This past weekend, we got to experience the mist-ical Coorg fog in an all new way: zip-lining through clouds fat with rain, under the watchful eye of mountaineers, in an 18 acre abandoned stone quarry. So much adrenalin, we skipped coffee entirely on that trip. Somewhere on an estate, our mum clucked in disapproval.
Close Your Zip, Please
The Quarry Adventures (a five hour drive from Bangalore), is a work-in-progress adventure park that promises typhoons minus the tackiness. Rising between the northern peaks in Kodagu, it belongs to Sidd Somana and brothers Sai Giri and Sai Muthanna, who dreamed up the idea when they were mandated to stop all quarry work in order to preserve the land known as Devarakadu or sacred forests.
The Quarry Adventures (a five hour drive from Bangalore), is a work-in-progress adventure park that promises typhoons minus the tackiness.
The trio – alumni of mountaineering schools – took their own sweet time to set up The Quarry Adventures “because safety and research were of utmost importance”. We’re listening, but it’s hard to concentrate while a harness is being tightened around our waists.
Before ascending a 60 foot wall, we’re instructed to map our course from the ground, keeping in mind holds, crevices and loose rocks. If you’re not in great shape, you can use a ladder fastened to the top of the rock. It’s not much easier, but you’ll have more time to take in the view. At some point, both routes feel like products of foolishly bought magic beans.
But beyond the stalk there is no giant, just goliath trees and the most rewarding access to a secret forest. This part of the woods receives minimal sunlight and forms a cool canopy woven with native plants through the year. Next, you hobble over a tentative wooden bridge and do the monkey shuffle across a wire overlooking a valley. Then the zip-lining begins.
Harnessed on to two wires, the first ropeway extends to 120 meters and goes by in a blur. “Try to pull your weight at the middle of the wire and slow down - you’ll love the view,” Sidd instructs.
Chai + Sigh
As we catch our breath and walk the rocky path back to base, Girish comes along in his jeep with steaming cups of sugary chai. He mentions that The Quarry Adventures’ expansion plans involve a professional wall climbing circuit, camping tents and a tiny canteen, out soon.
Come now, don’t get all misty eyed.
Getting there: Seven kilometers from Madikeri on the Mangalore highway, next to Made University. Long on to http://www.thequarryadventures.com/ for more details and booking. A full adventure circuit minus the trek costs Rs 2,000.
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