Route taken for valparai was:
Thrissur - Athirappilly - Vazhachal - Malakkappara - Solaiyar Dam route - Valparai
Once you reach Vazhachal (1st checkpost) some details will be taken such as no. of passengers travelling towards Malakkappara and a receipt is issued to enter the next stop. One cannot cross Vazhachal route after 4 p.m
One must be aware as elephants and leopards are spotted passing the route.
This route is an added beauty to the trip as passing through forest route, hearing chirping of birds all around with complete silence gives ravishing feeling.Keep food and water well stocked as one will spot elephant and leopards instead of shops on the roads.
Once Malakkappara is crossed ,map will show 2 different routes, one passing through Solaiyar and other one from Nallamudi Poonchala.
Forest view on one side and tea estate view on the other is really nature's delight
one would never regret passing through Nallamudi Poonchala route.
We opted for the other route as roads are narrow and we had wagonR with us. It's better if u avoid such route during monsoon time as safety comes first.
Each route gives mesmerizing view all over the trip. The freshness in air and greenery can say it all. One can get down at Solaiyar Dam and enjoy the fasinating flowing water view with cool breeze passing by.
Once destination is Reached, there are many accommodation facilities available to stay over.Its good to see people are so welcoming and guides us well.
We took private homestay a bunglow type which was in the center of valparai.
We reached by 3 p.m and freshened up to spend quality evening time.
We then visited some local sightseeing. Some we're closed due to leopards encroachment.
It's better to be back at your homestay bit early then spending nights with leopards outside.
One must halt at Shri Lakshmi Chettinadu Mess for meals located in center of Valparai
Spend rest of the night relaxing and sipping wine 🍷