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We were on a 2 Night 1Day Tour to Munnar. I was thinking about going to Marayoor and was very glad that we were going there, also we went to Kanthaloor a good place with lots of cultivation of Apple (which is rarely seen on Kerala),Orange, Berries, Sugarcane etc. Lastly we visited Lock Heart Gap at, which gives you a breath taking view of Munnar.
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We started our Trip on 8th JAN 2010 around midnight 12:45 from Chengaloor, as we were planning to reach there before sunrise and settle for sometime. We 5 (Rojan, Vibin, Bino(myself), Joy & Sharen were packing things and as we planned to shoot a lot of Photos,especially for Joy & Sharen’s outdoor photos. So we were not worried about going more places but wanted to spend quality time on each place and wanted to be free to do what we were upto.
WE TOOK 2 ROOMS AT BELL MOUNT RESORTS WATCHING TV @ 4:15am
We Reached Munnar by 3:45 am on 9th Jan, it took nearly 3hr 30min to travel 140kms and it was full of curves and humps and we were just riding hard to reach early. We took 2 rooms for 5hrs to get fresh and it was on Bell Mount Resorts in NH49, its very clean and provides most necessary facilities. It cost you 2500.00 Rs ie; aprox. 50USD for a day per Double Bed room. We took it for just to get fresh and start off. The staff at the hotel were very nice and they gave us 2 rooms adjacent. We were pleased with the facilities. We slept till 8:00am.
Munnar a Small Introduction from Wikitravel http://wikitravel.org/en/Munnar
Most tourists come to Munnar to see the surrounding tea plantations. The town itself is typically Indian with the usual shops and guest houses and is nothing special in itself. But it is a good place to stay to see the surrounding countryside. It is also a popular place for Indian honeymooners.
The town is divided into two parts, Old Munnar, where the tourist information office is, and Munnar, where the bus station and most guest houses are located.
Munnar was a summer resort of the British government in South India. It is 1600 m (5400 ft) above sea level. It is pronounced “Moon-aar” meaning “Three rivers” in Malayalam. There are in fact three rivers – Madupetti, Nallathanni and Periavaru which flow through this town, but join some distance away from Munnar.
The neelakurinji, a blue flower which blooms only every twelve years, is found in this region. It bloomed last in December 2006. Munnar also has the highest peak in South India, Anamudi, at 2695 m.
Altitude : 1600 Mts to 1800 Mts above sea level. Temperature : Min. 0 deg.C – Max. 25 deg.C. Clothing : Warm Clothes and Rain Gear. Tourist Season : August to March
OH – ON THE WAY TO MARAYOOR, ON TOP OF A BRIDGE
IN THE MORNING WE STARTED AROUND 8:45am TO MARAYOOR THROUGH THE UDUMALPETTA ROAD, IT WAS AROUND 19KMS FAR AND FURTHER WE WERE PLANNING TO GO TO KANTHALLOOR WHICH FURTHER 25km FAR.
JOY & SHAREN – GREEN ALL AROUND
HOWS THE POSE!
ROJAN LOOKING COOL
OVER THE FENCE
REACHING OUT TO MUNNAR
Munnar is 140 km (about 3 hours) from Kochi. Remember to budget a good 6 hours if you are driving up or down, since the road is blind in some places and there are a lot of trucks and buses that seem to drive as if they own the road. Although the road is smooth (NH 49), it is narrow, twisty and curvy. Make sure you have a litte meal before you drive to Munnar on these roads, otherwise the next thing you will see on your dash-board will be your last meal! Kothamangalam is on the way and is 80 km away from Munnar. Between Kothamangalam and next town “Adimali”, you can experience a beautiful cool drive through a natural forest. Alongside, you can see many refreshing waterfalls.
Once you reach Adimali, Munnar is just 30 kilometers away – but it will take almost an hour to reach. Around 22 kilometers from Adimali, you can start seeing the tea plantations on both sides of the road and a panoramic view of the western ghats. The view is extremely beautiful during the early mornings.
Munnar can also be reached from Kodai Road, Madurai, Udumalpet. The drive to Munnar involves about 3 hours on the ghat section. There are 17 hair pin bends and traversing them can make you feel nauseated. However if you eat light while travelling you can enjoy the scenery during the drive.
Munnar is about 150 km from Coimbatore. Coimbatore-Munnar route is a very scenic route and though a bit longer is generally considered worth the extra time spent.
Kodaikanal is nearly 170 KM away from Munnar. [ Kodaikanal - Perumal Malai - Mayiladum Parai - Mooliyaru - Oothu - Falls View - Ganguvarpetty - Ghat Road - Periya Kulam - Theni - Bodi - Bodimettu - Devikulam - Munnar.] This route is a highly scenic one.
Distances from Munnar to various cities:
GOOD SHOT, NICE BACKGROUND
JOY & SHAREN – SMILES TO OUR COMMENTS
WE FOUR ARE IN ACTION WHILE SHAREN IS HANDLING THE CAMERA.
