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Old 21st January 2008, 14:39   #1
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Thumbs up exploring munnar

first of all thanks to every body & team-bhp for giving best support to complete this trip.

MEN : me , wife & 4 year old daughter

machine : 2005 indica dls , 16500 kms on odo

mission : to break the work stress & enjoy the nature.


packed everything , checked the vehicle , filled the tank , zeroed the trip meter , went to sleep.

18.01. 2008

getting ready start at 8.30 am , reached udumalpet at 9.30 am , complete break fast , enter the check post 11.00 am , forest looks scray,
drive with a different feeling , reached chinnar check post at 12.00 pm , after completion of formalities start and go to marayur at 1.00 pm, after 1 hour drive reached munnar at 2.00 pm , searched for hotel and got a room in HOTEL ATUMN TREE , in devikulam , check in and took lunch and rest for anther one hour. after that walk around devikulam for 1 hour , return to room , took dinner ,sleep.


afetr getting ready check out the room at 7.30 am . drive towards madupatty dam , saw the dam & echo point , top station , view point.
return to munnar at 10.00 am , took break fast , here real story starts,
while go to car just missed one step and slipped , result = left leg toe muscle displacement. after applying moove cream and took pain killer tablet and pray the god &start the car at 11.15 am with liitle bit of pain.
after reaching marayur checkpostat 12.30 pm i can walk only with one leg, then reached chinnar check post at 1.30 pm , here wife completed the formalities, then reached udumalpet at 2.00 pm, and
reached home at 3.00 pm i can't step out of the car , with help of wife step out the car , then removed the shoe the toe swells well , then called office driver went hospital took treatment , now it's ok.

1. people are too kind in munnar & check posts.

2. food are not tasty in most hotels

3. beware of jeeps in chinnar - munnar road

4. roads are good for the entire trip.

5.people who enjoy the nature & cool climate please go there.

6. bargain for hotel tarrif.

7. route : tirupur - palladam -udumalpet-chinnar- marayur- munnar = 160 kms ( 50 kms - normal road, 100 kms hills )

8. total distence covered = 327 kms

9. milege = 17.1 kmpl ( 100 kms a/c , 227 kms hills non a/c )

10. fuel consumed = 19.01 ltrs

pictures :


wife & daughter



palladam to udumalpet road

middle of chinnar forest

chinnar river




on the way to madupatty dam

madupatty dam

top station

small falls

camera = motorockre6 ( mobile phone).

once again thanks every body !

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Old 21st January 2008, 19:54   #2
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Nice pics; and good travelogue. But would have been useful if you gae breakups of the distances to places from Munnar / your hotel.

Some questions :-

What were the formalities at the checkposts?
How did the vehicle behave on those ghats, climbs, etc?
How was the climate?

BTW, it Mattupetty; not Madupatty.
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Old 21st January 2008, 20:49   #3
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Nice write up ,Karthik.
I'd love to go back to Munnar someday.My last trip was in 2005,and 3 days felt way too short to be able to see everything in & around Munnar.
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thanks for your appriciation backseatdriver & nitin.
1. distance between the places from munnar

a. munnar - devikulam ( atumn tree hotel ) - 7 kms
b. munnar - mattupetty dam - 11 kms
c. mattupetty dam - echo point - 6 kms
d. echo point - top station - 20 kms
echo point , top station are in mattupetty road.

2. check post formolities in chinnar & marayur
they ask about vehicle owner, from where it comes , where to go , driving license number & to pay 20 rs.

3. the vehicle behave well in ghats & climbs , mostly i used 3 rd gear & i didnot used the a/c , i dont feel any difficulty while climbing.

4. climate
climate after 11 am is hot but after 5pm its nice.

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Old 22nd January 2008, 09:44   #5
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good write up karthik. nice photos!

sad that there was a dampner with that pain in you foot! guess your drive would have been really painful!
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Old 22nd January 2008, 11:16   #6
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thanks happaywheels,
yes ,pain like hell for the entire 4 hr drive , but thank god for giving me the will to drive.

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