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Old 17th August 2010, 14:03   #31
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Millions of places to see but just a few years to do it in. The solitude is beckoning but the knees are not??
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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?
HVK: Google map shows nothing. Wikimapia shows something which makes me feel that there could be something. Just follow the yellow trail which is the road, there is a break between but it seems to continue into the Papanasam Kaaraiyaar light-brown-shaded area in TN. Possibly need to continue into that restricted area mentioned by glidealong. Is it the case of the Siruvani-Palakkad road which is also blocked? Damn - red-tapism!

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HVK: Wikimapia shows something which makes me feel that there could be something. Just follow the yellow trail which is the road, there is a break between but it seems to continue into the Papanasam Kaaraiyaar light-brown-shaded area in TN. Possibly need to continue into that restricted area mentioned by glidealong. Is it the case of the Siruvani-Palakkad road which is also blocked? Damn - red-tapism!
Hmm, probably, I am not sure there is a motorable road for four wheelers, even for an off-roader. I have heard about only trekkers going upto Agastyarkoodam peak for the pilgrimage, which takes around a full day trek to reach the camp. Agastyar koodam seems to be the boundary, but sure there is no road along this way.

But what you suggested about the broken yellow lines seems to be the missing link in connecting Kerala-Tamilnadu along some virgin forests.

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Millions of places to see but just a few years to do it in. The solitude is beckoning but the knees are not??
Fantastic pictures and it has the hallmark of a professional photographer??
This was my first trip after a keyhole surgery on my knee for partial meniscectomy. I am still having trouble bending my left knee fully, so this was kind of a test for me, and seems it held quite ok, but far from what i used to be an year back when i didnt have an injury. As per docs i need 6 months to be back to full normal and hope it is true cuz I really want to do a trek in the Himalayas - possibly the Milam glacier trek.

Thanks for the compliments on the pics, I am not a pro, just another corporate junkie selling his brains to an MNC. Pro needs much costlier gear than what I have, worth several lakhs.

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just across this thread while searching for something else. thank you so much for the nice writeup and pics. I've been to bonacaud twice in last 7 months and there seems to be a unexplainable beauty to bonacaud. pity that the once glorious tea estate is now just a pale shadow..however, when we went during the 1st week of march, some amount of activities had happened and the factory was up & running again.

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[quote=glidealong;2034347]Hmm, probably, I am not sure there is a motorable road for four wheelers, even for an off-roader. I have heard about only trekkers going upto Agastyarkoodam peak for the pilgrimage, which takes around a full day trek to reach the camp. Agastyar koodam seems to be the boundary, but sure there is no road along this way.

But what you suggested about the broken yellow lines seems to be the missing link in connecting Kerala-Tamilnadu along some virgin forests.

Wikimapia - Let's describe the whole world!



I hope no road, motorable or otherwise is built. Whenever a road is cut through a jungle the wildlife suffers. The world is left with precious little biodiversity now. The Western Ghats have been fragmented into small bits by the many roads that have been cut across it. The Kalakad-Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalakka..._Tiger_Reserve), part of the Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve lies on the eastern side of this area.

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Very Inspiring!! Never heard of this place but I am going there this year Onlee!!

You got some talent for photography .. whats your gear and lens?

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I am really feeling really inspired to do the trip in the morning itself. Had a real tough week at work, really deserve a break. Moreover my car is long waiting for an outing (it hates the drive to the office).

Guys thanks for sharing such Great snaps and writing. Truly amazing stuff.

Hoping to post my contribution ASAP.
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I am really feeling really inspired to do the trip in the morning itself. Had a real tough week at work, really deserve a break. Moreover my car is long waiting for an outing (it hates the drive to the office).

Guys thanks for sharing such Great snaps and writing. Truly amazing stuff.

Hoping to post my contribution ASAP.
You would love the break for sure. But I suggest that you wait till monsoon so that the real beauty unravels before you
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Did the trip last sunday. The place is a really nice getaway. The tea factory in ruins and the shanty buildings around it give the place a mystic ambiance to the place.

Yes maybe the place wasn't as dramatic as it would have been during the rains. But the trekking up the rocks near the waterfall near the estate and bathing was much more safer,
Even in the heat the water was chilly. We spent a very relaxing 2 hours there.

Since the Vazhuvanthol Waterfall is en-route we planned to visit there too. But later plans changed So we would be surely back to bonacad very soon. And surely would take my cam too on that trip.

Think it would be advisable to visit bonacaud early in the morning. Later on the way down hill you can trek to the vazhuvanthol falls.
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But I suggest that you wait till monsoon so that the real beauty unravels before you
I did the trip last week, in peak summer. It's still green, but looks like it won't stay like that...

Hope I am not gatecrashing into your thread.
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Lovely thread.
And all the more lovelier snaps too.
Your spideys took my heart too along with them

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That place looks fantastic.
Never heard of it, thanks for sharing
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