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Munnar - February 2013 Edition

Discussion in 'Travelogues & Experiences' started by nkrishnap, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

    Linea 1.3
    The discussions were going on for some time at office for an unofficial offsite to break away from the monotonous work life. During these discussions, somebody threw in Munnar and Kodaikanal as an option. I was more than eager to take the Linea to the outing. The farther the place, the happier I am as I get to drive more.

    With 10 people game for the trip, the date was finalized as 16th February 2013.

    Here we go with how the trip transpired over the 3 days.

    Day 1: 16th February 2013

    We had all agreed to meet up at near our office at 5:30 am. However, on the way, I would be picking up my colleagues, so headed from home at 4:45 am.

    By the time we got together near office it was already 6 am. With a quick rearrangement of the group, we headed off towards A2B near Krishnagiri. We reached A2B, refueled ourselves with idly, vada, pongal and strong coffee. How can the cars be left out, so we topped both the cars (My Linea and my colleague's Fiesta) at the BPCL COCO bunk.

    We continued our journey towards Dindigul leisurely cruising and a target to reach Theni for Lunch around 1 pm. However, with a slight delay and a coffee break in between we reached Theni at 1.40 pm. Stopped over at Hotel Meenakshi Bhavan for a nice Tamil Nadu style lunch. Our cars got refueled too at Theni.

    Took the deviation towards Bodi from the Dindigul - Kumily - Kottayam highway. From here on we made slow progress soothing the atmosphere and the surroundings. A few snaps from the many stops we took.

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    The ghat roads were in decent condition, yet it was a leisure drive so the speeds were quite low. The Linea took these Ghats yawning.

    We deviated from the Munnar route to go to Anayirankal Dam a couple of snaps from here before moved to the Lockhart gap road to catch the sunset.

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    At Lockhart gap road.

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    We reached the Bell Mount resorts/Hotel by 7:15 pm. It was time to get refreshed and assemble back for dinner at 8:30 pm.

    Post dinner, we were sitting across and chitchatting till half past 10 in the night. It was time for a well deserved rest for the group.

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  2. ramjn

    ramjn Staff Member Janitor

    Linea 1.3
    Wow. Another trip after your Wayanad visit. Great going, Krishna. :)
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  3. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

    Linea 1.3
    Day 2: 17th February 2013

    It was a day of leisure sightseeing around Munnar. We hit the road to Top Station early in the day to avoid the crowd. It indeed helped us to enjoy the place with few people around.

    On the way to top Station.

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    Beautiful surroundings with lovely road

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    At the top station, the place transformed from a sunny little place to a misty place in a matter of mins. This helped the temperatures remain low.

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    We drove back towards Munnar but a break in between in Kundala Lake. The group decided to take the pedal boat ride, but I decided to stay back and sooth into the fresh atmosphere there.

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    We returned to Munnar for Lunch. With a quick break of 30 minutes, we decided to visit the tea museum. It was a first visit for the group. After an hour spent at the museum we came to the hotel and on the way we picked up the tea products from the TATA tea factory outlet.

    It was relaxing time at the hotel for the rest of the day.


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    Day 3: 18th February 2013

    It was time to get back to Bangalore. The route was decided earlier that we will drive via Udumalpettai - Pollachi - Coimbatore - Satyamangalam - Chamarajanagar - Kanakapura.

    The tea plantation and Valley view.

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    En route we visited the Lakkam falls near Marayoor. We drove slowly in the hope of spotting a few wild animals in the Chinnar Wildlife reserve. However, the heat was getting a bit unbearable, the chances of spotting wildlife was zilch. A leisurely drive got us to Pollachi around 12:15 pm. We halted for an early lunch.

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    A try at Macro shot.

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    The lunch was sumptuous and the AC comfort of the car and hotel was the best place to be in as the temperature outside was hovering around 38 degrees. With the AC at full blast, we drove via Coimbatore. We refueled the cars before we drove towards Satyamangalam. The traffic up to Annur was high ensuring our progress very slow. Post Annur, the traffic was sparse and we made good progress. It started pouring as were nearing Bannari. The rain accompanied us for a few kms. The drive through Dhimbham Ghats was fantastic. We stopped at Chamarajanagar for coffee.

    During the break, spotted a nail in the right rear tire. It was time to get it fixed. Lost a good 30 minutes and we headed towards Bangalore. The rain again gave us company after we cross Malavalli for about 15 kms. We regrouped near the NICE road junction, and headed our way home, but not before my colleagues dropped off to their residence.

    I topped up the car again before reaching home just to keep the trip stats to near perfect.

    Another drive completed successfully in the Linea.
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  4. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

    Thanks for taking us to Munnar as well Krishna! :)
  5. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

    Linea 1.3
    Yeah, the Munnar trip would be the last of the season. The next round would start the moment monsoons arrive. This monsoon looking to get back to riding :)

    With pleasure. Going forward will post the travelogues. I have been lazy to pen them down.
  6. Great weather you got there.very nice travelogue.

    last time we went there it rained like hell, but still the scenic beauty is awesome there...

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  7. Cinju

    Cinju Esperto

    Wonderful travelogue & great pics Krishna. You might have seem some really antique stuff @ the tea museum right ?
  8. amogh

    amogh Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    Fantastic travelogue and nice pictures. I have promoted the link to your travelogue on TFI's Facebook page :)

    Thanks for sharing this with us

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  9. Pran

    Pran Superiore

    Grande Punto 1.3
    I have been to Munnar 4-5 times, but never saw Munnar this beautiful, awesome pictures!!
  10. nkrishnap

    nkrishnap Staff Member Janitor

    Linea 1.3
    The monsoon makes the place even better. Simply love the western ghats during rains. Will post a few pics from the past trips during monsoon.

    Yes, there were too many antique stuff there. Pictures coming today evening :)

    Thanks Amogh. Its nice to have more visibility of such threads on TFI.

    Thanks Pran.

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