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Scenic Kerala Road Trip by Bikes
This is one of the most adventurous and scenic road-trip by bikes , we had taken ...
[COLOR=#000000]A BIG TURN-AROUND[/COLOR]
We had decided to do a bike trip to mangalore , initially ... And we , had prepared the travel itinerary. BUT , on the night before the trip , We realized , that our trip would be a fiasco , if we go by this season of the year , as most of the beaches, would be burning under the sun ( during May ) ... So , we immediately changed the plan to go for kerala and as we have more experience about kerala , it was really not a big issue ,after all ... This is how the AWESOME BIKE TRIP GOT STARTED
The plan was an awesome one , and thereby it fueled our adventurous journey. In brief, the plan was to start the trip from Perundurai ( near Erode ) ,as our college was here, at 2'0 clock in the morning ... totally we were 8 guys , riding on 4 bikes ( All Pulsar DTS-i 150 CC) . The route , was
[COLOR=#008000][COLOR=#008000]Erode - Munnar - Thekkady - Idukki - Perumbavoor - Chalakudy - Athirapally - Valparai - Pollachi - Erode[/COLOR][/COLOR]
[COLOR=#008000][COLOR=#008000][COLOR=#000000]DAYS , for the whole trip , is 3 ... Easily , anyone would laugh at us , for the short time , we planned to cover all these places ... BUT , we are not so naive , gentlemen ... There were a couple of reasons to it ... One , We had our final semester exam coming , shortly before our journey and two , most of the guys in our trip, have seen most of the places in our trip , many a times before ... So the date was 14th May 2009 ... And We are ready to hit the roads...[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR]
ROUTE - Erode - Udumelpet - Amaravathi Dam - Maraiyur - Chinnar - Munnar - Mattupatty Dam - Echo point - Thekkady
END - Thekkady
We started from erode, in full spirits , in the early morning , some time around 2'o clock ... w
e reached Amaravathi Dam, the Sun rise , at 6 am ... As you can see, the Dam was dry . We are not shocked , as we expected this , because its scorching-hot summer in Tamil Nadu... We took some pictures , and we hit the roads ... We are now on the road to Munnar ... Luckily for us , We spotted some elephant , a single ,along the road ... We took pictures , and we were so daring , that we didn't even afraid of the elephant charging at us ...
We continued our uphill to munnar and one of friends , found this really nice little stream running discreetly under a bridge , we are crossing ... We had a bath in the stream and I tried to explore the stream a lil' bit up in its course and I found a natural pool ... then, we dressed up and hit the roads quickly ...
[SIZE=2]MUNNAR - The TATA's OWN Hill Station[/SIZE]
We arrived munnar at noon ... As we have already came to Munnar before... We just ought to check out only a few places that are nice ...
1)Mattupatty Dam - The Drive to the Dam is needless to say , SCENIC ... Also the boating is not too bad , But we did not dare to take a risk ...
2)ECHO Point - We tried , but we could not hear any echo's but okay, its alright ... as we didn't expect anything ... We chewed some fried corn
We came back to Munnar and had our lunch ... And we hit the roads to Thekkady ... We drove though the mist and drizzle and through the sceneries ... Very lovely ride , indeed ... We reached thekkady by evening .... We found one cheap home stay , Rs.100/- per head ... We slept.
START - Thekkady
ROUTE - Thekkady - Rammakal Medu - Idukki Dam - Cheruthoni Dam - Thodupuzha - Muvattupuzha - Perumbavoor - Chalakudy
END - Chalakudy
We wake up a lil' late and went to boating at somewhere around 10 AM ... We could only afford lower deck , since we are in lower budgets ... The boating , which ought to be a breath-taking one , turned out to be a sleepy ride ... We just saw some wild buffalos and then one wild boar and some birds , at the start of the boating ... And after that , there was no animals , at all ... How on the earth , the animals would come closer near the lake , if 5 to 6 boats , all at once started sailing ... We wasted our precious 2 and 1/2 hour by this hectic and boring boat-ride ... We are happy to back on the wheels , once again ... We started our ride towards Idukki dam ...
As we had ride some 40 kms , one guy at the air-checking station , told us about a place called Rammakal Medu ... We , decided to take the risk and went there , it was off-road to idukki , but we are confident that we would not be deceived ... But we found out that the place was nice totally .... the place is a hill-top with a good viewpoint of the plains and too with a big statue of half-naked man and woman in stone ... And also we could see the windmills located at an opposite hilltop from there ... We took pictures and hit the roads again ...
We were now pretty closer to the Idukki dam and we had a good view point from some distance... Oh! man , its huge and tall ... the Dam is Asia's Second Largest Arch Dam ... We were denied the permission to take pictures from the foot of the Dam ,and the officials say ,it was restricted to take photos ... We then visited Cheruthoni Dam ,which also was magnificient to look and once again we were prohibited from taking pictures ... From the Dam , we could see some caves in the mountains , huge ones ... my friends got some interesting theories to it ... Now we are on our ride to Chalakudy ... We passed through two lake-towns named ...But We could not damn see anything , since it was already 8 PM ... We reached Chalakudy and hard-found a hotel to stay ... It was like a scary house ... But then , we could not sap ourselves , finding an another hotel at this time ...DAY THREE
START - Chalakudy
ROUTE - Chalakudy - Athirapally - Sholaiyar Dam - Valparai - Aliyar Dam - Pollachi - Palladam - Kangeyam - Home
END - Home
We wake up at 7.30 and started an awesome uphill journey towards Valparai through the destered roads via Athirapally falls and the splendid Athirapally river's course ... We reached athirapally falls ... Waterfall look swindled , but yet pose a splendid view amongst the forest and woods and green ... We walked some 1/2 km to reach the top of the waterfalls ... Though many people were swimming in the river , we dare to miss it ... Bcoz of two reasons .... one , We are exhausted and deprived of energy after two days of gruelling bike ride ... two , we or atleast me , dont like the idea of swimming in the crowds ... so we descended down to reach the feet of the waterfall ... we caught some awesome pictures here and also the view is really a memorable one ... We then climbed up to the road and hopped on the bikes to ride uphill ...
We then stopped by the place where people stopped to sneak into the jungle river ... We found it to be more scenic , since it was pure jungle and deserted except for a few of us ... As I already said ,the bike ride took a toll on our body , and we were damn tired to take a swim ... But we had a great view of the river ... We continued our ride ... We reached the solaiyar dam ... Nature forbid Tamil Nadu ... It seems .. Absoultely no sensible amount of water in the dam ... We were really sad to see it this way ... Anyway , we continued our ride throught the tea estates and skipped the valparai town to reach the main road to pollachi ... We then stopped at the Aliyar dam for a short while to relax ourselves ... Then , we made our final journey to sweet home ... Three days of Scenic Road Trip ....hmmm... We gonna miss that a lot ...
For more photos , please PM me (sorry i cant upload all the images)
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