Showing posts from December, 2008

Wayanad - Coorg

This trip was in my mind since long and finally it took shape on 14-11-08. Myself and family along with Sunil & family were to catch Mangalore Exp from Trivandrum and Dinesh & family were to join us from Chirayinkeezhu. The train was scheduled at 8.45 PM and I was negotiating traffic to my home even at 7.30 PM. Surprisingly and thankfully, my wife Sreedevi had things packed in advance – this seldom happens – and we managed to reach back railway station in time. Dinesh and family joined us and we had a pleasant night in the train.
Day 1 : 15-11-08
                Reached Calicut by 6.30 AM. As planned, Shameer – our chauffer through the trip – was there with his Scorpio. Sunil was the man who had arranged Hotel Aryabhavan for us to have a fresh up. The view of the building itself was heart breaking and dear you will love to be out of it once you are in. Some how we were out of the shabby place and headed for Wayanad after Break Fast. Wayanad, as ever, greeted…

Manam Mutti Medu - Periyar Tiger Reserve

This time it is to Vallakkadavu in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. Myself & Manu started at 3.15 AM from Thiruvananthapuram in our Tavera. Reached Chengannur by 5.30 PM, picked Sinesh from there and were off by 6.30 AM. If Manu or Sinesh is in the team, I tactfully keep away from the wheels as they do it far better than me. We took a less travelled jungly route to Vallakkadavu through Pathanamthitta, Chittar, Seethathode, Angamoozhi, Moozhiyar, Kakki, Aanathode, Kochupampa, Gavi & Pachakanam. Had breakfast from Chittar by around 8 AM and reached Kochandi forest check post near Angamoozhi by around 9AM. Dwellings end and thick forest starts here & we were welcomed by wild fowls & Giant squirrels all around. 

                    Went past picturesque reservoirs of Moozhiyar, Kakki & Aanathode and reached Kochupampa by 12.45 PM. [In fact KSRTC plies a bus from Pathanamthitta to Kumili in this route. Last month I had tried that bus which starts from Pat…