Cochin - Munnar - Kodaikanal


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Here's a short report of our trip from Cochin-Munnar-Kodaikanal. Although Munnar wasnt planned initially, we decided to cover it since we wanted to try the Cochin-Munnar-Kodai route.

Started off from Cochin on 22nd April at 2PM. Roads are in a good shape but was crowded since it was the Easter weekend.

Here's the route info.

Cochin – Muvatupuzha (38kms) – Kothamangalam (50.8kms) – Adimali (101.7kms) – Munnar (133.5)
Kms represents the Odo reading

Reached Munnar at 5.30PM
As the trip to munnar was planned at the last second, we couldnt get any rooms. So opted for Marthoma Retreat Home. It was pretty decent.

Started off for Kodaikanal at 9AM (23rd April). Here's the route info

Munnar – Poopara – Theni – Periyakulam – Kodai Ghat Road to Kodaikanal
Total – 200Kms (Approx)

We had booked the rooms at “The Fern Creek” (3 nights/4 days). Heard about this resort from Trip Advisor. I should say it was one of the best holidays that I have had. As read from the Trip Advisor, excellent service and homely food. Although a bit expensive, it was absolutely mind blowing. Mr Praveen and Mr Anbu treated us really well and made sure that we enjoyed our trip.

We checked in at 1.30PM after a grand reception from the resort staff. They escorted us to our honeymoon suite. After a brief explanation by Praveen, he took us to the restaurant for the lunch.

On 23rd and 24th , Kodai was crowded and raining heavily. Went for a short drive to the Lake but couldnt step out since it was raining. On monday (25th), the climate was on our favor and sun was hot to our relief. Also since the weekend was over, it became less crowded. We decided to check out the places around the lake and the coaker's walk.

PT road is a good place to check out for some good eat outs. You have Pot Luck and another coffee shop right beside it (dont remember the name. Think it was something like “Azriel”). There are many shops here too.

Started our drive back to Cochin on 26th April at 11AM after breakfast. After leaving some valuable comments and feedback, we thanked Praveen and Anbu for the wonderful reception and hospitality that they provided.

Here's the route info:

Kodaikanal – Palani (53kms) – Pollachi (65kms) – Palghat – Thrissur – Cochin
Kms represents the total distance.
Total - 310Kms

Reached back at 4.30PM. The roads are in very good shape. The only bad section was in the 11th hairpin where they are re surfacing due to the recent landslide. Pollachi – Palani section was in a bad shape last year (patched up roads). They have resurfaced it and now it's in excellent condition. Here are the pics.
 

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Beautiful pictures.I think you had a wonderful stay there and had blast driving in those roads with swift.
Thanks dude. Yes, it was awesome. Highly recommend the resort. Excellent experience and beautiful roads.

Fabulous pics naveen! Hope you had a very pleasant journey & stay
Thanks a lot. Yes, had one hell of a trip.

Great Pictures naveen , BTW what camera are you using ?
Thanks dude. Not a skilled photographer. I used Blackberry Storm and Canon P&S. [;)]
 

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Those are some remarkable photographs, Naveen and precise travelogue too. Seems like a perfect place to chill out from the daily stress of cities. BTW, Did your Vento accompanied too by any chance? Because I can see one in a couple of pictures. Thanks for treating us with these pictures anyways.

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Those are some remarkable photographs, Naveen and precise travelogue too. Seems like a perfect place to chill out from the daily stress of cities. BTW, Did your Vento accompanied too by any chance? Because I can see one in a couple of pictures. Thanks for treating us with these pictures anyways.

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Thanks dude. Yes, a perfect place to stay. Highly recommend this resort. Wonderful staff and awesome hospitality.
Yes, Vento accompanied us till Munnar. They left off to Madurai and we found our way to Kodai.
 
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Naveen the pics are a treat to the eyes, describing the beauty of Kerala.

I have never been to kerala but will be planning a trip to few places in Kerala.

The roads are amazing in Kerala, I liked those broken roads on ghat for some reason....
 
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Thanks Mukesh. The first few photos are taken in Kerala. The Ghat section is in TN. Thats the Kodai Ghat road. But both the routes (Munnar-Kodai and Kodai-Cochin) are awesome. They have resurfaced the entire stretch and it's great to drive.
 

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Excellent pictures Naveen. Kudos to your photography.
I am sure you had loads of fun driving your Swift through the ghats. Share more pics of your ride in action.

I liked those broken roads on ghat for some reason....
Me too love the broken stretches, the only condition being that i am not behind the wheels of my City[lol].
 
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each one of the picture were so good ...

thanks naveen04in
Thanks Jayadev.

Excellent pictures Naveen. Kudos to your photography.
I am sure you had loads of fun driving your Swift through the ghats. Share more pics of your ride in action.

Me too love the broken stretches, the only condition being that i am not behind the wheels of my City[lol].
Thanks Akash. Yes, it was fun driving through the ghat section. The car stayed glued to the road. Thanks to Yoko S Drives.

Here's one pic of the car.
 

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