was my second trek of 2007 after Sarasgad in Jan.
As I was in Kerala in begining of Dec to attend
the Sabarimala rituals I thought of doing a expedition
to 2-3 places which would fit my schedule. Before
going to Kerala I gathered all info on various
treks, however due to limited schedule could shortlist
only 4 treks. Out of the 4 treks the first one
was a jungle hike called 'Border
Hiking' organised within the famed
Periyar Tiger Reserve
in Idduki Dist. This was also a warm-up for forthcoming
4-day trek...A trek to Dhoni was the first of
my Tri-Trek Solo Expedition in Kerala from 10th
to 13th Dec. The others being Pakshipathalam &
Chembra Peak in Wayanad state.
I had spoken to the Pallakad
(Palghat) DFO office before leaving for Kerala.
The DFO's office does not grant permission to
venture in the Dhoni forest after the waterfall.
However, due to my constant calls (or rather pestering)
they gave me the permission to do the entire route
from Dhoni to Malampuzha dam thru the forest.
was told to reach the forest Check post at Dhoni
at around 8am.
Accordingly I took the 7am bus from Pallakad Town
to Dhoni (15kms)...After paying the requisite
entry fees, I was assigned a forest
guard. Raghu the guard was well aware of the route...He
was very friendly and in no time we were dicussing
various topics enroute...The trek upto Sapal waterfalls
at Parasuramkundu takes about 1.5 hrs to climb
(4kms). The waterfall though very small seemed
refreshing amidst dense forest. We spent about
an hour there looking around. After which we climbed
above the waterfall, crossed over the same and
moved into the forest. The trek path was quite
wide hence it was not difficult following the
route. The forests of Dhoni is rich with wildlife
such as the Tiger, Elephant, Deer and a variety
of reptiles including the famed King Cobra.
Walking thru the forest we crossed
a small rivulet where we had our breakfast (I
carried Upma, curry and tea)...after a sumptuous
breakfast, we moved further on and reached a point
where we found a OTTATEAK (LONE TEAK TREE).
Near the tree there's a diversion which goes further
deep into the forest....I figured out that exploring
this route will be on priority next year and so
we moved on further.....From this point
there are two routes to reach Malampuzha...1st
route is to continue on the current path walking
on the banks of Malampuzha river or take a left
and go to 'KollenKunnu'(1.5kms) from where one
has to take a boat to reach Malampuzha dam.
The boat timings are erratic hence I opted for
the 1st option.... This was one of the most picturesque
treks I had ever been to. The Mountains accross
the river looked impregnable yet majestic...The
mountains of 'Vandikal', 'Mulamala', 'Palamala',
Chembaka Kund' 'Karimala' & 'Adputtimala' with
its towering 3 peaks, all looked simply magnificient
We walked and walked the entire stretch of 5kms
waterfall to Malampuzha dam reaching there around
12noon.... The trek culminated at the Malampuzha
Dam Boat Jetty which is situated close to the
'Emuur Bagawati Temple' on the
outskirts of the Malampuzha Park and Dam.
I would say this was more of
trek than a hike but a very intresting one....I
bid adieu to my guide Raghu, took the 1230pm bus
to Pallakad, packed my sacks and returned to the
bus station to take the 4pm Calicut bus, further
on reaching Wayanad at 11pm itself....Pakshipathalam
trek was next in the line....
'Lone Dravidian' Keeps Trekking...