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    Default A weekend well spent in God's own country :)

    There is something about Kerala which excites me each time I heard its name. Hair pins…ghat sections…greenery I don’t know what exactly is that . I have only seen it in xbhpian’s photos and read about it in travelogues. Planned a few times to ride there but never succeeded…may b due to lack of time, companions and enthusiasm. March Tristate meet gave me a chance…but I had a bigger occasion to attend and reluctantly I skipped the ride. The dreamt of scratching my zeema footpegs on Munnar couldn’t be fulfilled.

    Okey Okey Okey…enough talking about failures and dreams, Stop these dark words from the depressed consciousness



    Thursday night back from office…
    Ratha: Dude!! Finally the correct offer letter came…Lets booze (This guys offer letter has came 3 times with something wrong in it and we boozed each time )
    Me: Man…tomorrow morning I ve a office outing, can’t getup early if I booze

    Anyways like every time we found some excuse and boozed up to early morning…phone rang at 8 for office outing but I myself was out of range

    Friday 12PM:
    I could barely see anything…head feels like holding a mountain on top of it…
    Ratha in my ears :
    Mishra…Denga dakuthila cochin jibaku…mun mana kari deli (Denga…a different species, was asking him for going cochin to attend a marriage and ratha denied)
    Me: Bhala kalu…(well done)
    Ratha: Se bike re jauchi …600kms 12 hrs appx (He is going in bike)
    I struggled n opened my eyes n told: Abe call kare taku…ame b jiba (Dude…call him, we will also go )

    Had a quick shower…a massage of navaratna oil, opened the lappy and started searching for the route in google maps.
    After nailing n teasing Abhisek a bit, he and his better half were also ready to go for the ride to some unknown destination(Me n Abhi decided that we r not goin to cochin , we will goto somewhere nearby polachi n stop there).

    Our engines cranked at 3 and the ride begins…

    Me…in my mutated zeema

    Abhisujata…in his sporty P200

    Debasish…in the mammoth Mach 500



    Friday Evening :
    After passing the city traffic the engines started roaring and we were in 3 figures soon. I was very familiar to the krishnagiri road…had B’lore Chennai ride atleast 10 times. We had a continuous and boring ride up to 5pm until we realized that deb is not following us anymore. We stopped at the nearby Mac D to fill our dehydrated stomach and let denga come n join us. He had a flat tyre , he fixed and came.
    There are issues you will face if you are in a group ride and you are not riding close to fellow riders…but only God can teach etiquettes to morons.
    am available 24hrs

    The next stop was near dharmapuri for tender coconut a smoke. It was already getting dark so me n Abhisek decided that we will stop at Coimbatore and then decide where to go next morning.

    Errr…something I should mention, the route from Avinashi to Coimbatore is horrible. Roads are under construction and a big No to ride there during night.

    Any way we reached Coimbatore around 10:30, found a hotel near the railway station …had food and decided that we will go to pollachi next morning. Deb continued his ride to cochin…another 200kms

    We covered 370 kms in 7 hrs…good stuff
    Hats off to that gurl who was sitting as a pillion in a pulsar for all those hours…may b it’s the love for the rider or the ride…God knows…I am a newbie in that subject .

    Sat day:
    We woke up around 7 and enquired the route to pollachi , We badly need some twisties …too tired of going straight in a 4lane highway.
    After meeting a friend in Coimbatore, we started the ride. The roads were decent but again straight, as I didn’t have any idea about that place earlier, I was disappointed reaching there.
    I was expecting some hills but Grr…why did I travel this much.
    Anyway we planned that we will dump our luggage at pollachi and go to alliyar dam and valparai.
    We thought of covering all nearby places on that day and ride back to B’lore on Sunday morning.
    Instead of doing a lot of enquiry and exploration, we couldn’t find a hotel in pollachi.Where to go now…What to do!!! Shall we go n try in valparai…what if there also hotels are full; Clueless man !!!
    Four steps to achievement:
    Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.
    We had one of the above…the last one

    We decided to go to Munnar…the return ride will be hectic but who cares
    On the way to munnar...

    The road to munnar welcomed us with numerous windmills on the road side and the fun began after we crossed udumpettai…some 60 kms of ghat section and twistiiiiiieeessss...yipppieee !!!

