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Old 12th August 2010, 15:49   #16
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WOWOW! The pictures are amazingly beautiful. Kudos to your photography skills aswell. Keep coming
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Old 12th August 2010, 17:13   #17
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Amazing pics dude. And you can edit your post, but only within 20 mins of posting. Since you are 1 post shy of being promoted from a newbie, you have to wait for mods approval on your post. So by the time they approve, you lose your editing time frame.
Spidey shots are terrific. Especially the water droplets on the cobweb!
And Ponmudi and Meenmutti falls brings fond memories in me. I'd taken my family there in 2004! I'd rank ponmudi more beautiful than even the commercialised munnar!
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Old 12th August 2010, 20:07   #18
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@glidealong - Beautiful pictures. How is the condition of road from Vithura to Bonacaud now?

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Where does one stay in Bonacaud?
How much did the drive from TVM take?
AFAIK there are no options to stay at Bonacaud. From Trivandrum it is a 65 kms drive/ride.
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@glidealong, nice pics there. Do you have any other pics of the Swift near the stream ? Should make some good shots.
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Nice pictures. Especially the spidy one

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@glidealong - Beautiful pictures. How is the condition of road from Vithura to Bonacaud now?


AFAIK there are no options to stay at Bonacaud. From Trivandrum it is a 65 kms drive/ride.
Hey Nutty, next time I'm at TVM, I am going to hijack you for some days to drive around.
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Old 12th August 2010, 20:47   #21
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Great pics, glidealong! Thats a lovely place which is relatively unspoiled by tourism.
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Old 12th August 2010, 22:38   #22
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Nice pictures. Especially the spidy one



Hey Nutty, next time I'm at TVM, I am going to hijack you for some days to drive around.
At present I'm free, Lalu. Can't say how things will be once I join an organisation. Anyway, we will see when the time comes.

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I have heard that Bonacaud has the famous peak, Agasthyarkoodam in the Agasthya hills. This has lot of herbs and medicinal plants.

Is this hill near resort Ponmudi as well?


That Spider shot is terrific can you through some light on how this short was taken?
Bonacaud is the base camp for the Agastyarkoodam trek. The trek starts during mid Nov and ends in Jan or Feb.
@glidealong - hope you don't mind me posting these two photos
One of the ranges of Agastyarkoodam
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Bono Falls
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Pls. excuse the quality as they are scans of pictures.
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Lots of places still to be found for ignorant folks like me. So many places to be covered in a lifetime!
What am I doing sitting here and writing this reply!
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Sorry guys for keeping you guys waiting for this post, I never knew my post would create such response.

Thanks everyone for the nice words.

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I have heard that Bonacaud has the famous peak, Agasthyarkoodam in the Agasthya hills. This has lot of herbs and medicinal plants.

Is this hill near resort Ponmudi as well?

That Spider shot is terrific can you through some light on how this short was taken?
Yes , Bonacaud is the starting point for the trek to Agasthyarkoodam. The forrest office has an adjacent medicinal plant center. You need to fork out after Vithura n your way to Ponmudi to reach Bonacaud.

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What snaps! What is that spider doing in a water hole!

Very nice. Very nice indeed.
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Wow,
Awesome pics man, really loved the pic of the first spider. Looks as if he is tearing apart the water hole and coming out of it. Really neat.Thanks for sharing. Waiting for more pics.
Thanks sami316 and ampere, it's a funnel-web spider's web after a shower!!!

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Man that's not a water hole!! It's spider web itself sprayed with water (rain or dew)!

Lovely snaps glidealong ! I loved each one of them. Excellent. Looking forward to some more of them.
The spider web was sprayed with rain, we reached the place just after a good shower.
Thanks for the compliments whitesquall.

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Awesome pics glidealong. Please post driving directions and distance from trivandrum.
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very nice pictures, please post the driving directions.
Trivandrum city-> Kowdiar -> Nedumangadu -> Vithura -> 2 kms toward ponmudi and you have to take the road on the right which has a board saying Bonacaud. Then keep going straight until you see the tea factory building. From there you have to take the estate road, which as shown in the picture is not supposed to be used without permission from the estate management, for a few rs depending on the vehicle. We couldn't see a single soul working for the estate and so trespassed!!!.
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Amazing pics dude. And you can edit your post, but only within 20 mins of posting. Since you are 1 post shy of being promoted from a newbie, you have to wait for mods approval on your post. So by the time they approve, you lose your editing time frame.
Spidey shots are terrific. Especially the water droplets on the cobweb!
And Ponmudi and Meenmutti falls brings fond memories in me. I'd taken my family there in 2004! I'd rank ponmudi more beautiful than even the commercialised munnar!
Thanks MX6, Ponmudi is a All Indian meeting place of drunkards these days, not a place to visit if you prefer solitude and peace.

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@glidealong - Beautiful pictures. How is the condition of road from Vithura to Bonacaud now?

