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Old 5th June 2008, 19:08   #16
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Wow!!! What a time to read this thread????!!!!
This was our RUMBLE in the JUNGLE (Rumble in the Jungle - Report) drive route. And now, we are in the process of planning the next one.

Nicely written travelogue. Keep it up.
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Old 5th June 2008, 19:23   #17
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Originally Posted by kutlee View Post
Is this place close to Munnar / Kerala?
Maybe the Airtel distance is less than 45 kms from Valparai to Munnar. But road route is quite long. You have 2 routes:

Route 1:
Return to Pollachi from Valparai. Go to Udumalipet and take the conventional Munnar route via Chinnar, Marayyoor. Distance should be approximately 160 kms.

Route 2:
Go forward from Valparai to what is one of the best forest roads in India. Via Malakkiparai (the highest-yielding - by quantity - tea estates in India), Sholayar, Peringalkuthu Dam, Vazahchal, Athirapalli Falls to Chalkudy), 110 kms. From Chalakudy, go on NH47 till Angamali and take the well-travelled Munnar road via Perumbavoor, Kothamangalam and Adimali. Should be around 250 kms. The Valparai-Chalakudy road is highly recommended, except that you don't travel after dark - has tuskers, giant cicadas and tall bamboos, besides the "God's Own Country" watterfalls.
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Originally Posted by rippergeo View Post
well, so are you! what are you stalking me?!!
always wanted to do this route. dad has been discouraging me ever since I got my DL saying that this route is very narrow and that I'll have to reverse for kilometers together if i need to let a lorry pass.

now I know. probably was a narrow track during his college days.
We have dads of the same league!

My dad has driven around the coimbatore - valparai - athirapalli route in his scooter with his gang, and he has been discouraging me to take a drive in my Santro.

Can someone please help with more specific details of managing to get accommodation in one of those gov guest houses or the estates?
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