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Thread: Kerala The God's Own Country & The Enchanting Tamil Nadu

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    Another trip to Kerala!!! Nice pics Ananth.
    Thanks Ravi!

    Quote Originally Posted by MavericK46 View Post
    Part two was superb too Ananth.
    The photos are awesome man. Your Panny's abilities and Kerala's sights, make for awesome viewing pleasure

    P.S: For someone so smitten by that chick, i couldn't find a photo of hers
    You could've snuck in one pic for our sakes !!
    Thanks SundaR!

    A pic of the chick! Sorry her so called husband was covering her all the time, not allowing me to grab her on my lenses

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    Amazing pics there Ananth and the log.. Munnar is really a fabulous place to tour for all bikers i guess....whats the temperature u faced over there ?

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    Great Day 2 log there man... and pics are excellent...
    waiting for remaining pics and logs

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    Great log Ananth anna you must have body and brain made out of kevlar or CF to attempt a solo ride in a RE for such long distance!!!! .. Anyways kudos to you for such a touring passion.. The only sour point I have to say is that most of the pics feel dark and colour intensity is less.. I Think you were too tired that forgot to adjust the camera for best settings So Live To Ride and Ride To Live.. Wishes for more and more touring anna

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    Quote Originally Posted by yatishankar View Post
    Amazing pics there Ananth and the log.. Munnar is really a fabulous place to tour for all bikers i guess....whats the temperature u faced over there ?
    Thanks! The temperature was around the low 20's unlike the high 40's here in chennai

    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfas View Post
    Great Day 2 log there man... and pics are excellent...
    waiting for remaining pics and logs
    Thanks mate!

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    Great log Ananth anna you must have body and brain made out of kevlar or CF to attempt a solo ride in a RE for such long distance!!!! .. Anyways kudos to you for such a touring passion.. The only sour point I have to say is that most of the pics feel dark and colour intensity is less.. I Think you were too tired that forgot to adjust the camera for best settings So Live To Ride and Ride To Live.. Wishes for more and more touring anna
    Anna!! I'm just 21 years old

    Better call me Ananth, and yes i was too tired to adjust the settings and am not that well versed in Photography. Just learning and would definitely improve with all your suggestions and comments!

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    Nice pics and log Ananth!

    I shall also be making rounds of these places, soon....just waiting for the rain gods to oblige!
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    Quote Originally Posted by prafultripathy View Post
    Nice pics and log Ananth!

    I shall also be making rounds of these places, soon....just waiting for the rain gods to oblige!
    Thanks and Good Luck.. I would love to do all over Kerala again and again, especially if its RAINING!! PM me when you plan up the trip and I might just join in

    EDIT: Day 3's Logs are done. Will add it once i'm done with uploading the pics tonight.
    Last edited by Ananth; 05-07-2009 at 09:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ananth View Post
    Thanks and Good Luck.. I would love to do all over Kerala again and again, especially if its RAINING!! PM me when you plan up the trip and I might just join in
    Ahem ahem

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    Default Day 3: Playing with Nilgiri Tahr n Crocodiles..

    I didnt know when i slept last night, but i knew it was late. When i woke up, I was all sweating, with a head ache having been covered up inside the bedsheet for more than 10 hours and with no fan nor a

    ventilator in the room. I got up and went out of the room, saw the pleasant view of the hills.. a refreshing sight.. brushed up, refreshed up myself and had a tea and some snacks. Came back to the room ,

    packed up my bag, had bathe in HOT water and checked out the room around 9 AM. The room boy asked me to leave a bit late as the Eravikulam National park opens up only by 10 and I would have to

    wait there for nothing. I took his words, went out finished my breakfast, tanked up and started up by 9 30.

    The route i took..







    My first stop was at Tea Museum, just on the other side of the road. It was not open and i went further, and then after a few kilometers stopped by Nyamakad Water Falls. My bad time, there wasnt any

    water at the falls and it was just the rocks to be seen. Not a ideal start, i pushed up further for my next stop, The Eravikulam National Park. I reached there exactly by 10 and there was such a huge queue

    awaiting to get the tickets into the park. The Queue easily outnumbered more than 200, and I was at the end of it. I was in two minds weather to take it off and leave to the next location or wait for the

    counter to open. The queue started moving at a snails pace and after an hour, I got the tickets into the park. Parked my bike behind the office and boarded a mini van that takes us into the Eravikulam

    national park, some 5 kilometers above the office. The roads leading to the park were very muh scenic, but they dont allow private vehicles into that forest area







