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Old 22nd February 2010, 15:52   #16
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I missed out Topstation when I was there in Munnar recently..but seeing your beautiful pictures now I knew how costly mistake that was

Really cool photographs
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Thanks for the pictorial essay.

How do you get down to the water's edge at the Anaiyarngal Dam?

The Pampadum Shola WLS - did you engage a forest guard to take you on the trek? Where was that organised?
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Let me first thank you for the guidance provided by you in my Route Query thread,
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/route-...ce-needed.html (Madurai-Munnar-Thekkady: Advice Needed)

1.Anaiyarngal Dam - We did not go near the water. We took the pictures only from the Dam. However we did see people getting down and taking pictures nearer to the water. The security person didn't seem to mind.

2.Pampadum Shola WLS - Yes, we engaged a Kerala Forest Dept guide. The small trek (45 mins one way) was from the Forest Check Post towards a small town called Central Station (We stopped much before that). Earlier in 2008 we had proceeded further to a place near Kurangini and stayed in a cave overnight.

Kerala Forest Dept. Entry fee is Rs.65/person. We paid Rs.2500 (For 4 persons) for the organized trek which is absolute rip off. The solution is to contact the forest guide or the Adventure Trip organiser in Top Station directly. However these guys change the numbers and we are left with limited options.

Contacts:
Arul - Top Station, Abi Adventures - 9786165257
Senthil - Munnar - 9447031040
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Wonderful photos.

Please share details on the route, timings, road condition, stay also.
And your trip experience beyond the scenery.
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what a spectacle and those are wonderful photos

this ones the best

I was there last month with HVK.
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Old 24th February 2010, 21:47   #20
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Default Madurai - Munnar - Top Station Travelogue

Trip Itenary
  1. Day Zero: Start from Chennai to Madurai by train
  2. Day 1:
    a. Reach Madurai. Refresh and Breakfast at home.
    b. Drive to Munnar
    c. Sightseeing en-route
    d. Lunch and Refresh at resort
    e. Munnar Town sightseeing
    f. Campfire and dinner at resort
  3. Day 2:
    a. Breakfast at resort
    b. Drive to Top Station
    c. Sightseeing en-route
    d. Lunch at Top Station
    e. Trekking at Top Station
    f. Drive to vattavada
    g. Dinner at Resort
  4. Day 3:
    a. Check out view points and garden at resort
    b. Drive to Madurai
    c. Lunch at Theni
    d. Visit the Temple at Thiruvedagam where we got married
    e. Dinner at home
    f. Start for Chennai by train
In-detail:
  1. Madurai to Munnar
  • Starting Point: Madurai Nagamalai Pudukottai
  • Destination: Abad Copper Castle, Munnar (Off Munnar-Cochin Highway)
  • Distance: 156 Kms
  • Travel Time: 5 Hours (Including stops at various points detailed below)
  • Sightseeing Points Visited:
    • Anayirangal Dam View Point.
      • A few Kms after Bodi Medu
    • Anayirangal Dam
      • Dam is open for Public
      • Entry fee of some Rs.30/Car
      • Watch out for the sign board to your right side when driving towards Munnar
    • Panniyar View
    • Lockheart Gap/Gap Road View Point
Road Conditions:
  1. Madurai to Bodi: Plains. Excellent.
  2. Bodi to Bodi Medu: Excellent. Ghat section has 17 hair pin bends.
  3. Bodi Medu – Munnar: Good. Not as good as the earlier sections.
2. Munnar Town:
  • Sightseeing Points Visited:
    • Hydel Park/Garden – Near Kerala Tourism Info Centre
      • Closes by 6:30 PM
      • Entry Fee Rs.15/person
      • Small collection of flowers
      • Some good landscaping
    • Munnar Town
      • As smoky, dirty and unpleasant it can be. Can be skipped.
      • Kannan Devan Tea Sales Depot: I didn’t buy anything. If you know what you are buying then shop here.
3. Munnar to Top Station
  • Sightseeing Points Visited:
    • Photo Point - Skipped
      • The first spot after Munnar Town in this direction is the 'Photo Point'. We skipped it and wickedly smiled at the poor souls taking pics there. After seeing Lockheart gap this is nothing.
    • Mattupetty Dam
    • Echo Point
      • Very sad that this once serene spot has been converted to a place crowded by shops with garbage strewn all around
    • Kundala Lake
      • Skipped boating
      • Horse ridding also available
Road Conditions:
Kerala Section: Excellent
TN Section: Horrible

