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Old 12th September 2010, 09:07   #1
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Default Meghamalai - A Would be Hill Station in TN

If you are looking for a new place to explore, unspoilt, un adultrated raw nature this is IT.

Location : This place is about 50 Km from Theni. Take a left turn from Chinnamanur
Road : Drivable till Meghamalai.bad in and around but worth it.
Stay : Few Tea Bunglows here. Economical would be to stay at Theni or Cumbum and make a day trip.
Weather : Cold in day time even. Similar to Kodai.Water was cold
Food : No hotels here. Only tea shop at Bus stand can provide some basic meal.

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Old 12th September 2010, 09:26   #2
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Looks pretty serene indeed. Good to know about this place. I actually lived in Theni for 6 years, but had never come across this place.

How did you discover this place ?
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Amazing, manavdotcom! Pls post more pictures and more description. Looking at the pictures , I feel like going there right away!

Which hotels in Theni and Cumbum? Could you suggest some?
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This place is in the to do list for me this year, may be I will be doing it around December, clubbing with a stay at the Stanmore property of "Cloud Mountain Bungalow". Not sure how expensive its going to work out but after my experience at their Valparai property am clear of doing Megamalai only with a stay at their property.

Thanks for sharing Manav do post more pictures and how much time does it take from Chinnamanur. What about wildlife sightings etc.
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Old 12th September 2010, 13:23   #5
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Lovely unspoilt place Manav, thanks for sharing, hope it remains that way !
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Wow a new place to discover every day ! Looks very nice and unspoilt.How was the weather?
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wow! looks fantastic, really! Have you got more pics?

btw, how long do the 50kms from theni take?
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Great discovery! lace looks splendid. Is there a connecting road to Munnar or Thekkady side?
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Manav, This place has been on my Radar ever since my friend went there last year. Very good pictures. Thanks for sharing info about this place yet be discovered by tourists. How about lodging facilities in Theni or Cumbum?
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Great discovery! lace looks splendid. Is there a connecting road to Munnar or Thekkady side?
I doubt you could reach either of the places from Megamalai, though I might be wrong. It is best to visit this place with a stay in either of the Stanmore properties, because almost the entire area in the hills belong to them.
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Old 13th September 2010, 13:45   #11
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There is a lot around Theni. Visited Vaigai Dam also and it's nice. Suruli falls also can be added.We always pass by theni , so this time I decided to look around.

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Looks pretty serene indeed. Good to know about this place. I actually lived in Theni for 6 years, but had never come across this place.

How did you discover this place ?
Well I got it over the net. Was in the queue for a long time. Cleared it this time.Saw only Two Travelogues on net about this and both mentioned bad roads so I was skeptic before going. But it came out well.

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Amazing, manavdotcom! Pls post more pictures and more description. Looking at the pictures , I feel like going there right away!

Which hotels in Theni and Cumbum? Could you suggest some?
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Manav, This place has been on my Radar ever since my friend went there last year. Very good pictures. Thanks for sharing info about this place yet be discovered by tourists. How about lodging facilities in Theni or Cumbum?
Theni International, Wester Ghatz in theni and RR International in Cumbum.

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This place is in the to do list for me this year, may be I will be doing it around December, clubbing with a stay at the Stanmore property of "Cloud Mountain Bungalow". Not sure how expensive its going to work out but after my experience at their Valparai property am clear of doing Megamalai only with a stay at their property.

Thanks for sharing Manav do post more pictures and how much time does it take from Chinnamanur. What about wildlife sightings etc.
Cloud Mountain Bunglow is just on the lake side. There are actually Three lakes Which I saw.Didn't see any wildlifes but may be if you go trekking, you might spot one.We were the only tourist there BTW.

The first lake is next to Busstand and There is a school in front of it. (See Children Picture). Can't be a better place for learning in nature.The kids started playing after the class. Alone at lake and cool weather.Cant have a better feeling.
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Wow a new place to discover every day ! Looks very nice and unspoilt.How was the weather?
Weather as I mentioned was nice and cold like Kodai.We with our feet in the lake for some time . Have never seen a clearer water anywhere.

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wow! looks fantastic, really! Have you got more pics?

btw, how long do the 50kms from theni take?
I think must have taken an hour and Half or so. There are 18 Hairpin bends.

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Great discovery! lace looks splendid. Is there a connecting road to Munnar or Thekkady side?
No Idea. This one itself was also a discovery as Google Maps didn't have this road. Not a soul around to ask for.The Signboards for Tea-Bunglow were in Tamil ( Not able to read). We just followed some similar signboards and drove towards the hill.Bets is to come back to Chinamannur and Thekkady is one Hour Drive.

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They are some amazing pictures. The place looks calm without many tourists. Hope it remains like that!
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Awesome pics! Thankfully, the place is not yet infested by tourists.
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I have heard about the place, but looking at the photos I am tempted to do a trip to megamalai in the next couple of months. Hopefully this location is not spoiled by the tourist attractions in the near future.
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