Its almost as if I got bitten by the travel bug! I have been going places of late.. Before I could get out of the Ezhattumugham hangover and the reactions from people, we went on our excursion to Wagamon and Wonderla.
Initially we were all skeptical. I don’t think even the tour coordinators were expecting much of a trip while planning it. It was more of a “Lifeile last college tour alle poitu varam” (its our last college excursion) scenario. After a lot of confusion and chaos, some 45 of us along with Sandeep Sir, Anjusha Ma’am and Girish Chettan set out for the tour. 🙂
We arrived on campus at 4.45 am on October 2nd, 2015 as planned. While we were sipping our morning tea, a fancy looking bus with flashy lights and loud music appeared. Half of us actually started grinning seeing the bus. The madness had begun at last! 😀
The drive to Wagamon took about 5 hours . But time flew like anything as music blared and we danced like anything. Crammed together in the aisle of the bus!! On reaching we found that Spice Garden Farm was a medium-sized hotel with a scenic view of the valleys in Wagamon. In the restaurant, we were served a decent breakfast consisting of Puttu and Dosa with vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian curries.
From there we proceeded to Motta Kunnu which would translate as Barren Hills in english. The climate was sunny yet pleasant. We walked around for about an hour taking hundreds of photographs including selfies, not to mention “being candid”!! 😀
Then we found ourselves a hill-top to play Vadamvali (Tug of War). We divided ourselves into four teams and played against each other. I have to say I loved the idea because we won!! \\m//
This was again followed by more photo and video shoots in session. Some people went off to raft and some to the overhead rope-way. By the time the sun was up, we headed out to quench our thirst and grab a snack. I must say I loved the slices of mangoes and pineapples with chilli salt. ❤
After everyone was done eating and shooting, we proceeded to the pine forest. It was a beautiful location which had paths leading down the hill with trees lining the way on either side. More photographs, a little bit of trekking, a few leech attacks and we were good to go! As we headed out of the pine forest. there was a slight drizzle which we happily welcomed.
Lunch was arranged at Kurishumala which is a scenic pilgrim spot maintained by the Cisterian Monastery. We had our lunch sitting atop rocks and finished it off with icecreams. As a post lunch exercise, we all clambered up the bus to click pictures. We were too exhausted to climb up the hills and so we returned to the hotel.
At about 6 pm after settling into our rooms, we changed and went off-roading. Man, was that one sexy experience!! I have never done something of the sort before – let alone with a girl gang! That is one evening I’ll never forget. The bumpy ride, getting thrown around in the jeep, the howling and hooting – every single damn thing. 😀
But most importantly, the river!!
We reached a spot where we saw fresh mountain water falling from the rocks in the forest forming crystal clear pools with pebbles at the bottom. We went crazy and jumped in getting soaked in seconds. The water felt light, refreshing and heavenly. 🙂 ❤ Even before we could get enough of it, it was time to leave. After loafing around for another five to ten minutes, we left the spot. It was the same bumpy ride back. Only this time we were all drenched and our hands were slippery. Nor did we want to get back! 🙂
We went back to our rooms to freshen up and change. We gathered at an open area for the campfire. The hotel authorities had arranged some artists to sing for us. The performance was very ordinary but we had our share of fun as we pranced around the fire with some crazy moves. Post-dinner we all went back to our rooms where the rest of the commotion and chaos took place.
Next day morning, after considerable delay in schedule and a sumptuous breakfast, we started for Wonderla at 9 am. There was more music, more dance and more noise.
I think after the off-roading and the river, Wonderla was the second best part of our trip. I was surprised at myself when I decided to try all the rides. I went on the Twin Flip Monster (truly apt name for the ride), Jamaica, Space Gun, Snake Boat, Pendulum, Crazy Cars and the giant water slides (individual ones)!!! And most surprisingly, I did not throw up! 😀 Though I did manage to bruise my elbows! 😀
Before we knew it, the day was over. We all went to the wave pool and drowned ourselves (like literally). We created a ruckus as we drowned. Cheering and howling, wading towards the far end of the pool as the guard kept blowing his whistle! Finally, it was over. We showered and changed before we ate some snacks and headed back to the bus.
We went to a hotel at Edapally for dinner. I couldn’t stay as my parents picked me up to go home. As I climbed into the bus I realized how tired I was.
That night I slept peacefully. I don’t think it was just exhaustion. It was because I was happy and I knew every minute had been worthwhile!! ❤
Till next time, Ciao! 🙂