    Once we entered Kerala we stopped and realized why exactly this is called the God’s own country.
    It was green everywhere, hills terrains all covered with tea garden and the clouds were adding spices to that. I have been to nandi hills, horsley hills, elagiri, yercaud, coorg, ooty, coonoor …a lot of hill stations, but had never been to such kind of a place.

    Saddle on my back…fully geared…listening to “walking in the boulevard of broken dreams” and rattling the foot pegs in such a paradise, I can’t put that feeling in words. Its bliss, ecstasy…I was in cloud nine…Its something people can understand if they have been there. The place is breathtakingly beautiful, nice green carpet of tea garden…whispering jungle streams …the windy roads…this place is blessed.

    I am missing a little idiot; it was hard to be happy in Bangalore…all the time wearing a smile, fading bit by bit inside, it was suffocating. Pain... Tension... Fatigue...Depression...Anger…Aggression…that Burning sensation, hurting, tearing, Confusing, Unfocused vision, unclear motives…C’mon dude…few people like relationships to be short n simple…and why the hell I am pulled in to all that in between a ride.
    In search of salvation...

    The earplugs say “Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me 'Till then I walk alone...” and I hit a pothole…Why can’t we go inside someone’s mind and change their conception, my second visit would be the contractor’s cerebrum who made this road and put some better tarmac with proper angle of banking.
    Zma enjoying the beauty


    mistic peaks...

    The green blanket...



    Enjoying the view...



    Posing for her hubby

    This one posing for her hubby too

    meee posing


    After few photo session of the couple n me, we reached Munnar around 3.
    With help of a broker found a hotel, dumped our luggages and got a travel plan of 4 days. As we had to come back and join office on Monday we decided to cover as many place as possible in those limited time.
    There are 3 routes where u can find all the scenic places. (The whole place is scenic tho!)
    Coimbatore route
    Matupatti route
    Cochin route
    As we were already coming from Coimbatore route and covered most of the spots there, we decided to head for the cochin route. After going for 20kms we spotted a water fall, took some snaps and came back to munnar to goto matupatti and top station.

    As we started the 11km ride towards matupatti , the intensity of clouds increased and at one point we were sailing in middle of heaven.

    By the time we reached matupatti dam it was getting dark. We had nice fresh pineapple there and took few photographs. The lake is one of the most beautiful lakes I have ever seen.

    It was already 7 and we were skeptical about going to top station. Having tinted visor was added pain for both of the riders. Anyway we decided to ride for another 20kms to top station.


    Struggling through the slushy wet roads, the clouds and darkness we reached top station in 45 mins and realized that it was a bad decision to ride to this place at that point of time. There were no one, we have to ride for another kilometer inside the jungle to find the view point and the few local people present there, seem to be very unhappy with us due to some reason…

    Finally we came back to Munnar, did some shopping (remember we had a gurl with us ) and started our hunt for kerala paratha and fish curry.
    Donno if food in munnar is pathetic or we choosed the wrong hotel but in entire 24hrs spent in Munnar, we cudn’t find good food even once. The rice was weird, the fishes were not fresh and the parotta was not hot (tired of saying Sudaa illiyaa… vendama )

    Err… I forgot to mention it started drizzling after we reached Munnar and the climate was so chilled. Me n d couple parked our bikes and took a walk in the rain. It was all happy happy moment

    Despite of not having any partner, the climate …the chilled breeze and the constantly developing back pain tempted me to have few pegs of Rum before sleep. Here comes the worst part, I could found only one wine shop over there and there were 20-25 ppl on the queue.
    God…U don’t want me to enjoy...do u

    Sunday :
    foggy morning...

    Tried a macro near chinakammal falls


    Chinakammal falls



    Sunday morning plan was to travel few places and start for B’lore as soon as Deb joins us from kochi. And that got executed in this way…we roamed and came back to Munnar arnd 11, checked the chain, brake n oil level in our bikes and the curator joined us with half a bottle of single malt in few moments.
    Yippieee…cool breeze…clouds and single malt wat n combination !!! ooops, we planned to ride back asap. Hell with the plan, let have a large n relax

