Megamalai is a secret place until 2008, Though, this place is charming with natural abundance, the accessibility was restricted to private tea estates. The Roads were unusable and filled with stones, and were narrower. Recent years, the Government took over and the roads started improving and Finally IMPROVED!
While Planning this trip, the first thing I have done was, Checking it in Team bhp touring Portal. I have read, that, the road was still bad. We took a chance and moved towards.
On hill climbing, the lighter car performs better.So, i have borrowed my wife’s Alto. The drive is from MADURAI – ANDIPATTI- THENI – CHINNAMANUR – MEGAMALAI in just 3 hours.(All inclusive)
We Live in a dynamic world, your planning should be very quick. Otherwise, it won’t happen!
I have convinced my three other local friends in a flash, by, telling them, it’s a day trip and we will come down as soon as we climbed up. But, My evil idea was to stay for a night, and, get to see the early morning mist. When you are trip organizer, you need to be a qualified liar as well.
All agreed, and all of them got the go ahead from their spouses, and, offices where they work!
First things first, The Road is New and beautiful.This is the latest update. Team bhp, Please update your forum.
No shops en route! [ Later we found,that, there are tea shops], So we had packed the food from the megamalai base, called chinnamanur.
The Drive was very Good! In a blinking of the eye, we have reached the spot. Now the sight seeing!
- You have Dams built around! Have a wonderful walk. Megamalai is a water world!
- There are trekking paths leads to the Megamalai wild life sanctuary
- You can visit the Tea estates, and they will give you a grand tour.
- The world’s most beautiful! estate bungalows are there to stay and enjoy the Mother Nature
The beautiful scenes started showing up on the top of the hill driving. You wont believe that, you have arrived in 3 hour drive from Madurai, a city which formed by fire and brimstone.
This unexplainable Joy can still be explained…The Wives are not around!
The Estate bungalow, Tea factory and the wild life area are only accessible through A JEEP, OR AN SUV.Because,the road does not exist…you are expected to create a road and move.Hiring a Jeep would cost you a grand 2.5 k for a distance of 7 kms one way.
If you are a gang of friends, You can stay in Government Buildings for a dime..But all of them are crappy abodes. Staying in Chinamannur or Theni and make a early morning visit to Megamalai is worth a billion dollors.
If you are with a family, Then, Woodbrior bungalow will be superb!at a cost of 10k for 4 people.
Signing out for now!