centenary well. Water wastage is discouraged.
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An office building at the top
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