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Road trip : From Kochi to Thekkady & Vagamon

It was a long weekend due to Dussehra and Gandhi Jayanti and I was planning  a family trip to some place in North India which I have not  visited so far.  But a different plan awaited me and  I found myself enjoying a road trip to Thekkady with my wife. And we drove from Kochi on the State and National Highway, past hills, valleys, tea estates, and water falls.

Thekkady, situated near Kerala - Tamil Nadu border, in the Indian state of Kerala is  popular for the Periyar Tiger Reserve and spice plantations,


The journey began from our home in Kochi to Thekkady. Started our drive early in the morning when the roads are empty. As we were  driving long distance, we stored plenty of water and snacks.

Our route was Kochi - Thripoonithura - Pala - Mundakayam - Kuttikanam - Peerumedu  -  Vandiperiyar - Thekkady

When you start driving, you will realize that it is not the destination that is important but the journey. From Pala the route was excellent through NH 183 and after Mundakayam th…

Mankayam-Ponmudi Trek, Kerala


At 8.00 a.m, our party of 19 boarded the Van from Thiruvananthapuram. After breakfast at Palode, we reached Mankayam at around 11 a.m. The journey from Thiruvananthapuram to Mankayam took around 3 hours.

Mankayam is situated near Palode in Nedumangad Taluk, Thiruvananthapuram district, in the Indian state of Kerala. Mankayam ecotourism, managed by the State Forest Department  conducts various activities for the visitors. Visitors can go to nearby picturesque spots and can also go for trekking. You can choose a half day or a full day trek .

Mankayam is a reserved place, with houses and a couple of shops. Not much happens here and this is precisely its charm. Our accommodation was arranged in Ponmudi Valley Resort. The resort where we stayed is a mix of modern and ancient huts. It has all basic facilities like A/c room, kitchen, open dining hall etc. The highlight of the resort was the Mankayam river  flowing just  beside .

And I walked around the resort watching the beautiful la…

The Magic of Nelliyampathy, Kerala

Located about 60 kms from Palakkad town, in the Indian state of Kerala, Nelliyampathy is swathed by robes of emarald. Its slopes are filled with tea and coffee plantations, waterfalls and trekking routes to meet all abilities. It is an ideal option for those who want to spend their weekend or vacation with family or trekking to western ghats enjoying the beautiful flora and fauna that Nelliyampathy offers.


I arrived at Palakkad at around 10 a.m for a perfect weekend. Had breakfast from Hotel Kapilavasthu. As one drives along the 60 km road towards Nelliyampathy, the traffic thins out and then disappears almost completely. The way side green paddy fields and some interesting houses and coconut trees provided nice backgrounds. Enroute we passed through the  Nenmara Bhagavathy Amman Temple. A popular festival held in this temple is known as the Nemmara Vallengi Vela Festival.

After  around 40 kms from Palakkad, we reached Pothundy Dam which is situated in the backdrop of Nelliyamp…