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“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”

In Experience, Journeys on December 1, 2017 at 10:46 am

On 23rd of November, 2017, a trekking was organised by the scouts and guides department. A team of 51 students along with 5 escort teachers headed to the Kottoor Wildlife Sanctuary or the Agasthyavanam Biological Park at sharp 7:15 am from school. We reported at the sanctuary by around 9 am and was allowed to use the dormitory for keeping our baggages and getting ourselves ready for the day’s activities.

We were soon served with a hearty breakfast at the canteen and was guided to the place where elephants were tied up after their morning meal. We, with great excitement and eager watched the movements and doings of the elephants and spotted their names and age put up on a board. This further aroused our fervour and we were soon busy finding who was who, finding their name by guessing their ages according to their appearances. We were told that the eldest elephant there, ‘Soman’ was 44 years of age. Then we were directed to an adjoining area wherein we were shown 5 baby elephants with two caretakers. A baby elephant of 2 months age was also there who was caught from the Nilambur Forest recently. Some of my friends even suggested a name for the baby elephant.

Then by around 10:45, we moved into the forest area for our trekking. We were informed that the thicket was a home to varied number of species ranging from wild bison to leopard, and hence we were asked to maintain perfect silence so as not to disturb them. We took a walk through the thicket, found different tree species, played in springs and enjoyed ourselves to the fullest in all way possible. The gentle breeze that glided by our side, stroked us with its smooth touch. The venture made us realize that the wilderness holds answers to questions we have not yet learned to ask.

Then by around 1:30 pm we were back at the canteen for lunch. We were served a scrumptious lunch with a variety of tasty curries. At this juncture, it’s worth mentioning that, all the food items we were served with, were all prepared in a traditional way, in chulhas or hearths and using grindstones. We were told that they do not make use of LPG’s nor do they use mixies or grinders and I guess that’s what made it so healthy and tasty.

After a small rest we were soon called for a small class by Sir Rajendran, Deputy Range Officer. We were told about the sanctuary, the elephants there and also about forest in general. We were made aware of the dire need to conserve wildlife and its natural habitat. It was a sort of interactive session and went on very well. By around 3:30, after having our tea and snacks we bid adieu to the woods with a heavy heart and a promise to conserve them in all possible ways.

“Friends, there is no Wi-Fi in the forest but I promise that you’ll find a better connection there.

Let’s take our heart and soul for a walk in the woods and listen to the magic whispers of trees.”

 -Anna Rose Antony, XI-E


In Journeys on January 26, 2008 at 10:42 am


The Arabian Sea with its all might, shows up at the sandy beaches of the picturesque islands of Lakshadweep which is a mesmerizing place to be in. The windy beaches provide so much of calmness to the mind that any one tired with the tension of the city life would want to see it and enjoy nature at its best at our very own Union territory of LAKSHADWEEP.  

The trip, which included more fun than worry was a soothing experience for me and now I feel very sad that I couldn’t visit any other island other than the capital, Kavaratti. With the total of 36 islands, Lakshadweep appears as a flock of sheep near the western or the Malabar coast of India. At a distance of around two hundred kilometers from the coast, Lakshadweep is the most beautiful and accessible place from Kerala that one can ever get. Now let me mention about my super cool trip.We boarded the ship called the Bharat Seema to set sail for Lakshadweep. This was my first trip by sea, so I couldn’t deny that I was in tension. My dad had a previous experience so he told me to remain calm, and if I felt  sea sick, then he would call the Doc., who’s room was just beside our owner’s cabin.Now, I felt a little relieved. The time passed by, and the ship was still not moving from Wellington island. As I was feeling a lot bored, liked to call my friend, Remi. We chatted for some time, and the ship was about to move, we said goodbye. As the lunch (let me tell you that on the way to Lakshadweep, the food was really cool!) was being served, for the first time I set sail on the sea. The experience was really exciting! After the long journey, during which we didn’t face much trouble we reached Kavaratti, the capital of Lakshadweep.My dad said to us that we’ll have to jump to the small boat ( we had to go to the islands by small boats as there were no ports on the islands for the ships to be anchored safely) when it comes to the level of the ship . Mom was scared, but when it came to jump, it all felt so easy. Then, after a 20-minute long journey, We reached the jetty in the other part of the island (as the island is only 4-5 kms long and hardly a kilometre) and got off there. Dad’s offices’ vehicle was waiting for us and we, without waiting for anything, we jumped into it (as we were terribly tired) and reached the govt. guest house where we found cool luxury rooms waiting for us. Well, we had a cool stay there. 

