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Old 27th June 2011, 00:28   #16
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Day 02 - June 13, 2010
Trivandrum - Kottarakkara - Punalur - Shenkota - Thirunelveli - Bangalore

Enroute we stopped by Thenmala Dam view point.
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Thenmala Dam
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PPGs were quite happy about the views
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Thenmala Eco Tourism.
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Took a note of this for our next visit plans.

By 18:30PM we started from there and drove to Thirunelveli to hit our lovely NH7 at the earliest, instead of driving in the two lane roads to Madurai. We reached Thirunelveli by 20:00PM.

On the Salem - Krishnagiri stretch on the wee hours Civvy completes a milestone. She is currently at 71K. Civvy rocks!
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We subsequently reached Bangalore by 03:00AM the next day. All in all, 51 hours, 1600KM, a marriage, sight seeing, it was fun.
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Thanks Laluks for sharing this wonderful travelogue… Awesome!

I have subscribed to each of your travelogue, so that I can use it one day when I decide to quit my job and indulge in a couple of month’s long road trip across Kerala
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Nice travelling there.
Have to say am too in your earlier stage.
Love my beautiful district but the problem is except for the city and Kanyakumari i haven't been to anywhere else. Including the world renowned Kovalam, Poovar or Ponmudi.
Infact not even Padmanabhapuram Palace which i pass by atleast twice a month going to Nagercoil. Have to make amendments and visit these place especially after seeing your pics.
Envy the NH-7 compared to our narrow NH-47.
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Laluks Sir,
I think team-bhp should dedicate a separate section for all your travelogues and make you a travel-moderator. Would it be possible for you to create a MAP sort of, for all places you have visited from Bangalore along with the best routes marked on it, what to see and where to rest? I think it would be very helpful for all of us to keep a single map to follow the adventures you enjoyed when we venture in these fascinating places.
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Laluks Sir,
I think team-bhp should dedicate a separate section for all your travelogues and make you a travel-moderator. Would it be possible for you to create a MAP sort of, for all places you have visited from Bangalore along with the best routes marked on it, what to see and where to rest? I think it would be very helpful for all of us to keep a single map to follow the adventures you enjoyed when we venture in these fascinating places.
Thanks Anandg for the kind words.
I like your idea of the map part. Let me see if I can make one for you But do give me some time

@vb-san, LOL, dont quit your job Thanks for reading my logs.

@Dicky - good to know I was not the only one.

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Phew, what pictures! There was a crowd of onlookers around my desk at work by the time I finished Page 1

Great attention to detail and will certainly help those among us who would travel along these roads. NH7 also seems to be picture perfect!
Sorry if I missed it, but are all the pics taken using the 200-500 or only the birdie ones? Also, I liked the pic of the truck with a painting effect. how was this done, if I may ask?
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Hi Lalu,

Thanks for sharing.

You brought back my memories of Poovar when we were there in 2006. We too stayed in Poovar Island Resort. Your teaser photo on Poovar is outstanding. It just creates the mood and has such harmony of colours

Did you visist the excellent musuem on Vivekananada in Kanyakumari? Yes, Padmanabhapuram Palace is a gem and not be missed.

Excellent pictures as usual
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Sorry if I missed it, but are all the pics taken using the 200-500 or only the birdie ones? Also, I liked the pic of the truck with a painting effect. how was this done, if I may ask?
Thanks for the encouraging words.
Only the birdies were with my 200 - 500.
The truck picture - I just used a pre installed filter of PS

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Did you visist the excellent musuem on Vivekananada in Kanyakumari?
Thanks Fauji. We missed the museum, so there is one more reason to go back now!
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Excellent TL, please update places of stay and other relevant details. Question on pictures where they jittered (they look like paintings) and how?
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Excellent TL, please update places of stay and other relevant details. Question on pictures where they jittered (they look like paintings) and how?
Hi Mayank, the first two trips we had been at home, and the last two trips we stayed at Poovar Island Resort. Please find the details here. Poovar Island Resort Kerala|Kerala Resorts|Poovar Resorts|Kerala Hotels|Hotels Kerala|Resorts Kerala|Resorts Poovar|Kerala Beach Hotels|Beach Hotels Kerala|Beach Resorts Kerala|Kerala Beach Resorts|Poovar Beach Resorts|Beach Resorts Poovar|Luxury Res

Pictures - Oops did I mess with it again? The jittered ones are mostly the Poster Edges filter in PS. For some I tried my limited knowledge on HDRs
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Trip 3 - October 15, 2010 to October 18, 2010
This was a proper holiday planned at Poovar for 3 nights. We were booked at Poovar Island Resort. Since in trip 2 we wanted to check out Thenmala area on our next drive, a plan was made as to go via Thenkashi, Thenmala to Trivandrum and then to Poovar.

