Exploring Western Ghats : Part 12 : Ooty – Hyderabad

Exploring Western Ghats : Part 12 : Ooty – Hyderabad

Hyderabad / May 28 – May 29 It was time to get back. I wanted to drive all the way back to Hyderabad but we started late around 10:30 AM from Ooty. In addition to that we have this soft rule which prevents us from driving after dark. We have driven enough in the dark and it’s just not enjoyable. Route Recap Hyderabad – Chennai – Kodaikanal – Marayoor – Munnar – Kochi – Vagamon – Thekkady – Munnar –…

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Exploring Western Ghats : Part 11 : Ooty

Exploring Western Ghats : Part 11 : Ooty

Ooty / May 23 – May 27 Despite knowing the fact that Ooty is probably the most crowded hill station in this region, we decided to stay there for a week. 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 23, 2016 We checked out around 10:00 AM and started…

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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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