It was a foggy Saturday AM when we set off with Vasu (our chauffeur) on our road trip to lands end – the ‘South East India’ version of it that is. We have always wanted to make it to Dhanushkodi (mostly for birding) but not on this trip, the timing of it was different. It was about 4 days in August that we could manage as a group and that’s no good time for the birds:( I guess we will be back next time perhaps on two wheels:) for the birds.
You’ll recall from my previous post on off-roading, I had intended to get to Uttara Kannada for some exhilarating off-roading escapades. I hadn’t realized it would be this fast an opportunity.
It has taken well over a month and a half in research, planning and execution (Phase 1 done and 2 and 3 to go still) and getting my new Thar for off-roading was in itself a learning experience, let alone the art of off-roading, which has well and truly begun with this outing.
After the stupendous success of our last HAT (High Altitude Trek) to the Valley of Flowers and Hemkunt Sahib (in August 2016), we were looking at other options from IndiaHikes (yup, we are now convinced they offer the best experience, are priced right and are run professionally for treks in the Himalayas), preferably in the snowy season (safer half of the season:)). One of the guests to Suragi over the new year’s eve suggested Kedarakanta and the team nodded in unison, although not all of the previous ones joined and some new ones stepped in.