Monday, March 8, 2010


Most of the time, when you plan for a trek, heck it doesn't work out the way we planned it.

So on the day, when we were supposed to be on the road to Nelliyampathy, a hill station which is quiet a few 1000 feet above the sea level, we were short of one bike. Reason: One person in the group had C.O.P[ Short for Change Of Plan].

We made all possible calculations, using our highly evolved brain and still couldn't fit 6 people on 2 bikes. Our calculations were incompatible with those of the cops who insist on 2 like that of the population control Dept.
These days, cops are smart and they know to count.

In the end we all sighed and thought of spending some time sitting near the premises of the district jail, which was housed inside an old Fort. Then later we thought of going to a theater and sleep in the air conditioned room, and wake up only to see some smooch scenes or some song number. Like the lemurs, we too have sentries in our group who watch out for 'situations' when others sleep.

My cousin was still chewing on the idea of going to the hill station like a toddler suckin on thumb; and was using all the power of his gray-cells to try and remember a spare bike.[ A bike which someone can spare to us for a day for the trip.]

Suddenly his face lit up.At first we thought he had managed to zero in on some chicks near the Hanuman Temple, but he remembered an old bike which was retired from action since 2000; now enjoying its company with spiders and rats in an old shed.


The old bike was called into action. Since it was his awesome idea, he volunteered to drive it. The bike may be old, was behaving like a nagging 5 year old. There was some issues with the electrical system on that bike and whenever it started, it lit up like a Christmas tree, blinking all lights in unison.

Shutting of all the 'out'standing electrical connection was one way to fix it and that was only way to fix it. That meant, no horns. Anyway, such loud machines doesn't require a horn. It sounded like an old man on beans when you shift the gears.


Rules on Kerala Roads.

1)K.S.R.T.C bus drivers are always right; means they are always on the right side of the road.

2)Never smile at any BUS driver when you over take him.Smiles can bring you scars.

3)The number of times an oncoming driver blinks the 'pass lights' is the number of seconds you have left to get out of the road.

5)Unlike other roads, where you find cows and dogs on road, kerala has elephants on the road, try and keep your nose open in order to avoid becoming a dude [ DUDE actually means, hair on an elephant butt- Moron actually means a person who believes that 'dude' means an infected hair on elephant butt.]

6)The modes of communication between drivers on the roads are horns, lights and middle finger.

7)Parking space are like cute chicks..already taken.

8)Always look both ways when jumping a red light.

9)When you are changing lanes, never turn on the indicator; this is a classic blunder, cuz the other moron will speed up and never let you in.

10)When you see cops with speed gun, throttle up and watch the expression on his face!! Awesome!!!

11)Autoriskshaw drivers are direct descendants of Houdini- At one moment they are on the left side of the road, and the next moment ..viola!! they are on the right side. Don't forget to push down the break in excitement!!

12)Never leave safe distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you, an Autoriskshaw may barge in between.

13)When you see more scars on the body of the vehicle in front of you, stay away, cuz that vehicle can be classified as a serial rapist in auto industry terms.

14) Give a frown when you overtake a Mercedes Benz or high end vehicle. It's the classic gesture.


The 33 KM trip from Nenmara, will bring you to the scenic place called ,Pothundi. This is the first pit-stop : 'The Pothundi Reservoir' area.

[Unlike the usual Dam constructed using Concrete core and other cement mixtures; this dam is made using JAGGERY and Quick Lime.This dam is the second dam in ASIA made without using cement mixture.Awesome!! No?.]

This is the base before we started moving through the winding roads. up the mountain The first 5 pictures in the collection is from Pothundi Reservoir. If you are here, fill up your resources from the shops near by.

During the monsoon the reservoir area would be flooded with water. Since we went during the summer, we were able to walk down the slopes of the reservoir. We walked all the way to the green grazing patches at the foot of the mountain. It was so breathe taking. The grazing patches lined with beautiful trees .If you are a bird enthusiast[ I meant the one with feathers and definitely not mammals], you could find different kinds of water birds in these parts.

From the base of the mountain, you got quality road to travel all the way up to the hill station.
The hairpin bend roads are real fun to drive on. Most of the time the roads are deserted, that is when you decide to throttle up, it doesn't matter; but the question is do you really wanna miss the scenic places. Its fun when you drive slow and smooth on those roads, enjoying and cherishing the scenic nature.
The gradient and colored pattern thrown out by different trees on the canopy and the skyline is magnificent.The roads are narrow like the waist of Cathie Jung; so we had to be extra careful while driving on those roads, in our rush to reach the hill-station before noon.


As you drive along, you will pass through the 'Poabs Biotech' tea and coffee estate. As you move through the coffee estate, the air is filled with the fragrance of coffee flowers. Wow!. That is the fun of biking treks, we are exposed to the elements of the nature. Good. No? The well manicured tea plantation like green carpet s a wonderful sight which unfortunately I couldn't take snaps of because the battery was running low on mobile phone.

After another 45 minutes drive, we reached the hill station. This is the place where we recharged ourself with coffee and snacks.

Nelliyampathy is a whole different place altogether. Breathe taking views, The mountain slope on the left [Pic 18] looked like the face of an old man.We were mesmerized by the view. The trees, that were well manicured and pruned by the elements was in itself a masterpiece of mother nature.

