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Bangalore to Munnar August 1, 2008

Filed under: My Trips — omus @ 7:00 pm
 District: Idduki, Kerela
 Coordinates: 10°06′00″N 77°04′00″E.
 Altitude: ~ 1700 Mts (5500 fts) above mean sea level
 When?— 12th Jan to 14th Jan,2008.
 How?—- Bike
 Who?— Me & Vignesh
 Distance travelled:– ~1400 KMs
 Route:- Bangalore– Mysore– Ooty — Metupallayam– Coimbatore– Pollachi — Munnar–Pollachi  — Tirupur– Salem — Hosur— Bangalore.
 Time taken: 3 days ( ~ 45 Hrs of driving)

12th Jan,2008: 7:30AM: Started from BTM Layout, Bangalore…filled in our BACHIs'(bikes) tanks.
11:00AM: Outskirts of Mysore.
3:00PM: Ooty (Udagamandalam or Octacamund)
5:00PM: Pykara falls
6:00PM:Exit from Ooty
8:00PM: Metupallayam…..(night halt here)

13th Jan,2008: 7:00AM: Started from Metupallayam
8:30AM: Coimbatore
11:00AM: Lost in a place called Anna Malai
12:30PM: Back on Track..on way to Munnar
2:00PM: Crossing Indira Gandhi National park…felt for 1st time…forests are there in India.
3:30PM: Munnar
5:00PM: Exit from Munnar
6:30PM: Exit from IG park…really had to push engine hard..because they say “Its jungle rule in night”.
9:00PM: Pollachi…night halt

14th Jan,2008: 6:00AM: Started for “TOP SLIP”…best for jungle dwellers sighting.
9:30AM: At Top Slip…somewhat dissappointed
11:00AM: Exit from Top Slip….towards Anna Malai.
12:00 Noon: Started from Anna Malai towards Bangalore.
3:30PM: Tirupur
6:00PM: Salem
9:00PM: Hosur
10:00PM: Bangalore

Munnar is famous for Tea gardens, Indira Gandhi National Park and not to mention highest peak of south India, Annamudi ( 2695 Mts or 8842 fts).

At top of Anamudi is Ernakulam National Park, home to endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Sad thing is that almost 90% of Anaimudi, is now Tea gardens and one won’t find its actual vegetation. (more…)