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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:28 pm Post subject: Meghamalai Reply with quote

 Meghamalai  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meghamalai)  is  a  mountain  range  situated  near  Theni,  close  to  the  Tamil  Nadu  /  Kerala  border.  Been  wanting  to  collect  in  this  place  since  I  heard  'bout  it  last  year.
 
 As  luck  would  have  it,  I  had  to  go  to  Theni  on  work.  Planned  to  stay  a  day  longer  so  I  could  collect  here.  Reached  Theni  on  Monday  (21st  Feb).  Was  off  at  4  :00  Pm  to  collect.
 
 The  first  spot  was  a  small  stream.  Collections  here  yielded  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Devario  malabaricus  (???)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Travancoria  Sp
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Schistura  cf.semiarmatus  (Closest  I  can  get  with  Id)
 
 
 And  a  Garra  Sp.
 
 The  substrate  was  primarily  rocks  and  pebbles.  No  vegetation.The  stream  was'nt  very  fast  flowing.  All  the  Travancoria  Sp  were  collected  from  around  a  boulder  under  a  small  cascade.
 
 Meghamalai  was  a  4  hour  drive  from  here.  Since  twas  already  past  6  Pm  by  the  time  collection  ended,  I  decided  to  get  as  close  to  Meghamalai  and  halt  there  as  ascending  after  dark  is  not  recommended.  Bloody  elephants  all  around.
 Stayed  in  a  small  town  bout  30  kms  from  Meghamalai  called  Chinnamanoor.  Not  too  much  to  write  'bout.  
 
 I  didnt  have  Famouse  Grouse  for  company  this  time.  So  had  to  stick  to  the  local  brandy.  Indian  whisky  is  only  for  people  with  brave  hearts  or  spare  eyes  and  kidneys.  You  will  be  lucky  if  you  wake  up  with  the  aforementioned  parts  intact.
 
 A  nice  dinner  ,  fish  filled  sleep  and  a  broken  alarm  clock  later,  the  drive  up  the  hill  started.  Now  the  car  was  a  hatchback  and  had  no  clue  what  it  was  gonna  face.  That  road  would  ve  put  a  Humvee  to  shame.  It  was  not  a  road  for  most  parts.  Just  rocks  and  pebbles  strewn  'bout  pretending  to  be  flat  surfaces.A  2  hour  drive  for  30  kms.  That  should  say  it  all.
 
 Once  at  the  top,  we  checked  out  the  streams.  2  turned  out  to  be  empty.  Pesticides  again???   The  third  one  luckily  proved  to  be  much  better.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Garra  Sp
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Love  the  caudal  on  this  one.My  first  impression  was  an  Indoreonectes  Sp.  Sent  some  specimens  for  Id.
 
 
 
 
 
 The  spot.
 
 This  is  when  the  damn  rain  gods  decided  to  play  spoil  sport.  Extremely  heavy  rain.  Ran  back  to  the  car  and  nothing  could  be  seen  outside.  Waited  for  sometime  but  had  no  choice  but  to  reluctantly  head  back.  A  wet  3  hour  journey  later,  we  were  back  in  the  room.  
 
 
 
 
 
 The  tea  estates.
 
 Since  we  hadnt  had  breakfast,  we  decided  to  really  indulge  with  the  lunch.  Here  s  some  pics  of  how  my  favorite  food  is  made
 
 
 The  making  of  a  Parotta  
 
 
 Wheat  flour.
 
 
 
 It  is  then  spread  out.
 
 
 
 Several  moments  of  torture  later,  it  takes  this  shape.
 
 
 
 On  the  pan  with  some  omelette's  for  company.
 
 
 
 Bon  appetit
 
 Here  s  another  form  it  can  take  when  cut  into  fine  pieces.  Eggs,random  vegetables  ,sauce  etc  are  added  and  then
 
 
 
 
 
 I  know  it  looks  like  it  came  out  through  the  derrière  of  a  venomous  reptile  but  trust  me,  its  delicious.
 
