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Munnar: A touch and go trip

April 19, 2010

After a long time, which is almost an year we, I have joined my colleagues for another trip to the god’s own country. Last time we went to Wayanad and this time it to Munnar. And this time the fun is bigger as we are 23 in number. But this is some sort of touch and go trip as it was decided as a weekend trip with no extension for another day. Considering we are travelling from Chennai it was difficult to see any place except the board saying ‘Munnar Welcomes you’ 😀 😀

This is the best photo I can find where we are all together:

In front (From left): Sujai, Pravin, Mathivanan, Lenin, Ravi, Ann, Sasiprabha, Archana, Lakshmi, Meenu, Bala, Ganesh

Back: Amit(you could see a head behind Mathivanan), Praval, Ravi, Raja, Sreejit, Karthik, Baiju, me.

The Start:

We all started by last Friday straight from office by night 10 to Udumalpet by bus. And the high spirits of the trip was about to be brought down by the bus conductor who played one of the dumbest tamil movie, ‘Masilamani’. But it good that it allowed some conversation between us to make fun of that movie. ‘Some good comes with the bad’ 🙂 🙂 After a little Chit chat I slept well enough that I woke just half an hour before the place we have to get down.

Thirumoorthy falls:


We reached Udumalpet by morning 7 and the van booked for us came a few minutes later as we headed towards ‘Thirumoorthy falls’ which is some 20 kilometers from there for bath. I had expectations about this place and didn’t’ even know it is existed. But it’s a real good place scenic and also a good place to have a bath. We have been said that there is no water from falls that time but then luckily it’s not true. It has a temple along with it and we have to walk a good distance of a kilometer to reach the falls. The path is fully covered with trees and mountains. Oh! Forgot to mention, the monkeys. There are enough monkeys which will easily out populate the no. of people visiting the falls. Its along time since I have took bath in a falls but I am not excited about this as I have fear for places surrounded by water. This falls is not frightening as the water fell from a perfect height and amount of water is good. As the place is not that well-known one the crowd is also quite less which allowed us to take a good bath.

Another too good meal in Kerala:

It took more than an hour for everybody to get bath and dressed up which is around 11:30, which meant we miss our breakfast. We made up for that by taking enough spiced up mangoes but still the hunger on that day was too much. But no hotels nearby and we traveled another 1 hour to find one in a town called Marayoor. A very small town with shops for only 100 meters but they had a good hotel which is much for our delight. Once again we ordered anything called non-vegetarian and finished them in jiffy. Its a very satisfying meal and I have to say Kerala is one of the best place to eat. After 3 trips in 4 years to various parts of Kerala I can assure that. Another best thing about having food there is, the after meal lime soda. And its damn cheap there. Only 5 rupees. If I have the same in my office it will be some 15 rupees and they don’t even mix the salt or sugar well with soda 😡

Picture perfect place:


A good sleep always a good meal and what better place than a window seat while travelling. After an hour of sleep, the van stopped by as everybody in the van found a place which is so picturesque and thought that it will become more beautiful by our presence 😛 😛 Its a kind of place I wanted to see for a long time. A low bridge with a small river running under it over small rocks. It’s so perfect. No wonder we spent more than an hour there. Superb place and don’t miss this one if you go to munnar by this route.

Reached Munnar and Silver clouds:


By evening 6, we reached the board which screamed ‘Munnar welcomes you’ a point we wanted to touch. And I am glad as we travelled a good 20 KMS after that. Some shopping was done in the town for an hour and we marched towards the hotel ‘Silver Clouds’. By 8:30, we reached there and all get dressed to have a good dinner. After the dinner we enjoyed the campfire. That was the first time after 17 years I am in a camp fire but the way the hotel guys arranged those woods would frighten anybody. It about 6 feet and the fire is for about 8 feet. And the temperature now is almost the same as in Chennai in night. Did they tried to make feel ourselves home there???? 😉 God knows. Its a fun filled night thanks largely to Praval who almost made everybody laugh with his antics. All this fun continued till morning 2 AM and we are off to sleep cursing the ‘not-so-cold’ weather of Munnar. Weather is pretty ordinary that nobody shivered after spending some 4 hours in open.

Rooms are too good for comfort and slept well only to wake up after 8. But the morning is not typical of Munnar with Sun blazing away. Even though it didn’t made us to sweat, its not the kind of climate we expected. We had a nice breakfast which consist of Appam, Idly and Kadala curry, a Kerala special. Good thing about it is, I never felt my tummy is full even after gulping twice the quantity I usually have. After breakfast we all started from there around 10:30. As we reached munnar almost by the dark we couldn’t see the beauty of it but in the morning we din’t missed it. The travel in those hill station is quite exciting. I t allows us to observe and enjoy the beauty of the place unlike the flat highways. The valleys and the tea gardens are really beautiful to see but the climate is horrible compared to munnar’s standard’s. We stopped at a place called View or valley point for another photo session. And before we could travel for another 10 minutes few suggested that it’s not at all good after coming all the way here and not taking picture by standing in tea gardens. So another photo session happened there for some 20 minutes.

