The ancient Kodaikanal-Munnar road brings back memories of lush greenery, tea and coffee plantation aromas, thick forests and clean air. This magnificent road was one of India 's tallest roads and was closed in 1990. It was strengthened by the British for a potential Japanese invasion in the south as an escape route.
It occupies a total of 81 kilometres in the Dindigul and Theni districts of Tamil Nadu and the Idukki district of Kerala. Just south of Vandaravu Hill, the maximum elevation is 8,140 ft.
At an elevation of 6,900 ft at Kodaikanal Lake, it begins as Club Lane. With viewpoints at Pillar Rocks Viewpoint, Moir point, and the Green Valley View, also known as the Suicide Point, the views here are literally breathtaking. It sounds ominous, but the Upper Shola Road is well worth climbing.
There is a 40 km loop toward the villages of Poombarai and Kukkal called the Forty Mile Round. For trekkers and adventure enthusiasts, this is a sanctuary. This route brings you to the border of Kerala via Berijem lake. You can see the Mannavanu sheep farm and a glimpse of the cliffs along the way. To avoid getting lost in this paradise, we suggest you employ a local guide. The only business you can have here are tiny streams and rivulets. The planned Palani Hills Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park is the next stop. One of the World War 2 transit camps is a partly destroyed camp called the "British Transit Camp". The Forest Rest House is now used as one of the campsites at Berijam. You can trek to Konalar Dam if you are brave enough. You can enter the pristine waters of the dam as soon as you leave the pine forest.
The water is cold enough, so dive in at your own risk. Further up, the road crosses a bridge over the river Kathirikkai Odei. The pathway leads to a waterfall along the stream. This then goes along the east side of Vandaravu Hill, where its highest point is at 8,140 ft, as we described earlier. It eventually crosses the border with Kerala and meets the National Park of Pampadum Shola.
We won't be shocked if you have never heard of this national park. This is Kerala 's smallest national park. It means, in translation, the forest where the snake dances. The evergreen shola forests and the elusive Nilgiri marten are covered. Tigers, lion tailed macaques, wild dogs, and leopards are also found alongside this carnivore. The path from this stage has 17 hairpin turns, believe it or not! It eventually becomes SH-18, which is well-maintained and leads 31 kilometres away to Munnar.
Kodaikanal to Munnar.
After the Tamil Nadu Forest Department and the Kerala Highways Department disagreed over its possession, the once-famous Kodaikanal-Munnar Road is now in disrepair. Locals and adventurous trekkers still use it. As the road is not manned, wild animals such as bison, elephants and even leopards will sometimes be encountered. You need permission from the Tamil Nadu Forest Department and the Kerala Forests and Wildlife Department if you want to trek through this area. From a leisurely stroll to a demanding day trek, there are 17 different treks you can try based on your fitness.
Are you excited about this adventure or too afraid to start it? If you are the former, you can stay at Kodaikanal and start your trip on the road to the club. You can either stay at Kodai Lake Sterling or Kodai Valley Sterling. It's a perfect starting point, both beautiful in their own way. Styled on the lines of elegant English countryside, the Kodai Lake house. On the shores of the picturesque lake, this resort is sure to wow the lovers of the lake. On the other side, the Kodai Valley estate is nestled in a village called Villpatti in the misty mountains. In Kodaikanal, there are plenty of nice tourist places to visit. A problem with plenty? We're thinking so!
Recently, noted singer Sayanora Philip recently bought a brand new Mahendra Alturas SUV and travelled to celebrate the new acquisition along the Emakulam-Munnar-Kodaikanal route. The trip was followed by playing some songs on the SUV's music system that she sang and some that she liked. They included O January, immortalised by Sayanora, in 'Big B.'
The newest product from Mahendra Alturas is a kind of 'Big B' among vehicles due to its size and presence on the lane. The concept was influenced by Korea's SsangYong Rexton G4. At her flat in Panampilli Nagar in Kochi, Alturas has been sent to Sayanora and it joins her Toyota Fortuner.
Sayanora decided to get a feel for her new giant SLTV, which is identical to Fortuner, during the Munnar tour. The day before the flight, the singer had a lammy-long programme in Kochi. But she was so excited about the trip that, in the early hours of the next day, the Alturas left Ernakulam.
It seemed to suit the Sayanora, who had literally observed a 'Sivarathri (the festival during which devotees forgo sleep) for the film' Kuttanpillayude Sivarathri 'had done the BGM.
It was her driver, Shiju, who was at the wheel initially, but the comfort provided by Alturas was too enticing, and Sayanora insisted that she drive. Her handling of the huge SUV was as sweet as her singing songs. During the floods, the roads to Munnar were considerably impaired, but Sayanora displayed her driving sldlls on a massive vehicle there as well as in heavy traffic towns.
The vehicle went to Top Station after passing Munnar, hitting the grasslands of Lolattuppetty, Mattuppetty Dam and Kundala Dam. Sayanora will exclaim at each picturesque spot,
The rear wheel on the left would remain in the air at certain stages, but each hurdle was easily tackled by the singer.
She moved from the driver's seat some time later and played the A R Rahman hits like 'Kathalikkum pennin kaikal thottuneettinal.' Delighted, Sayorana opened the SLTV's sunroof and stretched her head outside to experience the fresh air.