 Definitely  not  for  the  hygiene  fanatics.  Only  for  those  whose  taste  buds  control  their  hands,mouths  and  wallets.
 
 Lunch,  a  small  siesta  and  a  none  too  willing  bath  later,  twas  farewell  time.  
 
 Meghamalai  definitely  warrants  a  2  day  trip.  Lots  and  lotsa  small  hills  and  streams  around  this  almost  untouched  area.
 Soon  is  the  only  word  I  can  think  of  now.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:49 pm Post subject: Re: Meghamalai Reply with quote

 Excellent  stuff,  as  always  with  these  reports  I  am  now  sat  here  incredibly  jealous   Thumbs Up   
 
 Not  sure  about  the  food  myself  but  I  will  take  your  word  for  it   Chuckle
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 3:56 pm Post subject: Re: Meghamalai Reply with quote

 Very  interesting  write  up  Pal  !!  way  to  go  ;)
 
 I  really  enjoyed  reading  your  experience  and  hope  to  see  more  coming  up  :-)
 
 PS:  I  liked  the  comment  on  Indian  whisky,  shared  it  with  a  few  drunkards  here...lol
 
 Cheers,
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 Nice  tour........Food  also  looks  interesting..........  Smile
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 Is  that  a  certified  Poo  Ithal  Parotta?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:26 pm Post subject: Re: Meghamalai Reply with quote

 Awesome  looking  fish,  lovely  scenery  and  I  can  imagine  that  food  in  the  after  weather  rain.  Awesome.
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 Beautiful  fish  esp  the  last  loach  looks  very  interesting  also  I  hear  my  stomach  rumbling  after  looking  at  the  last  few  pics  Chuckle  
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 4:35 pm Post subject: Re: Meghamalai Reply with quote

 Thanks  all.
 
 
                                                 
MadDuff  wrote  (View  Post):                
Not  sure  about  the  food  myself  but  I  will  take  your  word  for  it   Chuckle                

 
 Be  prepared  to  take  my  word  and  a  lotta  medication  as  well!!!!
 
 
                                                 
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 PS:  I  liked  the  comment  on  Indian  whisky,  shared  it  with  a  few  drunkards  here...lol
 
 Cheers,
 Karan
                 

 
 Im  sure  everyone  from  alcoholic  tribe  share  the  same  sentiments!!!
 
 
                                                 
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 Is  that  a  certified  Poo  Ithal  Parotta?
                 

 
 Ha  ha.  No  way!!!  Rajeshwaran  has  to  gorge  his  way  through  a  dozen  to  certify  that.  Condom  parotta  is  the  name  I  was  suggested  to  use.
 
 
                                                 
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 Awesome  looking  fish,  lovely  scenery  and  I  can  imagine  that  food  in  the  after  weather  rain.  Awesome.
                 

 
 The  only  thing  missing  here  was  some  good  old  Scotch.
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 I  hear  my  stomach  rumbling  after  looking  at  the  last  few  pics  Chuckle  
 Cheers                

 
 The  'kothu'  did  hit  the  spot.  2  meals  there  and  I  think  the  fast  food  guy  made  enough  money  outta  us  to  expand  into  a  small  chain.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 5:25 pm Post subject: Re: Meghamalai Reply with quote

 Balaji,
 
 Nice  narration  and  pics  Very Happy  
 
 A  true  nati  fish  and  nati  gourmets  delight,  your  write  ups  Thumbs Up  
 
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 Brilliant  writeup.  Love  your  threads  a  lot.   Rock On
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 Cool  write  up  bro!
 
 Interesting  fish  and  food  as  well.
 Thanks  for  sharing.
 
 And  Good  luck  for  your  next  trip  Thumb Up
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 Awesome  stuff...Super  fish  and  a  fantastic  write  up...Thoroughly  enjoyed  reading  Smile
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 Soopar  meens  Thumb Up  
 
 
                                                 
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 The  'kothu'  did  hit  the  spot.  2  meals  there  and  I  think  the  fast  food  guy  made  enough  money  outta  us  to  expand  into  a  small  chain.                

 
 No  Chicken  spray?
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