The route we took from Kolukkumalai to Vagamon was not the usual one. We rode away from the highways and went into smaller roads that drifted into the various tea estates and plantations that made Kolukkumalai what it is. The tea estates went downhill and were there on both sides of the road the entire way to route to Vagamon.
The distance between Kolukkumalai and Vagamon is 150 km and we were following the riders safe method of getting from one place to another: ride at 80 kmph with several pit-stops to stretch one's legs. We rode for about 3 hours and darkness descended on us.
At this point, we took a slight deviation towards a small scenic pit stop. It was a view point right on top of a hill and it was completely dark. The road leading to the view point was extremely steep and was almost at 40 degree angle. Halfway up hill, we noticed a car - a Maruti Ertiga - that was stuck going uphill and was faced with the situation of rolling downhill in reverse. We raced uphill, parked our bikes, got together, and pushed the car uphill the last 100 feet and probably saved them from what could have been a bad incident. The Ertiga really is not meant for roads like these and it's one of those things I learnt over time about what not to do in a city-drive car.
We walked back to the view point, walked a distance with our flashlights on between looked like elephant grass, and stopped at a cliff. It was a steep edge and looking down, I could discern a river flowing between our hill and the next. The only lights were the stars in a cloudy sky above and a small bonfire at the opposite bank of the river.
To this day, I remember that a lot of us tried capturing photos with long exposure but nothing managed to sufficiently capture what we could see. After a while, we gave up, asked everyone to shut off their cameras, and spend 5 minutes in silence, just enjoying what nature had to provide.