Raja Moorthy, Pondicherry, Posted Date: 31st July 2011
I am Radj from Pondicherry and I love travelling a lot in general. During July 2011, I planned.....
I am Radj from Pondicherry and I love travelling a lot in general. During July 2011, I planned to visit Vagamon in Kerala. So first few days I visited Courtallam; as the season was very good I stayed there for couple of days. Then as per my original plan I visited Vagamon. So one fine morning around 10am I started by my car from Courtallam and drove towards Punalur. One the way we stopped in Palaruvi ? which is the most beautiful water falls in kerala ? spend some time there and continued my trip on the way I stopped in Thenmalai which is a famous ecotourism spot ? due to time constraint I collected all the information from the tourist information centre and continued my trip again. I crossed Punalur and stopped at Pathanamthitta to full fuel by credit card, yes it is only town where we can swipe our credit card on the way to Vagamon. Then I continued my trip to Vagamon, crossed Raani, Erumeli, Kanjirappalli, Erattupetta and atlast reached Vagamon at 4pm and I had covered 190 Kms exactly to reach the spot. Yes it is a long trip but a beautiful drive in the hills with cool breeze and mist. I found a good home stay at the heart of the town named Aravind Holidays (Phone: 04869 248418; Mobile: 9446883421, 9142093277, 08547348418). During off season it is Rs 600 per night (24 hours) and during season time it may cost from 800 ? 1000 Rs. also. I took rest and went round the places next day. It is really beautiful and I have never been to place like this in my life time. Especially the home stay, I felt as if I stayed at home, they gave coffee daily at 7am in the morning and medicated hot water to drink. Of course we can not get Tamilnadu food in the afternoon but morning and night food are seems to be ok. We have to take these foods in the hotel only which are nearby home stay. The home stay room has 3 beds, one double and one singe, were husband and wife and two children can stay comfortably. The view point from the hotel is also very good and the hospitality is amazing. We have good phone connectivity (Aitel, BSNL) and also good internet connectivity if you are travelling with data card (BSNL). I stayed for two days and left the place; even on the day I left they filled all my bottles with medicated water. I left the place as if I am leaving my family. Surely I will go again with my family to stay in the same place. The places to be visited are Kuruchimala ashram and cow form, meadows walk, lake, water falls, suicide point, pine forest, small murugan temple, boating, etc. On the way back I took the route to Cumbam through Ellapara, Kattapana, Puliyamala, Cumbam mettu and Cumbam ? which seems to be shortest to Theni instead of going through Kumili.