It was on 28th August 2011, we had a wonderful day with the 26 kids of Vallalar Gurukulam, which is located at Medavakam. We had taken them to a one day trip to Nagalapuram.
After a gap of 3 years i was able to join the trek with CTC (Chennai Trekking Club). This time it was a Social Trek (This was our Social Trek 33 ).
We had different pick up points for the trek, and my meeting point was at Koyembedu, I reached the spot at 5:30 am, along with my car. I could see already few people waiting over there (omi,karthik,sathish,david). then around 5:40 am i had called up the co-ordinator of that point, kutty krishnan, he told that he will be reaching the spot in few minutes. By the time other members also arrived (sivakumar,koushik,saravanan,thilak,Rakesh,sasirekha,shruthi,rohit). Now we all were ready and as per our plan our route was defined as
Koyambedu -> Bangalore Highway -> Thirumazhisai (Take left 1km after the panimalar college) -> Thiruvallore -> Utthukotai - > Nagalapuram it's around 80 kms.
In between we had the plan to meet the other group at Panimalar Engineering college on NH 4.
Since there was a delay in the other group, we had some photo and snacks session.
The other group arrived at around 7:35, we just had a word with the co-ordinator of the the group and proceeded further.
At around 9 am we reached Poondi Dam. we divided into 5 groups and all the kids were also shared by the these 5 teams, so the it would be easier to handle them, once this was done, we decided to have our breakfast, (bread n Jam, vadai.etc)
We spent some time there and left the place by 9:40 and proceed further to Nagalapuram. As we entered the Nagalapuram village and were about reach the base camp, we had the village panchayat members collecting the parking fees about Rs 50 for each vehicle. After little bit of argument with them we reached the base camp by 11 O'clock.
After reaching the basecamp, we all given the instruction's on how to move with group and collected the lunch pack's swimming tubes for the respective teams,and started moving ahead by 11:30 am. We reached the first pool by 12:25 pm It was just stream of water. There we had spent some time, by splashing water on all others, literally drenching them.
Here is the time break up
koyembedu - 5:30 am
Panimalar college - 6 :40 am 7:40 am
Poondi Dam - 9 am - 9 40 am
Base camp - 11:30 am
First Stream - 12:25 pm
2nd Pool - 1:40 Pm
Lunch (Noodles) - 2:15 pm
2nd pool exit : 3:45 to 4 PM
returned to first stream 4:45 pm
Dam at 6 pm
Reached base camp 6 15 pm
Dinner at uthukottai : 8 pm
Reached chennai : 11 pm