4. Top Station
  • Sightseeing Points Visited:
    • Top Station View Point
      • Entry Fee of Rs.15
      • Can view Kolukumalai from here. Supposedly the highest tea planation/factory in the world
      • Safest food item here is Maggi noodles
    • Trekking from Pampadum Forest Check Post towards Kurangini through Sudha Ramasamy's Property.
      • Trekking time: 1 hour one way till the point you see in the photos. Cost Rs.2500 for 4 persons
      • A full trek till a cave took 5 hours (One way) in my earlier trip.
      • Contact: Arul, Abi Adventures – 9786165257
      • The small drive from Top Station View Point to Forest Check Post is on rocks and pebbles.
    • Drive from Pampadum Forest Check Post towards vattavada
      • Check out the tall trees from which newspapers are made
      • Check out the vegetable plantations
      • Vattavada is the last point until which proper roads are available in the Munnar – Kodaikanal stretch
      • It is possible to reach Kodaikanal from here provided
        • Forest Dept permission is obtained
        • Forest Dept guide is engaged
        • 4X4 Jeep services are engaged
      • If this road is laid properly then it's claimed that it would be the highest motarable road south of Himalayas
      • Forest Dept is not giving clearance for the road project sighting the damages it could do to the forest life. I agree.
Abad Copper Castle Hill Valley Resort
Address: Kannan Devan Hills, Off Munnar-Cochin Highway, Munnar, Kerala.
Phone: (04865) 231 201, 231 202, 9447030633
  • Tariff: Rs3100/couple/night (After 15% Discount)
  • Cleanliness: Excellent
  • Food: Good.
    • Lunch and dinner are buffet only at the restaurant (Rs.280/person)
    • Little haggling and ala carte will be offered
  • Location: EXCELLENT.
    • Check out the photos. So near to the town yet so secluded.
    • The view from the room was great!
  • Room Facilities: Can improve.
    • For above 3K/night I expect a LCD TV, newspapers and kettle in the room. These weren't there.
    • Ofcourse there was 24 hours hot water and hair dryer.
  • Value For Money: OK.
    • Felt 3K/night was a bit overpriced
  • Special Note: I mailed them the photos of my trekking trip in 2008 and the Front Officer (Reji Thomas) was capable enough to contact a local person and arrange for the trekking trip.
Ride: Indica DICOR
  • Max Power n space for Min Bucks
  • Minor niggles galore
    • The Seat Belt won't loosen up at times. So rigid it gave us all scratches on the shoulder!
    • Extremely noisy engine
    • Rattle snake will loose to the rattling sound this car makes
    • Noticed that the car would still race even after lifting off the acc pedal.
Driving Word Of Caution: Lorries, Buses, Local Jeeps drive like maniacs. TAKE CARE and avoid driving in the dark.

So what do I have to say?
  • Munnar is an excellent place which can be covered from different directions (Madurai/Kodaikanal, Cochin, Coimbatore etc.)
  • Check out the photos and I need not say more.
  • Everyone enjoyed the trip to the max!
  • There's so much more to see in and around Munnar. I will definitely return.
Please contact me for further queries.
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Kiku,
Excellent pics and a very good amount of info for future travellers to Munnar .... Sorry that I could not reply to your PM ..


Thanks,
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Kiku,
Excellent pics and a very good amount of info for future travellers to Munnar .... Sorry that I could not reply to your PM ..


Thanks,
Srini..
No problem at all. Your thread was an eye opened for me. In my last trip to Munnar I hadn't seen what you had posted. So I was very excited to explore the missed out places.
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Nice travelogue Kishore. I might do this Munnar and Top station trip sometime in May , so may bug you if i need any help. Please don't mind

OT: I think we both work in the same office
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awesome trip kishore.
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Nice travelogue Kishore. I might do this Munnar and Top station trip sometime in May , so may bug you if i need any help. Please don't mind

OT: I think we both work in the same office
It will be a pleasure to help.

Same office? Cool man. Myself in RMZ-3A.
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It will be a pleasure to help.

Same office? Cool man. Myself in RMZ-3A.

And I work near. KG 360
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I would say getting to view top station is real luck. Ours was very bad, as it turned foggy and showed no signs of relenting ! We could not hold any more because of our kid and had to return without any views.
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And I work near. KG 360
We can meet for coffee someday!!

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I would say getting to view top station is real luck. Ours was very bad, as it turned foggy and showed no signs of relenting ! We could not hold any more because of our kid and had to return without any views.
Oh my! I remember the guide mentoning that the place was covered with mist the previous day. Lucky indeed.
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Kiku, thats a wondetrful travelouge. The photos are amazing and I would like to thank you for the info on the place of stay. I will be planning for a trip in the month of June.
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Kiku, excellent pics and crisp but useful info. Thanks
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