January 2014, we made it to Kodaikanal, which was my first continuous drive for about 1000+ kms. The details of that trip can be found here. This January, we had an opportunity to have a long weekend, with Thursday 15th Jan being a holiday for Pongal. So we planned to take a leave on friday and get away to some nice place. We initially thought of going to Araku valley near Vizag and also visit Lambasingi (Andhra Kashmir) on our way back. But it turned out that there was nothing much to do over there and also that we have visited this place earlier. It is just like a backyard to us Hyderabadis, which can be visited on any weekend. So we wanted to visit a place where we can spend all the available time and also have great fun. One trip that changed my perception towards traveling was TFI Ooty meet and our extended holiday to Wayanad with fellow TFIans. The serene scenic beauty that you can witness while traveling in those winding roads is just out of this world. This led us to visit Kodaikanal last year and I was prepared to visit similar places again and again. With the help of our fellow mods, Ramesh, Krishna and Amit aka Vahanpujari, I zeroed-in Munnar as the place to visit this time. I bought an India 501 pack from HVK store, which lets me avail 5 nights of hotel booking through out India where HVK CHD has tie-ups. The process was quick and hassle free. I bought the pack, mailed the CHD team my itinerary and requirements. I got a quick response and the hotel was booked after I wired a token payment towards advance. I also received a route map in an excel which was quite detailed. Since I had previously drove to Kodaikanal and the route to Munnar is pretty much same except for a bit of extension, I knew I can do it by nightfall. My trip to Kodaikanal was messed up when I went into Bangalore and lost a lot of time trying to cross it. Thanks to Krishna, for his guidance that I made it out of Bangalore finally. This time we din't want to do that and here the route map provided by HVK helped us a lot to by-pass Bangalore. So we finally set out our journey to the Mystical Munnar on 15th January 2015.