Generation gap, that's the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about Karthik. Even though he is just in his second year at college, he has done more bike trips and treks than I have ever done. Today's kids, they are born on their bikes (Trying to be matured and the elder brother here :p ).
Even so, we both had never been to Paithalmala. He had been to Palakkayam Thattu before, which is close by but has a different terrine. Vignesh's friend Jithin also joined us for the trip. By the by Vignesh and Karthik are both the same persons. I don't want to drag you to this confusion, so let's just call him Karthi for this trip.
As its only around 2 hour drive from hometown, we took my dads trusty Alto K10 and left very "early" around 11:00 AM as Jithin arrived very "early" after multiple calls filled with abuses, from Karthi. Because Karthi was our navigator, as he had been to Palakkayam previously, I turned on the Google map and handed my phone over to Jithin (I know Karthi more than you know him... :P).
This was my second attempt to visit Paithalmala. My previous visit along with Jeevan and Sarath was a disaster, as we reached there only after 05:30 PM to know they are closed. But only I and Sarath where disappointed, as our (Lord Krishna's reincarnation) Jeevan Francis has been to Paithalmala couple of time along with his gang of gopika's.
Our car survived the grumpy road and reached the destination after a tedious drive. As expected Karthi lost the route half the way and the google map saved the day. After enquiring with the locals, we took a climbing road, which was not properly maintained up the hill. That's where the scenic views started to appear. As it was a clear day, which was contrary to whats expected in the rainy season we could see the city below, the greenery and the clouds creating a stunning view for my camera to capture. We spent some time there and moved on as there were a few more kilometers left to reach the hiking point.