Final sem memories Part 1 – Class Trip

I have been wanting to return for quite sometime now, but somehow, things kept coming in the way. Firstly, I’m very excited to announce that Arpit has awarded me the “Versatile Blogger” award πŸ™‚ ….its a great honour to get this award for a blog thats only 39 posts young…Thanks a lot Arpit πŸ™‚

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In a few days from now, I’ll be done with engineering. There are a lot of memories that I’ll take with me from college, many of them from my final semester. I thought of sharing a few of those memories here, starting with our ‘oh-so-secretive’ class trip to Belur, Kemmanagundi and Udupi πŸ˜€ …

It was on the 4th of April that we started off from Polar Bear, on what was our first (and only one so far!) overnight class trip. Everyone gathered by 10 P.M, and we were on our way to our first destination – Belur…and if you thought that a night journey was very dull, you were badly mistaken. There was not a single moment of boredom, what with music and dance, people laughing and enjoying, and waking up those who were trying to sleep for sometime πŸ˜† ….amidst all this fun and frolic, we reached Belur at around 3 in the morning, after a brief halt at Chennarayapatna.

After taking rest for about three hours, we headed towards Kemmanagundi, where we were to trek up to Z point. It took 2 hours to reach the base, after which we trekked for almost 8 kms….on the way, we saw a small park with statues of Ram and Sita, followed by a stream which became a popular photography zone πŸ˜› …(and where I had an awesome fall 😐 ) …we split up into many small groups depending on our speed of walking, and our group went slightly ahead of the others. We were guided till the peak by a smart doggie, which seemed to know every nook and corner of the place. The sight from the top was breath-taking, offering a captivating arial view of the distant Shola grasslands in the undulated Western ghats. It was almost like we had reached the top of the world! πŸ™‚

All of us on the way to Z-point

All of us on the way to Z-point

View from the top

View from the top

After lunch, we headed to Shanti falls, which was supposed to be very close to the base. Quaint and untouched, Shanti Falls is quite a favourite with travellers to Kemmanagundi. Access to the falls was possible only through jeeps, which looked like they belonged to a museum! After what seemed like ages of travelling on agonizingly bumpy roads, we reached the falls. We had to cross 3 slippery streams to actually get there….but in the end, it was worth it!!! Shanti Falls, gently and beautifully blended with the surroundings, is a small, yet breath-taking fall, with an inimitable power of making one feel relaxed and removed from the bustle of daily city life. I had not expected any falls to have so much water in the middle of summer! And icy cold water too! We played in the water for sometime. A little more time in the water and we would have become ice-cubes! πŸ˜€

Shanti Falls

Shanti Falls

Another bumpy 1-hour drive in the ancient jeeps, and we were back to our bus. It was around 8 PM when we finally started on our way back to Belur. A Kannada movie starring Golden-Star Ganesh was being played in the bus, but I (and everyone else for that matter!) was too tired to do anything but sleep! We reached our hotel at 11.30, and had dinner on the terrace at midnight. Some of us went for a stroll upto the famous Belur temple after that, which was just a few metres away from where we were put up.

The next day began as early as 6 again, and we headed out towards Udupi. The journey through the ghats was refreshing to say the least! An hour’s delay meant that we reached Malpe beach only by 3.30 in the afternoon, going via Manipal and Udupi….from there, we boarded a ferry to St. Mary’s island, which is about 5 kms away from the shore. I was very excited about going to the island because, inspite of this place being so close to my native, I’d never been there before! Once on the island, all of us eagerly plunged into the sea…the warm sea water was a stark difference from the falls we had experienced about 24 hours ago πŸ˜€ ….but was as much fun nevertheless!

St. Mary's Island

St. Mary's Island

We still had a little time to explore another coast of the island, before catching the last ferry back to Malpe. We stayed on for some more time at Malpe beach, more so to see the sun go down on a beautiful day…..we took some time to freshen up in a hotel in Udupi, and post dinner, were on our way back to good ol’ Bangalore! πŸ™‚ ….

Truly, this is one trip I’ll remember all my life. Although it lasted for just a little more than 2 days, the memories associated with it are countless ……………… πŸ™‚ ….I’m hoping and praying that we get to go for one more trip after our exams!

S.R.S = Software Requirement Specification?  :-)

S.R.S = Software Requirement Specification? πŸ™‚

Christmas Tag!

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! May Santa fulfill all your wishes and give you all the gifts that you were hoping to get πŸ˜€ …I have been having exams now, and got a break of 4 days due to the postponement of one of them. So I thought this is the best time to finish some of my pending activities πŸ™‚ …Arpit tagged me for this alphabet tag with the letter β€œS”. I have to list the first 10 words which struck my mind starting with “S” ….so here I go πŸ˜€


  • Sachin Tendulkar– He is THE God of Cricket 8)
    sachin


  • Saathiyaaaa! – My favourite favourite song!!! πŸ˜€
    saathiya1


  • Shimla– The Queen Of Hills 8) …breath-taking place!
    dsc00676


  • Scorpio– My Zodiac. Beware… I might just sting you 8) πŸ˜›
    scorpio


  • Sandeep Unnikrishnan– A true Hero. We all salute you……….
    sandeep


  • Switzerland– Would love to visit this place again πŸ™‚
    jungfraujoch


  • Sonu Nigam– My favourite singer who also sang my fav song!
    sonu


  • Sundae– Double triple, anything! Can eat them even when its freezing outside πŸ˜€
    sundae


  • Smart– ME 8) πŸ˜€
    nikkiman


  • SwatKats– One of my favourite cartoon shows πŸ™‚
    swatcats


    Anyone who wants to do this tag can let me know in the comment box…I’ll assign a letter to you πŸ™‚ ….HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all those who do have holidays now! πŸ˜€

  • Yippeeeee I Won!!!!!!

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    I guess this is how it feels to win an Oscar or a Filmfare for the very first timeΒ  8) ….the feeling of joy and ecstacy is unmatchable! πŸ™‚

    Oh btw, I’m referring to the Blog award I have received forΒ  “TheΒ  BestΒ  TravelΒ  Post”Β  @ TheΒ  AvantΒ  GardeΒ  BloggiesΒ  Awards.

    Check out category 17 in the winners’ list here

    And my award-winning post here

    Finally, my baby made me proudΒ  πŸ™‚Β Β  …..and this couldn’t have been possible without the support of all my friends who voted for me…Thank you ppl…love you all!!! πŸ™‚
    I’ll be sporting my victory badge on my sidebar so that it inspires me to write even better posts. CHEERS! πŸ™‚

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    My Award! Wheeeeeeee πŸ™‚

    Europe…The unforgettable tour

    April 25th, 2002…..finally, we were on our way to Chennai, from where we would be embarking upon a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe! We reached Chennai in the wee hours of the 26th, and had to reach the airport by 6 in the morning….our first flight was to Dubai, from where we were to take a connecting flight to London…this wasn’t the first time I was flying abroad, but was definitely my first time on an international airline! Emirates was truly rocking, with a small tv screen in front of each seat, and extremely pretty air-hostesses πŸ™‚ …we reached Dubai in the afternoon, and spent another 4 hours at the airport, which was nothing less than a 5-star hotel!

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