Next day, we went for a glass boat (it’s a boat with its base made of thick glass) sail which is as cool as anything. Next, we went to the de-salination plant, where the salty sea water was converted into drinking water. The most amazing thing about that was the water was taken from about 300 ms below the sea surface. The authorities said that this plant didn’t worked in Chennai . And the salt water, which went back , I observed, was chilling cold! I am sorry that I couldn’t get any pics of that building! Next, we went for a tea at the dolphin dive café which offered us a refreshing tea. Then, after we had our lunch, we once more set out for sight seeing.First, we reached the light house from the top of which you can see the whole island, as clearly as on TV! One need’s a man’s nerve to stand there, on top of it which has only a narrow balcony.

Then we went to Ujra mosque, which announces the noble tradition of the native people of Lakshadweep.Our next aim was the small but elaborate museum of marine life.  We also saw a boat building yard.  We will never forget the joy of visiting Lakshadweep.One keeps yearning for more when one goes there. I am still very sorry that I could visit only one island. Our return was by a much smaller ship called Amindivi. This was equally good (except the food. I don’t recommend it!)   I, with my personal experience, am saying that Lakshadweep is the perfect spot for your next holiday.Fun frolic & beauty is there!!!! 

 Vivek S.Warrier


MY VILLAGE by Deepak V.

In Journeys on January 23, 2008 at 9:20 am


My Village 

Village!! Whenever we hear the word what comes to your mind. Fresh  green trees and open streets with fresh air and beautiful scenario???. Well that was not exactly what came into my mind when I heard for the first time that we are going to our village. Of!! What a bore of time and a waste of lovely two months holidays.Aaaaah!! no parks no discos no movies no ice-cream parlors. I did sulk for a few days till we began moving for our village – PALLASSANA.  

 This was the first visit to my village after my dad got his posting to Trivandrum. Till then I had been in the commercial streets of Bhopal and Raipur. Well who knew what was on stock for me? We began our journey to Palghat by train on the 15th of May and we reached Palghat on 16th morning 7:00 am, from there we proceeded through bus to Pallassana and reached there at 9:00 am. There stood the place where my father had been bought up with his brothers and sisters. Well at the first sight I did not like it. All I saw was a kucha road and houses on both sides with no people and only cycles and occasionally an auto rickshaw. (As I said!! Who knows?) There was our own house also but it was untouched for years together with occasionally our old aged maid coming and cleaning. She has been there with us since my father was a small child. My mother’s relatives as well as many of my father’s friends stay here. So we had no accommodation problem.  Firstly we unpacked and then my father took me to the temple tank to bath. Weee!! It was fun yaar. For once I don’t min coming to the village. Then we had delicious breakfast prepared by my mother’s aunt. Yum!! The village food.. Then I went around on myself and explored the village. What fresh air and calm environment?? Unlike our city! I met many village children and introduced myself to them. They were really friendly. They took me around the village and showed me everything!! I agreed to play with them everyday as long as I was there. Of these ANAND was my best friend and he was of my same age. We became good friends and I even got to ride his bi-cycle whenever I wanted. Life was fun for the next few days. No homework; no books; no assignments; no study; ah!! That’s life. I could play or roam around for the whole day and as it was a village no need to worry about the safety even at night!!! I could roam about anywhere anytime I wanted.  Well days passed together and so did  my holidays!! They  were about to come to an end. I had to go. I was really not  in a mood to go. Imagine??? A boy who never wanted to come to his village is now not in a mood to go. Well it taught me not to judge anything at a first go. But since now I am close to my village I can go at least once in two months.   

Deepak V