Thursday, July 15, 2010
Hidden Milky Way...Makki Waterfalls
A tripple waterfalls-Makki Waterfalls. I set off to find an elusive waterfall in the wilderness. Nothing thrills me more than to discover a waterfall that is only known to the few people. This Trip was extraordinary ever. Finally we completed this journey with a big smile. At one time I & my team were not sure if we would begin the journey but it turned out to be the best and most enjoyable trek under this fabulous cascade.
First we 3 Me RajeshNaik& Ramesh kamath finished one known waterfalls falls nearby this & few minutes later 4 four more joined our team. Totally we 7 started our walk with very little information on a nonstop long stretch climbing a mountain. One of my friends Sandesh had gone to this place long back with his team so I could collect some information from him.
His information would have been useful provided everything in nature was a standstill but this change every moment and so we were totally in unknown part of the jungle so we chosen our own way & finally after crossing one big plantation we reached the stream called ‘Y.halla’.
Everyone got tired so we relaxed for a while & started to move swiftly by hopping and stepping on the rocks. The great part about river trekking is, whenever the sun becomes unbearable, a jump into the cold river water would just do the trick. Nothing beats river trekking, the gush of rushing water through brooks, the clack sounds of rocks when stepped on and the occasional gibbon calls.
After nonstop walk in the stream everyone got exhausted but we could not find the falls. On our journey we had passed through a couple of mini waterfalls. We asked some local tribes nearby the stream but we received negative answer. After few attempts we felt it’s not worth to ask them & wasting our time so we kept on moving opposite the stream.
At one point everyone worn out felt we won’t reach to the waterfalls, so alternatively we 3 decided to take the lead of our team give them rest & moved forward in wild. Few times of walk almost we lost the hope we could make this trip successful because of never ending boring walk up the stream.
Other 2 started to tell we return back & go to some other place in our remaining time but deep inside side my heart I strongly believed we were near the falls if we make one small attempt defiantly we could reach, so I started walking alone with a strong belief.
So I decided to go onward & search with remaining strength, as my choice I started to walk in the wild edge of the valley completely surrounded by thick forest with a strong positive expectation.
After harsh walk I could hear the falls roaring from long and within next few minutes tough attempt between thick jungles I reached directly in front of this Twin Falls. Besides this one open spot, the rest of the area seemed to be covered with trees.I took some photos to show my team & encourage them I Returned back with a new energy we stepped together .When we arrived at the waterfall, the pool at the bottom of the falls is surrounded by slippery rocks, but everyone in our groups makes it into the chilly water for a dip. We took bath in the base of the falls and feel its spray on my face.
The top of the waterfall is not so high so some of our teammates tested it to reach. A very wide rock cliffs surrounded by green forest is bisected by two powerful bursts of water in the small distance.
Two separate streams of water cascade down the black much stretched rock, but the water is almost transparent white as it tumbles down below, In the First cascade the thick spouts of water rush over the rock and land in a small pool of water & other Twin Falls has a thinner, spread out flow of water, making it seem more delicate than the others. Throughout our journey was filled with hundreds of colorful butterflies fluttering, Beautiful pebbles in grass bright like shining pearls, Colorful Mushrooms ,Evergreen forests, flowing very pure water in the stream, So many chirping birds & little variety of species, Romancing trees, Green covered hills.We certainly would have picked a technical route instead for on our return, this experience was more satisfying. We all felt the pain of leaving the scenic place but carried loads of pictures in the cameras to relive those exciting time in many days to come. But it was too less a price to pay for the wonderful time, fantastic moments with nature.