During the end of December the plans to vellingiri hills were drafted with my office colleagues. The initial plan of train was dropped and we took a Van to reach the place.It was planned to be a week end trip and preparatory plans for procuring the required things,preparing our team mates with the essentials geared up from the beginning of the week.Every one were very excited. We started on the Friday evening 6.30 from office and we took the Kanchipuram,Salem to reach Coimbatore. Our first destination was to reach the Isha Yoga centre for refreshing and start our onward journey. It was 6.30 AM in the morning when we reached the foot hills of vellingiri hills, which is called as Poondi. The snacks, waterbottle, biscuit, glucose, banana, bread every thing were unpacked and was provided to all the people to carry them along.The Sky was very clear with few colorful clouds and gave us a very warm welcome.
As we landed the foot hills we went to the velliangiri andavar temple and since it was very early morning. we didn't find much rush here. We were actually looking for the sticks , which will help us to climb the hill. Surprisingly there were no place to purchase the sticks and later we were informed that the watchman of the temple have few ones. we rushed to him and paid 20 Rs/ Stick and started our onward Journey by 7.30 AM.
The shrine of Velli Vinayagar
At the end of the first hill we have the velli vinayagar shrine. This is a small place where you can take rest or hide in case of raining. After this there is no proper place for rest or shade.
|As we reach the second hill, it was a big relieving for every one because of the end of the steps. The second hill continues to with the steep but intrestingly there were no steps nor any smooth surface. It was full of boulders and stones. Any many places had small carvings made on the rocks which helped the people to walk on it. Every one were informed to walk carefully on this rocks as they were slippery. This place does has a natural spring which is the one of the source of water in the hills. The water was very tasty and we decided to have our breakfast here. By here the 14 member gang has already got split into 3 groups based on the pace. But at this place we ensured every one were there and the first pack of chappatti with jam was almost over.|
After our breakfast, every one started the journey. The breakfast helped many to regain the lost energy and people started asking for the distance,climate,etc from the people who were returning back. The third hill again has complete stretch with steep and slippery rocks , atmost care is required as we walk on this. There are carvings made on the rock to provide grip to the foot.
|There is also a natural water spring here, it is hard to believe and find the source of it. The water has a very different taste and also it is chill. So most of us refilled our water bottles and prepared the hydration pack with glucose, electral etc for the climb. It also has some shades with huge tress to take a small break or nap.|
Sidhar Ottar's Samathi
S Bheeman KaliyruandaiHill
The next hill are almost continuous, we will have few climbs and few steep descends to manage. We had a very great natural valley on oneside and were moving on the edges of the hills during some times too. This below picture is some of the places that we pass through when we climb this hills. we actually started experiencing the chill weather as we moved to the fifth hill. After you cross the hills there is a steep descend which will land you on the sixth hills.
Also there is one Tea shop where you get black tea. There was a complete surprise for us as we found some people have camped there and prepared food for them and also were providing to other people who were enroute to the hill top. It would have been a huge task for that team who have carried all the groceries,vessels etc. When enquired we understood they are a team who are making trip every month to different hills.
Swayambhu Lingam- Lord Vellingiri
The hilltop has heavy windflow, inspite of the summer the weather on side of the hilltop is to cold and we were not able to spend on this side for more time. We need to move to the other side of the rock which had a chill weather but it was pleasant. As we waited for other we discussed lot of topics including Isha,AOL,Babramdev since we had people of different faith joined in this trip. we had some snacks and food that we took over and we planned to start of return journey by 2.30 PM. The return journey also gave equal toughness but this time we need to be very careful and the usage of sticks were realized by most of us as it helped to avoid falling. After 4.30 Hours of time by 7.00 Pm we reached the foot hill in the evening hours. The First hill with steep steps will really test your patience as you see the lights in the below villages will be moving very slow to you and will take much time for us to reach there.
Over all this trip tested the endurance of many but the end every one had a great feeling of completing this trek. There were many interesting people that we met during the journey and have many memorable moments which will stay ever green for all of us.
In case if you are planning to make a trip the below can be helpful.
1. How to Reach :* The foot hills is known as POONDI and is 30 KM from Coimbatore City.
* You have few buses plying from Gandhipuram main bus stand / railway station to this place.
2. Opening Period:This hill is open for public from January mid till may end.
3. Essentilas to carry:Water Bottle, Torch with batteries, Little food,
4. Clothing:Be an comforable clothing with slippers / shoe with good grip.
5. Stay Plan:In case if you plan to stay ensure you have proper sheet to cover you. The nights are extreme cold over there.
Note:There is no single shop where you will be able to get water, you will rely on couple of natural spring enroute only so kindly be prepared.
A Trek to paruvathamalai.
Shenbaka Thoppu @ Srivilliputur