    The mad driver, dropped us at the park in no time and we were set on our own. peeked into a small building at the park, Called 'Story of the Park' - It had pictures and photo cards about the history of the

    park. Came out and ventured into the park. A few steps in, a Nilgiri tahr sped past me and dis appeared as soon as i opened up the Cam. Going further up , i saw plenty of them, as close as it could get. They

    posed up really well, and i was happy clicking those







    Still further up, I found that the park had nothing other than these Nilgiri tahr's and the misty hilly spreading down. No doubt that it was an awesome sight, but i dreamt otherwise. Spent some time

    Capturing the scenery, and helped a few couples taking pitures of them. The end of the park came and the senery was just getting better. Came back down and had some snacks in the canteen there.

    boarded the bus and reached back the parking place. The roads and the scenery indeed is very refreshing, again tried cinvincing the forrest officer that i would just go up once on my bike and come down,

    but he wont allow





    The view down...



    Mist spreading down...



    End of the Park..





















    The roads after that were in a bad state, with potholes here and there, and the temperature started to rise having crossed munnar and coming down the hills. Stopped by Marayoor, the sandal wood forests

    for a break. Nothing picturesque and so i proceeded on. Down the hills, into Chinnar , the temperature started to boil up and i started to sweat again. Stopped by the Chinnar wildlife sanctuary and again it

    was cosed for the Day. Not what i really wanted out of the trip, most of the important locations being missed up. Crossed the kerala border, and into TamilNadu again. Needless of say, weather in tamil

    nadu was literally killing me.. No more green sight to go, was wondering how the next destination would be. Stopped at the first shop on the tamil nadu border, quickly emptied a tender coconut and

    headed to the Amaravathi Dam, just 6 kilometers away.







    The Dam..



    Lazy Crocodiles...



    The dam was asusual dry and literally nothing to see in it. The locals asked me to visit the Crocodile farm on the other side of the road. The entry fee into the farm was just 50 paise!! There were quite a few

    crocodiles in the farm and most of them just sleeping. Those awake were opening their mouth and threatening the kids. Took a few random shots and started to Valparai, my last destination for the day.





    It stinks like hell...







    Called up Keerty, a.k.a Thy @xBhp and told him that i would meet him at N.M Sungam, a small town near his hometown, enroute to Valparai. He kindly obliged and i started off from the Amaravathi

    Dam. The roads were scenic, contradictoryly these were running through the agricultural lands and some Coconut farms. Few things which were astonishing for me was that, there are posers almost every

    where, even in villages and small towns! and Pulsars have become common in Villages these days. Few small bends and some straight roads and i was at N.M Sungam., called up Thy and he is still on his

    way. Stopped by a small parota shop and finished up my lunch. By then Thy reached and we headed to Aliyar dam.

    The Aaliyar lake..









    The dam was huge! The bulidings there reminded me of older tamil movies and we headed up into the dam. A few snaps and we started to Valparai, some 60 kilometers away and more specially there

    were 40 HAIRPIN BENDS!! We headed up and our next stop was at The Loams View, which gives a panaromic view of the dam. Meanwhile two of keerthy's friends joined us into Valparai. The mist started

    to settle down, while we were steadily cruising up. Few more friends joined up keerthy's gang and we lost 45 minutes and it was getting dark. With pictures becoming bleak, we sped the 40 hairpin bends

    and ventured into the Valprai Town.

    From the Loams View...







    Keerthy's friend tanked up,
    while Keerthy and myself went searching for a room to stay up for the night. Finally got into Myna Lodge, a decent enough lodge with twin beds. Paid 150 bucks for the room

    and went out and had our dinner. Came back to the lodge to find that there wernt any parking place and parked the ride with so much fear on my eyes. Checked with the staff a hundred times if the bike

    will be safe. Went in and locked the room while keerthy and his friends parted back to Pollachi, their home-town.

    Keerthy's friend.. KeerTHY and Me...




    My Ride...



    Mist Settling down..






    40 hairpin bends!!



    Finally, Thats stupid me...



    So yet another eventful day, mix of sad and happy emotions. Few places missed out but spending some good time playing with the Nilgiri tahr, speaking about elections on the road side tea shop and arguing TVS Star is no way better than a Enfield on those coconut farms were real special

    Total Kilometers for the day : 185
    Last edited by Ananth; 12-13-2009 at 12:06 PM.

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    Nice set of pics Ananth. Thanks for sharing, particularly the Nilgiri Tahr. Could not locate last time I visited.

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