Four friends left Bangalore to spend the monsoon weekend at Shivgiri Trails, a lesser known exotic getaway nestled in the Baba Budangiri Hills. But, due to local violence at Shivgiri, we were forced to change our plans and instead headed towards Kemmangundi, the picturesque hill station nestled in the Western Ghats.
It was late in the evening as we started climbing the winding and rackety roads that led to Kemmangundi.
Such was the thick mist cover that we had to measure every single tread.
Upon reaching Kemmangundi, we found out to our dismay that all the rooms had been booked. We sulked for a while, then recovered to bribe the room boy, who provided us basic accommodation in a small room without any electricity.
As it had started raining and it was getting cold, we grabbed the offer of a cosy shelter. The rest of the evening was spent having dinner at the nearby restaurant and of candlelight conversations.
We woke up early next morning to find the entire place under thick mist cover. It was a heavenly feeling. The sights of large dew drops on the leaves were a great treat to the eyes. Even better was walking barefoot on the dew covered lawns.
Soon, we freshened up, had breakfast and proceeded to explore the so called tourist attractions.
As the mist let up, the views got better. The entire area was drenched in dew and the lively green was a pleasant experience.
We spent a couple of hours exploring nature’s beauty and getting intoxicated on the pure air before trekking through coffee plantations to Hebbe Falls.