Team Outing to Seagot Banasura Resort

raksha

It was time for another team outing and this time we headed to Seagot Banasura Resort located in Wayanad district, Kerala. As it is 290 kms away from Bangalore we first planned to leave at 6.30 but Amit suggested we should leave by 6 and guess what happened the next morning….as everyone started gathering in front of the office around 6 on a Saturday morning, Amit and few others who were supposed to be picked up on the way by him came only at 7!!! Grr……By then the bus guy (who did not know the way to reach J.P. Nagar from Banashankari) also arrived along with 3-4Β  helpers and later we discovered that the driver and his ‘3’ helpers were not of any help as they did not know the way to reach Mysore Road and needed help to reach Mysore and all the way to Banasura. Thanks to his driving skills, we took 2.5 hours to reach Mandya where we stopped for breakfast. Once we stuffed ourselves with Idlis, Dosas and Vadas, we had gathered energy to make some noise in the bus. We first introduced the guests (which included family members and future family members πŸ˜‰ ) and then played Dumb charades. We took the by pass as we reached Mysore thinking it would be shorter than going through the city but it turned out to be a longer route πŸ™ . Few of us dozed off while Santosh Prakash was trying to play Kannada, Hindi, Telgu songs and movies on the Tv. Finally he played the movie Golmaal and the audio quality was so bad that it just sounded like noise. We crossed Gundalpet and entered the narrow roads of Bandipur/Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

The weather seemed to have turned so cool and pleasant with trees on both sides of the road. All the sleepy eyes opened up and we shut off the Tv and opened the windows wide to enjoy the cool breeze and to try spotting animals. We saw plenty of monkeys and were able to spot a herd of young elephants which were grazing among the tall bushes just a little away form the road. We stopped for a good 5 minutes to capture the best shots on our cameras. We drove a few kms ahead to stop at the check post to pay the road tax as we entered the God’s own country – Kerala. We strolled on the road while munching on some tapioca chips and took few group snaps till the driver came back. The scenery from Gundalpet is lovely and once we enter Kerala it is spectacular. We passed through the never ending green fields and then through lovely mansions set amidst the pepper, tea, and cardamom plantations. Greenery and water was in abundance everywhere we looked. We had planned to lunch at the Greengates Hotel in Kalapetta around 1pm but our dear driver took us at 3 when the kitchen was closed πŸ™Β  .We were supposed to meet our guide from the Seagot resort at the Greengates and then follow him to the resort…..he had not reached the hotel yet and so there we were walking up and down the road hungry and waiting. There was no food going to be served at the resort either as we had not informed them earlier πŸ™ Thanks to Sumanth (one of our guests who turned out to be the host πŸ˜‰ ) for coming up with the idea of buying 20 packets of Maggie from Kalpetta town and planned to ask the resort guys to cook that for us. By the time we finished shopping for our solid and liquid items n the town πŸ˜‰ the resort guide had arrived and we followed his car. We drove up and down the roads with beautiful view and stopped at the bottom of a hill on top of which was β€˜Seagot Banasura Resort’.
The road is not motor-able and has twists and turns and ups and downs which our huge bus couldn’t climb.The resort guys had sent jeeps and cars to transfer us from the bottom of the hill to the resort but a bunch of us planned to walk up. The excitement had killed the hunger pangs and instead charged up some of us to walk up the hill all the way.
It was 5pm when we reached the resort. The view is splendid and a real treat to the eyes. One can see water on all four sides and small islands which are naturally formed. There are range of hills and mountains surrounding the resort and is beside Banasura Sagar- India’s largest & Asia’s second largest earth Dam. It was quiet and peaceful up there with only the sound of breeze buzzing around our ears.
We settled down to enjoy the view till the Maggie was cooked. Once we ate the hot maggie which tasted better than ever as we were hungry πŸ™‚ we went to check out our accommodation which were clean and spacious tents. We gathered together around 6.30pm to have tea, pakodas and decided to play games. We played The Cow and Tiger game in which everybody stands in a circle with 1/2 people who become the cow and stay within the circle and 2/3 people become the tiger who stand outside the circle. The tigers have to catch the cows by trying to break through the circle and the members forming the circle should try not letting the tigers in. It was loads of fun, noisy and also left some of us hurt πŸ˜€ . We thought of playing the next game which will involve less physical activity as we were little tired but we ended up playing a game suggested by Mayuko which involved a lot of moving and running. For this game Chairs have to be arranged in a circle and the no. of chairs should be one less in number than the no. of people. One person who is not seated would call out something that is common in all or few of the members (Ex:All those wearing red shirts) and all the members who have similarity to what was called out will have to swap chairs with each other. The person who is not seated finally will be the person who will call out the next commonality. This game was also a lot of fun and we played it till the campfire and dinner was ready. Finally, we had a decent meal and gathered around the campfire where dancing and consumption of liquids went on for a long time πŸ˜‰
We were able to identify some hidden dancing talents like Vidya and Neha. Special mention for the entertaining show put up by Mayuko,Ajay, Ranjeet and the best couple of the eveningβ€”Santosh J and his friend πŸ˜‰ .Most of us hit the bed by 1am and few of us stayed up chatting.