    Finally we started from Munnar , had food on the way and by the time we reached Coimbatore it started raining heavily. Initially we planned to go by ooty route but it was already 6:30 and we were skeptical about crossing the Bandipur checkgate in time. Any way after worshipping our Kuldevta and putting some maska on him, the rain stopped.
    We enquired the route from few locals and decided to take the sathymangalam route. The route can be called decent despite of a few hurdles…the drizzle, insufficient light, the odd potholes after each hairpin , 100/100 headlights of incoming vehicles and a few more.
    Few times I also struggled with the vision although I have the brighter Bi-xenon, I was leading tho
    Around 9, we had nice n cheap dinner in an road side dhaba and after an hour rain started again.
    Inside the forest there was no way out, the wind was blowing us apart n the rain drops were piercing in our faces. Finally we stopped in between and at the very time we switched off our lights and the music player, the place turned in to a haunted one. The wind and the rain were creating scary sounds in between the trees and the darkness was so much that my pole lamps cud bright up the whole place.
    Without spending a moment, we started our bikes and luckily found a forest check post in next few kilometers. By that time all our enthu was fully broken. It was 11:30, we were fully wet,tired, it was still raining and B’lore was 200kms away.

    This write up is going too long…Cha!!! Ok first tym…happens!!!
    Anyway we stopped at a lodge in Chamrajnagar and started for B’lore Monday morning at 5. after a few hiccups like toeing a broken down machismo and searching for garage, finally we reached B’lore around 11.

    Need to fresh up and goto office asap…Gawd!!! the borring life again started
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    Travelogue approved.
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    nice write up and nice pics too.. munnar has always been on my priority list but could just make it once, though i live so close by.. hope to see the beautiful place and enjoy the twisties soon... post more pics if u can..

    cheers
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    Amazing write up. Kerala as usual, I am in love!!!
    How do you comment on the road conditions?

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    Thumbs up Nearly Chilling :)

    Lovely Travelog sounds like some adventure..... ....Nice Pics and really great scenery DUde need to do it again

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    Quote Originally Posted by JOSH5898 View Post
    nice write up and nice pics too.. munnar has always been on my priority list but could just make it once, though i live so close by.. hope to see the beautiful place and enjoy the twisties soon... post more pics if u can..

    cheers
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    Thanks Man...I vil post other pics over this weekend
    You stay in Tirupur...right ???
    Quote Originally Posted by ajaymanohar
    Amazing write up. Kerala as usual, I am in love!!!
    How do you comment on the road conditions?
    Thanks Man.
    Bangalore->Krishnagiri->Salem-> Avinashi : Very good 4lane highway, I found it borring for a ZMA(takes years to cross 135 on speedo). A better powered steed wud b fun.
    Avinashi->Coimbatore : Construction going on, lot of diversions...full of dust. Beware of posers n morons
    Coimbatore-> pollachi : decent single lane road, managable traffic
    Polachi -> uddumalaipetai : decent single lane road, no traffic
    uddumalaipettai-> munnar : The fun begins after you enter the national forest. Some 55 kms of twisties . Constructors have tried to make S U V all shapes
    Roads are not at their best...need to be careful with oncoming vehicles
    Coimbatore-> Sathymangalam : again one lane ghat section with odd potholes,some 27 small hairpins followed by road through the national park. I loved it.
    Sathymangalam->mandya : Not so good, we were able to maintain 80's
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    Quote Originally Posted by Only Amit... View Post
    Thanks Man.
    Bangalore->Krishnagiri->Salem-> Avinashi : Very good 4lane highway, I found it borring for a ZMA(takes years to cross 135 on speedo). A better powered steed wud b fun.
    Avinashi->Coimbatore : Construction going on, lot of diversions...full of dust. Beware of posers n morons
    Coimbatore-> pollachi : decent single lane road, managable traffic
    Polachi -> uddumalaipetai : decent single lane road, no traffic
    uddumalaipettai-> munnar : The fun begins after you enter the national forest. Some 55 kms of twisties . Constructors have tried to make S U V all shapes
    Roads are not at their best...need to be careful with oncoming vehicles
    Coimbatore-> Sathymangalam : again one lane ghat section with odd potholes,some 27 small hairpins followed by road through the national park. I loved it.
    Sathymangalam->mandya : Not so good, we were able to maintain 80's
    Thanks for that, might head to Trichur(Kerala) soon, hence asked. Keep writing, there is a tinge of light banter that amuses the reader.

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    wow wow wow........................somebody Munnar again Lovely pics loved the pic with the couple and the fastest indian and also the lone rider posing with the helmet on some bench .... great going guys ,more pics please......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajaymanohar View Post
    Keep writing, there is a tinge of light banter that amuses the reader.
    Thanks for your words Man...definitely motivating for a novice blogger
    @phanikar: No rides this weekend,will try to upload rest of the snaps!!!
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