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Palkulamedu – Muyalpaara

Heavenly Hillock Duo
    Though Paalkulamedu was in the hit list for long, couldn’t reach up to it in earlier ventures to Cheruthoni. This time I was determined, despite deterrents, as Arun, a native of Chelachuvadu, the base of the hillock, offered necessary support. Left Govt. Guest House at Cheruthoni, early morning, and drove along Cheruthoni Ernakulam route. On reaching Chelachuvadu, met Subin, an experienced driver in the terrain, who later amazed us – read it as frightened – with his unmatched driving skill.
            It was just eight in a misty morning, as we boarded Subin’s 4WD vehicle. Deviated from Cheruthoni – Ernakulam road at Churuli and the initial stretch went through plantations. Ten minutes later, the road appeared to end in front of a mud wall and only on drawing close, another narrow track at about 120 degree, got into view. Subin had to shift to the reverse gear twice, to get the vehicle on the track and this went routine, in almost all the hairpin curves…