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Jungle, look!

Just perfect for adventure seekers, says SOMA BASU



SPRAY AND THE SPELL At Kiliyur PHOTO: SOMA BASU

If you have never trekked before and do not consider yourself fit enough, then simply avoid Kiliyur. But for a true adventure seeker, there can be nothing better than this route, which is not motorable, leave alone negotiating it on foot. Because of this, Kiliyur, despite its proximity to Yercaud, remains far removed from public gaze. Just as you complete the winding ghat section from Salem to Yercaud, almost at the entry point to this hill station stands a rusted sign board (one you could easily miss) which says "Kiliyur Falls - 2.5 km".

Having started my day early, I decided to take the narrow turn indicated on the sign board and capture the first rays of the sun reflected in the shimmering cascade. But the next three hours were something that I had not imagined. Barely 500 metres down, the road became narrower and it meant I had to abandon my vehicle. I did so and began walking on the pebbled track, hoping to get to the waterfall soon. But no, another signboard practically obscured by bushes indicated that I go downhill. I set out on this path which was no more than a few broad steps cut into the rocks. The absence of tourists and noise was conspicuous. I continued onward in silence - but progress was slow. Not for a moment did I imagine how difficult the trek could get.

Wire fencing, on the one side, and thorny bushes, on the other, made the track that was nothing but rocks, pebbles, mud and slippery steps narrower. The small steps suddenly gave way to broad slabs of rocks and I had no option but to slither down. I soon grew weary.

The walk seemed endless - nowhere near the 2.5 km indicated on the signboard. Worse, there was no sound or sight of a waterfall! I seemed to be heading deeper into the jungle. The smell of herbs pervaded the atmosphere; the virgin greenery appeared dew-washed. The silence around was eerie.

There was no road but a rough track that was visible and I began following it. At the end of two hours, I realised I was still on a dangerous downward spiral. I began to worry about the return journey, uphill.

Just when I thought I was on a wild goose chase, lo, it was there - the Kiliyur Falls - a sight that made me forget the scratches and bruises I had sustained during my journey.

Away from the noise, the dust and the crowd, I was engulfed by the serenity of the place. The sight of a silver sheet of water falling from a height of 300 feet was breathtaking. You could feel the cool shower on your face. I dipped my feet in the ice-cold water as it formed a stream that flows along the curves of the Yercaud hill. The greenery around was spell binding, there was birdsong everywhere. The bright rays of the morning sun enveloped the area in bewitching hues. After freezing Nature's beauty on my camera, I began my return journey. Needless to say, it left me breathless and exhausted. Things needed for the trip — a pair of sturdy shoes, a light pack and a camera. Heavy food hampers are inadvisable as the trek is arduous.

How to get there: Salem to Yercaud — 33 km. Yercaud to Kiliyur — four km on foot.

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