The sights of the green tea gardens were interesting, but the cold was intolerable, and soon Sayonora returned to the warmth of the interior. She then remembered an old incident that took place while visiting Nvorld with the troupe of A R Rahman.
However, before that, some history relevant to the route they were taking was addressed by Sayanora and others in the Alturas. The British built the Munnar-Kodaikanal road as an escape path. They felt that if any attack took place at Kodaikanal, it provided a secure passage. Top Station, a scenic spot, lies along the way. A ropeway existed here a long time ago to transport tea to Theni.
Local kids remembered her when Sayanora stopped the SUV to drink tea from a roadside stall and surrounded the star for selfies. The tea stall owner, meanwhile, gave a rundown of the nearby attractions. A blue hill called Kolukkumala is on the right side of the road. The tallest organic tea garden in the world is situated here. Korangini hill and Meesappulimala are situated on the other side. When the grassland caught fire, it was at Korangini that many trekkers lost their lives. A zigzag path can be seen on the slopes of Kolukkumala. Once, it was used by horses bringing tea. At present, tourists are only allowed via Top Station in Tamil Nadu to Vattavada and Kottakkambur, he says. Sayanora then shared the storey of Rahman 's tour with him. "I was Kanner's innocent girl and she trusted everyone," she says. Someone in the troupe asked her to take her soap and bag while they were preparing a visit to the Niagra waterfalls. Yet she was the butt of jokes in Niagra.
Sayanora later carried the Alturas to Pambadumshola, the home of a rare Nilgiri marten. Then she went to Vattavada, where they grew carrots and strawberries. Pazhathoottam, located 14 km away, was the next destination. The road was narrow, but once again, the singer displayed her driving abilities. Beyond it lay the Kurinji sanctuary. The benefits of Alturas include a low radius of rotation and a 360 degree camera. On the way back, Sayanora received a call from Sena, her daughter. She said in the quietness of the cabin, "Mummy has visited several hills, we will soon go there together," and sang 'Mizhimalurukal' from the film 'Rani Padmini.'
Pick up from Theni ..Meet with our Respective Representative.
After Breakfast Our Journey Start from,
Kurangani falls : In a bid to ensure forest conservation and to avoid any risk of loss, many local people in Bodi of Theni district have appealed to the Forest personnel to strictly implement ban on trekking, which remains in effect in Kurangani hills, which falls under Bodi Range and Top Station.
Saneeswara Bhagawan : There is a temple which is meant solely for Saneeswara Bhagawan situated at Kuchanoor.
Sivagami Amman Temple : 'Thiru Poolanandeshwarar Sivakami Amman temple', Sivakami wife of lord Shiva who is commonly known as Parvati.
Grape garden : The farmers in the Cumbum Valley are able to harvest the fruits up to five times in two years.
Shiva Lingam Temple : The Hindu temple complex dedicated to Shiva, with 1008 identical Nandi statues arrayed over a hillside.
Surulifalls : The Suruli River supplying the falls originates from the Meghamalai mountain range.
Gowmariamman temple : Veerapandi Gowmariamman temple: Gowmariamman temple, a 14 th Century Temple built by king Veerapandi of Pandya Dynasty is the famous temple here.
Overnight Stay at Hotel - Theni.
After Breakfast Transfer to Munnar ...Here you will see nature at its best! And in this natural cradle, there live hundreds of animal and plant species! So, on the 2 day we will take you to Rajamalai Wildlife Sanctuary or Eravikulam National Park .
Here you can see various Indian Species including Panther, tigers, Gaur, Elephant, Sambar, Giant squirrel, champak squirrel, Spotted deer and so on. A number of birds too can be seen!
In the afternoon, after lunch we will take you to Mattupetty Lake, a man – made lake formed by hydro – electricity dam (Mattupetty Dam).
Hotel Check in.
Overnight stay at Hotel - Munnar.
Transfer to Kodaikanal , After Breakfast Our Journey Start from,
Hotel Check In.
Then Proceeding to visit Kodai Lake. The lake is surrounded by beautiful valleys, boat club, and buildings from colonial period.
Next to visit Bryant Park and Shenbaganur Museum.
Coaker's Walk is the most scenic & beautiful tourist spot in Kodaikanal close to Kodaikanal Lake.
Overnight stay in Kodaikanal.
On Fourth day ,After Breakfast and then check out from Hotel.
Next to visit Dolphin's Nose is flat rock projecting over a breathtaking 6,600 feet deep.
Proceeding towards Moir Point is a historic place and Pillar Rocks beautiful view point in Kodaikanal on Berijam Lake road.
Guna cave is wonderful tourism spot in Kodaikanal on Moir point road.
Then proceeding to visit Suicide Point and Pine Forest.
Proceeding to visit Bear Shola Falls is a tall waterfall in a Reserve forest.
Proceeding towards Kurinji Andavar Temple.
Next to visit Chettiar park (On the way to Kurinji Andavar Temple)
Finally to visit Silver Cascade's water fall and then starting our journey to Theni.
Drop at Theni with sweet memories of Kodaikanal.
What 's Included
We can provide stay for ( 2*, 3*)
2.Double sharing Rooms
5.Royal Suite Rooms
( as per requirement )
From Trip start to till end the Tour Guide will be take care
Local Speaking Guide - ( English,Tamil,Hindi,Telugu & Malayalam ) *