Want to do some serious trekking?
Try the Nagala East trek – 26 & 27 November
You have gone on a easy trek and you would like to scale up to a moderate trek or If you are regularly involved in some fitness activity and are keen on trekking...here's an opportunity to do a moderate trek. Its one of the best trails in Nagala. Never ending streams, lush green jungles, refreshing cool pools, scenic campsite.
A two day trek with a little bit of steep climbs and bouldering. Test your endurance, rise above challenges and get your mind over your body. People who are willing to push themselves beyond their abilities need only register. If you think you can't please skip this and go for an easy trek.
This trek is open to all members of CTC with a do or die attitude and basic fitness level. You are going to be in the middle of nowhere with absolute no pampering. No room service, no toilets, no beds, no hot meals, no piped music...for 2 days live in the raw as nature provides. So be sure you want to do this.
Main Eastern entry
Park vehicles near TP Kotta, climb over dam
Pass temple, proceed along stream
Breakfast at first pool
Proceed to dead end pool
Lunch at dead-end pool
Ferry across dead-end pool
Climb above 200m narrow gorge
Climb above to reach picnic pool
Proceed upstream till treasure hunt pool.
Return back to picnic pool
Camp for the night at picnic pool
Next morning retrace the same trail.
Pick up points
Tidel Park Main Gate
Guindy Toyota Showroom
Koyembedu Nathan's cafe
Uttukottai Bus Depot (Bangalore trekkers)
If you have any queries, please call/mail the Organizers
(Please SMS if you are unable to get through)
Raj Jacob - 98410 63405
Anavaradhan Raj - 98416 30701
For trek related queries, email the organizers only under the same thread.
Do not spam the entire group.
This post was updated on .
Hope everyone is fine,
& enjoyed the trek, as much as we did.
It was a nice trek. Thanks for giving this opportunity to us.
with best wishes,
Raj Jacob & Anavarathan Raj
Mail from Surendaren Sekaran / Ajay Raghav / Samuel Knudson.
I am sending the final group shot after completion of the trek. The videos taken are of huge size (1.5 gb+ per video ). Will upload the same on you tube and share the link soon.
Thanks to the organizers for a memorable experience and especially to MEHUL for the tasty noodles :)
hope everyone are doing well and back to normal city life.
It was the most awesome weekend of my life and thanks to everyone for making it special.
For most parts, it was like one of my worst nightmares. i woke up quite a few times from
the cave hoping to realize that it was dream and i'm still on my bed at home. well, it wasn't !
it was such an awesome experience to walk across, against and with flooded rivers,
climbing hills with loose rocks, sleeping in cave, eating the best ever magii in the cave, etc !
and never to forget the 1 Re bonda and 2 Rs bajji ! :D
A very very special thanks to both the Raj's for organizing such a trek and proceeding despite the rain !
Thanks a lot ! :)
Everything is fine here. Thanks to you... I very much appreciate your Leadership, care and support...
"really mean those words" I am sure none of the freshers would have expected these kind of care from u guys. Its beyond wht v thought. I also thank Peter for having such
wonderful guys with him "thanks peterrrrrrrrrrrrr"
Thanks Jacob Raj, Arun, Vijay, Prakash and the other fellow trekkers who made this trek a memorable one... "special thanks to Jacob Raj"
though v could not cover our destination v were able to attain the best thrills....
Raj once again I thank you for all the effort you put in "THANK YOU"
Have a nice day.
Photos from Narender Reddy's cam:
It all started as a planned Trek to Nagala East which eventually turned out to be the most thrilling and adventurous trek of Nagala. Find out how!
Here is how it goes… All the trekkers gathered Saturday early morning around 4 AM. The weather was great; rainy days in Chennai as well. I believe there were few drop outs due to bad weather. They really missed this Trek. Since I was amazed by the beauty of Nagala in October, I expected to enjoy the nature of Nagala once again in November. All of us travelled in three vehicles – 1 Van and 2 Cars. Met new friends during the travel and had tea as usual before reaching TP Kotta. We had our food items distributed and started our way to the Eastern part of Nagala. We started the trek at 9 AM in the morning. As soon as we started we had to cross the dam which had the water level high up to the hip level for all. Our organizers decided to use a rope to cross the dam. This was a just a slight indication of how the water level would be forest in the mountains. We then headed our way towards the mountain further. We walked a bit long expecting to reach our first resting point which would be the First Pool where we can enjoy the water and cool ourselves. Shockingly, there was no such spot visible as the entire place was flooded. Small streams through which all can walk turned out as flooded rivers that had water current to a high level. One of the highlights of the trek was to cross a stream so as to proceed. This was an amazing experience for everyone I guess since the water current was high. We had some brave folks in our trek (Sorry to forget their names) apart from organizers who were a helping hand to cross this stream (supposed to be one!) This was a challenging part of this trek apart from various other obstacles like loose and slippery rocks everywhere. It took a long while entering and exiting the mountain to cross these streams. Great Experience! Worth the time for everyone!
