|The way to Somwarpet.|
|The drive to Mallali Falls.|
After approximately 30 minutes of driving, I reached a junction, from where a bumpy muddy road through a semi dense forest, led to the falls. As locals said, the first two kilometers were drivable, the rest 3.5 were to be walked. At the end of these two kilometers lay a check post and a small honey shop. I parked my car there to start walking, but it was raining hard by then.
I didn’t bring any rain gear, so it was difficult to walk with my camera and other gadgets; there were also snakes and leeches in the jungle. But after waiting for twenty minutes, I decided to go anyway. In the next 2.5 kilometers, I would be all alone. No guide, no mobile networks. In the heart of the Western Ghats, on an alien trail. Well, I was searching for something exactly like that, and loved it.
|The walk to the falls.|
My road less travelled was mostly muddy, sometimes rocky with hilly terrain, through the forest of Pushpagiri range. After 700 meters of walking, a small board hanging from a tree acts as a guide to lonely travelers. Another 500 meters to the top of the hill, and I could hear the loud roar of the waterfall. A few more steps to the edge, and the waterfall was visible, painted in a lush green hilly backdrop.
|View from the top.|
|Mist from the water.|
|View from the foothills!|
|The way back.|
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