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A trip to Valparai through Athirappilly Waterfalls| Vazhachal waterfalls| Sholayar Dam| Aliyar Dam| 40 hairpin bends| journey through forest| Route Map|

Another unexpected trip happened to me last week, clearly on last Sunday (16/09/2012). Actually, I made the suggestion to go for a trip on Sunday to any nearby place, because many times, whenever I open my Facebook profile, I think about changing my profile pic. But I didn't get any. So I planned for a trip. When I told this to my roommates, one of them gave a suggestion to go to Valparai. We, four agreed with that suggestion without any second thought. The next step is to find out a car...! But it was the difficult part, and we got one on Saturday night only.

There was no confusion in selecting the route, because one of my roommate did this trip already...!

The route we selected is:
Karunya Nagar (Coimbatore)- Thrissur- Vadakkunnatha Temple- Holy Land Church, Chalakkudy- Athirappally Waterfalls- Vazhachal Waterfalls- Valparai- Sholayar Dam- Aliyar Dam- Pollachi- Karunya Nagar(Coimbatore) - A total of 420 Kms in 1 day.

Atlast the most expected moment came, car was ready (a taxi, Tavera) and our team includes 7 members, my roomates (Jais, Seth and Anoop), my classmate Sarath, and friends Saju and Bhabani. Actually Bhabani is from Orissa, he is going to Kerala for the first time, and it was the prime attraction of our trip too...! We all woke up at 4.30 itself, done a quick bath and now all set to go...! And we started from here, at 4.45 am. We and our driver need a warm up in that cold atmosphere (don't mistook anything), we took a short stop at Alandurai, and had a strong COFFEE. Then its enjoyment time. As usual the Coimbatore-Palakkadu highway is very beautiful with both sides full of hilly areas and greenery. Actually our driver was an experienced one, he cruised through the road.

After Valayar Check Post, within half an hour we crossed Palakkadu Town. The road from Palakkadu to Thrissur was/is in very bad condition, but our driver made it with very ease, and whenever he got good roads, he cruised. And we reached Thrissur nearly at 8.30 am. We told our friend Sarath to wait there, being he was in his home for holiday. At that time our Orissa friend told us, that he need to visit any temple before starting the trip officially. But we only know that we are now at 'Cultural capital of Kerala', and we decided to visit Vadakkunnathan Temple, which is famous for Thrissur Pooram. Myself and my friend went inside and offered our prayers. He was very happy to see the old Temple and the structures. But the main thing that made him more happy was, he is going to start the trip with blessings of Bhagvan.

Then we went to Bharath Hotel, a famous vegetarian hotel in Thrissur Round, near Ragam Theater. We had a nice breakfast there and we waited for our friend. At 9 am he came, and we started our trip officially. 

Next to go was Athirappally. But it was Jais' suggestion that on the way there is a church, and being it was Sunday, it will be good to visit that church also. So we went to Chalakkudy, Holy Land Church, where Jesus Christ's life is Sculptured and it was really a great experience for all of us. It was made very carefully, and very beautifully. We spent nearly half an hour there. Friends made their prayers there, and we started again to Athirappally. 

The route to Chalakkudy and then to Athirappally is in very good condition, and Chalakkudy is just 30 kms away from Thrissur. From Chalakkudy, you need to take a left cut to state highway, and some more left and right cuts as shown in map, that will lead you to the Athirappally Road. Just 31 kms ride, roads are little bit curvy and in some places roads become narrow too...!

From Athirappally, we need to take tickets to enter into the waterfalls area. Nicely made entrance will welcome you, some small small tea shops, snacks shop and hotels are there. Also, that area is having good parking ground too, but the driver need to be very much skilled to park the vehicle in between the trees without troubles. After an easy parking (I told already, our driver was that much good), we started walking towards the waterfalls entrance. Took a group photo, and then a small walk, through the forest, through the nicely paved land...! Monkeys are the main attractions, or main animal one can see there. So please keep in mind and take care, not to keep any food items on your hand or your children's hand.

For more information about Athirappalli and Vazhachal waterfalls, how to reach there, and where to stay, please see this post too...!
http://xploresouth.blogspot.in/2008/08/athirappally-vaazhachal-waterfalls-one.html






It is really a rocky area, and we went to the top of waterfalls first. The beauty we saw, we enjoyed there, cannot be explained in words. I think photos can explain it well. people can go to the waterfalls too, where the film shootings regularly happens. That area is superb with water shower, and one cannot differentiate whether its water or it is mist...! We got very good company there; lots of tourists were there to enjoy the nature's beauty at its best. All were having very good cameras too, and that is what we missed a lot, and a good photographer. But we were having a 12 megapixel camera, given by our classmate, and we tried to explore a lot with that. Thanks to that friend...!

