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Old 6th March 2011, 22:46   #1
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Cool A leisure ride with a beast into the wild !

Some time back I did a leisure ride in the Western ghats. This was a day trip with a fellow rider. I have noted down the vital points of my trip and I hope you would enjoy the pictures.

Vital Statistics:

Route: Coimbatore ---> Mettupalayam ---> Kallar ---> Katteri Junction (before Coonoor on Mettupalayam – Ooty highway) ----> Manjoor ----> Gedhai ----> Kizh Gedhai ----> Pilloor ----> Veliankadu ----> Karamadai ----> Coimbatore

Steeds: Bullet STD 350 (2 of them)

Total Distance: 180 km

Road: 80% Ghat roads, 95 hair pin bends in total (some of them very steep), roads through reserve forests infested with wild life

Best Road: Mettupalayam to Katteri Junction via Kallar. Excellent ghat road which is a NH

Worst Road: Some section from Manjoor to Penstock view point, some sections from Gedhai till Veliankadu

Steep Road: Manjoor to Pilloor – 25km with 43 hair pin bends through reserve forests

Plain road: Coimbatore to Mettupalayam

Nature’s Fury: Rain, Fog and Cold Weather (all this during the Ghat riding )

Food availability: Small eateries in Manjoor. No hotels/restaurants on this route

Tourist’s attraction: Tea estates, Dams, View point (Penstock), Trekking Sheds (Penstock)

Highest point reached: 1700 m above MSL

Highlight: One of the best Tea I ever had
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Can you give distance coordinates for the route you took?
I guess the road you took on return is also the one running from Manjoor to Agali & Anakatti?
Did you have any trouble getting permissions at the check post? Where are the checkposts? Night driving restrictions?
What timings did you do on each of the sectors?
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Hey! When did you do this?
Interesting route and views.
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@hvk - please find the details :

1) Can you give distance coordinates for the route you took?

Approx. distance as follows

i) Coimbatore to Mettupalayam - 30 km
ii) Mettupalayam to Katteri via Kallar - 60 km
iii) Katteri to Manjoor - 25 km
iv) Manjoor to Kizh Gedhai via Gedhai - 30 km
v) Kizh Gedhai to Veliankadu via Mulli, Pilloor dam - 25 km
vi) Veliankadu to Karamadai - 10 km
vii) Karamdai to Coimbatore - 20km (Karamadai is on the Coimbatore - Mettupalayam highway)

Sorry that this is only approximate distances and I don't have the exact numbers.

2) I guess the road you took on return is also the one running from Manjoor to Agali & Anakatti?

No, this is a different route via Gedhai and Mulli. I don't remember having seen any route directly from Manjoor to Anaikatti. I don't think this exists as these are dense reserved forest. But I think there is a route from Veliankadu to Anaikatti but I am yet to explore this as last time when I tried, I ended up in a tribal hamlet and I had to explain them the reason why I landed in their village.

3) Did you have any trouble getting permissions at the check post?

No problem in the check post as I was climbing down the forest from Coonoor side via Katteri and Manjoor. I told the officials that I was coming from Penstock trekking shed which was convincing for them.

4) Where are the checkposts?

If I am not wrong, there were 2 of them - one at Kizh Gedhai and another after Pilloor dam just before Veliankadu.

5) Night driving restrictions?

Yes, after 5.30 PM, driving is restricted due to heavy wild life movement between Manjoor and Veliankadu and the officials are really strict about this as I was denied permission once during my earlier ride. This was at 5.00 PM when I wanted to go from Veliankadu to Pilloor dam.

6) What timings did you do on each of the sectors?

I started Coimbatore around 8.00 AM and most of the riding was during the day. I did the restricted area/forest during afternoon and early evening. The locals at Manjoor also warned me of the elephants movement during dusk as this is an elephant corridor.

@laluks : Thanks for the comments. I did this trip last year decmeber.
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Hi am planning a trip by car this weekend via karamadai manjur kallar connoor ooty. How is the road for four wheeler commute?
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Hi am planning a trip by car this weekend via karamadai manjur kallar connoor ooty. How is the road for four wheeler commute?
Cedia,
Im just connecting me to this thread.
After doing this, please post pictures, road updates and restrictions if any.

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The route is very much doable by four wheelers !

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