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    Default My First Trip: Nelliyampathy, Kerala



    I would most probably be the youngest and inexperienced tourer around here. Only recently, I completed my first bike tour actually. Having said that, I felt that without sharing my little piece of experience here, I felt that even my short trip would be incomplete.
    Firstly, I don't know whether my trip would be even categorized as a tour with the XBhp standards 'cos we managed to cover only about 200kms and that too in a few hours.
    On paper the trip might be short,but for me, since it was my first real ride and thanks to all the experiences, this was one of the most tiresome and risky rides I've ever had.

    Ok so enough introduction. Our destination was a small hilly village in Palakkad district of Kerala State called Nelliyampathy. I hope that most of us here are familiar with the name.

    As usual , it was one of those quickly planned trips during one of those bunk-days from college .
    It was during one of those lazy thursdays, when my friend Ashwin asked the three of us, Me and my friends Sony and Sarun, whether we're ready to go to Nelliyampathy!
    After some tiny preparations like taking some money from the ATM and filling the petrol we left our home at Coimbatore at about 11:00 am.



    So there we go. My first trip!

    Actually, this was probably the first real bike trip in all of our lives as no body in our group had any such experiences. Remember, the four of us are still college going students who managed to sneak out some time from our busy student lives just so that we could have some real interesting stories to tell to our grandkids!


    So the first leg of our trip was reaching there at Nelliyampathy. It couldn't be difficult because it was just about 100kms from Coimbatore and the roads were pretty good and there were enough road signs once you cross the Tamilnadu border.

    Our rides were Ashwin's blood red colored 2007 model Pulsar 150 and my very own 2001 model CBZ classic.
    We had our lunch from one of our hangout thattukadas(malayalam word for small shabby roadside teastalls) at Walayar.
    Our first halt hit us after we were finished with our lunch. It was only then Ashwin remembered that he had kept his Registration and all other papers in his college bag. So from there he and Sony had to go back to our home at Coimbatore to get back those papers while me and Sarun would wait for them at a junction called Kootupatha, at Palakkad.
    So the whole thing took away another hour from our schedule(truth was,we didn't have one! ).
    While waiting for them there , we asked the locals about the best possible route and tried to gather some information about the whole setup. And most of the locals gave us thumbs down about visiting Nelliyampathy at those times.
    We were already late and they told us that we would be caught up in the thick night-fog and it was too risky for us to go there.
    But then again, we are young and restless! Anything denied is a challenge and it was supposed to be conquered and proven wrong!!
    So we had a slight change in our already calculated path, that was to go from Pollachi and then to Nelliyampathy; taking a left from Kootupatha. Instead we chose to ride through Nenmara area of Palakkad.

    Palakkad,known as the Granary of Kerala was rich with its lush green paddy fields and since it was monsoon the whole ride through the heart of Palakkad was a visual delight!

    Our senses were given a well deserved break from the dry and dusty Coimbatore to an area like Nenmara, which had the fresh smell of the monsoon fed soil to its soul.
    This time around, I made it a point not to miss out on any of those photography occasions. I personally made all my friends stop at some scenic points and ensured that our mobile cameras had enough to feed from the nature.
    But then again, this proved to be costly later on as it consumed some valuable time from our already tight schedule.
    We moved on, stopping at places to capture some pictures and finally made it to a dam called Pothundy dam.
    That was the point I really wished we had a professional camera man,like our XBhp greats, with us. The whole area was overwhelmingly large and I just couldn't grasp all of that at once. Every picture I took, somehow felt small and incomplete to do justice to the beauty and the sheer size of the panorama.
    After having a short stop there we continued our ride to Nelliyampathy.
    Before entering into the hills we had to stop for a second at the check post but then the guards told us it was un-necessary for bikes to go through the checking.
    It was once again a first time experience for me to ride in the hairpin curves and the whole ride taught me quite a few lessons as a rider.
    After having numerous photo-stops here and there, we crawled our way through the hills enjoying the natural beauty as much as we could.
    It was getting dark and the fog was coming down thick into the roads. The visibility was really reduced to a few inches at some points and it was chilling cold. The sudden change from the hot Tamil Nadu climate to the chill of Nelliyampathy was unexpected and our bodies didn't react that well to it. To add to the dangers we only had jackets and jeans to our protection.
    The bike was performing well at most points. I had to lower the gear to second at times and it never went beyond the fourth. The only fear I had was of running out of fuel but then again, we don't get what we expect!

