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Old 2nd July 2014, 17:10   #16
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Thanks Kaushik. I use a 5D Mark II & have an array of lenses!
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I too was warned of the human-animal conflicts in Valparai. In fact I was warned not to venture into this place for too long by locals in Coimbatore. However, things don't seem that scary, atleast in day time.
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Amazing log there Kaushik. A trip planned at the last moment usually turns out to be the most remembered one (I mean in a good way!)

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For those who are on the fence about making the trip, here are some photos of the place (shot by me) over the past couple of years
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ravis_31/tags/valparai/

Very nice set of snaps. And you got a good shot from the Loams's view. I could never get any, as it was always foggy. (I may have err'ed too, as I was just learning then). 5D-II is a brilliant camera. I now want a 5D series, but they have changed the 5D-II to 6D as the entry level and 5D-III pricing is in the stratosphere.
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I too was warned of the human-animal conflicts in Valparai. In fact I was warned not to venture into this place for too long by locals in Coimbatore. However, things don't seem that scary, atleast in day time.
Earlier it just used to be elephants but of late there have been a spate of leopard attacks in the tea estates, primarily on children. Mudis is a popular place to spot animals, they venture out onto the main road itself but you have to keep your distance~
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Very nice set of snaps. And you got a good shot from the Loams's view. I could never get any, as it was always foggy. (I may have err'ed too, as I was just learning then). 5D-II is a brilliant camera. I now want a 5D series, but they have changed the 5D-II to 6D as the entry level and 5D-III pricing is in the stratosphere.
Thanks ampere. Always make it a point to stop at Loam's view~ The killer views are at sunset in Nallamudi Pooncholai where the Kerala & TN borders meet. Sadly, access has been restricted due to leopards being spotted there.

I'm not sure but I think you'll be allowed to these places if you have a forest guard escort you. I'll get it checked when I go there this month
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Thanks ampere. Always make it a point to stop at Loam's view~ The killer views are at sunset in Nallamudi Pooncholai where the Kerala & TN borders meet. Sadly, access has been restricted due to leopards being spotted there.
Thanks. I had been there in 2011 and could not roam around much, thanks to the world cup cricket finals which we watched while being there. That robbed my by a day.

You are really lucky to be there almost at your will! Curios to know what all lenses do you use, and whats your post processing flow?
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Valparai is great ,especially in monsoon time.I would suggest all, to drive down the road to athirapally from valaprai, which runs through thick dense forests and the scenery is a treat for the eyes.Hope this place remains like it was, when i visited it 6 years back .
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Even minute details like the road quality, the pavement painting, the reflectors, add up to the ambience. For once, we must wonder if we are in Indian conditions

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@Kaushik - excellent pictures and what a way to go on such a trip at the drop of a hat, envy you man! Brought back memories of our trip couple of years ago. Yes, having gone so far, you could have take the Sholayar dam route towards Chalakudy on your return journey. But then, you have one more reason to go back there.

@rshanker - excellent pictures, Wow! Thanks for sharing.
I traveled on the Gobi-Dimbam-Chamarajanagar route first time last week and saw the turn off towards Germalam at Hasanur but not sure where in Kollegal is merges back to NH209. Any pointers/landmarks ?
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I bypass Chamrajnagar altogether & take the alternate Germalam route from Kollegal which directly hits Hasanur. Traffic is almost non-existent~ Fair warning though, the first 15-20 kms on MM Hills Road (from Kollegal) is not so great & a small stretch on the hills just before you hit the tibetian settlement.
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For those who are on the fence about making the trip, here are some photos of the place (shot by me) over the past couple of years
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ravis_31/tags/valparai/
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Thanks @NPV, Reg the shortcut, if I'm not wrong, I had taken this route while going to MM Hills. There is a sharp turn before a bridge, At this point, we need to continue straight rather than the turn to the bridge
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Nice Travelogue and pictures are good Koushik,

I am planning for a trip to Valparai soon. It would be great, if you tell us about your stay/accommodation, road condition due to rain and sightseeing places in Valparai town.
I am looking for a good accommodation but I heard options are very few – either there are budget hotels or expensive tea estates bungalows.
How is the monsoon rain in Valparai now?

Anyways, I will be disturbing you for some more information

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I am looking for a good accommodation but I heard options are very few – either there are budget hotels or expensive tea estates bungalows.
The tea estate bungalows will be your best bet and they are available in a range of tariffs. Hotels are almost non-existent.
Look up the Valparai Stay and general information thread - here for more information on stay options.
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@rshanker - excellent pictures, Wow! Thanks for sharing.
I traveled on the Gobi-Dimbam-Chamarajanagar route first time last week and saw the turn off towards Germalam at Hasanur but not sure where in Kollegal is merges back to NH209. Any pointers/landmarks ?
Thanks NPV, When You're past Dhimbam, a few kms down, the road splits. There's a board (can easily be missed in the dark) which says Kollegal. If you've gone past the hotel where the KSTRC buses stop, then you've gone too far.

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I am planning for a trip to Valparai soon. It would be great, if you tell us about your stay/accommodation, road condition due to rain and sightseeing places in Valparai town.
I am looking for a good accommodation but I heard options are very few – either there are budget hotels or expensive tea estates bungalows.
How is the monsoon rain in Valparai now?
The *only* hotel you'll find is on the Valparai main road, right smack in the middle of the town called Green Hills (or Seven hills, I'm not sure) That's the only building which probably has more than 4 floors in the whole town.

You are correct, the only other alternative are tea estate bungalows. Some of them are not that expensive. I'd highly recommend the NEPC guest house. Its located outside the town(about 10-12kms) & has a *GORGEOUS* view point!

The best time to visit Valparai is now ~during the monsoons! It almost/always rains everyday & its a beautiful sight. Certain stretches of roads have been recently re-laid but (as you know, quality of materials used) the incessant rains tend to wash them away in a couple of months.

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I agree with @rshanker, Best time to visit is now, before the newly re-laid roads disappear
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Thanks NPV, When You're past Dhimbam, a few kms down, the road splits. There's a board (can easily be missed in the dark) which says Kollegal. If you've gone past the hotel where the KSTRC buses stop, then you've gone too far.
Thanks!
I was asking for the place in Kollegeal where the Germalam road merges onto NH209. In other words when going from Bangalore, how do i spot the road to take in Kollegal ?
This was answered in the earlier post by kaushik.

If I understood Kaushik's post correctly I think it's the road that goes straight at the point where the left turn to MM Hills is.

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Yes you are right NPV.

I had been to MM Hills a year back and that is one gem of a destination as well. Minus the tea estates I must say.
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