After spending a good time in water, its time to take a leave from Athirappally. On the way back we enjoyed the play by a mother monkey and her two children. It was 12.15 noon, and we have to take food from there, because after that there won't be any hotels before Valparai. So we searched for a hotel, and we got one whose windows opens to the direct view of the sparkling waterfalls. We had a great Kerala food there.
 
Now its time to move on to Vazhachal waterfalls, which is just 8 kms away from Athirappally. We parked our vehicle, nearby the Check Post. Entrance is made of bamboos just like what we saw there in Athirappally. After taking group photo we entered into the nicely made garden. There they made a beautiful garden and arrangements for seating also. So people can enjoy the calm and quite waterfalls by sitting in the shore itself. Just like Athirappally this area is also a must watch. After taking some great snaps (still its the hot photos in our Facebook profiles, gaining lots and lots of 'likes and comments'...!) we walked back to the car.

At Vazhachal, there is a Check post by Kerala Govt. The police officers will check the vehicles thoroughly, and we need to give Driver License, number of Plastic Covers and plastic bottles. If any liquor is with you, that may become a problem. They will give a pass, that have to be submitted at Malakkappara Check Post. Then only they will allow you to cross the border. The superb forest route starts now. The roads are in good condition but very narrow, only one car can be passed at a time. One can expect vehicles from opposite side at any time too, that may be cruising car, SUV, a Bus, or a Heavy Lorry. Whatever, other than a small car comes opposite to you, giving side is little bit difficult. AS told already road is that much curvy, and is little bit accidental too. So slow or medium driving is better, with that one can enjoy the real greenery of nature, small small waterfalls, waterbeds and thick forest enroute.

Valparai is 60kms away from Vazhachal, but one must take nearly 2 and half hours to cover this distance. On the way one can see the Pipe House of Sholayar Dam and its pipe lines. We got a good rain on the way, and the road automatically gave way to mist. It was a nice experience. The road becomes slippery, and we found some bikers struggling. Also we faced some tight situations with two cruising Innovas.
 
 After Malakkappara Check Post, there also we need to give Driver's License and Vehicle number, we took a small stop to warm up ourselves. We bought some traditional food items to eat and we ordered for coffee, a strong coffee...! With that misty cold environment that coffee was a must thing for us and especially for our driver. After spending half an hour we started our trip again enjoying the nature and cracking jokes inside the car. On the way to Valparai itself, one can see the Sholayar Dam reservoir. The Tea estates greenery starts now. Both sides of the road was filled with nicely arranged tea plants. It was really a nice scenery, that looks like Munnar or better than Munnar.

Next we reached Sholayar Dam, which is 20 kms away from Valparai. It is having a large Reservoir, and the shores of river looks good, fully covered with green dense forest. We spend nearly half an hour there, taking many photos with the green and blue sceneries as background. We are now on the way to Aliyar Dam. The most beautiful and challenging road starts here. Aliyar dam is nearly 50kms away from Sholayar Dam. That long stretch includes 40 hair pin bends, which makes the route most challenging to a driver. Not only the hairpin bends, one can expect sharp and small bends also. Literally on the way, there is no straight roads...! On the way there is a View Point, from where one can see the curvy ghat roads and a distant view of Aliyar Dam. And atlast we reached Aliyar Dam at 5.45pm. There we need to take tickets to enter into the Dam site. They won't allow anybody after 6 pm. Fortunately we got permission to enter and to stay there upto 6.30 pm. We walked through the nicely maintained garden and climbed up to the top of the Dam, from where we can see the Reservoir.  We walked through the Dam, took many photos, and spend a lot of time there, only because that was our last place of visit in this trip. There we saw many enjoying Boating through the dam. But we were not at all interested in boating, we were all busy with taking photos and making the atmosphere noisy. Actually we didn't expect that we can cover all these places in one stretch. The full credit goes to our Driver.

And the sun starts changing its color to yellow, then to orange and is ready to hide from us...! And its time for us to leave the place too.

Now nothing to think, its time to go back to the starting point, Karunya Nagar, Coimbatore. For that we need to go by Pollachi. We had a heavy food at Pollachi, and our car started to cruise above 110 kmph, and we reached Karunya Nagar at 9.30pm.





The Route Map for the whole trip is as given:



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16 comments :

R Niranjan Das said...

Nice post on Valparai.

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kunju said...

Hi sreeraj,

its nice.. i'm planning to visit by next week :)

do u have any idea that whether they allow bikes in this road? thru athirapally, shokayar and then to valparai?

kunju said...

Hi sreeraj,

its nice.. i'm planning to visit by next week :)

do u have any idea that whether they allow bikes in this road? thru athirapally, shokayar and then to valparai?

PVS Nambiar said...

Thank you R Niranjan Das
Thank you kunju... Bikes are also allowed without any problem, but you have to take care about the timings and sharp curves...!

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