Exploring Western Ghats : Part 9 : Kalpetta Wayanad

Exploring Western Ghats : Part 9 : Kalpetta Wayanad

Kalpetta, Wayanad / May 16 – May 20 After a fun weekend full of some really nice drives and staying closer to nature, it was time to move closer to towns in search of the mighty 3G. We decided to stay in Kalpetta as we weren’t sure of connectivity elsewhere. Route Recap : Hyderabad – Chennai – Kodaikanal – Marayoor – Munnar – Kochi – Vagamon – Thekkady – Munnar – Palakkad – Kalpetta (Wayanad) – Masinagudi – Ooty –…

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Exploring Western Ghats : Part 8 : Palakkad Wayanad

Exploring Western Ghats : Part 8 : Palakkad Wayanad

Munnar – Palakkad – Wayanad / May 14 – May 15 Yet another weekend and we need to drive long distance. Target is Palakkad, Kerala where we halt for the night before moving on to Wayanad. Route Recap : Hyderabad – Chennai – Kodaikanal – Marayoor – Munnar – Kochi – Vagamon – Thekkady – Munnar – Palakkad – Kalpetta (Wayanad) – Masinagudi – Ooty – Ananthpur (AP) – Hyderabad. For previous part, click here May 14, 2016 Started around…

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Exploring Western Ghats : Part 7 : Munnar

Exploring Western Ghats : Part 7 : Munnar

Munnar / May 9 – May 13 May 9, 2016 My wife had never been to Munnar before, so it was obvious choice. We drove to Munnar from Vagamon via Idukki Dam route. Beautiful scenery all along the way. We tried really hard to locate the point from where you can get to the Dam but all in vain. Google Maps didn’t help and we didn’t care to ask for directions. So, we drove straight to Munnar. Not many food…

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Exploring Western Ghats : Part 6 : Munnar- Kochi- Vagamon

Exploring Western Ghats : Part 6 : Munnar- Kochi- Vagamon

Munnar / May 2 – May 6 On Monday morning, I started for Munnar. It’s 40 KMs drive from Marayoor. I was already getting hungry for the overdose of the famous tea gardens. I did get a glimpse of them yesterday while on my way to KDHP factory for a tour but that wasn’t enough. Stopped at the Lakkam Waterfall on my way. Lesser number of because of Monday but still significant. So, didn’t go for a bath but just…

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Exploring Western Ghats : Part 10 : Masinagudi

Exploring Western Ghats : Part 10 : Masinagudi

Masinagudi / May 21 – May 22 Another weekend and we are off to the wild side. We decided to stay at Masinagudi. It was highly recommended by a friend. Route Recap Hyderabad – Chennai – Kodaikanal – Marayoor – Munnar – Kochi – Vagamon – Thekkady – Munnar – Palakkad – Kalpetta (Wayanad) – Masinagudi – Ooty – Ananthpur (AP) – Hyderabad. For previous part, click here May 21, 2016 Woke up at regular noon time, had lunch and…

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Exploring Western Ghats : Part 5 : Marayoor

Exploring Western Ghats : Part 5 : Marayoor

  Kodaikanal – Amaravathi – Marayoor / Apr 30 – May 1 May 1, 2016 Marayoor is ~40 kms away from Munnar, one of the most popular tourist place in Kerala. This place is not as famous as Munnar, nevertheless has beautiful destinations to be explored  having national parks, waterfalls, forests & villages. Route Recap Hyderabad – Chennai – Kodaikanal – Marayoor – Munnar – Kochi – Vagamon – Thekkady – Munnar – Palakkad – Kalpetta (Wayanad) – Masinagudi –…

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Yana Caves : The Small Wonder of Western Ghats

Yana Caves : The Small Wonder of Western Ghats

Yana  is a village located in forests of Northern Karnataka, India which is known for the unusual Karst (Asteroid) rock formations. Proximity : 175 km from Goa & 53 km from Gokarna. If you ever happen to visit any of these famous tourist places, Yana Caves is perfect for a day trip with your family. How to reach there : If you are opting for a roadtrip with your car or a hired Taxi, take a diversion from NH-66 near Kumta towards SH-69. Its a…

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Exploring Western Ghats : Part 4 : Amravathi Dam : A small wonder on Kodaikanal-Marayoor Weekend Roadtrip

Exploring Western Ghats : Part 4 : Amravathi Dam : A small wonder on Kodaikanal-Marayoor Weekend Roadtrip

Kodaikanal – Amaravathi – Marayoor / Apr 30 – May 1 Apr 30, 2016 Today was a weekend, It was time to say goodbye to Kodaikanal & run away from claustrophobic touristic spots to a less crowded town out. Destination was Marayoor, Kerela (40KMs from Munnar towards Annamalai Tiger Reserve). The route of choice was TN-MDR-170 (Kodaikanal-Perumal Malai-Palani). Route Recap Hyderabad – Chennai – Kodaikanal – Marayoor – Munnar – Kochi – Vagamon – Thekkady – Munnar – Palakkad –…

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Exploring Western Ghats – Kodaikanal – Part 3

Exploring Western Ghats – Kodaikanal – Part 3

Route Recap Hyderabad – Chennai – Kodaikanal – Marayoor – Munnar – Kochi – Vagamon – Thekkady – Munnar – Palakkad – Kalpetta (Wayanad) – Masinagudi – Ooty – Ananthpur (AP) – Hyderabad. Kodaikanal (April 24-29, 2016) For people who have been born & brought up in Northern Plains of India & were totally obsessed with 90’s Bollywood songs in their childhood, visiting Southern part of India with its lush green Tea gardens, Hill stations, Pine tree forests, Nilgiris etc is…

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Exploring Western Ghats : Hyderabad – Kodaikanal : Part 2

Exploring Western Ghats : Hyderabad – Kodaikanal : Part 2

This is part 2 of the Travelogue ‘Exploring Western Ghats’. Since it was a long road trip spread across 5 weeks, this Travelogue is drafted & published in parts. For Part 1 click here. Route Recap Hyderabad – Chennai – Kodaikanal – Marayoor – Munnar – Kochi – Vagamon – Thekkady – Munnar – Palakkad – Kalpetta (Wayanad) – Masinagudi – Ooty – Ananthpur (AP) – Hyderabad. Hyderabad – Kodaikanal / Apr 23 – Apr 24 2016 I dropped off…

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