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|17th August 2010, 10:07||#91|
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Excellent pics! Wish I could join this. Any way, I am planning to travel to Kerala sometime next month for a friend's marriage in Alwaye. Hope to be able to make it to this Athirappally as well.
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tariff - rs.1700 for a double bed room non-ac.
quality - decent
service - decent
food - excellent
|17th August 2010, 14:49||#94|
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- broke the door air vent
- removed one of the doors platics knobs to make a point during discussion, which now does not fix back properly
- spend major part sitting on the passenger seat removing a bolt from somewhere I am yet to zero in. He did hand over the bolt though.
Guess he is paying back for not giving him a good lunch treat, as I had promised, for the PDI he had done almost a year back on the same vehicle!
I paid 1275 for a non ac double room. BRRaj and Raj.Barcode had taken a cottage.
Best part is the walk area at the back and the direct access to the river; but it seems this is the way it is at most of the resorts there. As per the local expert, Naveen, a better place is "Plantation Valley Resort" which is also in the same vicinity.
Trip details write up:
Reached the rendezvous point exactly at 5am, expecting to be the last person, but turning out to be the first. BRRaj came in within few minutes and Raj.barcode asked us to carry on and he will catch up. Reached the A2B restraurant near the Thoppur toll and breakfast time. This is where Raj.Barcode, Rocky and gang joined us.
Uneventful drive till we were near Pollachi. Windmill zone. Great spot. Lunch at Pollachi and then off to Valparai. I took all of the gang for a merry-go-round and finally ended up on the right road.
The drive thru the ghat to Valparai was good with hair pin bends and wonderful view of the dam below.
Once you cross Valparai and start moving towards Athirapally (which is around 80kms from there), the roads are narrow and thru tea estates. As might be expected, do not think everyone will honk or follow their lane. Had met few nuts behind the wheels on the way.
There are few sign boards and it is recommended that you keep asking with a local and proceeding at each intersection or just after that.
Once the tea estates are done, you enter in the forest area. One has to make an entry and procure a receipt which has a count of plastic bags and bottles (which gets counted on exit). Good step I say. As expected, alcohol cannot be carried.
The road from here is a mix of great view, very thick vegetation, narrow roads and thick grass. Some stretches can just handle a single vehicle. God knows what one will do if another vehicle, especially if a bus or truck, comes from the other end. And do note that this is a highway. But having said that, it was one heck of a place to drive.
We found few streams and stopped at one place to play in the water. Just as we got out of the water, Raj.barcode and Rocky reached and they warned us about leeches. And guess what, my daughter says something is on her pants and Dev just touched it and it stuck onto his fingers. A pesky little leech! Lucky, that guys some how dropped off his finger.
Rest of the drive down to the resort was good. As mentioned, had to give the receipt at the checkpost once leaving the forest area. They didnt check us when I mentioned that we have kids on board and didnt bother stopping within the reserve because we just wanted to get out.
Reached resort at 6.30pm.
Some refreshing and went off to the river to have a look. No leeches, as warned by the resort person.
The next day, was at the river with the kids at 8.15am. Even though the flow was strong, wasn't strong to pose a risk.
Around breakfast time, Naveen and Vaishakr dropped in. Naveen's Swift with HID's was the topic for some time. Raj.Barcode could't hold back the beast within him and took the Swift for a ride. The time he took for the TD was short but make no mistake of the distance he covered. He was all grin after that drive.
Checked out of the resort and drove to the falls. Great place, as you can see from the photos. Climbing down to the base and back up was a wonderful work out. Man! Less said the better. Need to start exercising!
Reckon around 12.30~1pm we set out to Chalakudy for a forgettable lunch. Started out from there at 3pm.
The stretch between Thrissur and Palaghat has some good roads, from the last time I drove, which is an improvement. But the maniacs driving transport buses are as present as always! Physcho's I tell you!
Stopped just before Palaghat to watch the race.
sedate driving back thru Metur and Bhavani. Expected some bad stretches here, but was surprised to see well laid roads.
Reached home at 1am.
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