It took 2 to 3 hours for us to wash ourselves and get ready. Around 5.30 in the morning, we ignited the Mahindra's massive SUV, SCORPIO.
I badly wanted to hold his steering and start roaring. But, my fam wanted me to take rest as I and one of my friend both travelled miles to reach my home.
* wait till the curves call you * I said to myself.
I let one of my friend to drive in the plains. We know there was lot to be taken into account when we drive in hills. It requires a lot of skill and patience. As I had prior Terrain driving experience, My friends counted on me to drive on hills.
Hardly after 1.5 hours of driving. We took a small break and sipped Tea. Ofcourse, Tea is a survival juice.
"Never say No to Tea", we screamed...!
We had our breakfast in Theni. After that, I was given an important job. Yes, to handle the 2179 cc beast.
"Surely, it's gonna be a test for your skills", My heart said.
And we continued towards Bodi, the place which is well-known among local people and Keralites as well. The small view point situated few Kms away from Bodi separates Tamilnadu & Kerala. People call it as Bodimettu. Several cops inspected our carryings and registered our arrival time. Again, we were stopped by the Kerala cops and they charged the entry fees.
"Take whatever you want, allow us to get in" I murmured to myself.
We continued to proceed towards Munnar. After several kms I found a good connect with the Mahindra monster. I never drove SUV on hills before. The solid built of the Scorpio kept us safe in sharp corners. Thanks to the stabilized bodyroll. It absorbed almost all the potholes so well that we never felt any discomfort during the course of our journey to the God's own country.
I had to turn off the engine many times as one of my friend had hill sick because, he didn't took rest the previous day. But nothing goes wrong when you're with friends.
He soon recovered and got back to his normal form. Well, that was a happy news for us. Later, we reached the small dam called Aanaierangal which is located roughly around 30-40 kms from Munnar. Nothing more fascinating there. But, everything looks beautiful when you're in a gang of Wanderlust.
Clicked many pictures, we tested the Canon's lens. Experimented photographs. Hardly after an hour we got back to our car and drove towards Munnar.
"So far, the weather is good", we cheered...!That's a pivotal thing when you hit the roads. As we proceeded further I got to notice the fallen trucks deep down in the gorge. Everything reminded me of my consciousness in driving.
Perhaps, that was a Good-bad sign I call. From then, the road was so bumpy that I and one of my other friend felt very happy as we didn't brought our own cars here. Thanks to Zoom car and it's services. We were just 10 kms away from Munnar and greeted by the green carpets. Without a second thought, I turned off the engine and stepped out.
Woah..! That's a wonder, to be honest. We spent around 45 mins there enjoying the mesmerising beauty of Tea plantations. Later, we headed to one good TN style restaurant as we reached Munnar. India's spice garden, they call. Well, truly it is...!
Each and everyone of us wolfed down our meal as if we never gonna see food ever in our life. We ate to our fill. Obviously, With the help of Google, we reached our Hotel.
"Hah....., Holy shit...", I shouted after witnessing the inclined slope that would take us to the hotel parking. With all of my skills, somehow I managed to take the beast to the allocated parking place.
Everyone of us wanted to rest ourselves badly on the bed. But, the thing was, we ought to visit places as much as we could in a single day. So that, the upcoming days would be more than enough according to our itinerary.
On our way to Echo point, Munnar, we were forced to stop our car as we witnessed wild elephants on the roadside. Luckily none of them crossed our path and blocked us. Thankfully we got forest Guard points at all of the major Animal-crossing points.
Echo point wasn't up to the mark as the river which flow across the forest had dried months back, and it badly needed this monsoon season to get back to it's good old form. On our way back I had to stop, because I wanted to take a close look of one private Tea estate.
As soon as we got down, after few minutes it started drizzling. It was surely a Damn good feel when you're surrounded by lush green bushes and shrubs.
Life of a teetotaller (me) in a hill station is terrible. My friends bought 5 beers from a crowdy local bar. Well, it seemed like that was the only place in the Munnar that satisfied people's liquor needs. Friends of mine persuaded me to try for atleast a glass of beer but, I remained calm and composed by sipping a glass of 7up.
Next day's itinerary was shrinked to only two places as it required a lot of time to be spent there.
1. Eravikulam National park
2. Lakkam waterfalls