    After riding through quite a few hairpins, we were about 2kms from a nearby village called 'Kaikatti', when my bikes engine got off while climbing another hairpin. It was only then we noticed the rear tyre to be punctured!

    It couldn't have been any better.A chill of uncertainty was looming in the air,thanks to our co-riders who were coming downhill; kept on warning us about elephant herds running wild through the place! And now on top of that we have a flat tyre! so we were just sitting ducks!
    I was using the TVS Jumbo tyres,larger than the stock ones,on my bike. And thanks to those mighty jumbos, we slowly climbed the rest of the hill with that flat tyre before it ran out of air.

    Atlast we reached Kaikatti. It took us just under 2 hours to cover the distance till Pothundy dam and almost an hour to cover a mere 25kms from Pothundy to Kaikatti.

    Kaikatti was almost like a sleepy village I remember from one of those M.Night Shyamalan movies! Freaky and spooky!

    Nelliyampathy, I guess is one of the few places we get Oranges in Kerala. We tried to buy ourselves some sovereigns but since it was not the season, we were to be disappointed.

    So then, we reached there. Made it to the local garage and to add our luck,the puncture guy was busy with some funeral! Great!

    So after a great deal of discussions,we decided to settle down for the night there and took a room for Rs.500. It was almost like a dormitory with four beds( which my friend Ashwin later on described as mortuary beds!). After all, it was too risky to ride in the night with all the potential dangers!

    It rains constantly in Nelliyampathy and not to mention,we were soaked. Our pants and even the underpants were wet!

    We bought some sneakers and a towel from the nearby shop and was finally settling down.
    That was when we noticed some leeches hanging on to my leg and my friends'! My god, it was really the first time I was having such an experience with a real life vampire!
    With much trouble, the lodge owner helped me get them out and we burnt the suckers to hell! But then I learned, leeches are not to be pulled. If pulled, the blood flow won't simply stop! And there it was.

    After all this, we finally made and arrangement with a local there to bring a puncture guy to our lodge and fix the Tyre. We had to pay for his jeep ride from his place to our place besides the puncture charges. And after much discussion, he finally agreed to come in on his moped.

    It was during this time one of my friends' Ashwin came with a crazy idea. He is one guy who couldn't actually live without his cell. He said that his parents would doubt if they didn't find his phone calls unanswered and Nelliyampathy was one place where only the good old BSNL would work. None of us thankfully had a BSNL connection and since the whole thing was totally secret from our parents, we too were a bit worried about the consequences.
    It was all about choices. The equation was simple. We had a whole lotta dangers ahead of us,i.e if we were to head out in the dark. The elephants,the risk of getting another flat tyre,leeches, vampires( you'd think of that and anything in a situation like that! ) and with fog as thick as white blanket. We were all smoking without having cigarrettes in our mouth. The fog was that much thick and it made the whole situation worse.
    And above all that, the lodge owner and the other locals tried their level best to scare us with freaky tales of young travelers gone missing in those hills. They said that even the experienced jeep drivers wouldn't ride after 6.00pm. And it was already 7.30pm.
    With nothing more than gut instinct and hope, we finally made our mind to venture out of Nelliyampathy in that chilly mist.
    My bike was finally fixed and we had to pay a good 200 bucks for the job which would normally cost just upto 30 bucks in Coimbatore. But we were being thankful to the guy who did a good job in those freezing temperatures.
    He agreed to lead us till a point where the road splits into two. That my dear friends, was the most challenging part of my journey. That was when I realized whey XBhp recommends gloves as standard safety feature during bike rides. My fingers were dead and numb. I was just holding on to the throttle and was shivering like anything. The only thing I could see was the bright red brake lamp of the pulsar and nothing else. It was certainly not the time for humans to intervene into the privacy of the jungle. I was literally too afraid to look into my rear view mirrors for the scare of seeing anything out of the ordinary.
    One good advice we were given was to ride through the while lines on the road and it acted as our guiding compass through that fog. It helped us recognize the curves on the hairpins and helped us keep the bikes on the road and not on the forest.
    After much praying and concentrating we finally made it to the check post area. Freedom!

