Drive to kolukkumalai from chennai
This is my first travelogue , so excuse me for mistakes.
How it all started - After our fellow member Madhu (karma0306) drove home is new Figo Sports, the itch for a trip on the highway began as we were discussing, Vinoth (appu) noticed a long weekend covering Aug 15 Independence day which was the best time for every one to make it.
After several discussion through whats app group and cafe coffee day meets we narrowed down to Kolukkumalai and top station as the destination
The final count was 9 members.
Vinoth (Appu), Madhu (karma0306) , Jerwin , Aniruthan (Ani) , Dhaya (coolDhaya), Surendar, Karthikeyan (pkk_84) , karthikeyan (karthikkrish) , Ramanathan.
Span:4 days and 5 nights. Between 12.08.2017 to 16.08.2017
Cars : Ford Figo sport TDCI , Ford Ecosport TDCI , Mahindra Thar CRDE. Day 1 ( 12-08-2017)
It was a tiring day after office for everyone almost half past 12 we all assembled at Vinoth’s place. We started the journey by 1.30 am, with the American brothers all prepped up for the trip.
That day being the start of a long weekend chennai to Chengalpattu was jam packed. Spontaneously Vinoth and Karthikeyan pkk came up with an idea to pick a different route to reach Melmaruvathur via Manapakkam and Thiruporur. The roads were very small and not so good, still it saved us time as we were continuously moving instead of driving in bumper to bumper traffic if we had continued in NH .
Finally reached Tiruchirappalli after 7 long hours of travel because of traffic. Had breakfast and started the trip towards Suryanelli, we reached by 4 clock in the evening after driving for 14 hours.
The Ghats section to reach suryanelli was wonderful roads were super good no issue what so ever. We had our rooms booked in Silver Mount Holidays. Very good place to stay, good food and enough place to park our cars safely.
We spent the evening around the hotel going for a walk enjoying the climate and the scenic view. Day 2 (13-08-2017)
The day began with the sound of Surendar's Mighty Thar roaring in front of the hotel gate to join the crew . After which Figo was pampered into a corner parking as it started to hibernate in peace. We Had breakfast and started the most awaited journey to Kolukkumalai with Thar and Eco sport :D
We did some serious off-roading with the ecosport it did struggle here and there but Karthikeyan pkk made it look like a walk in the park for the urban suv , Meanwhile THAR was like did someone even say off-roading ?
After few kilometers, we stopped near a waterfall and we didn't want to continue as the path was filled with big rocks, also we were warned by a auto driver that we shouldn't be taking private cars into the trail as the mountain is a private property and vehicles need to pay a permit kinda fees to proceed and only yellow board vehicles are allowed inside. :O
The same guy helped us book a jeep taxi and also safely park our cars, we were a bit concerned about the cars as both of them had Aux lights and many valuables inside. The jeep drive uphill took about an hour, some serious off-roading them Mahindra jeeps made it look so easy, ultimately that one of a kind drive led us to a view point.
We got out of the jeep (I was still shaking for few seconds even after getting down
) and walked towards the view point it was a easy 15 mins walk which took us to a breath taking view between two mountains, we took infinite photos there.
As we started walking back to the jeep, we received a call from Aniruthan (who was on his way from Madurai to join us) stating that he had reached the view point in a separate jeep and was looking for us. He joined us in the view point as we started our journey downhill.
P.S- Kudos to both the Jeep drivers, highly talented and humble.
Boarded our cars and had lunch in a hotel nearby (Note: people from Tamil Nadu, never ever order biriyani in Kerala :-/ ), after which we explored around and found a small water falls where we spent time and fun. Enjoyed the cold water and just before dark we returned to the hotel.
We spent the night exchanging photos captured that day with each other and chit chatted through the night, one of the best nights of the trip.
To be continued