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Old 10th January 2011, 21:12   #106
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Default Chinnar to Munnar

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We used three cameras during this trip. Nikon D90, Sony P&S, Cannon P&S. Pictures could be from any of these three.

I drove on..

425 View of the forests
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426 Jellimala view point ..now closed<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-426-jellimala-view-point-closed.jpg <br />
427 Waterfall but looks like a river (or is it vice versa ?)<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-427-waterfall-but-looks-like-river.jpg <br />
428 Waterfall down stream..close up<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-428-waterfall-down-stream.jpg <br />
429 Waterfall Upstream..close up<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-429-waterfall-upstream.jpg <br />
430 Then we reached famous Thoovanam waterfall<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-430-famous-thoovanam-waterfall.jpg <br />
431 My attempt at capturing the Thoovanam falls<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-431-another-shot-thoobanam.jpg <br />
432 Map of Chinnar WLS<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-432-map-chinnar-wls.jpg <br />
433 We find one more water fall.. can some one tell us the name of the place ?<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-433-one-more-waterfall-panaroma.jpg <br />
435 A close up<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-436-waterfall-name.jpg <br />
435 Marayur Sandlewood forest<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-434-marayur-sandle-wood-plantation.jpg <br />
436 Sandlewood forest on either side of the road<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-435-sandlewood-either-side.jpg <br />
437 Then we take one more break due to the view around<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-437-then-we-take-break-due-view-around.jpg <br />
438 Beautiful Tea Gardens around (Lalu Is this the one you were mentioning?)<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-438-tea-gardens-around.jpg <br />
439 and one more water fall .. Name ?<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-439-one-more-waterfall.jpg <br />
440 More tea gradens and farm houses ?<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-440-more-tea-gardens-farm-houses.jpg <br />
We moved on..<br /> <br />
441 One more waterfall amid the fog.. Name ?<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-441-one-more-waterfall-amid-fog.jpg <br />
442 Tree with red flowers mentioned by Lalu<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-442-trees-red-flowers-mentioend-lalu.jpg <br />
443 Further we stopped again<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-443-we-stopped-again.jpg <br />
444 For this View .. WoW<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-444-view..wow.jpg <br />
445 One more waterfall, it appears tea gardens and waterfalls are interleaved<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-445-one-more-waterfall.jpg <br />
446 More Tea Gardens<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-446-more-tea-garden.jpg <br />
447 Truck carrying Tea leaves<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-447-truck-carrying-tea-leaves.jpg <br />
448 Tea Gardens Everywhere<br /> <a href=Story of a Vacation II : A page out of Jungle Book & experiencing God's Own Country-448-tea-gardens-everywhere.jpg <br />
449 Then comes the fog<br /> <img src=

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Old 10th January 2011, 22:27   #107
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Star here are some pictures of Thoovanam Falls. Hope you dont mind

The Trek is an enduring 2 hours down here. I will call it a moderate trek for adults, and a difficult one for the kids. My PPGs were real tired by the two hour trekk. But the result was amazing.

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We find one more water fall.. can some one tell us the name of the place ?
That is Karimutty Falls


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438 Beautiful Tea Gardens around (Lalu Is this the one you were mentioning?)
This one
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442 Tree with red flowers mentioned by Lalu
Yes. Yes.
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If I get some time, I shall update them in my Munnar log <a href=http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ur-munnar.html
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Old 10th January 2011, 22:32   #108
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Default Route Map and Road conditions from Sethumadai to Chinnakanal

452 Route map : Sethumadai to Chinnakanal
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I just now saw that this thread has been rated by 4 people, averaging 4.25 (Ratings of 5, 5, 4, 3). <br /> <br />
I would like to thank the 4 kind hearted people who have not just read this thread, but also took special efforts to rate the same.<br /> <br />
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Thanks Lalu for those wonderful water fall pictures. May be next time when we go to munnar, we would do this Thoovanam Falls trek. This time most of the occupants (especially kids) of the car were sleeping on route.<br /> <br />
The Tea Gardens and the RED flowered Tree picture posted by you looks beautiful. Probably the post rain period and Lalu photography effect.  It shows I have a long long way to go.</div>   <div style=

