Thursday, April 6, 2006

Gingi, Gingee, Senji (Part 2)

Here are some more pictures of Senji, hopefully clarifying some of the route described in the previous post. I should have added that it is inadvisable to explore the site alone, particularly the remoter areas. I saw few snakes or scorpions, they come out only after sundown. The red millipedes and the fast running spiders found in the cavernous spaces beneath jumbled boulders proved harmless, but the large black and yellow centipedes can give a painful sting, so be careful what cracks you put your hands in while climbing. After sundown I once encountered a small bear south of Kuraṅgudurga. The monkeys were more dangerous. Photos below...

The “Devil’s Gate”, complete with goat. The righthand picture does not join up, I think it is from near Kuraṅgudurga.

Allikulam in the late afternoon, looking towards Kusumalai. The water levels can vary dramatically throughout the year, but I never saw it without water.

The granite plateau or saddle I mentioned. Rājagiri is visible in the distance. To the right of the small body of visible water lies Allikulam. This end of Candrāyaṇadurga is only very lightly fortified, considering the difficulty of access this makes perfect sense.

A favourite rock to rest beneath on the saddle.

Halfway up Kusumalai, Looking back down towards Allikulam with Rājagiri in the distance.

Note the sharply angled wall (pre-firearm design) of the 6th enclosure of Rājagiri. The structure with the rounded roof is the granary.

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