My plan was to reach base camp by the end of the first day and start as early as possible on day 2 for the trek. As I've booked the passes already, I headed directly to the base camp. You can spend some time at KDFC's flower garden which is just 2.5 km from the town. Else you can continue to base camp. You must get the forest department's permission to trek Meesapulimala. To enquire availability/ book camping passes contact KDFC's Ecotourism. It costs Rs.4316 (2 Adults) for base camp stay. It includes day-1's dinner, day-2's breakfast and maybe lunch too. You have other costlier options too (Rhodo mansion, Sky Cottage).
Ride to base camp was through kilometers of tea estates and plantation forests. There were few checkpoints where you must register your entry and also produce the entry passes. There was a playground at the foothills which had a stunning scenic view. I fell in love with the place and wished there were people playing football. It is sad to see such places filled with plastic things. A store opposite offers a refreshing Kattan chai.