The NH condition was really good till before Coimbatore. When we are nearing Coimbatore, there was a so many diversions due to Six lane bye-pass work. After crossing all the irritating diversions, there was a heavy traffic at one signal.There, Flyover was under construction, so we need to pass that signal. It ate some good 30Mins. after crossing the signal, we headed towards Valiyar. Thanks to my Android GPS, It helps me a lot to take a correct route.
From Valiyar to Thirrusor, there was one of the worst road. Thanks to Vista's ground clearance, Even at big path holes also, Vista's under body never scraped.
When nearing to Thirrusor, I found the car pulling to Right. I thought it was due to the worst road. But, at one condition, the Pulling force was at peak. I immediately stopped car & found, Front Right Tyre got Punctured. So changed the Tyre & started our Journey.
We reached Guruvayoor at 10:30Pm & had a dinner near Temple. then started to search for the room & got the room adjacent street to Temple for Rs.750 for 4 Members with car parking. The Room was really clean & neat. Worth to Pay. Day 2 : 18.11.2012
Waked up at 6:30am & Had a refreshing bath in room & went to temple around 7:30am. due to Malayalam month first week end, there was a huge-Queue in front of temple and we enquired some people & came to know that, they are standing from early morning 3:30am & still not entered into the temple.
We went inside the temple via Back Entrance and had a Dharsan of Lord Krishna from "Kodimaram
" itself & we have no time to stand in that large Queue. But, we had good Dharsan.
As I kept the Camera was at room, not able to take any Pic of Temple :(
Had a breakfast at opposite to the temple & went to Room, packed all the things. Before starting our journey, My Brother-in-law enquired about the nearby puncture shop to the hotel Manager. the manager sent a person along with us to show the puncture shop.
we repaired the puncture, As there was no Nitrogen air available I kept that Tyre as spare. Here I done a big mistake
. I asked the Puncture shop guy to check the air pressure for all four wheels. He said the air was low and he top-uped the ordinary air to the existing Nitrogen air. And we paid Rs.100 & started our journey towards "Kodumudi Bhagavadi Temple"
. On the Way to "Kodumudi Bhagavadi Temple"
Now you guys came to know, why Kerala is called as GOD'S OWN COUNTRY"
After Topuped the Air, We all felt the ride was very dumpy. It seems the Puncture guy kept the PSI more than normal. As the Wheel cap tag was removed while changing the Tyre, I purchased the 4 tag's for Rs.20 & kept 2tags as spare.
We reached "Kodumudi Bhagavadi Temple"
around 11:30am & had a very good dharsan then started towards "Chotanikara Temple"
. Here my Android GPS avoided state highways & shown some route's inside some Village. I just followed the route. Finally it reached the State highways. It was route was shorter than SH, but the roads good enough.
We reached Chotanikara around 1:30pm, but the temple was closed & they said, they will open at 3:00pm. So we waited for more than an Hour to had a Dharsan at 3:15pm. Once we finished our Dharsan at "Chotanikara" we headed towards Erumeli. Funny Moment:
Around 5:00pm: At one place I found a tea shop & we decided to have a tea. So I parked the car in-front of a shop and walked towards the Tea shop. there one person came to me & said that my car Tyre was not on road. first I didn't understand what he said. then I found he was correct
Again, Android GPS some single lane road to Erumeli, I just followed the route, it leads to Erumeli perfectly. At Erumeli we visited both Temple & Mosque.
The time was 7:30pm, so we thought to finish our dinner at Erumeli itself & we had Idly at one shop, it was rock solid
Now, Its a time to check, Vista's Headlight efficiency & Pulling capacity of Engine on the Hills. As I already mentioned, we are four members & we have a 25 Liters Mineral water cane & the boot full to things.
Vita's Headlight was awesome. In the forest, It never missed any spot from it headlights. the Low beam covered the full road & the High-beam(Focus) done its job very fantastically. when both (LOW & HIGH beam) was in action, you will never miss anything on road.
Vista produced a excellent torque & It not struggled at any time. Even, the Engine pulled the car with A/C without any trouble. Engine breathing was normal & we not felt, that we are climbing the hill.
Around 9:30Pm we reached Pamba river. there we all struggled to get the parking. there ware so many cars.As we are leaving the car alone, we decided to leave in entrance itself, so that the police & securities can watch my car easily.
there was a slope about to 45 degree. Even I took reverse & parked the car in slope. Dad & cousin kept big stones on all Tyres. But, if anyone removed the stones, my car will definitely come down because it was sand. then we again searched for good parking place. Pics from my Cousin, watching with fear, when my car will come down
Thank god an Fiesta left from Pamba & provided the space to park my Vista. We parked our car and we had a fresh bath at Pamba around 10:30pm.
Then we decided to reach Sanithanam on that day itself. As we already brought online-Q ticket. we shown the ticket in Pamba base camp & got the seal from Police officials. Day 3: 19.11.12
we started to climb the hill around 12:00am and reached the sanithanam around 2:30am.
Belive me Guys, there was a fog in mountain. but, we not felt any chillness. As Sanitahnam opens at 4:00am, Myself & my cousin slept for an hour. but, my dad & Brother-in-law just taken care of our belongings including us :)
We had a fantastic Dharshan of Lord Iyyapan around 5:30am and sat near Sanithanam for some 30mins. Then my Dad finished the Irumudi formalies & we all had a fantastic dharshan of Lord Iyyapan for 5times. Kodimaram:
Then we had a Free-breakfast at Sanitanam & started to climb down around 11:00am. Here are the Pics while Climbing down: Pamba in Day time:
Pamba Parking area: Whity waiting for Us in a shadow