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Old 12th March 2011, 11:07   #1
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VAGAMON

People say, if you have not been to Vagamon, then you have not seen "Gods own Country". Vagamon has a charm to make a person come back again and again. Vagamon is enchanting all through the year, but the beauty doubles especially after the rains.

Vagamon is called Scotland of Asia. Shillong is also called Scotland of the East. I have not been to Shillong, but after being to Vagamon, I feel Shillong must be equally beautiful.

Vagamon is on the Western Ghats bounded by Idukki and Kottayam districts of Kerala. It is about 1100 meters above sea level. Reaching Vagamon is a very beautful journey through the scenic routes.

We had been to Vagamon as a part of our Onam drive to Kerala.

You can read the Day 1 to Day 7 account of the trip here http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...-valparai.html (Civved : Parambikulam, Gavi, Vagamon via Thekkady & Valparai)

The Day 8 to Day 10 of the trip can be read here http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...vved-gavi.html (Civved : Gavi)

Day 11 to Day 14 was at Vagamon, and let us have a look at what mother nature brought in front of us.

Vagamon was indeed beautiful.

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Day01, 29.08.2010
Vagamon.

The previous night, after and eventful day drive through the forest roads of Gavi, and a quick visit to Pamba and the misty blinded drive through Kuttikkanam, we reached Vagamon and checked into Summer Sand Hill Resort.

After a good nights sleep, I woke up around 06:00AM to see Jr. PPG already awake and at the balcony of our room. Weather seemed to be pleasant, with the rains just stopping for a while.

Jr. PPG enjoying the views and weather.
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Wifey and Sr. PPG were still asleep. Called Jr. PPG and went to the restaurant and had some hot tea.

Civvy was happily resting from the nights drive.
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She had some bruises from the forest drive. Need an oil bath once she's back home
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Me and Jr. PPG decide to go for a lazy morning drive, so as not to disturb the sleeping gang.

We get on to the drive by 07:15AM.

Civvy infront of the Resort gate
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We drove for 10minutes and reached Vagamon Meadows.
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We drove in the direction of Kochukarintharuvi to see the beauty.

We found a small church enroute.
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After a while we returned towards the beautiful meadows.


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Ok. This appears to be even more interesting than the Gavi read. )I had never seen the Pampa like that ever before and thanks to you.). I now look forward to the rest of the travelogues from you Lalu.
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Ok. This appears to be even more interesting than the Gavi read. )I had never seen the Pampa like that ever before and thanks to you.). I now look forward to the rest of the travelogues from you Lalu.
Thankyou jkrishnakj.
Vagamon is indeed a beautiful place.
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Day01, 29.08.2010
Vagamon

No one was on the streets. It was indeed a chilly morning. I always love to have a place for me like that. Its just me, my thoughts and the beautiful place. It is an amazing feeling beyond words.

Parked the Civvy at a nice location from where I could gaze at the never ending beauty of Vagamon.
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Some exclusive Civvy photos
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The Beautiful Vagamon hills
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The panorama
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A little later we left from there
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Beautiful...

So, 2010 is all for travel and 2011 is for penning it down is it?

Get it on. Lets have a free ride with the free guide!!!
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Day01, 29.08.2010
Vagamon

I saw a beautiful sight.

A waterfall far away in between the hills
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After enjoying the beauty for a while I drove to the famous Vagamon Meadows.

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Beautiful...

So, 2010 is all for travel and 2011 is for penning it down is it?

Get it on. Lets have a free ride with the free guide!!!

The last quarter of 2010, I could not budge a bit due to a lot of committments. Now I got some free time during the weekends, and lo I am back with the logs

And we are waiting for those wonderful photographs and a beautiful log from you too, from your current beautiful locale
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Day01, 29.08.2010
Vagamon

I parked Civvy next to the meadows
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Panorama of the beautiful meadows
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You can walk endlessly on the meadows
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The cattle grazing on the meadows was a wonderful sight
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For a moment I could not believe this was our beautiful Kerala
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Indeed Kerala is Gods Own Country.






