Last updated on September 11th, 2023 at 03:47 pm
Having driven on the National Highway 47 umpteen times, it has become too familiar an exercise. We left early to avoid the chaos in Hosur, stopping over on the roadside for a cup of boiler tea – how we hate the tea prepared elsewhere boiled over and over again, then customary breakfast at Karur opposite bus stand and we reached Theni by 11 AM. The roads are excellent.
We were disappointed with Theni and its surroundings which are generally green. The rains were absent and the fields were still brown. We could now see the mountains on the horizon.
|Kannan Devan Hill ranges in the horizon as we drive through Theni
From Theni, we now deviated towards Bodinayakanur from where we started climbing to Munnar on Bodi ghat.
Let the pictures take over now. This is just like a trailer….. Click on them to see in original size.
|We start the climb now…..beyond those peaks!
|The ghat road……winding all the way up!
|As you climb, you will have magnificent landscape to enjoy
|The mountains are huge
|The first look at the valley. Munnar is still a few miles away.
|The peaks – reaching the sky!
|Meadows on the hills
|It became foggy and we could see glimpses of the greenery on the hills. Notice the tapering peak….
|Rain drenched ghat road
|A river gently flowing down the hills
|Downstream sight of Thoovanam waterfalls in Chinnar Wildlife sanctuary
|Thoovanam waterfalls in Chinnar wildlife sanctuary
|A waterfall on the ghat
|Cloud-covered hills with cascades as seen from the road!
|A stream flowing…..
|Different hues of green!!
Another excuse for driving to Munnar in monsoon next time!
Route from Bangalore
Bangalore – Salem – Dindigul – Theni – Bodinayakanur – Munnar (520 KMs and 10 hours with breaks)
Bangalore – Salem – Tirupur – Udumalpet – Munnar (475 KMs and 9.30 Hours with breaks)
While driving to Munnar in Monsoon, Our suggestion is to go by one route and return through the other.
Excellent throughout. On the Ghat road, you will find some bad patches and narrow roads. Nothing to worry about as such.
Bangalore – Dindigul has many restaurants on the road for Breakfast and Lunch. If you happen to reach Dindiual at lunchtime, then you should savour the famous Dindigul biryani at Thalappakatti (http://www.thalappakatti.com/)
Coming up next – First vistas of Munnar – mind-blowingly beautiful!
Do you want to experience the Indian monsoon at its glorious best? Here is a list for you to do. Click on this post in this blog below.
Celebrating Indian Monsoon – A List!
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