Rows of camping tents were pitched over the hilly side adjacent to the main building. The warden informed that one tent could accommodate two persons. The moment I stepped into the tent with a rolled sleeping bag in hand, I realized this is going to be a crazy venture!
The black tea served with biscuits felt like just the right thing to have in that nippy weather. The shrill noise of cicadas took me to that lost-in-the-woods state of mind.
By this time, we already got introduced to leeches - a constant till the end of journey. Before night fall we had to conclude usage of washroom facilities as there were no lights there.
As darkness creeped in, we gathered near a camp fire for dinner. Songs were sung, laughs were shared until we got a reminder to get back to the tents.
The morning which we looked up to with much eagerness and anticipation had finally arrived. Icy cold water ran through the taps as we attempted to brush. Breakfast was a splendid spread of Puttu+Kadala curry (exclusive Kerala breakfast), Boiled bananas, Bread Omlettes, and Apples. We got our packed lunch and water bottles from the camp staff. Cheerful & excited faces were seen all around me. It started to drizzle - the rain coats that we carried were real saviors. Two guides were to escort us during the expedition.