This fellow loved to be photographed
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The winding road back to the resort
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We reached the resort by 08:30AM. By this time the sleeping gang had woken up and had stormed the restaurant for breakfast.


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Day01, 29.08.2010
Vagamon

We all stormed the restaurant and ordered breakfast. The service was too slow and lousy. The bread in the sandwich was stale, and I lost my cool. Food was a shocker! The guys at Parambikulam and Gavi had put up a sincere effort to satisfy you. But the services from Summer Sand, Vagamon and Michaels Inn, Thekkady were sub standard for their costs.

Somehow overcame the shock and walked out of the restaurant.

The outside architecture looks good, but inside the rooms they are typical hotelish.

Some pictures of the resort
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Some pictures from the reception
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The Pine forests of vagamon are just behind the resort. We walked toward that.

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Day01, 29.08.2010
Vagamon


The Pine forest of Vagamon
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PPGs enjoying the open space
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Colourful
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We walked back to the resort, and took Civvy and rolled out. Idea was to roam around the place, not towards Kuttikkanam, but towards the other side like Kattappana, Thodupuzha, etc.. No definite plans in place, but only a handful of info on the beautiful locations enroute. We had to go to Idukki as a must since this would be the last day you are allowed to the Idukki Arch Dam.

So we drove on.

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Day01, 29.08.2010
Vagamon

We moved on and took the road to the meadows and hills, since the sleeping gang had to see it

Some pictures from the beautiful hills


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Wifey trying to capture the beauty
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Jr. PPG is all smiles
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An all girls moment
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All my angels at a beautiful locale
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One for the album
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We moved on further.

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Day01, 29.08.2010
Vagamon

It started to rain heavily. We were blocked on the road by these cuties. They were all wet and shivering in the down pour. I parked Civvy to the side and let them pass while trying to capture some pictures of them

These cuties blocked our road
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Ain't she cute?
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Partners forever?
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Tired
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All wet and Hungry
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Mummy's there, let me have some milk
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We were enjoying the beautiful herd, when a moron in a KA registered Black Verna with blaring horns scared the hell out of the herd and scattered them all around the road and zoomed to eternity as if there was no tomorrow.


Well the herd had ran away by then, and we moved on in our journey. Next destination unknown. But we took Thodupuzha route anyways.

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Vagamon - Thodupuzha

We continued on in Thodupuzha route, when we reached a fork. Right takes you to Moola Muttom and left to Thodupuzha. It was misty all around. An autodriver told me to take the Moola Muttom route as it would be less foggy. So we hit that route.

Some beautiful waterfalls from the route
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We exited into Moola Muttom and joined Thodupuzha route. I saw a signboard saying Calvery Thumapchy Samuchayam. Since it was raining heavy there was no point going there. So we continued on to Thodupuzha. By the time we reached a place called Uravappara, the rains stopped. So I took the deviation and got into the small roads. The road to the rock was steep, very badly damaged and narrow. So decided not to drive up. Then I had a small trekk to check before PPGs could join me to the temple up the rock. But it was all slippery due to the rains and I did not want to risk it with the PPGs. So we headed back to the main road to Thodupuzha again.

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Day01, 29.08.2010
Thodupuzha

A little further I saw an entrance to Malankara Dam. Turned Civvy in that direction and drove on.
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As expected the Dam is out of bounds.
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But to our surprise near to the dam there was a lot of pineapple farms.
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Enjoyed the views for a while and headed back.

Saw a small road which goes through a dilapidated bridge.
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Parked Civvy there and walked to the bridge.
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From there you get a view of the Dam
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The otherside of the bridge.
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A patient fisher man
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A fishing moment
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From here we reached Thodupuzha by 12:45PM. We have to reach Idukki dam before 17:00PM to have a visit to the dam. So it was more like 4 hours at disposal and that prompted me to take the decision to visit the most interesting waterfall and trekking option in Thodupuzha, Thommankuthu falls.


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