The entire plan changed. As projected, all the spots that were supposed to be visited seemed to be flooded and then raised a question as to how are we going to find a camp site. We had to avoid the stream, hence the organizers decided to climb up the mountain for a long time. It was quite adventurous as the path was not chosen so far (I Guess!). It was really great moments throughout the climbs. The weather was very pleasant with rain at times. After a good climb which gave us beautiful views of the mountains of Nagala, we had to go down for a snack/lunch break. The question about our Camp Site then! Our organizers set us an example of finding alternatives in difficult times throughout the trek. Yes, they found an alternate camp site for us which were not even seen in television. The way to the camp site - it was a bit thrilling itself. We never knew that the actual thrill of the trek was yet to come. We then reached the campsite around 4 PM.
The Camp Site! It was an astounding spot to have been discovered. It was a small cave that was made by the river. I would say that the camp site had kind of three layers. We can call it lower, middle and upper berths but, believe me friends, it was not as comfortable as the berth. Some of them found places to sleep, some of them found places to rest and some of them found places to just sit! It became dark. All we could hear was the sound of the water flowing heavily. The view was really wonderful where we would watch all the time the beauty of the water flowing through the rocks. I never expected that we could have maggi prepared for dinner as the camp site didn’t seem to be ready for one. The Maggi was superb in taste. It was an early dinner around 6 PM. Early to bed; early to rise seemed to work out in this trek. All the trekkers decided to rest their bodies. Luckily some of them in lower and upper level of the cave found quite a decent place to lie down. Unfortunately, the middle ones weren’t fit to lie down. Challenge is a Challenge. I could barely lie down the surface was really not good. I was a bit scared that I may doze off and fall into the river. So I avoided sleeping. Unfortunately, I had a terrible headache for 3 to 4 hours. I tried not to take a pill but the pain aggravated as I had no sleep even in the previous night. Finally I had to take a pill with no choice.
Rain started pouring like anything and the sound of flooded river and rain were good and bit scary in the darkness. Thrill starts now – May be around 10 to 11 PM, the rain became too heavy and the water level started rising gradually. Nature tested the trekkers on that night. The water level had risen to such a level that our friends in lower level had come climb up a level in that small cave. The water disturbed them in their sleep and it was scary. Few belongings were lost. It was a scary moment as the rain never stopped and the water level kept increasing throughout the night. The folks from the lower level managed to someone sit / lie down in a little higher level. The chillness and the water level made the trek amazing adventurous and scary. The question in everyone’s mind - What will happen if the water level increases further? It would definitely come up higher and we may end up just surviving the whole night. I would say – It was like as if we were trapped in the middle of the jungle. It was a real time experience for every one of us in the group. Throughout the night, I could see the lights from the torches flashing around everywhere to check the water level. Somehow I managed to doze off a bit as folks on my both sides were like a grip. We could see a new waterfall from the top of the cave because of the heavy rain. The night was a memorable moment in everyone’s lives. Though it was scary and breathtaking, it was one life time experience for all. Everyone must have had in mind – “When will the Rain stop? When will the Sun rise?” The test by Mother Nature was over. It was around 6 AM; everyone got up and felt a bit relaxed. My headache vanished. We had fruits for our breakfast and started back at 9 AM Sunday Morning. The way back was good with Great Spirit from everyone as all were happy to go back home. However, we still had a stream to be crossed which had high water current. Volunteers helped and it was an amazing experience for all once again while exiting Nagala.
We then reached our spot where vehicles were parked. We had to cross the dam before that. However, no one seemed to bother about having a rope to help after seeing thrilling moments in the forest. Most of them took a bath in the dam water after which we had returned to our vehicles and started back. Unfortunately, Ananavarathan Raj (one of the organizers) seemed to have lost his valuables during night. Luckily the Nature helped him get back his belongings after a few days in the same week.
One the way back home, in Utthukottai a wonderful shop was found. It was a bajji shop. The taste was lip smacking and was served in a teak leaf. One Bonda costed Rs. 1 and one Bajji costed Rs.2. No wonder all of us filled our stomach as much as possible with Bonda and Bajji with great tasting Chutney of 2 varieties.
