A Photo Ride on Valparai – Marayoor Route

Riding solo is something that people avoid, especially when the distance is over a few hundred kilometers. In my case, I enjoyed every bit of my ride from Kochi to Kochi via Athirappally, Vazhachal, Malakkappara, Valparai, Aliyar Dam, Thirumoorthy Hills and Thirumoorthy Dam, Marayoor, Munnar, and Kottayam. Here is a photo ride on Valparai – Marayoor route. Before starting off to the ride, a few things about the route.

Distance covered:

530+ kilometers

Days involved:

3 days and 2 nights

Major attractions:

  1. Athirappally (waterfalls)
  2. Vazhachal (waterfalls and forest division)
  3. Malakkappara (high range small town, upper and lower Sholayar reservoirs, and tea gardens)
  4. Valparai (small town and a near by spooky dam. NB: I did not visit the dam)
  5. Aliyar Dam (reservoir, the hairpin turns, Nilgiri Tahr)
  6. Thirumoorthy (dam and hills)
  7. Marayoor (tea gardens, Chinnar wildlife sanctuary, and many more)
  8. Munnar (tea gardens, rolling hills, Eravikulam National Park, a few reservoirs, many view points and many more)
  9. Kottayam (rubber estates and Kumarakom backwaters)

A Photo Ride on Valparai – Marayoor Route

Photo 1: Starting off from my apartment at Kochi (below)

Starting from my apartment for the ride

 

Photo 2: Road to Athirappally through the oil palm groves (below)

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route (Road to Athirappally)

 

Photo 3: A roadside view of Athirappally falls 

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route (Athirappally falls)

 

Photo 4: Playful monkeys on the road – Athirappally falls

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route (playful Monkeys)

 

Photo 5: Bamboo forest between Athirappally and Vazhachal

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route

 

Photo 6: Road through Vazhachal forest division

Road through forest

 

Photo 7: Road continues through Vazhachal forest division

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route

 

Photo 8: A small water body in the forest

water body

 

Photo 9: A view of Vazhachal jungle road

jungle road

 

Photo 10: Another view of Vazhachal jungle road

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route

 

Photo 11: A three layered road somewhere between Vazhachal and Malakkappara

Three layers of roads

 

Photo 12: Water supply pipelines through the jungle

water supply

 

Photo 13: A selfie at lower Sholayar reservoir

selfie valparai marayoor ride

 

Photo 14: Tea estates of Malakkappara

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route Tea estates

 

Photo 15: Road through the coffee plantations of Malakkappara

coffee plantations road

 

Photo 16: Lion Tailed Macaque on the road (from Valparai to Aliyar dam)

Lion Tailed Macaque

 

Photo 17: Hairpin turns between Valparai and Aliyar dam

hairpin turns near Aliyar Dam

 

Photo 18: Nilgiri Tahr backdropped by hairpin turns

Nigiri Tahr Aliyar Dam

 

Photo 19: Aliyar dam catchment area

Catchment area of Aliyar dam (A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route)

 

Photo 20: Fish corner at Aliyar dam bus stop

Fish vendor

 

Photo 21: A view of Thirumoorthy dam with Thirumoorthy hills at the background

Thirumoorthy dam (A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route)

 

Photo 22: Marayoor in the morning

Marayoor beauty

 

Photo 23: A selfie on my way to Munnar (from Marayoor)

Selfie at Marayoor

 

Photo 24: Somewhere between Marayoor and Munnar

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route

 

Photo 25: Roads through the beautiful tea gardens

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route

 

Photo 26: Road passing through the tea gardens of Munnar

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route (more tea gardens)

 

Photo 27: Munnar tea gardens

Munnar Tea gardens

 

Photo 28: Selfie time – Munnar

Selfie time at Munnar

 

Photo 29: The Riders’ Club Art Cafe & Restaurant

Riders club Munnar

 

Photo 30: Accommodation facilities at the Riders’s Club Art Cafe & Restaurant

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route Riders club

 

Photo 31: Road through rubber estates to Kottayam

A Photo Ride on Valparai - Marayoor Route (to Kottayam)

Photographs posted on “A Photo Ride on Valparai – Marayoor Route” were taken on LG G5 mobile phone camera and are not edited but compressed for optimizing for web. 

 

Author: E Jey

Just a passionate traveler who loves scribbling his expeditions @ www.jauntmonkey.com, www.outonroads.com, and www.blogthatall.com

8 comments Add yours
  1. Stubborn journey, as you have made it single drive from Kochi to Kochi. Appreciate your efforts. Pictures were brilliant. Keep going on.

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