PICTURE-PERFECT CAMPING IN KODAIKANAL
After a rugged and fearful roller-coaster ride, we landed in dark terrain. Our guiding light was a waning gibbous moon. In bone-chilling cold and gushing water from a nearby stream was my lullaby. On next day early dawn, I could hear the crystal-clear gushing water, which made me wake. The small drizzle and dim hazy chillness made me lazy to come out from the hibernation. After an unwilling struggle, I came out of the sleeping bag and walked with the barefoot on the chilled grass to see the picture-perfect beauty.
Wanning Gibbous Moon
A few steps from the tent camp, a Frozen Pioneer Butterfly was resting in a tiny twig. I got inspired and learned how it had survived from the whole night chillness. This gave me confidence, where there is a will, there’s life.
House Sparrow – Male
House Sparrow – Female
I was wondered to see a Rosa-Sinesis Hibiscus was decorated with Christmas star. Wait! Wait! It’s not a star, and then I realized its construction in progress of a house sparrow’s nest. The Mr and Mrs House Sparrows were serious and giving final touch for their newly built nest. I wish I could attend the house warming ceremony. In the far distance, the heroic-villain named Long-Tailed Shrike catching the dragonflies ruthlessly for his morning breakfast.
Small Blue kingfisher
It stimulated my morning pending breakfast and hot coffee. We set the task for the day to find out the origin of gushing water stream. So we walked and trekked along the stream to find out the origin of the stream. On the way, we encountered a lot of interesting creatures. Somewhere in the distance, we heard the Klich-Klich alarm calls from Small Blue Kingfishers were shuttling between the stream banks.
Purple Rumped Sunbird
A lazy Cleora Moth was resting for the long day and not wanting to play with anyone. I wake him up to go fly and explore. But, he went and rested in the next branch. So, I left him to enjoy his lazy day. A Purple Rumped Sunbird perched in a branch to play hide-and-seek with their friends. On the next side of the stream, a gigantic Indian Gaur Family was picnicking to the nearby grassland. Though we were in a safe distance, it stared us and went into the deep woods. Till then the small drizzling changed into heavy rain. Since it was raining cats and dogs, and it was open land. I was prepared for everything. The raincoat and eco-friendly plastic bag saved me and my belongings.
Brown Rock Chat
Pied Bush Chat
Scenic Beauty of Kodaikanal
After the rain, the birds came out in decent numbers; we spotted a Brown Rock chat hopping, the Pied Bush chat male racing behind the female. We reached to a small cascade, it’s a sub-originates for that stream, a lovely Grey Wagtail was wishing me joyfully by wagging his tail. It was a symbolic indication that we reached the destination, but we were not sure about the origin. Though we couldn’t find out the origin of the stream, it tailed to a nearby mountain where the lush green mountain, a grazing native horse and blue tarpaulin covered stable where the scenic beauty.
Mini-Cairn – Stacked up for accomplishing the mission
Since our mission was accomplished, we rejoiced and to mark the achievement of our trail. We collected flat stones and stacked it like a mini-cairn.
Tent Camping, Black Forest Tent and Trek Kodaikanal
The Black Forest tent camp is one of the beautiful picnic spots to enjoy along with nature. I stayed in a lake facing tent and trekked near to the thick woods for bird-watching and nature trails. The home-cooked food was healthy and peaceful. Those three days, I was out of the digital world and peaceful in the lap of nature. It’s one of the best places to get together with families, friends and even for corporate. For more details, please visit www.blackforesttentandtrekkodaikanal.com. Photo and content by: Siluvai Amalan.