After enjoying the view and posing for a lot of photos, I began my climb up (the easy way) and we rode back to the stay. Everyone else had woken up and were ready to get to the falls. I told them I just came back from the falls and Rahul said, "We aren't going to the main falls, mole. We have our own secret spot."
Curious, we turned the bike around and followed them again. We rode past the main falls and stopped a few kilometers ahead to buy some cheap t-shirts ... apparently, we were going to get wet. We parked our bikes a kilometer later, and began walking. Soon, we were walking by the side of the river that led to Athirapally falls a few kilometers downhill. We walked for nearly 500 meters until it led to a small shady spot on which we dropped our bags and the water was shallow enough for us to sit and enjoy the morning sun. While the others walked to the middle of the shallow river to sit with bottles of alcohol and Naadan beef and chicken fry.
I don't drink or smoke, so I contended myself by sitting with two of my friends in the cool waters and by splashing water on everyone. After a an hour of refreshing dip in the river, my Kochi friend said he had to leave. I told everyone else that I would wait for them at our stay and three of us left from the spot.
We rode back to the stay, said bye to our Kochi friend, and sat on the lawn to chill. By the time he left, everyone else came back, and we decided to pack our bags and head to our next destination. It was a nice cool day and an amazing opportunity to ride back uphill to the next cold spot.
More on that later!