After so much hurdle this trek finally happened. I always wanted to do it as a one-way trek and couple it with Munnar sightseeing as the end point would lead to Munnar. In spite of my friend saying that the high point of the trek is the camping place I still didn't want to do it as a two-way trek as it's the same route through which we had to return to. But it so happened that I had only a weekend to spare so there was no point in going to Munnar just to catch the bus and elongate the journey. So, decided to do it as a two-way trek. Unfortunately, the trek permission had become rigid due to Kurangani fire incident, plus there was rain when we had planned it earlier and also the camping place was shifted near to Top Station rather than the traditional camping place earlier, again because of the fire scare. But somehow, we crossed all hurdles and completed the trek.
Day 0 - A glowing SETC bus
Thanks to the new buses, the government bus experience was a breeze this time. Not only was the body, seats and ticketing system improved. Even the experience was pleasant. I got a message from SETC with driver name before the start of the journey, the timings were close to punctual and needless to say comfort was really good.
We were totally seven in number. Out of which Vignesh from my school and Deva from my office took bus from CMBT along with Prasanna, my regular trek mate and school friend. Aarthy, Priyanka, Dinesh and I took bus from Tambaram. Dinesh and Deva were first timers with me as well as for the trek. As usual the travel to Tambaram was tense with lots of traffic moments but we escaped it and reached the place for dinner. Dinesh and Aarthy had already had dinner. I was scrutinizing for restaurants apart from Vasantha Bhavan and railway restaurants so as soon as I saw another restaurant named Shree Saai Bhavan I gladly entered. True to my gut feeling the food was really good. As my eating out habit has gone on decline, I was happy to eat out. We ordered a Sambar Vadai, Ghee Roast and Onion Uthappam for two of us. Ya, too much for two of us that too before a bus journey. Food came thick and fast and Prasanna on the other side was constantly updating us on the whereabouts of the bus. He told the bus took the highway which gave us a bit of scare as we were in Tambaram. If for some reason we had to go to Perungulathur it'd be a dash. Anyways he confirmed with the conductor about the same. We finished the food in no time and went to the bus stop. Only missed the coffee as we had to hurry.