Just back from a great holiday at valparai. We decided on valparai after lot of thought process on where to go for our anniversary.
The main reason we were a little skeptical was the distance from bangalore but the drive was worth it.
We left bangalore around 5:30 am and reached pollachi by 12:30 pm.
Sujatha, our host followed up with us through out to ensure we did not miss our route.
We stopped at pollachi for lunch and left for valparai around 1:30 pm.
The distance is around 65kms and we stopped enroute at Aliyar dam. Nothing much to do there. The view is amazing but need not spend lot of time there.
We did lot of photo stops on our way to valparai and reach by 4:30 pm.
As soon as we reached the place we had our snacks and tea and settled down in our room.
Rest of the evening was spent admiring the beauty of the location.
As it was our anniv they had made a beautiful arrangement of candles and flowers with a cake.
They also made our dinner into special candle light dinner.
Next day early morning Muruguan (assigned to help us out while we were there) took us out for bird watching. we missed the malabar hornbill just by few mins.
We did manage to glimpse woodpecker, kingfisher, shrek and few other birds.
Back in the bunglow we had our breakfast which was a simple and delicious affair.
We freshened up and left for Nirar dam. Drive is very scenic and the dam location is also amazing.
Next day we left for athirapally again with Murugan and we got a packed lunch. drive was totally unique experience. We reached athirapally by 12:30 pm and it started raining heavily.
But still we managed to see the falls and had our lunch on the way back in the middle of the forest with Murugan taking up the role of butler. serving us a delicious lunch of lemon rice, curd rice, potato porial and kesari.
Do not miss the nigh safari as well, it will be your own vehicle but that adds to the excitement as you will be driving.
Murugan is very knowledgeable about local flora and fauna and a great companion to have with all his exciting stories of sightings.
Hospitality is at its best, food is very homely and tasty and rest of the staff are always pleasant and smiling.
Rooms are very bug and spacious. only thing i would have added is a bit of comfortable seating inside the room apart from just the bed. specially for those who would just like to laze around.
all in all a great vacation. Pics to follow soon
- Also Known As:
- Sinna Dorai's Bungalow Valparai, Tamil Nadu