Students should learn to co-exist with Nature and preserve it. To do so, they have to be environmentally aware. With this aim, a team of Nature lovers from Sri Vidhya Academy International Residential School, Sokkanallur, visited Courtrallam and Tenmala recently.
There were about six teachers and 56 students, who were accompanied by the principal and chairman of the school. The two-day stay at Courtrallam gave them an opportunity to trek in the woods and get drenched in the water falls such as Shenbagadevi.
They inhaled the refreshing scent of lemongrass and other herbs, which gave them the energy to do a total of 30 kms trek. At the falls, the children gave the staff members a tough time as they did not want to leave the spot. Even the rain spared them and allowed them to have a beautiful trip as planned by their management committee.
The last day (of the four-day trip) was spent at Tenmala eco–tourism centre, where they witnessed the awesome musical fountain, followed by the centre's adventure activities.
The staff and the students tried some activities such as fox jump, crossing the river holding the rope, climbing the Burma Bridge, spider web, boating, shooting and proved their mettle. Trust Fall, which was attempted by a 15-member group, proved to be a delightful experience. The cooking club of this school did open air cooking for dinner, which was a part of the learning trip. The students and teachers said that they could still hear the gush of water falls and smell the fresh air. For many, it was a first time experience and most of them wanted to return with their families to the same places.