On a rainy Saturday morning 20 October 2007 a group of 23 highly trained operatives assembled at 6 locations in Chennai city. 4 special mission vehicles picked up the 6 platoons according to a carefully planned route & schedule. Everyone had a short breifing at Koyambedu.
Yes, the mission was all set to begin. And everyones hearts were racing.
At 7am, the team had reached the outskirts of the city heading North on NH5. Around 1 hour later they crossed the Tamil Nadu border with no hostile encounters so far. A little while later the team successfully reached sync-up point Tada and split up in two groups to assemble supplies for the challenging mission ahead.
Idly’s and Dosa’s were gobbled up stealthily in tiny eateries where no one can spot the team building up their energy levels.
As water supplies and lunch were ready and packed, the team started to proceed again towards the destination.
The team proceeded further West towards the Eastern Ghats, penetrating the local tribal areas. As the terrain got tougher, the 4 vehicles slowly rumbled over the rocky roads, entering the dense forest to reach base camp at 1000 Hours.
As the terrain was inaccesible to the mission vehicles the team decided to trek the rest of the route on foot.
So, from there on the team proceeded on foot carrying supplies while crossing crystal clear mountain streams, climbing over big rocks and squeezing through caves along the small path covered by the forest roof.
Excellent team work conquered the ever growing boulders as we narrowed into our mission objective.
The ultimate challenge was met towards the end where our platoons had to conquer a few 90
The team jumped with joy into the crystal clear natural swimming pool in a deep valley that was filled with water pouring down from the hills.
To enable everyone enjoy the fun, some of them had to eventually strip off their clothes and used them to form a rope to swim across to the center of the pool.
At 1330 the team had successfully completed another mission reaching the end of the Tada valley!