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Old 28th November 2009, 23:57   #31
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Default On the way driving downhill

As I said before, I just have few photos left taken during the drive downhill on the way back to Bangalore.

Started the return journey from the hotel by 1:00PM, reached Salem by 2:45PM, had lunch break for about 45 minutes and started again. Reached Bangalore by 7:30PM amidst a break in Krishnagiri & some traffic in Electronic City. Total kilometers covered was 600 approximately. The approx mileage given by the car was 14km/lt. Per person, the trip expense came to Rs.1250, which I thought was very good.

I am uploading the pictures and hope you enjoy looking at them. Thank you for reading through this travelogue.
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Old 29th November 2009, 11:01   #32
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k149in,

I had been reading this. Really a good travelogue, i must say.

The pictures are good too, Nice summary at the end.

keep it up man !
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Old 16th December 2009, 12:05   #33
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A good travelogue! Very informative

This place is very tempting.
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it is just too good to resist. I have exhausted all the places around bangalore which are driveable, now some ray of hope for couple of day outing. One more thing, does the place really look so serene as it appears in photoes. Either way am going to plan for this within next few weeks, thanks for the new found place.
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Informative travelogue K149in. All details for the next time travellers are in. Kudos for that.
This place never featured in my "to visit places" for a quick break, but you have enlightened it.
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nandans2005, drsk, Soumya Ramesh and Remu; thank you for reading through this travelogue.

@Soumya Ramesh: in my opinion, yes, this place was green, but certainly one should not expect this place to be as beautiful as Ooty, Kodaikanal. This place is like Nandi Hills. But the difference is, it has a good waterfalls, a magnificient view point and 70 hairpin bends to make a interesting drive.
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Old 21st December 2009, 11:15   #37
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Default My Kolli Hills trip Dec 19 20 2009 - Onward Trip Details

Myself along with 2 friends went for a trip to Kolli Hills on December 19-20th. At the onset, let me thank k149in for providing a detailed travelogue. But for his post, we would not have known about this place. His detailed travelogue helped us plan the trip properly and we were able to complete the trip smoothly. The route descriptions (especially with pictures) were very helpful. Let me put some information on the route and some pictures.
Route details – Onward Journey (December 19th 2009)
Home ( AECS Layout, Kundalahalli) - 9:29 AM 0 KM
Varthur Lake 9:37 AM
Dommasandra Circle (Take Left to Sarjapur Police station) 9:53 AM 13.9 KM
Sarjapur Police station (take right to attibele) 10:00 AM 18.7 KM
Attibele (Take Left to Hosur) 10:11 AM 27.9 KM
Hosur (Fly over) 10:21 AM 36.0 KM
HP Petrol Pump Stopped for Fuel 10:45 AM – 10:52 AM 57.6 KM
Krishnagiri (Toll Gate) 11:12 AM 83.9 KM
Dharmapuri (Fly Over) 11:48 AM 132.8 KM
Thoppur (Toll Gate) 12:00 Noon 149.6 KM
Salem (Toll Gate) 12:31 PM 159.0 KM
Lunch Break – Hotel Apoorva, Salem ( 12:49 PM – 01:11 PM) 200.0 KM
Left Turn to Rasipuram
(This is approx 6 KM after “Paravasa Ulagam”) 1:28 PM 220.0 KM
Rasipuram 1:32 PM 223.3 KM
Right Turn to Kolli Hills after leaving Rasipuram town 1:40 PM 226.4 KM
Sendamangalam (Take left to Kolli Hills) 2:02 PM 244.0 KM
Nalla Thambi resort – Kolli Hills 3:11 PM 280.0 KM

The roads were good throughout. We took 5 Hours and 40 Mins including approx 40 Mins break.
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We stayed at Nallathambi Resorts. The quality of the rooms was not good. They are undertaking some renovation work. But currently, this place is only suitable for bachelors. For families, you can check out the PA Resorts. We did visit this place but only after taking a room in Nalla Thambi. PA Resorts have 15 cottages and the rates are 1200/-, 1500/- and 2400/-. On 19th December we went to the following places

View Point
Lake (or a pond?)
Botanical Garden

On Dec 20th, we visited the water fall. It is 11.8 KMs from Nalla thambi resorts and were reached the place in 24 Mins. We need to descend approx 1000 steps to reach the water fall from the place we park the car but I must say that it is very much worth it. In fact this was the best part of our trip.