Even after travelling for some 1 and a half days we didn’t seen a place in particular so we decided go for hi-speed boating. And its quite good and also worth for the money. For the first time I have worn the life jacket on me 😀 :D. After all this clock ticked to 3 PM and the alarm in the stomach reminded we are yet to have our lunch. We reached the munnar town by 3:30 PM and had a good heavy meal in Hotel Guru’s. It’s really good guys for Non-veg. Try it whenever you go there. And from there it’s all about travelling and more travelling as we caught the bus for Chennai in Tirupur some time beyond our scheduled departure time. But thats a bus of 30 seater and we occupied 23 seats. So nobody questioned us or made a scene of it. But the travel running guys really had a hard time in making us realize that we are way behind the time and not letting us out once we entered into the bus 😀 😀 And there we are, back to the insane world of complex programs by Monday.

Pictures:

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Personally I loved this trip over Wayanad as I enjoyed myself much by singing and dancing while travelling… its quite fun 😀 😀

PS: The Slideshow option in WordPress is really exciting… Superb one 🙂 🙂 and also they have introduced a new theme called ‘Inuit’ which is very nice. Try it guys. I have previewed it and the blog looked great. But only drawback is there is no custom header.

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2010 9:25 am

    ahhh…thirumoorthi falls..I had near desth experience there once!!
    Nice pics BTW! 🙂

    kanagu: OH 😦 😦 thanks Kavitha… 🙂 🙂

  2. April 19, 2010 11:04 am

    Awesome slideshow option! 😀 😀

    kanagu: Its great na.,… you have got one another good reason to shift to WordPress 😀 😀
    I wanted to read ur post so quickly that I am now reading it in office! 😛

    kanagu: Thank you… thank you 🙂 🙂
    Will comment on it properly once I reach home 🙂

    kanagu: Waiting 🙂 🙂
    Looks like you had a blast, eh? 😉

    kanagu: Yeah… 😀 😀 its too good…

  3. April 19, 2010 11:20 am

    You are lucky that your old gorup manages to organise get together’s like these!!! And with a group what matters is having fun (even if not much sight seeing happens) and ut shows you enjoyed 🙂

    kanagu: OMG… they are not old group… they are working with me now too 😀 😀 Am I confused you??? 🙄 🙄

    And yeah.. I enjoyed a lot…
    Wishing you many more trips like these 😉

    kanagu: Thanks Smita 🙂 🙂

    • April 20, 2010 10:02 pm

      Oh! I thought it was your college group 🙂

      Kanagu: he he he 🙂 🙂

  4. April 19, 2010 1:54 pm

    Wow! that looks as well sounds like you guys had a wonderful time together 😀 😀

    kanagu: Yes.. we had 🙂 🙂
    Getting time to catch up and socialize with friends, spend sometime together is fantastic 😀 😀
    Cool pictures 🙂 🙂

    kanagu: Thank you.. 🙂 🙂
    Your outing made me want to go for one myself with my colleagues and friends 😀 😀

    kanagu: you should go… and there are plenty of places in Australia, I guess….

  5. April 19, 2010 3:24 pm

    Looks like you’ve put on weight with kadala curry and appam, eh ??? What abt diet ??? Ate double the quantity !!!! LOL !!! Kanagu !!! Loved your whole trip. With pics and description, you made me want Munnar !!!! 🙂

    kanagu: Ha ha ha… I am putting on weight daily… and I don’t want to curse appama nd kadala curry for that 😀 😀
    Diet.. when I have said I am into diet…. something that is never going to happen in my life is that….

    Slideshow option – I am going to do a post, esp to feature this. What do u say ????

    kanagu: For sure…. its great and love to see the great clicks of yours…. 🙂 🙂
    Its a lovely trip, which you’ll cherish in your memories forever !!!! 🙂

    kanagu: For sure… 🙂 🙂

  6. April 19, 2010 4:04 pm

    saapaadu, photo, saapaadu, photo, idu thavarey vere edaavaadu paanneenglaa ??? 😀 😀 😀 😀

    kanagu: Vere enna panrathu… yeah slept too 😀 😀 only 2 days… too much distance to cover 🙂 🙂
    We should probably plan a similar bloggers outing too, le ? hmmm…

    kanagu: Yes… we should… I am all for that… 😀 😀 what you say???
    Slideshow option in wordpress?? Wow, a new way to display my europe snaps, then !! 😀 😀 😀

