We had decided the wake up at 5am to watch the sunrise, and I had set some 100 alarms, but snoozed them all and slept till 9.
We got ready to go to the campsite. We called him to ask for the location and he didn't pick up, we kept calling until he finally did and guess what? Even he gives the same excuse. "Even our campsite is shut down by the government".
We were furious at this time. This was the worst experience I have faced in all my trips, Thank you Cloudfarm.
Then we went to the town and asked around and then someone told us that there is a government organized campsite. We did not think twice and decided to go for it as there is no way that a campsite organised by the Kerala Forest Department will get shut down.
We made our way there and booked the place.
The itinerary included camp stay, dinner and campfire for the night and sunrise trek in the morning.
The trek included a view point called Shooting point (because many movies were shot here) and the peak.
We had our own vehicle and didn't want to spend money on Jeep till the camp site and even the forest department people said that we can take our vehicles and there is a parking spot there so we left in our own vehicle.
This was around 4: 30.
The roads were pretty decent at the start and as we started ascending it started getting bad and then it turned inaccessible.
There were big rocks and we had a sedan with low ground clearance (only if we had an SUV) so with this disappointment we made our way back down and took a jeep.
Half way through the Jeep guy asks " Do you have the receipt for the campsite ", everyone starts checking their bags and pockets and we realise that we left it in the car.
We make our way down again, blaming each other. It was 6 pm now.
We take the receipt and make our way to the top for the 100th time again and we finally reach the campsite at 7pm.
There were many people there and the campsite was beautiful.
Cold weather + bon fire + good chicken dinner + starry skies. What more can one ask for?
Everyone was so tired and so we then took our sleeping bags and went to bed because we had to wake up early the next day.
After struggling for an hour trying to get wiggle and get comfortable in the sleeping bag I finally get some shut eye.
And then there was the mice incident, my friend freaks out saying there's a mice in our tent and we rush out and call the supervisor and he checks and there's nothing.
Still fearing the rat we went back to sleep.