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Old 14th June 2010, 16:10   #1
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“You can’t go out, not even into the smoking zone to puff in peace, you can’t have the radio too loud, you daren’t spend more than thirty seconds in the bathroom in case you arrive back at your chair to realize boss had called and didn’t pick the call; you can’t switch the tv loudly in case you don’t hear when the your client is calling you at odd hours to discuss something which will be absolutely unimportant.” I had enough of all this.

So, it all started in “grips” ( http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/team-b...bangalore.html (Gripped in bangalore)) event, where we thought, that the work schedule was too much and all the holidays we were planning were blink and miss kinds. i.e a typical weekend outing would be drive, drive and drive (i can just burn rubber in nice road itself) see the place as quickly as possible because we need to rush back to home and office. we usually do photo shoot and enjoy what you had seen in the screen of a computer rather than the place of visit. We just didn’t want to do that. We didn’t want to do insane speeds nor drive in the night without sleep. But also importantly did not want to miss the good part of the weekends (like watch f1 qualifying, brilliant world cup football matches, etc).

So this is not just a travel story, but so much more. It is about a holiday in the land of wild flowers, land of misty 2 p.ms (afternoon) and lazing around. What we wanted an extended weekend to refresh our minds from the bustling activities of daily life

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Land of wild flowers no doubt


So handful of like minded people gathered, went through numerous travelogues; thanks to Team bhp and decided Kodai as the place, Cold, misty and laid back and not too far. We called up couple of hotels/resorts and booked in Kodai resort hotel as the place to stay.

Road we took while going
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THANKS TO SREE 70: Bangalore>Krishnagiri>thoppur>mettur>bhavani>perun darai>kangayam>dharapuram>palani>kodaikanal Kodaikanal ~ 440 KMS NH7 & SH routes

Place of stay
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Come Friday 11th morning; we had put leave to our respective offices, importantly told all the clients to say "not in town "till Monday and headed towards Rocky’s place to start a rocking weekend.

The journey at 6 am…..first part ….

Roads that greeted us
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brilliant weather
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The vehicle that took us there
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owner Rocky having a rocking time with his new canon
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ladies of the trip feeling the cold
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Model just woke up
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we reached A2b near Salem after this photo shoot by 9:30

P.S : Kodaikanal : literal translation means gift of the god

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Old 14th June 2010, 16:52   #2
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Good that you started on friday morning so that you can have a relaxed drive and enjoy the scenery.

by the way did u come across any paragliders?

waiting for more pictures..
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Raj, the teaser pictures are awesome. Hope the trip brought in the peace you guys needed from your hectic schedule.
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Old 14th June 2010, 18:37   #4
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I am a complete foodie; people who know me vouch for it and my size too which seems to growing sideways rather than in height; so it did take a long time for me to finish my breakfast. The list is quite long to mention; finishing that became an event in itself.
Surprisingly rocky with his small size gave a run for my money when it comes to eating and chikku aka model would finish his breakfast with just one vada; man he is too much!!
The girls with us always worried about their xx-xx-xx ate only non oily items as usual and jealous of models appetite.
so we tank up both ourselves and the truck to the brim and head towards Palani via mettur.

en route pictures

took this picture seeing the clouds hoping kodai will be way better
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Picture from the bridge while crossing mettur
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Us all posing on the bridge
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Your truly, varsha, divya, rocky and model aka Chikku

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From here on we travelled in State highway, on which routes were clean and little crowded for my liking but was pothole free

Nice road with tree lines
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ROcky mighty satisfied after you know what!!!
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Suddenly we thought it was Braj since the vehicle was behind us from 2 km.
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Our truck resting
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From here on the road to Palani was quite tricky as we lost our way quite a few times... thanks to our sleepy navigator )

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Hi Raj

great photographs there, traveling with friends is great fun.

i have never been to Kodai, waiting to learn a more bout one more perspective on Kodai through your words and lens
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Hi Raj

great photographs there, traveling with friends is great fun.

i have never been to Kodai, waiting to learn a more bout one more perspective on Kodai through your words and lens
yes it is a lovely place; imagine 12 to 14 degrees at 12:00 in the afternoon. brilliant i must say
Mine is an ordinary camera, but the two experts in photography have to still upload; there are some amazing ones from Chikku and rocky bhai coming

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Good that you started on friday morning so that you can have a relaxed drive and enjoy the scenery.

by the way did u come across any paragliders?

waiting for more pictures..
Para gliders no but we did ask around and realized that an adventure club closed down recently



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Raj, the teaser pictures are awesome. Hope the trip brought in the peace you guys needed from your hectic schedule.
You bet it did; i suggest such travel to everyone who have a busy schedule

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Hey Raj,
Nice pics!!! :-)
I am planning a trip to Kodai soon, could you help me with the time it took as well as some nice halting places en-route as it is going to be a family trip and some in the family are on the other side of 60!
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Hey Raj,
Nice pics!!! :-)
I am planning a trip to Kodai soon, could you help me with the time it took as well as some nice halting places en-route as it is going to be a family trip and some in the family are on the other side of 60!
~@ri
Will pm you all the details by tomorrow.
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Nice write up raj. Weather looks awesome for drive/ride.
I did Kodai last month and the drive was hot because of May summer.
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As promised by Mr raj.barcode here are a couple of pics from me for today as i am going out tonight will upload the rest in installments from tomorrow.

My beast on the inviting roads near krishnagiri.
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All the models of the group chikku just missed the cut as he got out late.
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The Hills around Krishnagiri engulfed with fog.
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The hungry lot was getting angry fast, so had to reach this A2B near thoppur tollgate.
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At the pitstop for both man and machine.
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See the hungry lot with that fake smile on their faces and growling tummy's. If i had reached the place even 15mins later they would have started eating me alive.
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At the bridge near mettur dam peeping at the grime filled water.
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My beast on the bridge that sways and moves when a heavy vehicle moves on it.
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guys, my pc got crashed. Pics will come . .
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another swell time missed ! lets the pics flow !

Raj, how come you didnt take the Elantra and managed to sit on the passenger side, cant digest
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another swell time missed ! lets the pics flow !

Raj, how come you didnt take the Elantra and managed to sit on the passenger side, cant digest
Why do you think it rained so heavily today?
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Good one. Guys, it so good to see these group drives. I keep missing such wonderful group drives.

Wish I could join one of those trips.
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Good one. Guys, it so good to see these group drives. I keep missing such wonderful group drives.

Wish I could join one of those trips.
Yes sir; we just didn't want to drive in separate cars this time; we need to conserve energy and time so that we can use it all up in the trip. holiday! we meant it.

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