Yelagiri Hills – The Trip
Yelagiri is a hill station in tamilnadu, India. Yelu in local language, tamil, means 7 and giri means peaks. This Hill has a close cluster of 7 peaks, this it gets the name Yelagiri. I have posted some pictures here in which I have mentioned that I took them when I was on a trip with my colleagues to Yelagiri hills. I though I’ll also share the memories of that trip here. It was one hell of a trip. I took hundreds of photos. I just picked a bunch from the lot to post here.
It was one hell of a trip. There was driving, sight-seeing, boating, and most importantly, partying in the lawn of the cottage that we were staying in. The trip started with loading up our luggage in the two cars. We stopped at a stop to get some supplies for the trip. Tea, water, cash from the ATM, smokes, and some food to munch on.
Then we started off on the trip. Away from civilization. To yelagiri. We reached our cottages at around 11 at night. Still we wanted to party. We threw away our luggage into the rooms, changed in to something comfortable, and were out in the lawn as fast as we could. The dark sky, huge trees all around and the beam of full moon shining in from between the trees was the only source of light. The cold breeze blowing through out the night touched our souls as were relaxed in the open lawn. There was no burden of daily life responsibilities like office, work, reports, deadlines or the customers to bother us. It was just us guys, peace, cold breeze, and serenity all around us. None of us could remember when was the last time that we experienced something like that. It was magical. Mainly because we knew that we don’t have to wake up tomorrow and resume our daily lives. I ditched my camera in my room and focused on partying.
I woke up early next morning. I wanted to do some shots around the hill station when the sunlight was still low. That’s when I clicked the tree of the hills shot then. The cottage care taker had a friendly Labrador called betty. She was very good at making friends. I went around the place jogging with betty. When I returned back I saw my friends waking of from their sleep. Hang over was all that i could see on their faces.
Then we all got up, showered, got ready for the next thing that we wanted to do. Boating. But… I could still do some shots before we left. We were waiting for some other slow pokes to get ready and join us.
Now it was high time we got to boating. We first thought we’ll walk up to it. It was a very sunny afternoon. We tried walking. But it didn’t take much time for us to quit and take the cars. There were some elderly people among the group who couldn’t walk much distance. We had to compromise on taking the cars. These shots were taken while we “tried” to walk.
After that ordeal of sharmila with the dog, we started to the boating, finally, in our cars. Did a lot more shooting there. This is the shot that I had posted here earlier. I shot this during this same boat ride.
From here on nothing much happened. We went back to the cottages, partied some more, had lunch, and then dozed off. In the evening and the following night, more partying ensued. But it was the best get together than we had all done in a really really long time. We let the dark skies, the lawn, the trees and the full moon light take its course. And partied almost till sun rise. The next morning came and we had to pack our bags, pay our bills, and get on back to the city. Back to civilization. Back to our daily lives.
I know most of them from this group for around 3 years. None of us had ever even imagined that we all go on a trip together. We still have the memories left with us, in form of photos and videos. Planting the thought of planning another such trip in our minds. To break away from our daily regular lives and just enjoy the company of each other. Here are some of the last photos from the trip.
We started continued our trip after that. The temperature was just too hot for us to go on without any refreshment. The air conditioning of the cars kept us comfortable but we were damn thirsty. That’s where we spotted the lungu seller and stopped to get some lungu. I’ve already blogged about the same lungu seller right here. I though it’s also a chance to shoot some last shots.