Day 01 - October 15, 2010
Bangalore - Tenkasi - Courtallum - Palaruvi - Thenmala - Trivandrum - Poovar

This time we started from Bangalore only by 02:00AM so as to reach Madurai by 08:00AM and to take the two lane NH 208 deviation to Thenkashi in day light. A little further from Madurai on the NH7 we took a deviation to the NH208 which took us through Alampatti - Srivilliputhur - Rajapalaiyam - Puliyangudi - Thenkasi. Beautiful two lane roads, nothing much to complain. We were happy to have decided to do this in daylight since we are on this road for the first time.

At Thenkashi, we decided to visit Courtallam (Kuttalam) which is near by. Courtallam has a lot of waterfalls

We reached the main falls of Courtallam by 10:30AM.

Courtallam Main Falls
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Everybody wants to take a bath. Water is said to have medicinal values.
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We see Thenmala Board here too
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We drove on to Courtallam Old Falls
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Everybody is on a bathing and washing spree.
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PPGs at Courtallam Old Falls
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After spending some time we drove back.

One day I'll build a colourful house like this
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Day 01 - October 15, 2010
Courtallum

After visiting Old Falls, we stopped by a beautiful place enroute. The views of the mountains, the swaying coconut trees all gave it a dreamy feel.

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My two beauties
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We moved on to stop soon near a farmer selling some fruits from the palm.

Stopped Civvy to check the fruit
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The farmer opens the fruit for us
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Looks like coconut, but it is not
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I frankly did not like the taste.
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After the disappointment we moved on.

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Day 01 - October 15, 2010
Courtallum

Moved to another falls nearby. The scene is pretty much the same, bathing and washing spree!
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A stone sculpture
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A small temple under a big banyan tree
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This guy has taken things too far !!
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We moved on thinking why we have to grab the beauty around us for our greeds.


I drove to ThenKashi to visit the Thenkashi temple. We were at the temple by 12:00PM.

Beautiful Thenkashi Temple - look at the riot of colours on the gopuram
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We then drove towards Five Falls.

Monkey with Guava. See how cautiously he has held the second one!
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Five Falls - Beautiful
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But the concrete structures, the barricades, and the guys bathing there after an oil massage with soaps all make me wonder - why on earth should we be doing all such things? Why can't we just stand back and enjoy Mother Nature's gift?

A stone sculpture
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By 13:15PM we drove on towards Shenkottai and Kerala border.

We found this pool with a tree in the middle enroute
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We saw these sign boards enroute. Thenmala is another 18Km
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We are already 168Km from Madurai
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The Kerala Tamil Nadu Border. Look at the rubberised beautiful roads to Thenmala.
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While I was clicking this photo, my phone which was in Civvy had got two calls. One from Nutty Nair, and another from HVK. HVK was in Trivandrum on this day. But as luck would have had it I checked the phone only by night. But we did talk and caught up on the news.

Immediately after the photo of the roads, I had to rush back to Civvy since it just downpoured without any indication. Well that's typically the Kerala rains.

In the misty rains even the signboards look beautiful!
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Finally we reached Palaruvi by 14:00PM.

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Day 01 - October 15, 2010
Palaruvi

Palaruvi is a beautiful waterfalls near Thenmala.

The short trek to the falls
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First view of the falls
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The enchanting Palaruvi Falls
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A warning!
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Wild Flower
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The Flowing River
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These monkeys loved our Civvy
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After an hour we left towards Thenmala. Some childish amusement rose in my mind when I saw a puddle of water. Wifey was even childish to catch the action!

The water splashing fun on our Civvy
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Mission Accomplished
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It was almost 15:00PM when we left the place.

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