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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Solitary traveler

This one's been long coming from me and now it's here.

I have always wanted to go alone to places which I have not visited and do not know even existed. I wish to start a journey without knowing where to go, which direction to start and when to return. Believe me, I had this wish several years before I watched 'Into the wild'. For me it's a wish and some call it's a curse. I remember this curse from 'The Book of Insults' by Nancy McPhee. I do not remember if I bought this from a local re-seller (guys, you understand, right?!). Where is that curse/wish?

"May you wander over the face of the earth forever, never sleep twice in the same bed, never drink water twice from the same well, and never cross the same river twice in a year."

Tell me, how many of you agree this is a wish and not a curse. No, don't raise your hands...comment it.

Ok, let me start about this journey. I started for Gingee fort in Villupuram district on the night of 27th Nov, reached Thiruvannamalai at early morning 5. From there, I reached Gingee bus stand at around 6 AM, walked till the fort and reached the Krishnagiri fort at  6.30 AM.

You can't expect our Govt. officials to be around so early and I didn't want to wait to climb the fort. There were two paths to climb - one being a little steeper than the other which is the normal climbing path. It was obviously locked and the steeper path was just covered by some pine tree branches. I trespassed by removing them and I started climbing (later realized that it was very worth I took the risk and I will tell you why).

Jack and Jill went up the Hill, oh wait, Jack and Jack alone went up the hill...

For more than 3 hours, I roamed around the fort alone. It was an amazing experience to be alone (I did not even hear a single crow cry) and seeing some great scenery.

This is the pathway to the Krishnagiri fort.

On the way up...



To hide and shoot..

From Krishnagiri fort..








The Mughals ruled too!

I was lying down near that dome, eyes closed and listening to songs. Incidentally the shuffle played 'Undhan desathin kural' from the dubbed tamil version of Swades!

On seeing a little crowd after 11AM, I appreciated my decision to trespass and climb. Satisfied with what I experienced, I climbed down to start for the Rajagiri fort.

The Kalyana mahal which is on the way to the Rajagiri fort.

Visitors are currently not allowed inside the Kalyana mahal ( There was no way to get in too!).




The elephant lake

This is how Rajagiri fort looks like from somewhere near the lake. Things can be intimidating!


A view of the Krishnagiri fort from half-way mark of Rajagiri. Quite some distance to cover on foot, right?!

The Kalyana mahal from half-way mark of Rajagiri.

 There is not much of sight seeing Rajagiri compared to Krishnagiri.

A video captured by a foreigner:

On Krishnagiri fort by him:

I am not sure about his language. Can someone translate?

From Gingee, I went to Thiruvannamalai. I do not believe in idol worship but I participated in the 'car festival' (I believe it is the right term for தேர் திருவிழா).

Then? Life becomes as usual when you return to resume your job. What else?


  1. Really adventurous!. Lot of history with us all buried. I realized a bit while I was on a unfortunate trip to visit temples around kumbakonam and thanjore.

  2. தேர் திருவிழா means chariot for festival