Enthusiastic about my new expedition, we started our journey early in the morning from Bangalore. It's quite a long journey , as the distance from Bangalore is about 450 km. As me and my partner like to explore the roads, we decided to drive all the way till Valparai. But there are plenty of options available.
How to reach:
By Air: Take a short flight from Bangalore to Coimbatore and then hire a taxi from coimbatore to Valparai. Distance from Coimbatore: 109 km
By Bus: There are direct buses available from Bangalore to Pollachi and again connecting buses are available till Valparai from Pollachi.
By Train: Trains Ara available from Bangalore to Coimbatore. From Coimbatore one can hire a taxi or choose to travel by bus via Pollachi.
By Car: If you are a driving enthusiast like me, you could take the below route from Bangalore :
Bangalore - Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Thiruppur - Palladam - Pollachi - Valparai.
Back to our ride - We started early morning from Bangalore , keeping in mind the city's insane traffic and the long journey ahead. We took our first pitstop in Salem. There are many eateries along this root and one can enjoy meal of their choice. After gulping are dosas and coffee we again headed to the car and plugged in some music.
I was lost somewhere between the long lost chats and music, when I realised the scenic beauty around me. Occupied with lush green tea plants , the mountains around the road looked majestic. The beautiful clean river flowed down the small bridge below us. We were so mesmerised by the beauty around us, we had to take a stop here. Just behind us there was a small chai tapri, which served hot Maggie and chai.The tapri vala is selling fresh tea leaves as well. One can choose from different varieties of tea manufactured here. Lost in the beauty we enjoyed our tea and headed to our destination.