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Manjolai - Kodayar

8 - 03 - 09

                        Mr.Robert Manjolai, a man I got acquainted through the web, made this trip happen. As I have stated in my previous post, I was determined to drive past Manimuthar dam for Upper Kodayar. While I was busy searching for details regarding Manjolai and Upper Kodayar ,which falls within Kalakkad – Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve (KMTR) , hit upon this man, who had made avail his contact no., on the net, offering all details regarding Manjolai. He was born and brought up at Manjolai and now a legal practitioner at Madurai. Rang him up and he offered every help that he could extent. Would you believe that, it even included a free stay at his relative’s residence, inside Manimuthar tea estate.

              For the required permission from the Forest dept., I directly contacted the Range Officer, Ambasamudram, and he turned down my request, stating possibility of forest fire, as a reason. Using other contacts, I had a forest dept. official from Trivandrum, ring him…

Along Agasthya Mountain Base

Holidays in chain always tempts. And this time planned a two day trip along the fringes of Agasthya Biosphere - a complete circular lap with occasional peep ins. As always Sunil & Renji conceded. Started off at 9 AM on 22nd Feb in Sunil’s Alto. Drove upto Kallikkad near Neyyar Dam, took a right turn, and we were on Nedumangad – Arulvaimozhi road.

         First stop at Thripparappu Falls. Little water and overcrowded.

                 Left the place soon for Kulasekharam. Mathoor is around five km from Kulasekharam which boasts of the hanging trough, which connects two peaks with streaming water. Place worth a visit and the view from the trough is somewhat decent, not to call awesome.

                   Fresh pineapple sold at this place was equally sweet. Now a sudden twist in our planned program and Pechipara dam site is being introduced. Another deviation from Kulasekharam towards the mountains, and after around 10 kms ,we were at Pechipara. From the security officer…