The massive and old teak trees stood with their heads held high through the mist and the light.
You can find many rare species of birds and butterflies in this area.

After spending a few hours on top of the hill station we doubled our way back home.That's when...

Cops signal for us to stop, of course we were wearing helmet, yeah? Err..but it was on the knees.

Cop: Where you headed.

Us:Back home.

Cop:Where you coming from?

Us:*Points to the top of the hill

Cop:Were you wearing helmets?


Cop:Was it on your head?

Us: Errr...

There goes 100 INR to the central reserve.

We staged this scene to make people aware about the importance of wearing helmets.

[ This picture is issued in public interest; Do wear helmet at the appropriate place to avoid disasters in life.]

**Wear the right kind of helmet at the right place at the right time to avoid 'situations'

For my blog readers, I did take some pictures and hope you like 'em.
Sharing it here.










Did anybody notice an old man in the picture marked *18?

If you missed the details..Look at the picture again, you can see the face of an old man, let the imagination flow,,and even the details of the wrinkles, the eyebrows, the deep set eyes, the sloppy nose...... are seen on the cliff face.

Mother nature it is..Isn't she a fantastic artist? She is incredibly awesome!!

Happy Woman's Day!



The Bald Guy said...

Amazing pictures bro. I feel like visiting this place too! Thanks for sharing them!

chitra said...

Picture 18-the hill right. Nice photos there.
I liked all Kerala road rules.

Sorcerer said...

wow! you noticed the details
cool! :)

@the bald guy
thank you buddy. yeah do visit this place..preferably during the december.

it would be awesome!with the mist..

Chanz said...

Oh yeah.. I could see the old man when I clicked on the pic..

Beautiful.. !!

Chocolate Lover said...

awesome pics sorcy :))
loved it!

Sorcerer said...

thank you.

@chocolate lover

:) nice to know that you loved it.

Queenmatrai said...


May just have to give you some crystals for that :)

Sorcerer said...

thank you oh queen
thank you for the crystal


Good Picss..... where is this place dude...... looks same as heaven....he he he......

supriya said...

the best of yours till date..!! hilarious and beautiful...both at the same time...!
and awesome snaps..!

supriya said...

**best post

susie said...

amazing pics..:)and great post.. :)

Saurabh Panshikar said...

gr8 pics bro... Awesome use of light... You could give Megha a run!

nice post too... Although I was a bit disappointed coz I though Nelliyampathi = Nympho in Malayalam

buzzzzzzzzz... said...

Autoriskshaw drivers are direct descendants of Houdini- ... sorcy bless me with such creativity!!!
gr8 pics...

SindhuBhairavi said...

:) loved those rules!! enthoru budhii!! sammathichirikkunnu!!

Above all ur writing "awsomeness" you are an awsome photographer too!! good photos!

Mr.Poo said...

I can´t find the old man, please tell me, where is he, I can´t see him, I was looking in 10 minutes, but can´t see him, ahhh.. its a joke, there is no man, you are just kidding, ha ha... and I´m a fool, oh man..

Four Dinners said...

"It sounded like an old man on beans when you shift the gears."

I may never eat beans again old bean. Heinz may expect an apology for their drop in sales...;-)

"The modes of communication between drivers on the roads are horns, lights and middle finger"...and there's me thinking you aren't in England!

There is really a place caled Nelly thingy?

What happens if you're pissed and want a taxi there??...;-)

I am now obsessed in looking for an old man in '18'

I may be here all night looking.

I will advise the wifey it is entirely your fault that I didn't come to bed at all.

You are evil.

geeta said...

Oh lovely dear!! and awesome pictures..

Sorcerer said...

thank you

there is an old man.keep looking...

@mr poo
haha..close your eyes and chant very very hard...

thank you for the comment

true. no?

yeah..I saw pics from Megha's blog..Awesome only!!
thanks for the comment

thank you electronic genius..thank you

thank you for the comment

you dont know this place? aawwwww..pavam you!

M@ria said...

Lovely pics! have you taken to photography professionally? if you haven't, you could moonlight as one :) Which camera do you use? The pics are really nice!

Sorcerer said...


Nope.I havent; but I dink its a good idea.

Sony Ericson Cybershot 750i and Nokia 6020.

Thank you for ze comments. said...

Sorcy's way of traveloggging. Only you can do it this way man. Wonderful. The pics are beautiful too. It is not the camera but the frame that really matters.
Incidentally I had taken the picture of the old man, when I visited Nelliyampathy and blogged it. click to see the pic
It is a gem of a place, still untouched by big resorts and hotels.

Sorcerer said...
yeah..Nice pics you have on your blog
And I agree what you said about Nelliyampathy.
Amazing place still untouched by big resorts and hotels

@ease said...

excellent post... with mind-blowing travel tips.
man , u are equally good with lenses. keep the spirit high.

Tara said...

i've been to this place too.. its truely untouched.. by the way loved the way u described the rules of KERALA !!
Keep going ..

Sorcerer said...

thank you..yes it is a lovely place

thank you buddy

Anonymous said...

Awesome photos! And a vivid description!
And happy mothers day at the end was the least thing I expected!
But YEah so appropriate!
Mother nature sure is Amazing!

Sorcerer said...

thanks for reading through and commenting.
yeah..Nature sure is our mother..
:) someone who shows great patience and who cares for us!

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