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Kodaikanal - A different approach

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Long back, there was a road from Munnar to Kodaikanal, which went through Top Station, Vandaravu, Berijam and Moir’s pont. In the 90’s, the road between Topslip and Berijam was permanently closed, on wild life concerns. There after, the one via Udumalpet, Palani, and the other one via Batlagundu in the Munnar – Madurai stretch, were the only known routes to Kodaikanal. Then I read somewhere that there is a Jeep track up to Kadavari in Kerala and also from Kilavara in TN up to Kodaikanal. That meant, the 5 km stretch between Kadavari and Kilavara remains unconnected. Did some research on it and got different opinions. Some said there is a horse track used by farmers of Kadavari (infamous for Ganja cultivation) to take their products to Kodaikanal, via Kilavara. And another one said, it’s a Jeep track, which is a test even for a 4 wheel drive. Let’s see……………


                      A family visit to Kanthalloor and surroundings has long been under discussion, and we de…

Ila Veezha Poonchira - Silent Patch of Greenery

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As an earlier attempt to visit Ila Veezha Poonchira went out of our reach, this time we were determined. I, Sunil and our family got packed in our Alto and started at 9 AM on 5th August 2009. We took Ayur- Anchal – Punalur – Pathanamthitta – Ranni – Ponthanpuzha – Manimala – Ponkunnam route and reached Pala by 1.30 PM. After lunch, proceeded towards Thodupuzha, took a right deviation at Kollappilli, to bypass Thodupuzha town, and joined the Moolamattom road, at Muttom. Just after Kudayathoor, a sign board, directed right, reads ‘Ela Veezha Poonchira 8 kms’. Started the ascent from there. We had contacted the DTPC Kottayam earlier and had confirmed our night stay at Poonchira. The road was pretty smooth and picturesque, with a falls or a stream appearing occasionally.                        We had many stopovers for a snap or for a face wash and there at last, the tarred road transformed to a rocky hilly track. The local people confirmed that our Alto cannot be taken …