The traveller couple, 30-year-old Meenakshi Moorthy and 29-year-old Vishnu Viswanath, from Kerala who fell to their deaths in the Yosemite National Park in California, died while taking a selfie, claims Vishnu’s brother.
Falling from Taft Point, which offers the visitors an expansive view of the Yosemite national park and the falls, the couple experienced an 800 feet fall on October 25. The edge of this point is the edge of the cliff where people click selfies and record the breathtaking view.
According to National Park Service, Taft Point is “an area with very steep terrain” it is also a popular spot for tourists trying to get the perfect photo. The attraction features an overlook, allowing visitors to walk to the cliff’s edge. However, there is no railing.
The bodies of the couple were recovered on Oct. 25 after park rangers used a number of “rappelling techniques” and a helicopter from the California Highway Patrol.
Excited to share their experiences with others, Viswanath and Moorthy created an Instagram account, which has acquired over 12,000 followers. They also ran a blog called Holidays and Happily Ever Afters.
Their account is filled with vibrant and colorful shots from their travels, which includes trips to Italy, Holland and Monument Valley, Arizona.
The couple often found high vantage points to take dramatic photographs including one taken in August last year where they stood on the edge of a platform at Cape Royal which is located in the Grand Canyon.
Viswanath captioned the photo, “Living life on the edge.”
On their website, Moorthy said her husband “introduced me to the travel bug in the first place.”
“He took me to Maldives on our first trip together, which triggered the wanderlust in us to see and experience the unexplored vistas and exciting cultures this amazing world has in store.”
Moorthy then explained Viswanath was “the ‘eye’ of the blog, capturing all the wow-worthy photos” and she was “‘lips,’ lending voice to them everywhere, so we like to think we complete each other.”
After spending time in Europe, the couple came to the United States where they worked remotely in New York City.
Viswanath was a software engineer with Cisco.
“We are not in the genre of ‘quit-the-job-travel-full-time’ but would be lying if I say the thought has not crossed our minds ever,” Moorthy wrote.
Their last post on Instagram was on Oct. 17 and shows Moorthy standing on lake dock in Vermont with a valley of autumn-colored trees in the background.
Viswanath and Moorthy’s deaths are still under investigation and it is unclear how they fell.