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A Tractor, Turbo Tractor and a Jet - Trip to Munnar

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by teky, May 20, 2011.

  1. royj

    royj Esperto

    That must be like Heaven...
  2. Yes sir. I experienced same thing during my honeymoon in Havelock isl in Andaman. One week without any disturbance and disconnected from entire world.

    I am waiting for teky to post something for us. I think he is too busy with his Punto.
  3. teky

    teky Esperto

    Extremely sorry guys, Couldn't update the thread as we were without network connection half the time. We're all back and it was an one awesome trip. I'll continue to write in between work.

    This place is truly a heaven and the winding ghat roads are just an awesome place to unleash the machines. The pictures we captured never ever can reflect how true that place is, It's one of the must visit place guys.

    Some pictures of the rides that took us there, All our cars held up very well although they developed few rattles and settled few rattles :)



  4. PaddleShifter

    PaddleShifter Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    :boxer Hope the Bossa Nova White and Exotica Red Punto are the "Tractor and Turbo tractor" you were talking about. Waiting for more.
  5. N Kiran

    N Kiran Staff Member Janitor

    :eek: Wait .... I see a Got B*P sticker instead of TFI :eek:
  6. sathya_sc


    Munnar meet

    As you all must be knowing there was a plan to go to Kolli hills as a part of the TFI meet and this was finally changed to Munnar by the week of 14th May. Once the place was finalized as Munnar, quickly Self, Teky and Ramesh made the bookings and the enroute was decided as Karur and Madurai uphill and down hill. So here it goes..THE FIAT MEET AT MUNNAR

    The day arrived (20th may) and we were supposed to start by 5 in the evening.. but as usual our office work kept all of us busy until 7PM and finally we left Chennai by 7PM.

    20th may:

    The Punto’s were full on fuel and mine was hungry and had to feed her a tankful of petrol on the way at Guduvanchery. Initially we decided to stop at one of the motels near Villupuram but everybody felt hungry (after all we also needed fuel to run) and we stopped at Thindivanam “Aryas” hotel and had a stomach full of food.

    Then we started the drive towards Karur.. We were maintaining speeds upto a max of 120 and by 12 am we were at Perambalur. There was consistent traffic which slowed us until Perambalur. We took a short break and started towards Karur.

    21st may:

    The clock was inching towards the morning and we had still a long way to travel towards Karur and the real pain were the bad roads from Musiri till Karur. For those who are travelling in the near future to Munnar -- avoid the Karur route for atleast a few months. But the enroute looked scenic eventhough it was dark. As the clock inched towards the morning, we really lost patience and our speedo’s were consistently witnessing 150+ wherever there was an opportunity.

    By 4AM we reached Karur and checked into “Perry’s Lodge” for a quick stay. It was a decent place for a transit stay. Could have been better though..We had the morning breakfast by 10am and left Karur by 11am!!! the original plan was to leave by 5am. We were running 6 hrs late! From Karur the roads were good and the first half of the ghats sections was again bad. The roads were too narrow and we had to drive real slow and careful.

    We took a short break in the ghats section and from there, I lost patience since the clock was already near 3PM. I started unleashing the beast within my jet and started to inch beyond 80km/hr in the ghats..sometimes even 100s. Thanks to the brilliant handling.. never my jet was out of the line and it exhibited absolute composure.

    it was real.. real fun to drive the jet at good speeds in the ghats.

    Reached Munnar by 6PM and proceeded towards Pothamedu to check in at Tea Valley resorts. Oh man, enroute to Tea vally needs some expertise to drive. The approach road (or better to be described as "no raod") was too narrow and it added to the final thrill in the ride. I mean real thrill. Once has to drive there to experience it. The resort was super cool and we just crashed by 10PM in the night since it was a tiring day driving all along through some of the worst stretches near Karur and initial ghats section and the final drive to resort. I would recommend “TEA VALLEY” to anyone since it had amazing views and out of the city’s buzz. In one word, the resort was very good including the food.

    The Jet was a blast to drive with the avg. fuel eff. near 10km/lt including the Ghats with some real pedal to metal drive.

    22nd may:

    We decided not to take our cars for venturing out in Munnar and hired a Tavera. Th main reason was the approach road the pain in parking at any place in Munnar. The granny (Tavera) arrived with 2lakh Km on the odo but she behaved and looked as a 18 yr old! I couldnt believe when we saw the ODO with a 2lak reading. We spent all day enjoying the weather and sight seeing. Did some elephant and horse ride and had some good fun together..

    23 may:

    We started by 11.30AM in the morning and this time I was literally ripping my Jet (frequent visits to 100km/hr) and did the entire ghats of close to 75kms within 2.5hrs including three 15 min breaks. So the actual time was 1 hr 45 mins to cover 75kms of ghats. The roads were excellent in the ghats section towards Madurai except for a "very" winding nature. I felt this had some serious turns compared to kodai and ooty or any other ghats I have experienced so far.

    Reached Theni by 2PM and completed the lunch in Aryaas. The food was yummy and our tummies were full.

    I checked my Avg consumption it was 9.1km/lt. I was OK since I taxed the car to its limits. Again absolute calmness and composure even at 80/90kmhr in the ghats. I did not have to slow down at all. It never, not even once, went out of its line.

    Brilliant handling and dynamics. I simply loved it.

    Started by 3Pm from Theni and reached Madurai by 4:45pm (75km single road which was good). By 5:30 we were in the outskirts of Madurai and after a tea, proceeded towards the longer part of the travel (Madurai-Chennai of 437kms).

    Did frequent 180/190s and reached Villupuram by 7:50Pm (2 hrs 20 mins from Madurai). Had dinner at Arya nivas and proceeded towards Chennai, this time under 120 since my Avg consumption dropped to 10km/lt in the Madurai-Villupuram stretch.. However has some friendly fun with a Laura TDI and an Accord until the Laura pulled over after Chengalpat Toll plaza.

    There was a huge traffic jam near Perungulathur and had to almost wait 1 hr before reaching home by 11:30. So it was exactly a 12 hr drive with some super fun with my Jet. It all ended well finally. Enjoyed every bit of my T-Jet. Thanks Teky and Ramesh for terrific company and some adrenaline drives and next big trip has been decided as Jaisalmer in September. :DAny takes?

    Photos to follow..
  7. sathya_sc



    Photos attached.. i posted in the wrong thread (in kolli hills meet thread).. so posting it again..

















  8. PaddleShifter

    PaddleShifter Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    Nice travelogue. So the Red Punto is turbo tractor, white Punto is tractor and Linea is the JET!!
  9. sathya_sc


    Pics contd..

    Some more to enjoy..teky and Ramesh its your turn now.. update with more pics pls..















  10. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

    Munnar sure is a beautiful place guys. Awesome pics.


    P.S. @the 6th pic in post #19 -> :ban LOL. Just kidding. To each according to his own.

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