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KochuPampa Gavi Revisited

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Just after the trip to KochuPampa, mentioned in the earlier post, an occasional mention on the beauty of the place, to Manu and Manoj, forced me to get ready for a revisit, just a week after the earlier. This time I should make it to Ponnambalamedu – I decided - had discussions with ShibuChettan – the only man who could be of help - and set out by 4.30 AM on 18th of May 2009. He is an Engineer at KSEB KochuPampa, from where Ponnambalamedu is just 4 kms through woods. Picked Shibu Chettan from his residence at Kilimanoor and stopped at Nilamel to accommodate Rajan Chettan, a friend of Shibu Chettan, who opted to join us in the last minute. Paleo 1.3 Multijet, owned by Manu, took only 7 hours to take us to Vandiperiyar, nearest town to Uppupara – via Ayur, Anchal, Punalur, Pathanamthitta, Ranni, Erumeli, Mundakkayam, Kuttikkanam. Loaded the vehicle with eatables and reached Vallakkadavu Check post by around noon. And now it was test time for the Paleo. We had to take Raju chettan, the o…

KochuPampa – Gavi - Uppupara - Idukki

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'Ila Veezha Poonchira' is a low profile hill station in Kottayam district and we planned a trip to this place, clubbing Idukki dam, to materialize from 10th to 12th of May 2009. The secretary, DTPC, Kottayam was an acquaintant of Sunil and we rang him up to explore the possibilities. We were informed that there are no accommodation options available at Ila Veezha Poonchira apart from an abandoned building belonging to the DTPC. If we were keen on it, he could arrange to clean it up for us and to post a helper cum cook for the day of our visit. He also warned us that there is no electric supply to this remote place. We had a second thought and finally decided to accept the risk. Our plan was to stay at Idukki Govt. Guest house on10th, and to proceed to Ila Veezha Poonchiravia Muttom, which is on the Idukki Thodupuzha stretch, on 11th so that we could spent a night and a day at Ila Veezha Poonchira. 

              We planned to take an off beat route to Idukk…