Tuesday, August 26, 2008

When God Said, "Welcome to my abode"

Destination Profile : Munnar
: From Bangalore to Munnar
Number of days: 2

"As green as Munnar". Say this to your children when you are teaching them to identify colours.

(Morning 5:30 am sunrise at the Tamil Nadu Kerela border.)
Left Bangalore station at 6 pm boarding Kochuvelli express and reached Coimbatore at 4 am next day. With a fresh body and an excited mind we were all set for the surprise to unfold. Soon the view around made itself clear as the dawn broke and the route looked spellbinding. The picturesque towns looked exactly like picked from those Tamil films. Then started the enchanting ghats as we hit the Kerela border.
If you are planning for Munnar take the Coimbatore Munnar route on road to see exquisite scenery. It takes around 4 hours on road.
(Ghats at Coimbatore Munnar road)
As the ghat roads moved through the preserved forests and wildlife sanctuary, with steep cliffs on either side my parents were visibly amazed. With Sun just rising behind the hills the moment looked heavenly. Within an hour's ride, we reached what I call the first part of the surprise, Munnar also the Kashmir of the south. Everyone of us shrieked with excitement when we first saw those green covers of plantations. It looked like someone has draped the hills them with green quilts. We reached a point where we were surrounded with green plantation hills on all the sides.
That was heaven for me. Spending the whole day exploring the nature's best place in south with some shopping and good food we were ready to leave the next day. My dad was unwilling to leave Munnar so early. But little did he realise that there were more surprises in store. Soon after we bid goodbye to the mighty hills of Munnar, we found ourselves amidst deep jungles of the western Ghats.

(I love this backdrop)

(Verdant lush green plantations behind my parents )

How to reach Munnar:
  • Nearest airport: Madurai (Tamil Nadu), about 140 km away Cochin International Airport, about 190 km away
  • Nearest railway station: Theni (Tamil Nadu), about 60 km away, Changanacherry, about 93 km away

It is recommended to stay in homestays than hotels. They are cheaper and provide a more homely atmosphere.

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