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Old 27th May 2010, 09:19   #16
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I would recommend a book called "Branchline to Eternity" by Bill Aitken.
One of the best train TLs that I have read.

The guy hunts meter and narrow gauge lines across the length and breadth of in India and
does not hide his passion for steam engines.
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There was some plan earlier to extend the Nilambur line till Mysore. Not sure what is its current status.
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There was some plan earlier to extend the Nilambur line till Mysore. Not sure what is its current status.
Its under major fight as it has to go through the Nilgiri region to reach Nanjangud/Chamrajnagar.
Environment folks are raising major storm on this.


My personal thoughts:

1. Not sure how much of main line activity it would garner? (Passenger/Freight)
Folks coming from North, would still go through the Salem/CBE/Palakkad mainline.
2. Would it become more of a tourist attraction more than economic advantage?
3. Which region would get benefited by this line?

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Old 27th May 2010, 10:08   #19
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Yes, ampere, it is now a broad gauge line, as is also evident in the photos. But like many branch lines of the past, this one was also meter gauge.
Quite possible, but then the gauge conversion must have happened long back. It's been broad gauge from the days I can remember (I grew up in Nilambur too). However the train was hauled by a steam locomotive in those days. Shoranur station had perhaps the biggest steam loco shed in the division at that time.
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Old 27th May 2010, 17:39   #20
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The turnout to Adyanpara is just before the Chandakkunnu part of Nilambur town, when you approach from Gudalur. One has to turn right to Adyanpara, and from that point it is 13 kms.

Once you take the road to Adyanpara, you cross the Chaliyar river first ( great view, but I forgot to take a photo ), and then you proceed some winding roads. There are a number of forks on the way where you have to take the correct turns ( there are enough boards to guide you ). The scenery is terrific all along.

Adyanpara is known for a mini-waterfall. The waterfall isnt very spectacular, especially in summer. It is more the general ambience of the place that attracted me. Of course kids enjoyed being in the water. I am told that the fall is a sight to behold in monsoon.

I didnt take a lot of pictures, here are a few..

View of the hills behind Adyanpara
A few photos from Nilambur-img_4370.jpg

Clear and shallow water, but extremely slippery!
A few photos from Nilambur-img_4369.jpg

Ah, love..
A few photos from Nilambur-img_4372.jpg

A view from the top - you have to park the car at a higher level and climb down.
A few photos from Nilambur-img_4374.jpg

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Old 27th May 2010, 18:28   #21
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Looks like plenty of trekking options. Can you suggest some?
What are the different stay options?
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Old 27th May 2010, 21:19   #22
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Yes, there are lot of possibilities for treks. Dont know if anyone offers guided treks though. I had heard of people trekking all the way to Ooty ( or somewhere in the area ) from Nilambur through the jungle when I was a child - perhaps there are folks who may know those routes. I have no idea about permissions involved etc.

Trekking to places in Wayanad too could be possible. Nilambur is close to Nilgiris/Ooty/Mukurthi and parts of Wayanad as the crow flies.
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bigzero,
have you gone to nedumkayam (karulai)? eventhough i am a local i never tried the tamarind restaurant. after seeing those photos looks interesting.
by the way, how is the road to adyanpara?
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Hi i1979, the road to Adyanpara is decent all the way through. Narrow with lots of twists and turns, fun to drive. The last stretch is a really steep climb, short one though!

Yes I have been to Nedumkayam many times, but not in this trip. Wanted to take the kids there, but couldnt find the time. Definitely want to cover it next time. Its a great picnic spot! over and above that the place is enchantingly beautiful, and at the edge of what i believe is a lovely expanse of forest - most of which are out of bounds for tourists, and quite rightly so.

And by the way, dont have high expectations on the Tamarind restaurant. The ambience was strictly functional but the food was decent.

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Lovely pics Bigzero ! Keep them coming...
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thanks bigzero for posting this. so many unexplored places in kerala...
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Old 28th May 2010, 00:16   #27
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Default A morning walk by the Karimpuzha river

As I mentioned earlier, the hotel is bang next to the Karimpuzha river. So we decided to go for a morning walk.

We decided to hit the river through the teak plantation next to the hotel, and once we entered the woods, we turned back to have a look at the hotel.
A few photos from Nilambur-img_4382.jpg

One particularly large tree (not teak - this is called Cheeni in Malayalam I guess. Tetrameles Nudiflora )
A few photos from Nilambur-img_4383.jpg

My son and niece prepare to get down onto the riverbed.
A few photos from Nilambur-img_4386.jpg

We were treated to this view on our right as we hit the riverbed.
A few photos from Nilambur-img_4416.jpg

Ducks are up early.
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Reflections
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Sun rises over the Karimpuzha river. One of the peaks in the background is Mukurthi, I guess.
A few photos from Nilambur-img_4399.jpg

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Wow, brilliant snaps. Like straight out of NatGeo. Keep them coming.

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Wow, brilliant snaps. Like straight out of NatGeo. Keep them coming.
Well said. The Last snap in particular! Very nice.
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Nilambur !

used to love travelling to this place on work. The single track train from Shornur, the Nilmabur road station, the forest feel, the food and the people !

I would love to go back to this place and enjoy. I didnt have a mobile with cam those days else would have had an amazing travelogue.

Has any one tried the beef with kanji at a small restaurant between nilambur and manjeri ?
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