Dream ride to Munnar and Valparai..

Monday, March 21, 2011 / Posted by Sharat /



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.

Day 1

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
Our earlier plan was to reach Valparai on Day one. But after many drinks breaks, butt breaks and lunch breaks we reached Tirupur @ 3 pm which is around 300km from bangalore. Had lunch and started towards pollachi.






Fire Cracker Pistol!!
Bought Fire cracker Pistol too..!!!! Ravi was busy firing with his Pistol to all the bikers on road..!! Even they were smiling at him!! He didnt even spare stray dogs..!! Me and vardhan were busy laughing at Ravi than riding the bike...!!


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.....


Day 2


Started early and reached Aliyar Dam but it was closed. We had 30 mins before the dam to open for visitors. Decided to visit Monkey falls which is 5km from the dam. Took bath at the falls and back to Dam again. As expected the view around Dam and falls was breathtaking... The dam and the falls are situated just before the Ghat starts.

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
We were badly awaiting the ghat with 40 hairpin bends...!!Beautiful roads all along the ghats just added to the pleasure of driving which is hard to explain in words..!! At  every U turn the beautiful dam was visible.. After the ghat its beautiful Tea estates all the way to Valparai.

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.


Sholayar Dam
Next place was Sholayar Dam. With couple of photo sessions we reached the Dam. It started pouring again..!! Saw the dam from outside and reached the checkpost. Best thing at the checkpost they do is not to allow plastic inside the forest. Even if we have the plastic with us they count the number of plastics and at the other end of the forest they verify again whether we have left the plastic inside the jungle or not... :)

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.

Inside  forest
Worst thing was it was raining all along the forest though not heavily. We were unlucky not to find any wild animals on the road since it was raining. Finally reached the other end of the checkpost and it took us almost 3 hours to cross the 50km forest...!! We could spot hardly 5-10 vehicles all along..!! One could imagine the amount of risk we took.. I can not imagine our state what if  the bike was punctured in deep forest with 25 km either side!!! But as they say, Fortune favors the brave, we were brave enough for this forest..!!

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.


Day3

Ravi, Me and Vardhan
There was only one day left to explore Munnar as much as possible for us. We started early from Chalakudi and at the base of the another Ghat section at 9. Again ascending the ghats through never ending Tea estates and series of water falls. Stopped at few water falls and didnt bothered to visit many.







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
Myself!!
Whenever visit Munnar again not to miss this place. Back to Munnar city after couple of photo breaks. There is a dam on the way where boating was there but It did not excite us. So we skipped the place. Back to Munnar again and it was 5.30 already



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
We were carefully moving in uniform speed with not much of distance in between our bikes. I was ahead of Ravi and Vardhan. Suddenly driver of vehicle coming from other end shouted "ELEPHANTS standing on road"...!!! We stopped for a while and gathered all the courage started ultra carefully. But we could see only deers and nothing else. Though elephants on road would have added much  thrill to our ride but we were happy that we were safe !!!

Reached Udumalaipettai at 8.30 pm

Day 4

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..

Sharat

 For more photos....
Munnar - Valparai Tour


View Munnar Driving Directions in a larger map

12 comments:

Comment by bhavani on March 22, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Good one..!!!

Comment by Sharat on March 22, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Thanks Bhavani :)

Comment by mrunal on March 23, 2011 at 10:44 PM

Hey awesome stuff man... Looks like had a wonderful time :) Pics are nicely taken n well presented... Really delight for the eyes :) Keep them coming...

Comment by Basavaraj on March 23, 2011 at 11:22 PM

buddy, next time am there! call me if you plan again! I wanna go for rides with my new darling!

Comment by Basavaraj on March 23, 2011 at 11:24 PM

Buddy, next bike trip, am there.. jus call me! I wanna have show my bike too many places!

Comment by Basavaraj on March 23, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Buddy, next bike trip am there with you! I wanna show my bike so many places too..

PS : why the **** its so diff to post comments here? am I too high or this crap this is like this?

Comment by Sharat on March 24, 2011 at 9:32 AM

@Mrunal

Thanks buddy :)

Comment by Sharat on March 24, 2011 at 9:33 AM

@Basavaraj
Thanks... Yes man Its very tedious job to comment.. but thanks for spending time to comment :) Cheers

Comment by srik on January 23, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Very Nice Post !

I am planning on doing this exact circuit on my enfield starting 25th Jan evening.

Nice pics, esp loved the shot at the Dam, nice exposure !

Keep rocking Guys

Comment by Sharat on January 23, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Thanks a lot Srik :)

And all the best for your ride :) Waiting for your write up and pics :)

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Comment by dimpy roy on December 15, 2014 at 3:29 PM

Awesome. I am sure that you had a great time in this trip. I am very much inspired now. I would like to share more about Munnar. Check all 57 places to visit in Munnar.

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