With the sun up, the lake will still be under mist, and sitting by the side, you will have the company of Indian Coots and Dabchicks (Little Greb) wading the waters, least bothered of you. But can't be there for long as the trek is to start soon.
We had a quick breakfast, and decided to go for a trek. This was unlike any other trek I had ever been on, we had to walk in our slippers!
There are so many leeches on the trek that you wouldn't even realise that they are in your shoe. We rubbed dettol all over our feet and started walking.
Hiking by the side of the lake and crossing a small plantation you are into it - The Kukkal Shola. The jungle is so dense - believe me - you won't see the sun for an hour and its that moist, to save your blood, you won't like to stop for a second. The hike is moderate and the air is so cool, you will never feel exhausted. Small rivulets run across the track and you will definitely love to send the flow down the throat.
You may not feel like taking breaks inside the shola, but it is beneficial to charge up on the trek.
As the shola comes to an end, there is a huge spread of green.
The climb ends at the ridge and the next part is a short walk along the ridge line. At places the mount drops vertically, presenting some frightening views of the Kukkal valley beneath. Soon you will find a small swing on rock pillars, by the edge of the ridge.