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Old 11th June 2009, 17:26   #31
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When driving down, go by the Dindigul-Kambam-Kumily route. You'll love the drive as well.
Wah! Another reason for a potenial Vagamon drive from Bangalore
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Old 11th June 2009, 17:29   #32
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Yeah. Theni, Kumily, peemadu and it's there. Can be clubbed with Thekkady.
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Old 11th June 2009, 19:23   #33
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Thanks dear friends for all the compliments on pics.
The place is so beautiful and scenic that any click will result in a nice pic.

The resorts name is "Vagamon Heights"
VAGMON HEIGHTS

I will upload more details and pics soon

This place is 60kms from kottayam
110km from cochin.

But guys it will be good to wait till monsoon is over. For those who love to be here in the monsoon be careful about leeches, which are aplenty. They will feed on your blood without your knowledge.
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Old 11th June 2009, 23:50   #34
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Part 3 - Activities of Day 2: Horse ride, fishing, tree house

Next morning the first activity was to have a horse ride. Riding a horse through the dense forest and hilly terrain we feel as if we are king.
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The horse was absorbing all the uneveness of the terrain which had zero roads and we were feeling only the soothing up down moment which we can feel even when the horse is going in smooth roads.

We were in the 4 x 4 again, but this time headed to another direction and reached the lake where there was fishing deck.
This road led us here
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The fun at fishing in this point was double because the view which we can have from this point is something which is beyond what words can explain. See it to believe it.
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We spend a lot of time fishing. We were running out of time for our return journey.

hectic fishing going on here
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On our way back to our cottage, saw a tree house, about 30 feet above the ground. Climbed up the tree and enjoyed the experience of being top of a tree among the woods.

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Found this when standing on top of the tree
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Part 4 - return journey & part 5 - lessons learned to follow.
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Old 12th June 2009, 05:44   #35
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Did you catch any fish by the way?
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Old 12th June 2009, 09:12   #36
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My hometown is somewhere nearby Vagamon and i have frequented the place a lot of times. To me because i have been living there its nothing new. But for folks from the plains the scenery is quite enchanting.
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This place is referred to as "Mini Scotland" or "Scotland of Asia" and such.
There is another travelogue (A Weekend at The Sad, High Doubt Resort, Vagamon) by Steeroid on this place and another resort here.
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@sps,
nice finding and nice pics.
The place look virgin and here we people need such places rather than regular touristy stuff.
Thanks for sharing the pics.
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Old 15th June 2009, 10:38   #39
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@sps,
nice finding and nice pics.
Thanks for sharing the pics.
Infact some of the tbhpians had already been to this place. But not quite ofen.

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This place is referred to as "Mini Scotland" or "Scotland of Asia" and such.
There is another travelogue (A Weekend at The Sad, High Doubt Resort, Vagamon) by Steeroid on this place and another resort here.
yes this travelogue is also quite interesting. This resort - "The Saj Hideout" is now up and running. It is situated near a pine forest. I didn't opt for this one because of the price factor.

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Did you catch any fish by the way?
yup. No, But our guide caught two. But we released it immediately. Was not able to see its plight, once out of water.


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My hometown is somewhere nearby Vagamon and i have frequented the place a lot of times. To me because i have been living there its nothing new. But for folks from the plains the scenery is quite enchanting.
Thanks for the pics bumblebee.
By the way, do the folks from the hills find the plains enchanting?
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Old 19th June 2009, 00:32   #40
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Part 4 - The return journey
After completely enjoying our time at the resort, we packed our bags, thanked the resort staff for there homely behaviour and there support, wrote all the good things in the guest book, started to climb down the woods with a handful of memories to cherish.

the carriage which adored the resort's office room
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The customized 4x4 which took us for a roller coaster ride
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The view of cattle grazing on the green meadows
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The 3D version of these pictures are etched in our memory.

Our Innova was resting here when we had all the fun in the resort.
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We went through the same offroading track to reach out of the resort and stopped for one more photo session
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The winding roads of vagamon was again on display
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This time we decided to travel by following route.

Vagamon - Pala - Ettumanur - Kottayam - chengannur - kottarakkara - trivandrum

We didn't expect much about the roads in this route. But something different was in stock for us, when we turned towards the pala route from vagamon. It started raining heavily, but somehow visibility was not getting affected.

One side of the road there was a rocky hill with water draining out at many places. The small greenery on the black rocks make it look much more beautiful. Heavy rains means we could not stop much to take photos. But I drove slowly making it a visual treat for our eyes.
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By the time we reached Pala the ghat roads were over. But heavy traffic was the order of the day right from Ettumanur to kottayam and by the time we reached Changanacherry we had decided that we will quit Main central road and somehow get to NH 47. So we took a diversion from thiruvalla and reached Kayamkulam.

Then we glided through the smooth roads of NH 47 and reached home safely.

So it was a kind of complete mix of roads, the drive sure was quite an experience. The scenic place and the good resort made it all more interesting and the lack of previous knowledge about the resort or the landscape made it even more exciting.
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Ettumanoor-Kottayam MC road experiences heavy traffic.there is no work done yet to widen the roads ,making bypasses.MC(Main Central) Road will be a efficient Highway only when bypasses are built in major towns from angamaly to trivendrum and also by straightening the road.There are some works going on in this regard.
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@sps. Beautiful snaps. Of that of the scenery, roads etc. The one in the boat in the first set of pictures was truely amazing. That ought to be your favourites ain't it ?
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@sps. Beautiful snaps. Of that of the scenery, roads etc. The one in the boat in the first set of pictures was truely amazing. That ought to be your favourites ain't it ?
definetly yes.
A boat ride through that lake with a scenic back drop and pleasing rains is something which ought to be in the memory for long. I was happy that the mood was well caught in that photo.
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Awesome snaps. The idea of fishing and other activites makes the place more fun filled..Do they stuff to keep the kids busy? How was the food there.
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Part 4 (Last part) - Some points to remember

1. Two nights and three days will be ideal to cover this resort fully and other view points in vagamon in a relaxed mood. the resort have more than 300 acres of land including 2 - 3 hills, one lake, rosegarden, conference room amidst forest. tree house etc. Since it was only one night and day for me, I could not even complete the spots inside the resort, let alone the pine valley and other places outside. I am the like who would like to stay and enjoy one place rather than finish all the picnic spots in one go.

2. Watch out for leeches which will feed on your blood without your notice. They will be aplenty during rainy season. We fed 3 leeches fully and managed to escaped from another 3.

3. Donít wear shoes if it is rainy season as the leeches will get inside and feed on your blood and you'll never know

4. Keep some salt. If a leech is sucking your blood, sprinkle the salt. It will release soon.

5. If you wash your feet with detol, probability of leech attack will be less. Hence keep a bottle of detol with you.

6. The climate is just about perfect during Jan - May. Not so cold and not so hot.

7. If you own a 4 x 4, there are plenty of tracks where you can explore inside the resort itself.

8. The staff does not have a formal outlook as you see in star rated hotels, but quite homely and will get along nicely. Something which I like. The food there does not have much variety, but the kitchen staff are ready to listen and if needed you can also cook.

9. The rooms are pretty decent. One resort room is sufficient for 2 adults and 2 kids. Wooden panelled floor and walls makes it look slightly upmarket. But different types of accomodation are available.

A 10/10 for the place

A 9/10 for the resort.

Most of all, I enjoyed the drive through these roads in the ever comfortable highway cruiser - Toyota Innova.

Want to visit this place again..

Right now searching for another destination for a trip in July

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