EVIDE MOTHAM VELLAMAA…. NEAR THE LAKKOM FALLS
NEAR THE LAKKOM FALLS
ONE OF THE BIG BANYAN TREES IN THIS AREA SPREAD ACROSS HALF ACRE. MARAYOOR
WE GOT SOME GOOD FOG AND DRIZZLES WHILE ON THE WAY TO KANTHALOOR
JOY WAS VERY MUCH EXCITED TO CLIMB ONE OF THE AMLA -INDIAN GOOSEBERRY TREE TO PLUCK THE GOOSEBERRY AND EAT IT.
PLACES MUST SEE
VIBIN – NEAR LOCK HEART GAP
SHAREN, JOY AND ROJAN LOCK HEART GAP
MY SELF ENROUTE TO MARAYOOR
VIBIN IN ONE OF THE TEA ESTATES
JOY INSIDE A TEA ESTATE
ROJAN INSIDE A TEA PLANTATION – ENROUTE MARAYOOR
THERE WAS SOME ROAD WORKS GOING ON
WE STOPPED HERE FOR SOME TIME TO SHOOT SOME PHOTOS THE SCENE WAS VERY COLOURFUL
ROJAN – BEHIND WHEELS
SOME FLOWERS NEAR THE FENCES
SOME GIRLS NEAR MARAYOOR VILLAGE
BY AROUND 10:30 WE REACHED NEAR MARAYOOR AND THERE WAS SOME COFFEE SHOPS, WE TOOK SOME COFFEE, WHILE VIBIN WAS ENJOYING THE COCONUT.
LAKKOM FALLS IS LESS CROWDED,CLEAN AND NEAT.THEY CHARGE YOU 5Rs. FOR ENTRY BUT ITS KEPT GOOD. WE SPENT AROUND 45MINS THERE ENJOYING THE WATER.
JOY AND ROJAN WAS BUSY SHOOTING WITH SOME GUESTS
WHILE VIBIN WAS HAVING SOME SHOTS INFRONT OF THE FALLS
BOTH ROJAN AND VIBIN WAS ENJOYING THE SEZO RIDE.
VIBIN, JUST TRYING THE OLD EXPERTISE HERE.
HANGING ON BANIYAN TREE BRANCHES IN THE CHINNAR WILD LIFE AREA, RAJIV GANDI PARK.
WAS THIS A COMPETITION OF HANGING ON TREE..
ALL OF US – ON FRAME. SHOT BY ONE OF OUR FRIEND FROM THE PARK.
JOY WAS READY TO DO THE TRICK.. ALL WERE WAITING.
HE DOES THE TRICK VERY WELL. TOOK A ROUND USING THE TREES HANGING BRANCHES.
WE WILL CONTINUE OUR JOURNEY ON THIS… JOY & SHAREN
BY THE TIME WE REACHED MARAYOOR WE WERE HUNGRY AND GOT A SMALL ROAD SIDE “THATTUKADA”, SO WE JUST WENT IN FOR TAKING SOME “KAPPA & MEAN” IE; FISH AND TAPIOCA.
COOOL.. TASTY FOOD. ALL WERE ENJOYING THE FOOD.
JOY WAS TAKING TASTE FROM THE LAST FINGER LICK.
AFTER A 35MINS HALT FOR SMALL LUNCH AROUND 1:30PM WE CONTINUED TO KANTHALLOOR
ENROUTE WE SAW AN INDIAN GOOSEBERRY TREE – AMLA TREE, JOY STARTED THE CLIMB AT ONCE.
A LADY WITH A FLOCK..
THROUGH THE FOG.. A NICE EXPERIENCE WHEN FOG & DRIZZLE TOGETHER
JOY WAS HAPPY THAT HE WAS ABLE TO COLLECT SOME GOOD ONES
WE TASTED IT AND AS ITS THE NATURAL INDIAN GOOSEBERRY, NOT LIKE THE HORTICULTURED ONE, WAS TASTY. WE ATE SOME THERE AND PACKED THE REST.
A CUTE ROSE FLOWER
ANOTHER DALIYA FLOWER
ANOTHER DALIYA FLOWER
COFFEE BEANS .
WHILE WE WERE IN TALKS WITH THE FARM OWNER, VIBIN WAS DIGGING SOMETHING
SOME ORANGE TREE IN A FARM.
WORKERS WHO ARE ENGAGED IN THE NATIONAL WORK GUARANTEE SCHEME
SOME OF THE WORKERS, WORK WITH SUGARCANE FACTORIES IN MARAYOOR
ONE BOY MARAYOOR SUGARECANE FACTORY
WE WERE WATCHING THE PROCESS FOR SOMETIME
NEAR LOCK HEART GAP, ITS A WONDERFUL VIEW POINT AND YOU WILL LOVE TO SEE THIS
JOY & SHAREN ENJOYING THE SHOOT AT LOCK HEART GAP.
OYE – KAB TERE KO GLASS MILARE?
WE ALL WERE POSING INFRONT WHILE THE CAMERA WAS ON INCHARGE WITH REMOTE.
IT’S WIDE SHOTS AND YOU WILL NEED TO PAN LEFT & RIGHT TO SEE FULL IMAGE