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Old 4th October 2010, 13:09   #16
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Thanks MM for the map route. I got that confused with Bhavani Sagar dam.
Amazing place. Even I have the same question. Why is the bungalow closed?
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Old 4th October 2010, 14:29   #17
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Thanks HVK and Addyhemmige. Coming from seasoned travellers/trekkers like you is a boost

HVK - the dam is not out of bounds for visitors. Day trips are allowed - but you need to reach early by around 8am, since there are only 2 Tata magic to take visitors inside (seating capacity 6)

@ampere - it's an amazing place. We have fallen so much in love with this place that we have made it a habit to take all the friends/relatives visiting us on a day trip to this spot and give second preference to other more popular spots in Palakad like Malampuzha dam and Silent valley

Regarding why the bungalow is closed - the DFO office people told me that it is for maintenance purposes. Main issue is water - it comes from a waterfall nearby and the pipeline connecting the falls to the tank is always under repair. Also most of the visitors look for luxury and complain later that there was no water and no electricity. I think the DFO got fed up with such complaints and stopped issuing permits
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Thanks Jacs. I remember your visit to Mannarkad, for some function if iam right.

Iam the first guy from left in the back row
Good, so next time I can recogonize you when you come to help me .
And yes I came for that guy's son's baptism. His family is deeply into agriculture and that helps us to visit places like Siruvani, Attappadi, Pollachi etc.


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Regarding why the bungalow is closed - the DFO office people told me that it is for maintenance purposes. Main issue is water - it comes from a waterfall nearby and the pipeline connecting the falls to the tank is always under repair. Also most of the visitors look for luxury and complain later that there was no water and no electricity. I think the DFO got fed up with such complaints and stopped issuing permits
How can one expect so much of luxury in the middle of the jungle? For them it should be a spa resport in Goa not Siruvani .


Where are the next batch of snaps? Please post as many as you can, its green green and green. And I love them.
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Good, so next time I can recogonize you when you come to help me
Yeah Yeah ...make fun.Remember you have to cross Palakkad to enter Kerala. Iam going to waylay you and threaten you with my help!!

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Where are the next batch of snaps? Please post as many as you can, its green green and green. And I love them.
That was the end my report! I'll dig out some more snaps from my home pc and post it over the weekend. Thanks for the interest
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By Jove!! What a stunning place you visited. No wonder Kerala is known as Gods Own Country.

Tell me is it as pretty in the summers as it is in the monsoons?? Oh Boy!! I would love visit this place as soon as possible.

Thanks for sharing.
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By Jove!! What a stunning place you visited. No wonder Kerala is known as Gods Own Country.

Tell me is it as pretty in the summers as it is in the monsoons?? Oh Boy!! I would love visit this place as soon as possible.

Thanks for sharing.
Though Kerala is relatively green throughout the year, best time to visit will be post monsoons : Oct to end Jan. Else, if you love the rains, during monsoon also
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Yeah Yeah ...make fun.Remember you have to cross Palakkad to enter Kerala. Iam going to waylay you and threaten you with my help!!



That was the end my report! I'll dig out some more snaps from my home pc and post it over the weekend. Thanks for the interest
I'm passing through Palakkad this Friday mid night but with the escort of highway patrol .

Sad to hear there is no more episodes for this cute travelogue. Your Malabar Giant Squirrel snap gave me lot of hopes
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Do they allow to traverse the stretch from Coimbatore side and exit in pallakayam side. Are 2 wheelers restricted? Who is the right person to talk to in this regard?

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Do they allow to traverse the stretch from Coimbatore side and exit in pallakayam side. Are 2 wheelers restricted? Who is the rifht person to talk to in this regard?
Driving through the siruvani estate is not allowed. Also you cannot enter this estate from TN side. If you have any contacts at PWD Coimbatore, you may try your luck there
For the entrance from kerala side, you can talk to the DFO, Mannarkad. But even then no personal vehicles will be allowed inside now
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Hi Buvan, Entry from TN is not allowed. Also 2 wheelers are not allowed as I checked this out when I had been to Kanzhirapuzha dam. This is due to heavy wild life movement in those areas.
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An amazing place this. But sad that its closed. Any idea whom to contact to find out if there is a possibility of a trip. Would love to go here.
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An amazing place this. But sad that its closed. Any idea whom to contact to find out if there is a possibility of a trip. Would love to go here.
Not sure... but you can try your luck at

Wildlife Warden, Silent Valley National Park, Mannarkkad, Palakkad, Kerala, Pin-628582 (Tel: 04924-222056) Email- wlwsvnpmkd@sancharnet.in

or, better still
DFO, Mannarkad 04924 222574
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Sorry for bumping on a pretty old thread. I just thought people should know that this place (Pattiar Bungalow) is still available for those who try! It has been kept very well, literally untouched. These pics should justify what I have just said for it looks exactly like what have been posted earlier.
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It seems that the water level of the lake has gone down even further. The place looks mesmerizing. Thanks a lot for the snaps and congrats to all who visited.
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Sorry for bumping on a pretty old thread. I just thought people should know that this place (Pattiar Bungalow) is still available for those who try! It has been kept very well, literally untouched. These pics should justify what I have just said for it looks exactly like what have been posted earlier.
If you know how to try - it is always open. Even when I said it is closed, there was enough clues to say that through the right channels it is possible Anyway, how did you get through?

Those are wonderful snaps. For us that was the best jungle stay we have ever had - everything else is bench marked against this

mpksuhas : if you are reading this...are you game?
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