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Old 30th September 2009, 00:05   #1
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Default Bangalore to parts of Idukki and Wagamon in Kerala

Went to hometown in Kerala during 18th Sep - 28th Sep holiday. Visited few places enroute and Wagamon. Have some photos from the trip. Trip was in our WagonR with four of us including two kids aged three and one.
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Drive#1 * Bangalore - Salem : 215 Kms : 3Hrs 30mins
Drive#2 * Salem - Namakkal - Karur - Dindigul - Theni - Bodinaykannur - Pooppara - Rajakkad - Ponmudi - Parathode : 340 Kms : 8Hrs
Drive#3 * Parathode - Cheruthoni - Kulamavu - Thodupuzha - Palai - Kottayam : 135 Kms : 4Hrs
Drive#4 * Kottayam - Palai - Erattupettai - Wagamon : 65 Kms : 2Hrs
Drive#5 * Wagamon - Thodupuzha - Adimali - Parathode : 125 Kms : 3Hrs 30mins
Drive#5 * Parathode - Rajakkad - Pooppara - Theni - Dindigul - Salem - Bangalore : 530 Kms : 10Hrs 30mins

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Old 30th September 2009, 00:15   #2
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Started from Marathahalli thru outer ring road and Sarjapur road on 18th Sep at 3:00pm.
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Climate was good and started drizzling at Sarjapur and became heavy on the way to Attibele.
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After crossing Attibele, the sky was kind of clear. It was a smooth drive till Salem paying the Rs.25/-, Rs.48/- and Rs.34/- at different toll booths.
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Just after the Mettur turn-off at Thoppur.
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Reached Salem by 6:15pm and checked in to friend's house on Yercadu road. Kids had a fun time with some dance and the company of two more there.
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End of day 1
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Old 30th September 2009, 11:53   #3
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Shaping up well. Most of those places are my backyards. Looking forward for the rest
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Old 30th September 2009, 12:06   #4
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@bijuks - nice start to the travelogue. Pl. post as much pictures as possible.

@whiteknight - Nice backyards you have!

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Old 30th September 2009, 20:23   #5
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Default Drive#2 * Salem - Namakkal - Karur - Dindigul - Theni

Next day moring, had breakfast and left Salem by 9:15am. It was sunny and we went straight to NH7 towards Dindigul. There were lots and lots of butterflies on the road and were hitting the windshield all over. Next toll booth, payed Rs.29/- for one way travel.
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Another toll booth - under construction
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The four laning is almost done, but there are still stretches where both incoming and ongoing traffic use the same side of road.
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And some diversions too.
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Smooth lanes
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The turn-off for palani / Kodaikanal.
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For Theni/Kodai, take this left turn-off and go to the right side under the bridge. Then, take left to the service road on the other side of the road.
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Keep straight till the next junction where you take a right towards Theni.
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Right turn
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Theni directions. From here, follow the main road to Theni and then on to NH49 towards Kochi.
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Old 30th September 2009, 20:38   #6
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Default Drive#2 * - Theni - Bodinaykannur - Pooppara

Begining of the climb uphill from Bodinaykannur
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Small waterfall aon the left fter crossing Kerala border
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Old 30th September 2009, 20:48   #7
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Quote:
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Pl. post as much pictures as possible.
It's on the way - slowly driviing in.

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Looking forward for the rest
Thank you guys. Some more photos are in.
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Old 1st October 2009, 11:18   #8
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Nice photos. The directions from Dindigul to Theni/Kodai is useful as I have always missed it and had to come back.

Where is Wagamon snaps? Waiting for more photos.
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Default Drive#2 * - Pooppara - Rajakkad - Ponmudi

Ponmudi - a Thookkupalam - "Hanging Bridge". Age of this bridge is over 35 years. You can make the bridge swing my shaking the handrails.
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When we walk, the wooden pieces will make the creaking noice. Looking down through the gaps caused by broken wood pieces need some courage. You will feel the butterflies fying in your stomach.
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And yes - you can drive your car on it, if you are brave enough. Couldn't believe until I saw the car coming though the bridge.
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The walk on the bridge was very much refreshing.
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nice pics.
i was on the theni madurai road last week while coming back from thekady
must say some stretches are not complete but most of the road is amazing.
its tough to judge diversions at 1 in the night
the hanging bridge looks scary i suppose no large suvs can pass through it
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the hanging bridge looks scary i suppose no large suvs can pass through it
Not sure on SUVs. Must check with locals next time. I saw one Alto and Scoda passing through it.
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Default Drive#3 * Parathode - Cheruthoni - Kulamavu - Thodupuzha

View of idukki dam from Painavu.
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Rain again.
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Climbing down from the top of hill to Thodupuzha
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Default Drive#4 * Kottayam - Palai - Erattupettai - Wagamon - Thodupuzha

Uphill to Wagamon from Erattupettai.
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Wagamon Meadows. Be careful of leaches, my one year old enjoyed the meadows and got bitten by a leach. Luckily there is no pain when this leach bites. But, the blood keeps flowing even after it leaves after filling it's stomach. Best solution at hand there was to stick a small newspaper piece to the spot where the leach had bitten. That stopped the
folow of blood.
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On the way to Pine forest from Meadows
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Pine forest in Wagamon
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Climbing down to Thodupuzha. Deserted road with lots of hairpin bends. Could see only two vehicles in the opposite direction for a distance of 10 Kms.
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While returning to Bangalore, saw an accident while coming down to Bodinaykannur through the ghats. Road got blocked when a swift car went and hit one jeep. It was raining heavily and looked like the car was at high speed and could not control on the trun. Traffic piled up and people from other vehicles got down and and they pulled the car to the side with bare hands to make the road clear for traffic. Lost some 30 - 45 mins there.

Otherwise, dirve was smooth till Bangalore.

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