    Most of us here would kiss the ground or make a woo when reaching the summit. But we did the same after getting down from the summit!
    The forest guards too were astonished to see two wheelers coming downhill at that point of time( 8.30pm)!! It would certainly be a first I guess.

    From then on it was literally a race to reach the safety of home. We had called our parents while we reached the check post and told some usual lies about bunking the class and where we were and dashed our way to Coimbatore as fast as we could.

    The bike didn't have serious problems from then on but we found the alignment of the back tyre not OK and got it fixed after reaching home.

    So there it was! My first real trip. I know that it ain't even worth a comparison the daily trips our great riders here at XBhp go through. But this one ride had taught me a lot in understanding the road and the ride. It leaves me with a lot of respect to the nature and the wonderful things it has to offer to us.You never have to go far in search of an adventure, it just comes to you provided the right time.

    Remember, at the end of the day I'm just a second year student, still in his late teenage who got his drivers license only recently!

    Also , a lot of the advices I've read on XBhp helped me on this ride and still helps me on my daily ride to college. Like, how to drive through heavy winds and stuff. I'm still that commuter with the touring spirit.

    Like the greats have said, journey of thousand miles begins with a single step. The whole long road awaits me. More rides will follow, I reckon. And I have made that single step.


    Here are some of the photos we took. We only had our 3.2Mp Nokia 5610 Cam and when that got dead, we used our Nok 2610 vga cam.


    Hope you like it!







































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    Travelogue approved.
    (Been There Done That) x 3.25

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    I'm all eyes on reading Nelliyampathy. Keep the photos coming. I heard one couldn't do Nelliyampathy without a 4X4 Willys, I'd like to see how a single wheel power does!!
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    @rawpower_87 I've never so much wanted to ride to Nelliyampathy before reading this... but now I do... and will do it soon... You guys had a hell of a good time. And its pushing the limits that gives the thrill to our otherwise boring lives, isnt it?

    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    I'm all eyes on reading Nelliyampathy. Keep the photos coming. I heard one couldn't do Nelliyampathy without a 4X4 Willys, I'd like to see how a single wheel power does!!
    The 4x4s are only needed for certain areas of Nelliampathy... Though I've never rode there, I've visited Nellampathy a lot of times, when my aunt was still teaching at the Nelliampathy govt school...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lijok View Post
    The 4x4s are only needed for certain areas of Nelliampathy... Though I've never rode there, I've visited Nellampathy a lot of times, when my aunt was still teaching at the Nelliampathy govt school...
    Oh!!! So which means, we can still drive to Nelliyampathy to an extent is it? Do we get the best part only with 4X4 or even otherwise enjoyable?
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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    Oh!!! So which means, we can still drive to Nelliyampathy to an extent is it? Do we get the best part only with 4X4 or even otherwise enjoyable?
    we can reach Nelliyampathy by car.. no issue... but to go to places like Seethargundu (and other places, names I dont remember ) etc, its adviced to take local jeeps.

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    @aargee and @lijok..thanks for the support guys!
    ...had a great time there! Always worth a visit.. but always take a nice camera with you.. I couldn't capture many photos since our only cam was down on battery.. these were the good ones among the lot..
    Still dreaming of my next trip... I think I should first go with Kerala alone,theres too much to see here...!
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    brings back memories of 2 years ago, lot of waterfalls on the climb up. I counted 45 while going up and 53 while coming down

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    Woah! Nice set of pics. Let me see if i could add this onto my next trip to Kerala.

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