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Old 10th January 2011, 23:28   #109
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Star even I had the same issue of driving from Munnar to Chinnakanal, where my hotel was. Late night, zero visibility and traffic queue and super-heavy fog!
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Thoovanam Falls and the tea gardens are jus beautiful...
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Wow, Beautiful Fog. Love driving in those conditions. We had the same issue when we drove to Top Slip. We didnt even realise that we had reached Top Slip and would have passed through If I had not been there earlier

@Star, Great Pictures mate. Have to do Munnar trip sometime soon, lots of places pending.. hehe
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Calls for 5-Star rating!

We had done the Munnar-Alwaye trip via Chinnar-Udumelpet-Palakkad-Thrissur in an open MM540 during our college days. The long way around by some crack-heads!

It was fun all the way, for us that was the primary motive.
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@star - beutiful log. could not rate anywhere below 5. Captions and narrations make me feel I was with you as well. Thanks for taking me there.

@lalu - what photos you've got. Simply mind boggling. I could not read your log earlier but now you are forcing me to read it.
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@lalu - what photos you've got. Simply mind boggling. I could not read your log earlier but now you are forcing me to read it.
Thanks advaitlele
I have not yet written about the Nov 2010 Munnar trip. Hence thinking of updating the old log with the photos alone. But I have not yet done that too.


But the best part is elusive Starvegabond is now famous

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Thanks advaitlele
I have not yet written about the Nov 2010 Munnar trip. Hence thinking of updating the old log with the photos alone. But I have not yet done that too.


But the best part is elusive Starvegabond is now famous
Thats what happens if you take up a trip before finishing the Tlog of the previous

Now, Get some vacations. Reason - Writing and completing the TL

@Star, For sure you are Mega Star. Nice captures.
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Now, Get some vacations. Reason - Writing and completing the TL

@Star, For sure you are Mega Star. Nice captures.
I will join your Rajasthan trip, and while you drive I'll update the logs

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This travelogue and Lalu's travelogue have got me thinking. I need around 10 days of vacation. Lalu and Star, what is the best season to visit these places?

Star, you have a great way of taking people through the places you have been to. And earning stars that way
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Lalu and Star, what is the best season to visit these places?
I had travelled on Onam Holidays in Kerala. Though most places had the crowd, they never intruded our privacy nor slowed us down on the roads. Also I felt most tourists kept away from Kerala and it was mostly home coming crowd.

I feel the same about Christmas season too. May be some tourists, let us hear from Star.

The best time as I feel is just after the rains in Kerala. You can either go in August or after the rains in October.

As regards to Parambikulam, if you are in search of wild life sighting then Summer (near water holes) and December (mating season) are the bestas told to me by the guides. But in Summer they might close down to prevent forest fire, and also Kerala will not be so great weather wise.

My suggestion is August to December avoiding the rainy stretch. But Kerala in the rains is another beauty as I have discovered last time

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Oof!!! this is quite an exhausting travelogue you have compiled Star. I really appreciate the effort you have put in for this. You pictures made me remember my trip to Parambikulam. Looks like you guys had a great time. Enjoy!!!
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So many responses, so many ratings.
Thanks guys,

as a number man, i was tempted to do some analysis of the ratings
i could gather following conclusion

Rating of yesterday 4 votes Avg 4.25 total score 17 Individaul ratings are 5, 5, 4, 3

Ratings of today 13 votes, Avg 4.46 total score 58 Individual ratings are 5, 5, 4, 3, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 1

This analysis tells me that some one is really unhappy with this travelogue. Again all this is trivia.

The whole purpose of this writing is for rememering some good moments. The target audience for this writing is only those 3 kids who integral part of our journey (called life) who might read this few years from now and we can all have some good laugh about it, hopefully. I just realized that they could still read my story off the forum as well.

Thanks everyone who were part of this so-called Good Times. Today is the last day of my writing season on this forum.

From tomorrow i hope to get busy for couple of months atleast. Who knows after that, Insha-allah.

God bless all of you.

Regards.

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