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Old 26th August 2015, 21:54   #16
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Mr. Boss, you have kindled nostalgia, some 15 years back I was working in Karur and have done the Kolli hills trip quite a few times, on my Bajaj Caliber, it was so so unspoilt then , wonderful memories, got to visit again soon, great to know that it is still unspoilt and is still a hill station in the real sense and not like Ooty, where it is some times hotter than Coimbatore ;-)
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Very nice travelogue! You really explored the place!

I was there last year, but it was just for the driving pleasure. Loved the 70 harpin bends. Bangalore - Kolli Hills - Bangalore is around 650 Kms.

I have posted few pics and information in my ownership thread,
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Thanks for the compliments guys

This place is still left untouched by many tourists and away from concrete junks (unlike Ooty / Kodaikanal) This is one reason why this hill station is very much affordable. Rooms were available for as low as 400 INR and No parking fee at many places (except entry fee)
Looks like an awesome place totally untouched. One gets to know of such hidden gem of places because of the forum and people like you. Absolutely appalling to know ooty /kodai are concrete junk. Visited in the late 80's as a kid and haven't yet been to kodai. Very sad indeed with the urbanization
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Thank you guys for the compliments.
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I have been thinking of going there for a while now. Looks like a nice place to cover over a weekend.
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I should plan a trip there soon - the number of hair-pin bends just makes me droool
Plan during this monsoon to enjoy maximum shower in the water falls. Though it is perennial, amount of water during summer should be very limited.
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Ideal for T-BHP meets for the drive +scenery.
I had the same thought. Let me check if we could get a decent stay with sufficient parking.
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Seventy hairpin bends! Isn't that more than the climb to Valaparai?
I remember there are around 35~40 hairpin bends to Valparai. Roads to Kolli Hills are steep and narrow at some stretches.

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it is still unspoilt and is still a hill station in the real sense and not like Ooty, where it is some times hotter than Coimbatore ;-)
100% agreed. Local people say the average temperature during peak summer is always less than 30 deg
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I was there last year, but it was just for the driving pleasure. Loved the 70 harpin bends. Bangalore - Kolli Hills - Bangalore is around 650 Kms.
I have posted few pics and information in my ownership thread
Loved the snaps Arun. Hope you enjoyed the climate.
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A good travelogue and lovely photographs. The photos make have rekindled my desire to go there. And it is also a shame that my wife is from Namakkal and I go there often but haven't managed a trip in last 15 years. Now there is another road that is supposed to be much better and with lesser hair pin bends. I will get the details and post it soon.
How did the Venture handle the ghat roads with 6 aboard?
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How did the Venture handle the ghat roads with 6 aboard?
I drove Venture for less than 10km. Except for few steep hairpin bends it managed to climb with little effort in 2nd & 3rd gears. Body roll was significantly lower than expected.
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Excellent travelogue with some superb pictures and lots of details, Thanks for sharing

Checked Google maps and I can see that the ghat road starts after Karavalli, after the ghat road ends, beyond Semmedu there is a road that circles Kolli Hills. So, if i understood correctly, all the places - the temples and falls that you visited are all along this road, so you can start from one side of the circle, cover all the places to visit and get back to the same point from the other side of the circle and head down the ghats for the return journey ?
This has been on my places to visit for a very long time, hope to do it sometime soon!

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Huge tourist potential exists here. It just needs some good stay options.
I hope it remains this way so that it is unspoilt

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I would like to thank you Mr.Boss for unearting this beautiful place. It seems to be an excellent picnic spot. A drive of about 5hrs from Bangalore is enough it seems.

Akasa Ganaga waterfalls will be the main reason for me to be here.
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A very comprehensive report about the place. Photos are good, wonder how come you stop at so many places and clicked all those. Please tell us when is the right time to visit Akasaganga., more water but with lesser crowds? Thanks.
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wonder how come you stop at so many places and clicked all those.
Number of snaps are directly proportional to the patience of others travelling with me
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when is the right time to visit Akasaganga., more water but with lesser crowds?
Aug~Oct is the best timing to enjoy Akasaganga and Dec~Jan to enjoy the climate. Even during peak season Kolli hills is not that crowded, don't bother.
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We had been to Kolli on motorbikes recently. Maybe wrong timing, as there was not much water in the waterfalls. Overall, pretty decent roads. There is a petrol bunk at the top, so no worries for fuel.

On our return to Bengaluru, we took the Kolli Hills-Rasipuram route. Worth it!
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Very interesting registration number. Never thought we can have numbers like this.

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Very interesting registration number. Never thought we can have numbers like this.

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I think he has photo-shopped to hide his original number.
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Very interesting registration number. Never thought we can have numbers like this.
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I think he has photo-shopped to hide his original number.
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