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1. Nalla Thambi Resorts
2. Botanical Garden
3. Way to Water fall
4 & 5. Water fall
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Old 21st December 2009, 12:23   #40
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Default Return Journey Details - Dec 20th

Nalla thambi resorts 1:53 PM 0
Check Post 2:01 PM
Fork Road - Both roads take you to
Rasipuram. We took the Road to the
left. While coming we had taken the
other road. The road we took to during
the return journey was better and
more scenic though slightly longer. 2:44 PM 24.4
Sendamangalam - Take Right to Rasi 2:59 PM 35.6
Place where we took left turn to
Kolli Hills during onward journey 3:09 PM 40.1
Left to Salem & Rasipuram 3:29 PM 57.6
Rasipuram 3:30 PM 58.7
Joining NH 7. Take Right to Salem 3:38 PM 63.5
Salem (First Circle) 3:52 PM 81.1
Salem
(Hotel Apoorva Circle, Joins NH 47) 3:54 PM 83.5
Toll Gate 4:09 PM 96.7
Mettur Road Junction 4:30 PM 124.7
Thoppur Toll Gate 4:39 PM 134.4
Dharmapuri Fly Over 4:44 PM 140.9
Krishnagiri Toll Gate 5:22 PM 199.9
Petrol Break - 5:46 - 5:57 PM 226.1
Hosur Bridge 6:19 PM 247
Attibele - Right to Sarjapur 6:28 PM 255.4
Sarjapur Police Station -
Take Left to Varthur 6:41 PM 264.9
Right Turn To Varthur/Whitefield 6:48 PM 269.6
Home ( AECS Layout, Kundalahalli) 7:15 PM 283.4
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hey k149in, i just completed reading this log, its very nice and calm place. Thank you for posting, good narration.
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@Pramodpk, I am happy that the thread helped you.

Particularly I am glad that you were able to evaluate PA lodge which we couldnt do. Now we seem to have more options for staying in Kolli hills. The Kolli Hills resorts also needs to be checked for its suitability.

The amount of water flowing in the falls seems to be more than what we saw, possibly due to heavy rains in TN.

Please add more pictures!

@srikanthpotluri, thank you for your comments! I also wanted to tell you, your Punto car looked amazing!
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ki149in, thanks for the lovely thread. Fairly new here so missed this entirely.

You've just helped me get back loving memories of mine from childhood. I come from a village that is in the foothills of Kolli. I remember doing a trekking up these hills once and also enjoying those amazing hairpin bends on a car as kid.
This is probably one of the few places that is still untouched and its great that you have it listed in this place.

Cheers!
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@Pramodpk, I am happy that the thread helped you.

Particularly I am glad that you were able to evaluate PA lodge which we couldnt do. Now we seem to have more options for staying in Kolli hills. The Kolli Hills resorts also needs to be checked for its suitability.

The amount of water flowing in the falls seems to be more than what we saw, possibly due to heavy rains in TN.

Please add more pictures!

@srikanthpotluri, thank you for your comments! I also wanted to tell you, your Punto car looked amazing!

We checked with locals about the accommodation options
available in Kolli Hills and personally checked out some
of them. Here are the options.
1. PA Resorts/Holiday Inn - We went to this place and
spoke to the owner. It has 15 cottages named after
hill stations (simla, Darjeeling etc). Rates Rs. 1200/-,
Rs. 1600/-, Rs. 2400/-. I think this is the one that
you are referring to as 'Kolli Hills Resorts'.
2. PA Lodge - This is also owned by the same person who
owns PA resorts. According to him, this is low cost
accommodation mostly suited for drivers.
3. Nalla thambi Resorts - There are 2, 3 and 4 bed rooms.
Rate - Rs 420/-, Rs 600/- and Rs 720/-. The 4 bed one
has 2 bed rooms.
4. Some Mansion (Forgot the name). We checked this. Rate
Rs 450/- for a 3 bed room. Room was old. No parking space.
5. Govt Guest House - Did not check this out.
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Nice travelogue and pics k149in ! Sheer coincidence that my friend was talking to me just the other day about these hills, must plan a visit here soon ! Nice pics and detailed kms log Pramod ! Did you go in the Alto ?
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