After asking almost everybody, we were regular 3 people ready for the long bike ride..ie.Me, AnandaVardhan and Ravi.
Everybody were ready to take 4 wheeler for the trip but I was not ready to backtrack from our initial plan. It was our very old dream to conquer Munnar on bike. So planned for a 4 day tour which included a hill station Valparai, less known compared to munnar also in our list. Since one side distance from Bangalore to Valparai or Munnar is itself around 430km, it required 2 days of only traveling without visiting any actual place. But we were mentally ready for the long journey... And finally the day arrived.
Ravi reached bangalore from Bellary early in the morning. After refreshing, me and Ravi left Bangalore @ 7.30 in the morning. Anand vardhan left KGF alone on his bike at the same time and we all gathered @ RayaKottai in tamilnadu at 9.45am. From that point itself our enjoyment started...!! After having breakfast in a small village it was a long journey ahead of us.
|On the Way.. Near Mettur Dam|
|Fire Cracker Pistol!!|
Unexpectedly very heavy rain started and we were forced to stay inside a small shelter in a village. This forced us to stay back at Pollachi which is 65km from Valparai since road to valparai from pollachi is a paradise since it is a ghat section and with 40 hairpin curves.!!! And also there is a falls called Monkey falls(Dont know why the name is so!!) and a Aliyar dam on the way which makes the landscape even more beautiful. Day ended with 370km.....
|View from Aliyar Dam|
|From View Point|
Spent some quality time taking photographs and enjoying the beauty of nature.
|One of the Hair Pin Bend|
Had a nice tea @ one tea estate and bought some Tea powder too. Reached Valparai @1pm. We were not hungry but packed some chips and sweets. Every shops we entered people looked at us as if we were aliens ...!! They just could not believe that we came from Bangalore by bike.
|Panorama of Estates|
There was nothing much to see in valparai city and we had very big challenge in front of us. We had to cover 50km inside deep forest with very few vehicles crossing the forest. And the worst part was the road. Also the road was not there in the map we carried..!! We had to ask villagers and inquire about the road.
Heavy fog was on the road and the visibility was hardly few meters. Condition of the road was miserable. Maximum speed we could achive inside forest was 25km/hr..!!! And it is not a bad idea to have since inside forest speed limits should be maintained coz animals will be crossing and better not to disturb them with the sound of the vehicle and horn.
Reached Athirapally Falls, one of the most beautiful falls in South India but to our bad luck it was closed at 5pm and we were there at 5.30.. We cursed the road and reached Chalakudi... That ended our 2nd Day's adventure.
|Ravi, Me and Vardhan|
We were at the view point near Munnar at 12.30. There were many people all along were surprised to see us on bike. The had few words of Caution and appreciation for us!!!
Spent some time looking at the beautiful landscapes around us. Had wonderful tea and reached the Munnar City. It is a very busy city with the tourists pouring in from the whole of south india. Most of the tourists were Newly Wed Couples!!! I thought we were misplaced in a some others territory!!!!
It was already 2pm and hesitatingly we decided to visit Top Station which is around 35km from Munnar on Kodaikanal Road. The road passes through most picturesque Tea estates of the Munnar with many beautiful curves on the way.
Saw a family of elephants on the way. We were tempted to stop at each view point but time did not allow us. We were in Top station in 45 mins. And what a place it was..!!!!!!! We just could not believe our eyes. We would have missed the fun badly if we had decided to skip the place. One can sit and watch the beautiful mountains and valley's the whole day..!!!
|From View point of Top Station|
We had planned to stay in Udumalaipettai which is around 100kms from Munnar. For that we had to cross 12kms of Reserved forest where wild animals are spotted frequently. It was already getting dark. When we reached the checkpost it was 7pm. Authorities guided us about how to tackle the situation when wild elephants block the road.
|Panoramic View of Tea Estates|
Reached Udumalaipettai at 8.30 pm
Another long day awaiting us. But not much places to see. Shopped cotton clothes in Tirupur for which it is famous for. Reached Krishnagiri at 5pm.
For the last time we celebrated by firing into the sky with our Deepavali Gun!!!! Donated the pistols to children there. That made us happy and the kids more happy. Vardhan left to KGF. Me and Ravi were purchased firecrackers in Hosur and back to bangalore at 9 in the night.
Trip meter read 1197km..!!!!
Listening to the music and chatting on a 4 wheeler can have never made the tour more happier than on 2 wheeler...!!
That concluded our longest and thrilling ride to Gods own country Kerala and Tamilnadu..
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|Munnar - Valparai Tour|
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