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Old 9th January 2008, 10:43   #16
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oooh nice.....

I visisted there as a kid....i think its time that we drove down there, considering its so near.

nice pics white knight
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Old 9th January 2008, 10:57   #17
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Thank you folks. Also a word of admiration for the seasones travellers on this forum- samurai, akroy, hvkumar and others (I do read all of them). This report was inspired by you folks!

Now I realize writing the report is harder than the trip itself

The dam is open for public only on special occassions. For me, Calvary mount is a better place to chill out and this place looks even more beautiful in Oct-Nov (after the rains).

Here is the route from Kochi
Kochi- Moovattupuzha (NH 49)- 45Kms
Moovattupuzha- Thodupuzha- 20 Kms
Thodupuzha- Idukki ~50 Kms (Plus 14 Hair-pin curves and number of view points en-route)
Idukki- Calvary Mount~10 Kms (On Kattappana route)

For me, best part of any trip to Idukki district is the drive itself
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Old 9th January 2008, 11:54   #18
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Wow, this looks like a very interesting place. Nice report, how do we go here? Some directions please.
Drive down NH17 from your house to Cochin.

Cochin - Muvattupuzha - Thodupuzha - Idukki is a terrific drive. Great roads all along the way, plenty of scenic beauty too.

Make sure you visit Vagamon when you're making this trip - its in the same area.
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Make sure you visit Vagamon when you're making this trip - its in the same area.
Vagamon is just about 20 or so kms from my wife's place. Excellent place to visit.

@WhiteKnight, nice pics. So, we should be waiting for a Singapore trip report soon, eh?
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Old 9th January 2008, 13:38   #20
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Great shots, great location. Never been there myself. Need to plan a trip!
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Old 9th January 2008, 13:50   #21
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Vagamon is just about 20 or so kms from my wife's place. Excellent place to visit.
Check out these threads:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=16251 (A Weekend at The Sad, High Doubt Resort, Vagamon)

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25027 (Monsoon meet in the hills)

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Oops - mistake! I meant this one instead:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=28253 (A weekend drive in Kerala. EDIT: Now accomplished! (Reports & pics from post #60))
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Wow - talk about having a dam in the backyard
Very nice photos.
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Old 9th February 2008, 10:44   #24
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Dam!!! What am I doing sitting in this concrete jungle. Thanks for sharing Whiteknight.
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Can some one please help me with the routemap from Munar to Idukki Dam please. I understand from maps that the distance is about 80kms or so. Can I do a day trip from Munnar (I'm visiting Munnar in Oct'08 and thanks to BHPians I've a solid route map).

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log on to MapmyIndia.com Online maps, GPS Navigation, Driving Directions, Local Search

Click on the Directions tab and key in the from and to.

Voila - your route and distance is done !
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log on to MapmyIndia.com Online maps, GPS Navigation, Driving Directions, Local Search

Click on the Directions tab and key in the from and to.

Voila - your route and distance is done !
MuraliR,

I did that, but want to hear from BHPians who might have undertaken this trip and/or familiar with this area. All I want to know whether it is doable in a day as the entire stretch would be through ghats and whether it is worth doing it.

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Can I do a day trip from Munnar (I'm visiting Munnar in Oct'08 and thanks to BHPians I've a solid route map).
Yes, can be done.

You could think about Munnar to Kumali and Thekkadi wildlife sanctuary. Then come down to Kattappana-Calvary mount- Idukki Dam. Note that the dam is not open to public all the time, so please check.

Return could be Idukki- Cheruthoni- Karimpan-Neriamangalam- Adimali-Munnar. Cheruthoni-Neriamangalam route is my fav as most of the time river Periyar accompanies the road.

Now, this circular route is not possible in a day, if you visit Thekkadi, Calvary mount, Idukki dam and other innumerable placed that would attract you on the route. So, go with an open mind and be ready to flip-flop your options.

Enjoy, this is one place where the journey is more enjoyable than the destination
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