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Old 14th March 2011, 17:36   #31
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Sir, great narration and wonderful pics. Thanks for bringing out the beauty of such places for people like us who don't know that such places exist. I've become a fan of your threads, so please continue exploring! :-)

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Day02, 30.08.2010
Vagamon

Woke up to a lazy morning by 09:00AM. PPGs already had their bath and was ready watching some TV shows.

Wifey was watching the pouring rain outside from the balcony of the room.
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I quickly freshened up and we all went ahead for the breakfast. One word - LOUSY food and service.

It was raining very heavily.
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We finally decided to checkout from Summer Sand Resort by 11:00AM.
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The entry to the resort is through very bad roads.
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When we reached there in the night in the mist, we were careful on this stretch.


Summer Sand experience was average. That place desperately needs some maintenance.


We decided to drive to Panchalimedu and some areas of Kuttikanam.


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Day02, 30.08.2010
Vagamon

We drove through the windy roads toward Kuttikanam direction.

Some views enroute to Kuttikkanam.
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From Kuttikkanam we drove towards Mundakkayam direction.

There is a big waterfall by the road side.

Valanjamkanam Waterfalls.
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We continued onwards in Mundakkayam direction and a little further took a left turn to Panchalimedu.

Onward road to Mundakkayam was closed due to a landslide in the heavy rains. So all Vehicles were forced to take the narrow route towards Panchalimedu. Before reaching Panchalimedu, road forks and right exits on the highway (KK road) and the left goes to Panchalimedu.

We drove towards Panchalimedu

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Old 15th March 2011, 00:39   #34
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Day02, 30.08.2010
Panchali Medu

Panchalimedu is about 10KM from Kuttikkanam. It is a beautiful place for trekking. Winds here are pretty strong.

According to Hindu legends it is believed that this place was one of the many hiding spots of Pandavas and Panchali. Hence the name Panchalimedu. The entire story I am still to find.

From here during Sabarimala season you can witness the Makaravilakku.

On a clear day you can see the vast never ending views of the hills and valleys.

We reached Panchalimedu by 13:00PM.

Parked Civvy at Panchalimedu
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Can you imagine this is 13:00PM in the afternoon? Jr. PPG is all coldish.
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PPGs trekking. Do you notice the cross?
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I was ahead, I looked back and see that PPGs are missing
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Ah! Here they come through the mist
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PPGs at the XIth cross. There are three more
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It is too misty, windy and chilly. Wifey aborts the mission
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PPGs too abort the mission at the XIth cross.
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Some sister moments
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We trekk back
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Saw a temple office.
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The mist cleared when reached towards the road. Jr. PPG is happy about it.
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Jr. PPG is very happy that she runs around
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We could not spend much time here since it was too windy and misty. The temperature was around 16 degrees.

Both at Calvary Mount and Panchalimedu, we were not able to complete the path of the cross. I was a bit superstitious by now and worried.

We decided to drive back by 13:30PM.

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Day02, 30.08.2010
Kuttikkanam

We drive back towards Kuttikanam.

We found a small water fall near the road.
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There is another hidden water fall near the hairpin curve on KK road. I parked Civvy on KK road and trekked 100m into the bushes near the hairpin.

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We continued onwards to Kuttikkanam.

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Day02, 30.08.2010
Kuttikkanam

At Kuttikanam we took a small detour towards Trishanku Hills.

Civvy parked at Thrishanku Haven Resorts parking
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The views of Trishanku Hills.
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There is a Police Checkpost there now.
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PPGs were hungry by now and attacked a wild Guava tree. See them feasting on it
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Some panorama of Trishanku Hills
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We returned towards Vagamon by 14:30PM.

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Day02, 30.08.2010
Kuttikkanam

We drove on towards Vagamon.

We found this Miracle Cross enroute. I have listened to many stories of this cross from the localites by now.
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Some sceneries enroute
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Found this sign board.
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Made a note that no matter what it takes I must give a try to climb the Kurishumala hills all the way up through the way of the cross. Since my first two attempts at Calvery Mount and Panchali Medu was not successful, I was already worried enough.

We reached our next stay destination by 15:30PM. This place was chosen such that we would be in here for the next two days fully before the drive back to Bangalore. It was already the 12th day of roaming from home on a very hectic rainy visit to Kerala.

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Day02, 30.08.2010
Vagamon Heights

We reached our destination for the day - Vagamon Heights.
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This is a 300 odd acre property, and has some beautiful hills and valleys and lakes inside.
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Parked Civvy near the gate, since the roads have all been washed away by the pouring rain, and only vehicles like jeep or SUVs are better inside.
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Mr. Harish comes to greet us and he took care of us for the next two days. He took us inside in a Jeep.

We reached the main reception area
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We directly plunged on to the Kerala lunch. It was 16:00PM, but the lunch tasted so well, and with a big tummy went to our assigned cottage.

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Day02, 30.08.2010
Vagamon Heights

By 17:30PM Mr. Harish came to pick us up for a safari in the property. Since the rains have subsided and mist cleared off he insisted the we must do the safari now.

Moon Mountain accross the road.
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The views of the valley from the viewing point.
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The waterfall closer
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Some panoramas
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The muddy path which we took
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We parked at a vantage point
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Wifey trying to capture the beauty
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Mother Daughter moments
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All girl moment
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Beautiful!
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It turned out to be a good decision to do the Safari, since we could see all around the property and the deep valleys around it.


After the safari we went near the lake
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Day02, 30.08.2010
Vagamon Heights

Mr. Harish did some stunts in his 4x4 Jeep near the lake.

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Wifey was impressed, and Mr. Harish promised to give her the Jeep next day for driving around.

We drove back to our cottage, and it was a fun drive.




We had some nice dinner and we retired for the day though we were offered a campfire. Rain started again, heavy down pour. Listening to the music of the rains I slowly slipped into my sleep, quite happy the way things happened till this day in our trip.
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Nice travelogue and pictures.

Need to know the rates at the summer sands and how good is the place in ambience and people over there, planning to go next month.

Also please let me know if you have any logs for this route.
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Nice travelogue and pictures.

Need to know the rates at the summer sands and how good is the place in ambience and people over there, planning to go next month.

Also please let me know if you have any logs for this route.
Thanks gowda79.

You can have a look here reservation

You can ask for discounts, they offered me some in the monsoon.

Place looks good fom outisde, interiors are typical hotelish.

Restaurant service was slow and lousy when we were there. Probably since you go in summers, there would be enough people and service could be better.

Route log for this area specifically I'll put up once the log is over. Else you could check here for the full route of our Onam drive.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/attach...namtriplog.kml
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Nice write up as usual and excellent pics too. Entering Vagamon heights must have been like entering the gateway to heaven.
Thanks for bringing out this place through your lense. I guess this is a less explored place in this forum.
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Nice write up as usual and excellent pics too. Entering Vagamon heights must have been like entering the gateway to heaven.
Thanks for bringing out this place through your lense. I guess this is a less explored place in this forum.
Thanks MohsinRoadster. The property is around 300 odd acres. This property has been raided by many TBHPians before .

Vagamon is a beautiful little destination with so many other beautiful locations nearby.
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laluks, your travelogues never cease to amaze, thanks for bringing out the lesser known places nicely!
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