Amala Paul, who debuted as an actress in the Malayalam film 'Neethamara,' is now among the top stars in South India. An avid traveller, Amala mostly prefers solo trips.
The star has already made numerous journeys and one of her favourites is the New Year trek of last year, 2018, to Uttarkashi, one of the most beautiful towns in the Himalayas.
Uttarkashi is considered as holy as Kashi and is a scenic destination with forests thick with pine, oak and devadaru trees, mountains, temples, and ashrams. The roar of the river Bhagirathy flowing nearby reverberates everywhere in the area. Uttarkashi is located at an altitude of 1,158 m above sea level with Tibet and Himachal Pradesh to the north and Chamoli district on the west.
Gangotri and Yamunotri, which are major pilgrim centres, are also close to Uttarkashi. Situated on the banks of the Ganga, Uttarkashi is 172 km from Rishikesh.
Before the new year winter trek of 2018, Amala had announced in a video on Facebook that she was heading to the Himalayas and thanked everyone who supported and showered love on her on screen as well as in real life. Along with it, the star had wished her fans a happy new year.
When everyone is celebrating the arrival of 2019, Amala recently recalled her last new year's trek in a Facebook post which has gone viral.
"With one day remaining in 2018, I fondly remember my last year's new year trip and wish to share the experience at Dodital," begins Amala's post.
"The trek to the snow-clad peaks at Uttatkashi, where Ganapathy is believed to have born, is unforgettable. I can also never forget the pup named Dodi with whom we struck a friendship on the way. We had nothing to worry when Dodi was around. Even the wolves kept away when Dodi accompanied us," she says.
Amala says the mountain held several hidden gems, Dodi being one among them. "When I now recall that trip, I realize that god always shows us mysterious paths. We may have many needs but it is not necessary to pray to god for fulfilling each of them. The supreme power is always with us and watches over everything," stresses the star.
Meanwhile, Amala also announced her new film on New Year's Eve. The movie directed by Anoop Panicker is an investigative thriller. Scripted by Abhilash Pillai, the film is being produced by AJ Films, Ajay Panicker, White Screen Media, and Pradeep Kumar. The speciality of the venture is that a Malayali director and scriptwriter are preparing a Tamil film.
The story of Amala's new movie is based on a real case handled by former Kerala Police surgeon Dr B Umadathan. Its inspiration is Umadathan's book, 'Oru police surgeonte ormakurippukal' (A police surgeons's memoirs). Amala portrays Dr Bhadra, the chief forensic surgeon, in the film. Shooting will be launched in March and will take place at Chennai and Coimbatore.