The Trek was a memorable experience. It was unplanned which ended up really adventurous. The beauty of Nagala is always amazing. This was my second trek to Nagala East and it was completely different. I was hoping for a planned trek to enjoy however this trek provided me satisfaction to a higher level than a planned Trek.
Thanks to Raj Jacob & Anavarathan Raj - for your care and support. You did a great job in organizing this trek. An example of good leadership must be learnt from you. Wish to join you guys in the future treks.
Nagala East Trek – on the whole was an adventure filled with joy!
Its all about our Flying birds Trek to Nagala East on Nov - 26,27,Lead by Raj&Raj..Which was planned to be moderate. But ultimately a day before our Journey made this Trek as Awesome Adventurous one and scaled up our team Spirit throughout the Trek..
Am a rookie to the CTC Treks..It was 3weeks back i come to knew about CTC through one of my friend (Thanks ARUN), my subscription was initiated on the same day, I fall prey to my email check every day til i receive the first Trek email from CTC Groups.I was in Cloud nine.. Trek mails was keep posting but oops..al r moderate/difficult/social treks.. Awaiting to pick up my EASY Trek mailer... My craziness made me to decide to push my registration for any of the next trek, It was fine Invite - “Invitation to Nagala East, Nov 26-27”
In my over enthusiasm I was the first to be registered and assured myself that surely i would be part of this Trek..My Curiosity made me to keep read blogs about CTC and Nagalapuram. It was First Shock in a form of the post , it stated the participants will be shortlisted, then confirmed, Few would be in RAC and Even waiting list too..OMG..Is it this CTC a kind off, an other IRCTC Reservation Type..On Wednesday there was an announcement “Registration gets closed by Tom(Thu) by 5PM and chart will be prepared and released by NIGHT”... It made me too nervous.
Will i b the luckier to get into Nagala..??? That day was a sleepless night for me, as I keep refreshing my inbox for Confirmation mail for every one hour. No emails Till Next day Rainy Friday Morning, I prepared myself to question the organizers "When will you be releasing the List" and made it. Second Shock awaited to be served on my plate , Yep.."Madam, we don’t have your name in our registration list". I become like a broken coffee mug. As it was rainy day, the luck was drizzling on my garden; I was announced as one of the confirmed participant. No words for my excitement. Now, its time for packing up and all purchases.
Every Event should e a Hat-trick to add spice up for the beautiful things. Here comes the Third Shock - Due to heavy rain , Few candidates has been dropped out ,so.....whats up..?? Lyk crazy kid, NO...NO...No...There are no limits. Just I have to go for it... Reach out the marvelous land of Nagala.
Day 1: The Fresh EArly morning Coffee near koyambedu added Sweetness to Our Journey towards uttokotai. Hey guys, really it was amazing that we became friendly in the couple of Coffee shops before we start our trek.
Once we reached the base camp Village, which was the launch pad for our NAgalapuram Eastern Trekkers, the Foods were distributed and we reloaded our stuffs with xtra 2kgs of food in our backpack and ready to explore the nature and refine ourselves with new spirits.
We prepared to wrap up our day, the rainy clouds and Cool Breeze also takes its bow. We were astonished by the Great invite of the Greeny bushes and water streams and range of mountain peaks , they LOOK EXEMPLARY BEAUTIFY.Its nature dude!! It has evrythng...every damn thing is admirable..
For Every Trekker, the sun is a big deal and everyone adores. Owing, perhaps to the temperate climate, sunshine means energy and vitality.In contrast, what excites us in much the same way is rainfall . it’s invariably because the sun is out& Being a beautiful day. The rain is a sign of good fortune. Our Rainy day ,shows that there is hope for more good things to follow.
We Started out Quite well, with WAlk through the DAm Site , Had Few Photo clicks, and traversing through the Wet LAnds and Greenaries in Terrain Forrest..To Start with our east Trek, we need to cross the first "Stream Bed"(Its an Earlier version Till a day before). Unfortunately today due to flooding by heavy rains, we were standing near a "Stream Bank" which carries the clearwater in a rapid or fast-flowing manner.
Our CTC Organisers take cues from the Steam Currents to plan out their operations. They identified a spot where the crossing will be easier and Thanks (Vijay,Prakash,RAj & Raj, SAM..), they set as a forerunner and tied the rope on both ends of stream, and spread across river and helped in crossing it successfully.