    kanagu: ha ha ha… you can add lot of pics now for our benefit 😀 😀

  7. April 19, 2010 4:34 pm

    I think its time I plan a trip to Munnar again bcoz we missed the waterfalls or may be I donno the names of the falls we saw .. some 3-4 😉 😉

    kanagu: ha ha ha… you should and I am sure you will love it 😀 😀
    Awesome Kanagu .. going out with such a big team is so much fun no 🙂

    kanagu: Yes it is… 🙂 🙂
    Am surprised Vimmuuu did nt enquire abt any of the girls in the pic 😛 😛 I think someone hs hacked his account and posted the above comment 😉 😉

    kanagu: I think the reality of not-anymore-single or responsible-huband thought has dawned on him now 😛 😛
    Slideshow option is gud .. a theme without custom header somehw is a no-no for me 😀

    kanagu: Yes it is… try it… we don’t have to compress the pics… 🙂 🙂 and thats the same for me.. hence abandoned that theme…

    • April 21, 2010 6:10 pm

      Responsible husband? U think he understands that 😛

      kanagu: he he he 🙂 🙂
      But I think our gud friend is on his way to being one … cmg out of his night shift mode n all that 😉 😉

      kanagu: yeah… see he is changing… 😀 😀

  8. April 20, 2010 2:01 am

    Wowww!! lovely pics, beautiful place.. always wanted to go there… sometime, maybe 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks Pal… you should visit… 🙂 🙂 haven’t you visited Munnar yet????
    Btw, the hammock in the room looked so comfy!!! And no offence meant, but the pic of the gentleman in yellow trousers brought a huge smile to my face.. reminded me of IHM’s posts on how Indian men like ‘pink’ colour :-)))

    kanagu: hmmm… I am the one who is wearing pink shorts 😀 😀 anyway thats what we got for emergency… 😀 😀 no good colours….

  9. April 20, 2010 6:50 pm

    Lovely pics …. I always wanted to visit Kerala esp Munnar…. never got a chance 😦
    Ur pics walked me thro them 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks Shilpa…. visit the place.. you will love it…. 🙂 🙂

  10. April 20, 2010 11:24 pm

    I read this post before and thought i commented.Came to check the slide show.

    Nice snaps,i also felt u have put on weight. 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks ka 🙂 🙂

  11. Aryan's mom permalink
    April 21, 2010 9:29 am

    You had good time…I have never been to munnar..I think I should plan one trip now…

    kanagu: You should visit the place…. its really nice 🙂 🙂

  12. April 21, 2010 10:26 am

    Hmmm…beautiful pictures! We have not yet visited this place. You are lucky, Kanagu, you have got so many good friends and you are able to plan and visit places together. These types of trips are the best. You will never forget.

    Enjoy life!

    kanagu: Thank you.. thank you… yes this is one of the best trips I ever had.. 🙂 🙂 you too visit Munnar soon.. you will love it for sure… 🙂 🙂

  13. April 21, 2010 4:54 pm

    niiice updates Kanagu! 🙂

    The pics are beautiful… Munnar is a beautiful place 🙂

    kanagu: Thanks Pixie 🙂 🙂

  14. April 21, 2010 9:28 pm

    Its so hot everywhere that hill stations are having bad climate too! nice pics and description.

    kanagu: True Reema… every place is becoming hot.. 😦 😦 thank you 🙂 🙂

  15. April 21, 2010 9:43 pm

    oh my god! To be in the work force these days seems so much fun! lovely pix! Munnar is on my list of must ( hopefully) visits!

    kanagu: ha ha ha 🙂 🙂
    you should visit the place soon.. plan for it when u r back in India 🙂 🙂

  16. April 22, 2010 11:51 am

    Nice snaps Kanagu..Hope you enjoyed the trip.. 🙂

    Kanagu: Yeah… I enjoyed it much 🙂 🙂

  17. April 22, 2010 10:27 pm

    Ohh you also started ‘revealing ‘ yourself ‘ in blog???? …will come back later to comment properly kanagu 🙂

    kanagu: I have already posted few photos of mine here Anish 🙂 🙂 surely.. waiting 🙂 🙂

  18. April 22, 2010 11:31 pm

    never been 2 munnar eventhough i’m from kerala! now i really feel like goin!!!

    kanagu: U should visit that place dude 🙂 🙂

  19. April 23, 2010 2:22 pm

    Hey Kanagu.. awesome pics and looks like you had great fun. We had been to Wayanad recently and even it was so hot. I had heard that it will not be hot but I was shocked to see the weather there.

    kanagu: Thanks AK… 🙂 :)yes we had… I enjoyed a lot… 🙂 🙂
    Last year I went to Wayanad by May.. its cool at that time….

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