By March 2014, it had been almost 4 months, i had not gone on any treks or traveled to a new place and my fingers were itching to click snaps.The traveler in me was feeling uneasy and it was like living in a prison, at-least after my marriage in Feb 2014.Me and my wife had planned to go on a honeymoon trip to any hill station in North India in late February.But due to leave and finance crunch, we had to postpone for some other time.
Come March, at the end of the month there was a long weekend,so we planned to go to any near by hill station,probably a night’s travel from Bangalore.After some “due-diligence” we finalized to go to Munnar on a 3 day trip.As there are no direct trains to Munnar from Bangalore, so we ruled out the travel by train option.Meanwhile,almost all buses were full,but luckily SRS had not opened ticket bookings till 3 weeks before travel date.So finally booked to and fro travel in SRS.We chose Honeymoon cottage in The Wind,Munnar resort for stay and also chose to hire a two wheeler from Gokulam Bike Hire ,run by Sudheer.
We chose The Wind resort, as we wanted to stay atleast 10-15kms away from town to avoid the traffic,noise and also wanted some peace of mind.In all those aspects The Wind did fit our bill.You can read my review about the resort here.After reaching Munnar we hired an Activa from Sudheer ,he was very helpful and guided us also.I would surely recommend his services.
In Munnar , there are places to visit in all the 4 directions from the town.But in all these directions there is one thing that is common,Tea estates.You will find lots of lush green tea estates in any direction you go.Since our stay was in Chinnakanal,which is about 22Kms from Munnar town,we saw tea estates,lockheart gap apart from that we couldn’t find anything worth mentioning.The roads in all the directions are narrow and runs through ghats with lot of curves and sharp turns, so people planning to travel around in two wheelers must take caution.It becomes more difficult to ride after 6pm.
One of the disadvantage of staying in The Wind is,we have to come all the way upto Munnar town before heading to any other direction.Since we had come via Udumalaipet and Idukki so we planned not to cover any places in that route,as it was again full of tea estates and tiny waterfalls here and there.So, the next day we planned to cover Mettupatty(Maadupatty) dam route.We started of with flower garden,after reaching the town.We can surely give a miss, as i could hardly see anything worthwhile in the garden,apart from few bright coloured flowers.We resumed our travel towards the dam, on the way we could see lots of tea estates.
On reaching the dam we could see lot of crowd,people clicking and posing for pics.The dam looked like a bridge built across a lake and we couldn’t find anything amusing apart from the bridge.After clicking few snaps, we resumed towards Echo point,which is just like any other point in any hill station.As you shout,so it echoes.
By this time we had already lost interest in Munnar, so we traveled back the resort and on the way, we had lunch at Rapsy restaurant. After riding back to Chinnakanal there was around 2-3 hours left for sunset, so we traveled towards periyakannal and reached Anayirankal dam,which looks like a proper dam.After clicking few shots,we rode back to our resort.On the last day when we were on our way back, we visited Blossom hydel park,which was just like any other flower park.
Overall ,the munnar trip was slightly disappointing, probably we carried more expectations or we had traveled at the wrong season.There are hardly any interesting places to visit.No doubt we enjoyed the bike ride,pleasant climate in the evening, the lush green tea estates and resort’s location at the edge of cliff was an add advantage.We had some good time, but not a great one.
You can check my snaps here.