We had decided to do an early morning trek.After seeing the beautiful sunrise we started the trek at 6.30am and went down to the river and walked on the wall of the island which was extremely slippery because of the loose wet mud and then we had to climb up which was the most difficult part because the soil was extremely slippery and bushes on both sides were not a good support to hold on to. It was great fun to do it together and everyone lent out a helping hand to each other. The waters were calm and so clean that it was reflecting the islands and hills around. We got our hands, legs and shoes completely dirty with mud by the time we reached up. We took a short break and decided to go down again to do bamboo rafting. This was very adventurous as we did not have life jackets, the waters were as deep as 100 feet and not all of us knew swimming πŸ™‚ . A rope was tied to a tree far by to help us row in that direction and while coming back we had to pull the rope and it would bring us back to the shore. It was getting hot by the day and many who were waiting for their turn to get on the raft jumped into the water to cool their system. (Sapna you missed it).We came back and had breakfast which consisted of bread, butter, jam, omelets, puttu and kadala curry,poori and saggu.
We had decided to gather at 11am to have some group building exercises. The first activity was The Cat and the Mouse in which everyone was divided into six teams. Few came up with names for their teams like HHM (Har har Mahadev) and Wild Hogs πŸ˜€ .

Two teams will start the game together with one team being the mouse and other the cat team. The Mouse team has to reach the mouse hole without getting caught by the cat team. The first two players in both the teams are blindfolded and the last player in each team has to provide only signals which will be passed through the team members to the first person which will direct him or her to move towards the cat team or the mouse hole in case of the mouse team. This was great trust building exercise and involved huge team effort. Some teams turned out to be aggressive which left a few more hurt πŸ™ . The next activity was Balloon Balancing Act. The same teams continued to play this activity as well. Even this game had two teams who started the race towards the finish line. They formed a straight line and had to balance a balloon between the each team member without the support of their hands and without dropping the balloon. It turned out that this game also left many hurt as each team wanted to reach the finish line before the other team. As we had enough of physical activity in two days we decided not to play anymore games and headed to finish our lunch. We received colorful certificates and gifts were given to the winning teams. All of us received smiley badges for participating and keeping up the good spirit. As we finished lunch we packed our bags and played carom while we were waiting for the jeeps to arrive to take us down to our bus. This time nobody was ready to walk down the hill πŸ˜‰ . Just before leaving Seagot it started to rain and the weather transformed beautifully and as the wind blew heavily we could see small waves being formed in the river which was a splendid sight to watch. We hopped into the jeep carrying away all the memories and beautiful sights with us and headed back to Bengaluru. After an afternoon nap we stopped for tea at Gundalpet and by then the driver needed no help to get back home. We played Antakshari for almost 2 hours (thankfully we stopped at Maddur for dinner otherwise it would have continued till Blore πŸ˜‰ ) and everybody except for Neha and Naushad ran out of songs. The aftereffect of this has left Akshi hunting for songs even to till today. πŸ˜€

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  1. Chirag Ravindranath

    February 17, 2011

    A very good review.I have a humble request to all the fellow travelers,please don’t throw away any plastic bottles and plastic covers into the forest.Please deposit them in waste bins( which u may not find so often in a hill station like Wayanad. What i used to do is take those empty bottles and covers in my car and deposit them in a waste bin i see along the way of my journey or if i didn’t find anything, i will take them back to my home.)we all enjoy the beauty of the nature.So we all have the responsibility to keep its beauty intact.
    Another thing i wanted tell u is that Please don’t give foods to monkeys or any other wild animals.Foods we give attract them to roads.And they will not move away, even if they see vehicles are coming at them while picking up the food.It’s a death trap for these poor animals.They are so innocent.The processed foods we ate are not suited to their digestive system.

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