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If you can hear creaks, that’s coming from my limbs

It was a tiring and tough climb. And to make matters worse, I had an injured ankle I had sustained playing badminton last weekend, which slowed me down considerably.

Thankfully, I had company in this really sweet young (but sometimes frustrating) thing called Carielle and we kept motivating each other in turns till we reached the peak – Tadeyendamol (also spelt as Thadiyandamol among other ways) at 1750 metres, the tallest one in Coorg / Kodagu district.

[Misty morning at the camp site where we spent the night]
A view of the hills from our camp site in the morning

It took us about 6 hours to complete it from Kakabe (the village where the trek starts) and we led all the way – from behind! But I’m just glad I could make it after doubts about whether my ankle would hold out. Anyway, that’s where I spent the weekend – on top of a misty peak among the clouds, camping in the wild, jumping over the forest streams, eating cup-o-noodles and ingesting enormous amounts of chocolate, not to mention a heavy dose of painkillers.

[The Namdroling Monastery]
The Namdroling monastery has three magificent statues
(Both pics courtesy Prateek Shah and his Olympus digital camera)

On the way back, we visited Bylakuppe, home to one of the largest Tibetan settlements in India and got a glimpse of the the Namdroling monastery (aka the Golden Temple), the largest Nyingmapa teaching centre in the world.

Also found this blog that is maintained by Daniel Brett dedicated to news about the Tibetan community in India. “India is home to around 100,000 Tibetan refugees. Around 4,000-5,000 Tibetans escape their native land every year, with most seeking refuge in India. There are 35 Tibetan settlements and numerous smaller communities in India.” (Info via Brett’s blog).

Pictures and the report as usual are underway.

(PS: Sorry for *dodging* the truth, Lavannya, but I knew I would be in for a verbal lashing (that I probably deserve too :-). Shankar, belated bday wishes for you. Looks like you had a great day and I missed being with you folks!).

Here are some totally experimentative shots that Madhu and I took with his brand new digital camera on a visit to Ebony (the 13th Floor where we initially headed was absolutely packed) last Tuesday. He was really excited about his new toy, though I landed up clicking more extensively than him. Since I had no clue about what I was doing, there are some really bad/abstract/shaky shots here. Some of the later ones are clicked at Shiok where Madhu concocted a rather nice drink made up of wine, champagne and Peach Schnappes. (PS: Jil, you must try it on your next visit, am sure you will love it).

Meanwhile, am off to attend to my exquisite aches and pains.

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26 Comments

  1. impressive indeed Anita…

    me not really a regular blogger ..

    i try my best to update if i get time …

    tc

  2. Looks like a wonderful trip.

    Me planning to visit Coorg sometime soon, any hints?

    cheers!

    B

  3. i knew it… but well i can be a little secretive too… i let you believe i didnt know …:)

    great you had a great time babe

  4. Scorpy: The Moov helped too πŸ™‚

    Mehak: I do my bit whenever I get a chance!

    Thanks TC.

    Hi B, it depends on what kind of a holiday you are looking for. If its the romantic kind with the hubby you can head for the Orange County Resort in Coorg, which is expensive, but supposed to be good. If you want to rough it out, then trekking and walking around is the other option. Get yourself a copy of the 52 Weekend Breaks from Bangalore. That was the first thing I bought when I got here and its pretty helpful when planning a trip.

    Lavannya: I did yes! I had wanted to do a long trek for a while and since I got the chance, I took it despite the fact the injury. But I had a good time despite everything. The last two days have been difficult in terms of aches and pains but have been ignoring them mainly πŸ™‚

  5. Lazy: Come down to Bangalore and you can get your share of aches then πŸ˜‰

    Fairy: It was lovely. Nice sight to see just after you wake up in the morning!

  6. ahhh the pics have been beautifull.. coorg is specially beautiful at this time of the year..

    will definitely try the Schnappes… LOLOL good to know that you had a great time !!

    take care of that sprain !!

  7. Lovely photograph … the one taken from your campsite… made me relive my moments at Tadyendamol …

    Hey I tried trackback for the first time on this post and screwed up πŸ™‚ twice … jeeez!

  8. Fantastic site Anita. I’ve been on the move to move mine to a proper domain very soon. I’ll be using the Nucleus blogging tool. Before that I need your inputs on how to instruct them to install it, like you have used MT for your site.

    Coorg… ah, amazing place. Esp Namdroling. Excellecnt snaps you have there. Really remeniscient of the place. Not many know hoe great the place is. Good work there πŸ™‚

  9. Thanks Arun. Actually, I don’t know much about installation at all as my hosts, vesana.com had done the dirty part πŸ™‚ But if you have any doubts, questions, feel free to email me πŸ™‚

  10. Anita, just moved to bangalore from Pune. We did a trip to Mullen giri (not sure that’s the right spelling) near Chikmangalur. We also stopped over at a coffee estate. To say the least, mullen giri is virgin. Shall post pics on my site soon. In the mean time, do you where I can learn guitar -some where around Vijaynagar/rajaji nagar? Let me know.

  11. Suman: Have heard of the place. Am keeping it in my to visit list πŸ™‚ Will look forward to seeing the pictures on your site.

  12. Carielle D says

    Hi,

    Can you write to me? My parents made my name up so i’m way surprised to find that you met a carielle in Asia! TELL ALL please. Do you know how he/she got that name?

    Carielle

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