AFAIK there are no options to stay at Bonacaud. From Trivandrum it is a 65 kms drive/ride.
It's quite good, I was a bit skeptic to take my 1 day old Yokos to this place, but to my surprise, the road was quite well maintained and Yoko's stood the ground even inside the estate roads.

There are no options to stay at Bonacaud, but maybe if we could get to talk to Mahavir plantations management, there might be a place, who knows!!!

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@glidealong, nice pics there. Do you have any other pics of the Swift near the stream ? Should make some good shots.
THanks condor, let me check my set of pics again, I will do a follow-up of the images.

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Nice pictures. Especially the spidy one
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Terrific snaps! Keep them coming. You have captured the mood of the place very very well!

Awesome!
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Seems like a great place. Fantastic snap and nothing can beat the snap of the spider. Superb.. do post more.
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It's spider web itself sprayed with water - OOPS that's brilliant stuff from mother nature and your photography skills added the final touch
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WOWOW! The pictures are amazingly beautiful. Kudos to your photography skills aswell. Keep coming
Thank you Crankshaft, Ranjith, laluks, Bigzero


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Great pics, glidealong! Thats a lovely place which is relatively unspoiled by tourism.
You bet, this place is untouched by tourism, and for the one hour stop inside the estate, we only saw a herd of cows. Solitude and peace...

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@glidealong - hope you don't mind me posting these two photos

Pls. excuse the quality as they are scans of pictures.
No issues, keep them coming. Those pics are good quality, I couldn't get as good pic of that peak with my DSLR!!!
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Old 15th August 2010, 18:21   #25
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A few more of the pics that I could find from the lot.

We had actually went there to trek to either Bona falls or Vazhvanthole falls. We started by around 12 noon and after all the stops for snaps we reached Bonacaud estate by 3.30. It was too late to trek to the falls as per the few sould we met there. Anyways we took the estate road and drove till the forest office(the trek to Agastyarkoodam starts from here), where we met The giant wood spider, the colorful spider in the pics. More about this guy at Leaving Facebook... | Facebook and Leaving Facebook... | Facebook

We had the chicken biriyanees we had bought from Hotel Malabar at Vithura at the forest office premises. There was not a single official to be seen around. After considering the fact that the 4 km trek from here to the falls is through jungles infested with rogue elephants(there were news of 3 ppl on their way back from Agastyarkoodam were attacked to death by one of these) we decided to drive back. We drove back to the open space inside the estate( the bug , the cows and the landscapes) and took an one hour rest in solitude and peace. By around 5.45 in the evening we started back with the sadness that we missed the falls the third time. I am still not sure how to get to the falls, someone mentioned we had to stop at the check-post 10kms down hill and trek from there rather than driving up to the tea estate. Hope we will make it next time.

Put the Pink Floyd live at Gdasnk cd and started driving back as dusk started slowly. Around 3 kms downhill we met a group of youths cutting grass on the roadside and as we past them they shouted something at us. We stopped and were told that on the road there was a herd of wild buffaloes and to be careful while taking curves. So we stopped the music and started rolling down the hill without any accelaration and honking at curves. Around one of the curves we saw a slight movement on the side of the roads and was trying to figure out what it was, out came the barking deer in one swift motion right on to the road infront of us. I was dumb not to stop the engine and for couple of seconds it kept looking at us and in another swift motion it went into the other side of the forest. Out of our sight, this guy left out it's barks to let others in the jungle know that predators(we) were around. The sight and sound of this golden brown specimen in the lighting of setting sun was OWESOME at minimum. Our camera batteries and memory cards were exhausted and we missed the chance to shoot this shy and solitary creature in the midst of the tropical rain forrest at it's most grandeur. I have seen this fellow in zoo, but the difference that the settings of a tropical rain forest makes is to be seen to be understood.

For sure this was one small trip but one of the best I had in recent times. Hope this place remains the same
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Nice pics and the name of the falls is nice. By any chance did U2 sing over the fall?
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Hey some lovely green vistas there. Seems to be a pretty nice place. Please do write some more about the place.
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Old 16th August 2010, 01:54   #28
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@glidealong - if you intend to go to Bono Falls, be at Bonacaud in the morning itself so that you can enjoy the falls to the fullest. There is a detour to the right along the trail which goes to Bono fall. 3.30 PM is no time to start a trek to Bono falls. For going to Vazhuvanthol WF, take the right from the check post before reaching Bonacaud. A few Bono falls pictures for you.
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When I was a kid, I used to regularly see the TVM-Bonacaud KSRTC bus. It was a mini bus, probably the only one out of KSRTC TVM in those days and surprisingly had destination boards written in Tamil also in addition to English and Malayalam - strange for a bus going within Kerala. On enquiring, I found the place to be within Kerala State, but apparently the local plantation labour is all Tamil. That means there must be some well-travelled trail from Boinacaud to adjoining Tirunelveli District/Kalakad WLS from Bonacaud.

Can Agasthyar koodam or Agasthyamalai be accessed from TN side also, and is there a path going over to that side?
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Amazing photography and nice trip.

Keep it coming.
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