Travel makes you go through many halts before the destination, where you might not get the answers to your questions, but definitely you will get what you need to be asked within. Sitting for a small fraction of daytime there, beside a placid lake, I went along an introspective journey.
Around 3 p.m., we started back to the base camp. Within 1.5 hours, we reached back to the zero. After having gone through moderate trek for the day, we had a luscious meal prepared by the locals.
Although we didn't want to go back, but now it was the time for wrapping up. We set off the tents, rolled over the sleeping bags, stuffed the backpack, and we piled up the memory bag with a lot of wonders. It was a lovely experience to meet all like-minded strangers, to create a new travel story with them. After bidding adieu, all the exploring feet scattered apart towards their next destination.
When the sun settled down and the dusk prevailed, I reached near the Kodaikanal Lake. As this mountain city is a major tourist attraction, one need to reserve for accommodation in well advance. My latter half journey had just begun, so firstly, I had to find an accommodation place. I went one after another many hotels, but not a single room was available anywhere. I was facing the consequences of my decision of not to do any prior bookings.
After many of these rejections, I gave a stop to the search and then grabbed food near bus stand area. Having no certainty about where to crash in for the night, I thought of all the possible steps that I could do, like either to sleep in the bus stand’s waiting hall full of mosquitoes or to catch government state transport bus to Chennai. By this hour of giving up on the latter journey part, I decided to take bus to Chennai.
Suggestion: As there is no direct government bus from Kodaikanal to Chennai, one can do break journey in this way: Kodaikanal ⇒ Batlagundu ⇒ Dindigul ⇒ Chennai.
I missed the last bus to Batlagundu, so, I went ahead by share-cab. Even though my Tamil speaking was not good, I had a quite good talk with driver in Tamil. I told him my scenario, then he helped me out by arranging a lodge room down off the hills, in Batlagundu. It was the cheapest possible room one could get with the basic comfort. For the upcoming morning, I made a plan to do sight-seeing in Kodaikanal.