Walking along the river stream, we reached the First Pool...but we couldn’t step in for a DIVE or FUN or REFRESHNESS , because of heavy water flow.Our Further Trails turns to be muddy and slippery, which made us to opt to choose the Water surface as medium to ferry .Then we catch up on some climbing skills on the nearby cliffs along the Ferocious water. It was gradual climb, full of boulders and Slippery rocks.
We reached the second Pool (Dead Pool),and decided this location as our Night Campstay..It made as wonder,, "Are we going to stay here..?" Everything was just wet, wet, wet... It was drizzling throughout.It was really scary about this spot; it’s a Small cave lyk structure along the river stream.
We jam packed ourselves in two sections within that area. Dinner preparation was started in one section by collecting few dry woods and igniting them. Our Chief Cook Mehul made the Cheesy yummy 2mins maggie noodles and it was ready to be served for the starving hungers. WE all transformed to our dry clothes, Stomach full and ready to Sleep State.
The sounds of gushing water, silent dark nights presented some pleasant beauty infront of our eyes with our flashy Torch lights. Within a couple of hours, the drizzling rain created a ‘domino effect’ of heavy down pour, rapid increase of water level and sudden waterfall in the vicinity(In front of the the camp stay of our cave).The gushing water entered into the Sleeping mats of some of our friends, and they relocated and we all managed and confined our coverage with in our existing arena.Missed our Light cooking utensils in the heavy water flow beautifully :-(
It made the adrenaline pump for many of FRESH Trekkers.But Our Cool Organisers does not matter what our circumstances and their remarkable attitude and leadership gave us affirmations dat tomorrow morning we will have more luck.WE were on the lap of NAgala hills within the warm hug of cool breeze and felt fall asleep til our better morning woke up with Smiling shine on our faces. The Sudden Night Waterfall was a Mirage in the morning.
It was time up for our return journey which was set up 9AM in morning. Planned for a little uphill climb and down through the mutty slopes to the First pool..The Day nights heavy rain added slipperiness on the greasy carpet with loosen stone rocks and bushes too.
These steep and lofty cliffs turned out to be Slippery Rocks a and made a small twist of operations and decided to traverse through the water stream again..,The River walk was as delightful and serene now. Today the rain and shine was in favourable measure.
And I had numerous falls and slippages. Thanks to my friendly folks (Raj,NAveen,Surendar,Muthu, prakash, Rishi...etc... ) who helped me @ every pitfalls. Most of time I was crawling, sliding, shot jumps, pushups and frnds drag me up , Hope I didn’t do any sort of Trekking in re-route.
All our yesterday land trails was now a water float. But all of us enjoyed our water trek.Now we came to our final crossing, The river was still ferocious and it doesn’t permitted us to ferry over it; It was Our mission to have a vision of the eco-path again. Our Swim Leaders started to set path against the stream with the rope. Our Rope crossing was a adventurous one for most of us and some people struggled but it was all worth it. But for me..,Oops..!!!! Its Life thrilling event and made me so nervous..But the tricky ideas and exemplary approach of RAJ helped me a lot to make Slight water moves and drags made me to accomplish it. Finally we all feel a sense of personal accomplishment when your team’s efforts result in something positive..,Hurray!!!! We made it guys..!!!!
Then our trails was smooth cat walks along the bushy plants,throny shrubs and known flat wet paths till we reach our Camp village. Finally say Good-Byes and departed with our satisfactory souls on Awesome Trekking.
Here comes our Snacks Foodie of the DAy near to uttokotai.... A small byway shop roasting the BONDAS and RAW Bannana Bajji's.. Am sure Shopkeeper would have high turnover of the year within a 20mins time. BONDA's cost 1re and Bajji's @ 2Rs with hot and spicy KARA Chutney and Coconut Chutney was DAmn Delicious Combinations few added sweetness with Groundnut Chikkies...No limitations so we break through our tasty counts...,Followed with small dine out @border Highway dhabbas with parotas and Dosa's. We progressed to our destination on busy roads, big industries and bright hoarding boards welcoming us back to our city life.
It was with a slight sense of pride and a cautious sense of adventure that we plumped.
I want to add a Thank note.
1) To RAJ & RAJ (CTC Organisers/Emperors),For giving a Wonderful opportunity to be part of CTC and cared for us in each n every aspect throughout the trek,. Gave a lot of hopes, confidence and exceptional support which are the attributes of great leadership march.
2) All Trek mates was lyk a bird of same folks which fly together with same spirit,pace,energy and speed.And Kudos for Team Co-operation and Co-ordination and made it as pleasant trip..
Thought to make a small write up but I couldn’t stop nowhere in between til I reach this final line of happy moments.
Love to see you all once again in CTC....Happy Trekking....
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