Next morning, 2nd September, I checked out from the hotel in Theni and started riding towards Megamalai which is approx 50km from Theni district. The route was very confusing as the map was not able to show the motorable road.
After asking the locals, I managed to find a route and started riding up the mountains. As I was riding up, the view was getting better and better.
After reaching some height, the mountains were full of clouds and fog and it started raining. I kept on riding, and after a while, I found a very big lake which enhances the beauty of these wavy hills. A lake surrounded by mountains from all the directions reminds of another paradise on earth, kashmir. The adventurous part of the ride was the off-roading of almost 12-13 km for reaching the top of the peak. The best was still waiting when I reached the peak of the mountain. It was mesmerizing to see the wavy mountains all around. There is also a dam which is made on the lake. It started raining while I was enjoying the view on the peak so i had to come back where I parked my bike. Now I started riding back in search of some homestay or hotel. But it's difficult to find hotels in megamalai as the population of people living over there are very less. Majority are the workers in tea estate. People usually visit this place and return back on the same day. I wanted to explore more of that place for which I needed to get a stay over there. I asked some of the locals, but it was really difficult to get stay over there. The hotels in Meghmalai are very less in number and there needs to be pre booking for those. So, I could not get a stay over there. I decided to ride back down and reach Idukki. Here is one another thing happened with me. While I was on the peak of mountains in rain, my phone got drenched and after a while it was not getting charged. The phone was completely working fine as it was waterproof but could not get charged due to the moisture in the charging port. This was another blow for me because now I did not had any option left. The whole time riding down to the Theni town, I was expecting my phone to get charged so that i could start towards Idukki. After coming down from the mountains, I checked my phone again, tried to dry its charging port, but it was not working. Now I had to think and come to a possible decision. I only knew one way from there, which was the hotel I stayed last night. I decided to ride back to the hotel in theni, and start for chennai the next morning which was 3rd September. While returning back to the hotel, I stopped at a tea shop. It was evening 5 and I sat in the shop cursing my luck. I thought to check my phone one last time. So, this time I took out my kerchief and started cleaning the charging port with it. This was just one last try and after struggling for 20 minutes, the charging port of the phone dried, and it turned on. It was evening 5:20 PM and I started riding towards Idukky, Kerela. I checked out some hotels and called one of them. I confirmed the status of forest check post with the hotel guy. He informed that there wont be any check post riding up towards Idukki. I started riding towards Idukki at 5:30 PM. It was approx 60+ km from the theni town. I started riding and by the time I started riding up on mountains, it was dark. I was going through the forest which I was completely unaware of. It becomes real difficult to wander around forest areas of mountains specially when you are unaware of the route and riding solo. Somehow i reached my hotel hotel by 8 PM and stayed there for the night.