Just Driving – Through beautiful Valparai tea estates ,rich idamalayar reserve forest and Athirappilly

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Lovely road passing through tea fields

Drive Way : Coimbatore – Pollachi – Alyiar Dam – Valparai – Upper Sholayar Dam – Malakkaappara – Athirappilly Falls – Chalakudy  – Palakad – Coimbatore
Distance : 380 KM
December 2013

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As the Year-End shutdown began it was time for a ride.  Amar and me set destination to  Athirappilly Water Falls, soon after breakfast on a lazy Saturday we started from Coimbatore. En route to Valipari we drove through pollachis fertile  zone and  Aliyar Dam.

On the way to Aliyar Dam
On the way to Aliyar Dam
On the way to Aliyar Dam
On the way to Aliyar Dam
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At the check post located along Aaliyar we were asked few questions like Our Source ? What was our destination ?  Purpose ? once answered they did mention not to stop alongside the reservoir ( but you cant do that it’s a splendid view there )

Aliyar Dam
Aliyar Dam
Aliyar Dam
Aliyar Dam

Soon after we started the ghat section with 40 hairpin bends, ghat roads make me feel at home J, road is filled with twist and turns however this dizzy ride will keep you busy with the scenic view and wildlife.

Dizzy ghat road with Aliyar Dam in background
Dizzy ghat road with Aliyar Dam in background
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We were able to spot Nilgiri Tahr , Gray langur and lots of common langur.

Nilgiri Tahr
Nilgiri Tahr
True Skill !!
True Skill !!
Nilgiri Tahr !! Woo
Nilgiri Tahr at its best !

Valpari is filled with Tea Estates , We stopped for a refreshing Tea at Waterfall Estate and moved towards Upper Sholayar dam.

Waterfall Tea Company
Waterfall Tea Company
Lovely road passing through tea fields
Lovely road passing through tea fields
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Tea Fields
Tea Fields
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Upper Sholayar dam
Me just chilling
Upper Sholayar dam
Upper Sholayar dam
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As we reached Tamil nadu Kerala border were first stopped by TN police at Sholayar dam check post. They did check for driver licence , insurance , prohibition and more impotently for plastic bottles. Police men advice to throw all unwanted plastic materials in the garbage bin. Few mins away we were in malakkappara Kerala, here at the Kerala check post we filled in a form with no of plastic bottles and waited for few minutes. Police scanned the vehicle completely for plastic bottles   and plastic rapped eatables, they advised not to throw any on the way out. Really appreciate the way they are caring for the reserve forest.

XUV covering the whole road !!
XUV covering the whole road !!
Amar Relaxing :-)
Amar Relaxing 🙂
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As we drove down hill in a single road the forest got thicker and road condition was getting worse, giving way for the upcoming vehicles was not easy. However it was worth a drive as we reached the mesmerizing view of Sholayar reservoir.

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Sholayar reservoir
Sholayar reservoir

Few Kms before Athirappilly Falls there was a checkpost were we had to return them the form along with the plastic bottle count. We reached Athirappilly falls around 3:15 and had lunch.

Athirappilly Falls
Athirappilly Falls

Started back via Chalakudy , Palakad and reached Coimbatore arond 8 PM

Rainly Coimbatore
Rainly Coimbatore

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