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Old 14th July 2009, 22:05   #31
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We normally drive to Munnar through the Chinnar Marayoor Munnar route. The beautiful Marayoor route.

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There is also a waterfall near the forest checkpost.

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See a map which shows the attractions in Munnar.

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A Bullet rider enjoying in Munnar.

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If you want to explore Thekkady (Periyar wild life Sanctuary is just 90Kms away). Some Periyar pictures.

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Nice pictures. Loved those Nilgiri Thar pics. You guys are lucky to go so close to them. We did not get to see one when we visited last time, due to rain and mist.
Yes ravi. It was pure luck. After 2006 I had been there almost 4 times. And in none of those visits we could see them so near. And in one visit they were not spotted at all. But I never went again on an October there. Probably they come out in October like this.
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After many visits to Kodai and Munnar, Munnars charm always remains in our minds. Kodai is just another hill station.

Kodai might deserve a 1Night 2 day to explore and Munnar 2Nights 3 Days as a minimum. But just lazing around in Munnar is too good.

You can also club Munnar with Thekkady and Kumarakom and on return visit Alleppey and come back via cochin also. Beauty is from munnar almost many places are near.
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@laluks: awesome pics.

one question: Did you go iva Kodai road or did u take the Palani ghat? can you confirm if the Palani Ghat is one way and if motorbikes are allowed?

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@laluks: awesome pics.

one question: Did you go iva Kodai road or did u take the Palani ghat? can you confirm if the Palani Ghat is one way and if motorbikes are allowed?

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I guess you are asking the route to Kodai.

We took Palanai route on the way up and Kodai Road on the way down from Kodaikanal. Bith are normal gaht roads and not a one way. They are just normal roads, any vehicle is allowed.

But if the question is kodai to munnar - then there are many options. One option is go via theni, bodi and munnar. Other is via palani, udumalpettu, chinnar route. Another one is directly from kodai to munnar through top slip. this road is offically closed, but have seen a recent thread where some college gang took the risk of driving bikes through this route.
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Another one is directly from kodai to munnar through top slip. this road is offically closed, but have seen a recent thread where some college gang took the risk of driving bikes through this route.
Its a different route which the gang had taken, the route which was closed used to go via Kovilur, the one the gang took I think is via Poondi.
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The last trip that we did in 2010 was to Munnar. It was my 9th Visit and with the PPGs the first time. Instead of another thread I'll update this log.

The trip was for four days from 30.10.2010 to 02.11.2010.
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Day 01, 30.10.2010
Bangalore - Munnar

As always on a long trip, we started by 02:00AM from Bangalore. We took the Udumalpettu - Chiinnar -Marayur - Munnar route, as we love the beauty of this route.

After an uneventful drive we reached Udumalpettu Checkpost by 07:30AM. Amaravathy reservoir and Crocodile Farm is just 5Kms from here. We wrote down the vehicle details in the register and got ready for the beautiful drive.

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Some trekking options possible
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We drove on taking in the beautiful views around
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By 08:00AM we reached the Tamil Nadu Border Checkpost
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We crossed the checkpost after writing in the car details. We are in Kerala now. Immediately after the Tamil Nadu Checkpost we have the Sales tax Checkpost.
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Immediately after that is the Chinnar Forest Checkpost at Kerala Side.

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We saw some ECO Tourism Programmes. We decided to check it out.
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Day 01, 30.10.2010
Chinnar

Parked Civvy next to the Amenities Centre
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Went to the cafeteria and told them we would need some breakfast. Went to the information centre to check out our options. We ruled out the three hour trekking option since we had another trekking in our minds.
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Some information boards.

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A board telling that these species does not possess any magical powers!!
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Something about bamboo rice
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Recently I have read a controversy on letting humans harvest the forest produce in Maharashtra.


This fellow gets cozy on my civvy. He left behind a lot of scars.
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We decided to go to the watch tower
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The watch tower in the forest
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These monkeys were at home near the amenities centre
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Day 01, 30.10.2010
Chinnar


We were assigned a guide and we trekked towards the Watch tower.

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We stopped by a tree which had langurs.

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After watching the langurs on the tree we trekked on.
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We saw some beautiful insects.
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Some were in a jolly mood
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We reached the Watch Tower by 08:30AM.
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Beautiful pictures!! Greenery everywhere!! Those pictures of the road to Kodaikanal reminded me of my trip last year. Fantastic roads to the top with amazing scenery!!
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Beautiful pictures!! Greenery everywhere!! Those pictures of the road to Kodaikanal reminded me of my trip last year. Fantastic roads to the top with amazing scenery!!
Hi teknicsanand, the log is a collection of travels to Kodaikanal and Munnar, with latest being the one to Munnar in 2010 October and the older ones dating back to 2006. Hope you liked the pictures
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Day 01, 30.10.2010
Chinnar

We climbed up the watch tower. It was scary.
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The views were beautiful
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We saw some spotted deers in the forest cover too.
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After spending some time enjoying the beauty, we went back to the Checkpost.

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We bid good bye to our guide and started from the checkpost.
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Day 01, 30.10.2010
Chinnar

We drove another few kms and reached Alampetty.
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We chose to do the trekking to Thoovanam falls. It costs 100per person for the trek and the guide.

The trekk is about 1.5 hours one side, is moderate one and Kids were a bit tired by the trek. But once they saw the waterfall their energies returned fast. You will need 3 to 4 hours of disposable time in your hand to attempt this trek.

The following pictures will give an idea of the trekking path.
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The first view of the waterfalls through the greens.
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Chinnar

And we reached Thoovanam Falls by 11:30AM after an hour and half of trekking.

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Wifey decides to check the fall up close
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The beautiful mountain nearby
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Thoovanam Falls
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This says it all
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