We spent close to an hour in the Emerald Pool before finally deciding to begin our climb down, which took us nearly 3 hours, because diving can be really exhausting. While most people choose to camp by the lakeside, which is a stunning spot for a bonfire and campsite, we decided to head back to Bangalore the very same day. If you have ample time, camping by the lakeside can be quite an experience and it is usually advisable to get in touch with the local guides who know the area well for arrangements and general security.
What to carry
There are no shops around town, so carry enough water bottles to keep yourself hydrated and food to munch on the way. Energy bars after the swim can give you the energy to keep walking. Walking poles can make a huge difference to the trek. Make sure you carry a change of clothes and towel if you plan on swimming.
Look out for
You are in the wild, don't be surprised if you find leeches or snakes on the trail. There have been recent complaints of eve teasers, so travel in a group.
How to get here?
Nagalapuram is 87 km from Chennai.
By bus-There are quite a few buses that operate between Chennai and Nagalapuram. Operators like TNSTC a government run bus service and AVK Travels offer bus services and even government buses travel on this route.
By car- You can also hire a car from Chennai to Nagalapuram and there are quite a few online cab companies that offer self driven cars as well as cars with chauffeurs options.
By car- Bangalore to Nagalapuram is close to 290 km and can be done within 6 hours by car. There are various outstation cabs as well as self drive cabs available from Bangalore.
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