Friday, January 29, 2016

Kolukkumalai Hills


Kolukkumalai is a small village in Bodinayakanur Taluk in the Theni District of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is home to the highest tea plantations in the world with the tea grown here possessing a special flavour and freshness because of the high altitude. The approach road is via Suryanelli in Idukki district of Kerala. Kolukkumalai is about 7,900 ft above sea level and you can have some excellent views of the far off plains in the bordering State of Tamil Nadu. The distant hills slipping in and out of the mist is a captivating sight.    

The sprawling plantations and an old tea factory lend an old world charm to this place.  Go on a guided tour through the factory. The two-storied building, built in the 1930s, with its wooden interiors and aroma would present you some time-tested methods of tea processing. Here tea is processed in the traditional method, which is different from the more popular CTC (crush-tear-curl method). Tea lovers will be pleased to sip different varieties of tea from the tea tasting center here. Those wanting to take home the flavor, can buy fresh packets from the outlet attached to the factory. There are different varieties to choose from like the Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP) and the Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP). Get some tips from the salesmen on how to extract the different tastes.

Interesting facts:

Movies like Kumki/Kazhuku  and many more shot at this place.

Route and Transportation:

You have the option of a walk or an off-road drive in any vehicle with a very good ground clearance to get to the estate.

* Don’t try with your hatchback or sedans, better reach Suryanelli hire a Jeep, they will be charging between 1200 to 1500, which don’t think high, the road is such a beauty. Really need high off-roading skills to reach Kolukkumalai top. There is no restriction for private vehicles but remember the above points.

Route 1: From Munnar
Munnar-Chinnakanal-Suryanelli-Kolukkumalai

Route 2: From Thekkadi(Kumali)
Kumali-Udumbanchola-Poopara-Bodimettu junction(Bodi-Idukku road)Suryanelli-Kolukkumalai

Route 3: From Bodinaykanur:
Bodi-Bodimettu-Suryanelli- Kolukkumalaai


































Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Siruvani dam and Kalladikodan Hills

Siruvani dam is a dam in Palakkad District; Kerala located 46 km away from Palakkad town. This dam constructed across the  Siruvani River is for supplying drinking water to the city of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. The dam is surrounded by reserve
Forests. Muthikulam hill is situated on the eastern side of the dam. There is a natural waterfall in the hill. The waterfalls and the Dam are big tourist attractions. The famous 150 year old Pattiyar Bungalow is on the banks of the Siruvani Reservoir.
 
An agreement was executed in August 1973 between the state Governments for drinking water supply to Coimbatore town and  neighboring areas from the Siruvani Dam. Siruvani is also home to certain tribals like the Mudugars and Irulars.

Kalladikodan Hills:

A trip to Kalladikodan Hills is not just about enjoying a leisure time but beholding the beauty along with listening to the  Myths ad tales surrounding the hills. It has rich history that ranges from the uprising against the British to many a ghost  tale of Kalladikodan Neeli. The famous Siruvani Dam, the main water source to the city of Coimbatore ,is renowned for its taste and mineral properties.Attilla waterfalls,Kanjirampuzha ,Meenvallam waterfalls originate from this hills range. There  are many factors that make Kalladikodan hills a major spot on the tourism map of Kerala.

Route:

Siruvani Dam is only accessible for public from Kerala via Palakkayam Town near Mannarkkad town in Palakkad district. There
are 2 route in NH 213( Palakkad- Ramanattukara)between Palakkad and Mannarkkad. You can see Siruvani Eco tourism board on
left hand side while traveling towards Palakkad.

Route 1: Deviate at Chirakkalpadi, Kanjiram, Kanjirampuzha dam, Palakkayam
Route 2: Deviate at St.Johns Orthodox Church, Palakkayam


  

We have to book a trip in prior calling Injikunnu check post (04924-207042), there onward we have to use a hired vehicle

(forest  Department will arrange), entry fee is 30/head; jeep cost will be around 2000/ 8 person.

It will take approximately 3 hours covering

Siruvani Dam
Pattiyal Bungalow view
MGR Bungalow view
Pulmedu
Vellingiri hill view
Siruvani Dam view
You can see few waterfalls as well