Place: Farm house at Amaravathi, next to Udumalpet, Tiruppur.
Team: 20 members (inclusive of staff) from Eco Club, PSG CAS
Dates: Feb. 21 - 23, 2014.
Staff: Professors C.R.Jayaprakash &Nisha.
1. A.Kalai Arasi
3. S. Sudharsun
4. S.K.Kovendra Raja
9.Bharrani Pargavi (I BA English)
1o.Shobika Selvaraj ( I BA English)
13. Mahesh Kumar
13. Kanaka Praba
14. V. Anusubha ( I BSc Botany)
15.Bhushna ( I BSc Maths)
Trek report by Kalai Arasi ( III BCom)
THE AMARAVATHY TREXPERIENCE
The trip started at 5.30pm on Friday to Amaravathy reservoir which is located in Anamalai Tiger Reserve, Tirupur district, Tamil Nadu. Amaravathy dam is built across Amaravathy River which is a tributary of Kaveri. It’s notable for its high fisheries yield and south India’s largest wild breeding population of mugger crocodiles. The primary inflows of water here are from Chinnar, Pambar river which then carried over through Amaravathy River. On the way the dinner was arranged at the student’s farm house and after dinner we reached the farm house of another student where we stayed for two days.
On the second day we started to trek Jamboo malai, a scrub forest around 8 am. Reached the top by 10 am and pictured the scenery, a sight of the village and returned by 11.15 am. We came back to farm house and had breakfast. Later we had our introductory conversation. About 1.15 pm we were taken to Amaravathy crocodile farm which was established in 1976. This largest crocodile nursery is 90 km from Tirupur via Palladam and Udumalpet. At the crocodile farm many crocodiles of all sizes were seen basking in the sun making stride or piled up on another. By 4.30 pm we started to Chinnar where we saw an elephant very closely. The elephant was little angry on the intruders and we happen to have a close glimpse of it. Two spotted deers were also found along the way. We came back to farm house around 7.30 and had our dinner and left to rest. That night students were allowed to stay in a garden house and the history of the place was told by Mr.Ramu, the cook. Students were allowed to experience the unique natural environment and living of the olden times. We had a great night under the roof of sky and moonlight.
On third day around 6.30 am we were taken into the forest of Amaravathy which was nearly 7 km from Amaravathy to Thoovanam falls. About 2 hours walk along the riverside lead to the falls. Tufted grey langurs, a type of monkeys made alarm calls in the the forest; we also saw groups of wild boars. Crossing wild thorny plants we reached the falls and had a majestic long view of the falls. We also got sight of crocodiles in the river and returned at 11.45 am on the way we saw Sambar deer. After breakfast a feedback session was conducted and reviews were heard. Gifts were given to the people of the farm house. We started back to college by 4.15 pm and reached college at 7.30 pm.
List of birds:
1) Red whiskered bulbul
2) Black Drongo
3) Indian pond heron
4) Rose ringed parakeets
5) Spotted dove
6) Laughing dove
7) White throated kingfisher
Asian Paradise flycatcher
9) House crow
10) Large billed crow
11) White browed wagtail
12) Red wattled lapwing
13) House sparrow
14) Eurasian tree sparrow
15) Plain flower pecker
16) Purple sunbird
17) Indian cormorants
18) Rosy starlings
19) Chest nut headed bee-eater
20) Malabar whistling thrush
List of flora:
1) Mango- mangifera indica
2) Coconut-cocus nulifera
3) Tamarind-tamarindus indicus
4) Guava-psidium cujava
5) Banana-musa paradisica
6) Pomegranate-punica granatum
7) Teak-tectora grandis
Manoranjidam- artabotrys odorotissimus
9) Whiskered spider flower-c leome gynandra
10) Country mallow- abutilon indicum
11) Common sida-sida acuta
12) Puncture plant- tribulus terrestris
13) Common balsam-impatiens balsamina
14) Greater rattle pod- crotalaria leschenaultii
15) Common floss flower-c hromolaena odorata
16) Candle cassia- cassia alata
17) Tanners cassia- Cassia ariculata
18) Bristle gourd- momordica dioica
19) Goat weed- ageratum conyzoides
20) Mexican floss flower-ageratum houstonianum
21) Purple bane-cyathocline purpurea
22) Country dandelion- launea procumbens
23) Malabar jasmine- jasminum malabaricum
24) Coat buttons- tridax procumbens
25) Giant milk weed-calotropis gigantea
26) Little glory- evolvulus alsinoides
27) Marsh glory- ipomeas aquatica
28) Purple trumpet
29) Arali-nerium indicum
30) Lesser glory- ipomoea obscura
31) Blue dawn glory- ipomoea nil
32) Thorn apple- datura metel
33) Common pedalium- pedalium murex
34) Common lantana- lantana camera
35) Pirandai- cissus quandragularis
36) Lion’s ear- leonotis nepetiifolia
37) Congress grass- parthenium hysterophorus
38) Lemon grass
39) Creeping hemp- crotalaria filipes
40) Firecracker flower- crossandra infundibuliformis
Pre event details:
Principal’s permission obtained on Feb. 17, 2013.
Selected students should pay Rs.1,000 to the Co-ordinator by Feb. 17, Monday, 2 pm, 2014. (Eco Club sponsors the travel cost).
Reporting time for the trip: 5.30 pm, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
Return by 8 pm, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014.
Travel, Food, Accommodation and Entry Fee charges only will be borne by Eco Club.
Students are to bring their own
3. Torch light
4. One litre water bottle
5. Reusable food plate
6. Sneakers (with an extra pair of socks)
7.Basic hand book on Birds/Mammals and a
8. Back pack.
Special prizes for Best Image, Poster, Write - up and Video submissions will be awarded in the post trek meet at PSG CAS.
Expenses for the Amaravathi trek ( Feb. 21 - 23, 2014)
Money collected from the students - Rs.16,000 (Rs.1000 each).
Groceries - Rs.7,000
Fish, Chicken and Egg - Rs.2,600
Bakery Items - Rs.500
Rentals for vessels - Rs.750
Cook - Rs.1100
College Canteen (Plan meet on Feb.20) - Rs. 200.
Trek Guide fees - Rs.300
Posters (Design & Print) - Rs.1,000 (Loganathan working on it)
Books as mementoes to Sabari’s family - Rs.750
Books as Prizes to students (3) - Rs.1,000 ( to be conducted this week).
Toll gate & Tips - 500
Post trip meet at Canteen - Rs.300 ( to be conducted this week).
Transportation cost of Rs.10,200 will be paid from Eco Club’s account.