A Munnar ride away from the beaten track

A Munnar ride away from the beaten track
A scene from the Munnar Gap amidst tea estates. Photo: Manorama/Reju Arnold

The popular ad one-liner says that the higher one gets, the tastier the tea becomes in Munnar. But what if one gets to know a route to Munnar that becomes more alluring the more one travels on it?

The traveller is sure to fall in love with the road that diverges from the usual route and presents him with eyeful of sights and novelties.

Twists and turns

Most tourists travel to Munnar via Adimali and Pallivasal. However, the route through Rajakumari and Pooppara is an unforgettable experience.

This road has become a hit among the travellers after the Munnar Gap road, which was damaged in a landslip, was repaired.

Though it entails an additional travel for 30 kilometres, even those who have visited Munnar 30 times are guaranteed to feel the novelty of the experience.

From Adimali, take a deviation left on to Rajakumari road and reach Pooppara. It is only when we get on to the Kochi-Dhanuskhkodi highway that we really experience the pleasure of travel on the route.

Swimming pool in the tea estates

As we drive through the mirror-smooth road, we can take in the sights of the Anayirangal dam, which appears as if in a geographical map. The dam appears like a huge swimming pool in the midst of tea estates. The next pit stop is the powerhouse waterfalls. This is literally the “power pack” sight of the route. From a distance, the falls resemble Goa's Dudhsagar. Even from a distance of 2 km, one can see vehicles moving like small dots beside the falls. Travellers can stop their vehicles near the falls and take photographs.

Photo: Mazur Travel/shutterstock

Proceed further through the mist-covered tea estates and the twists and turns take you to Devikulam. On the way are numerous sights of interest where one can take photographs.

Since the road is being repaired at Devikulam, the stretch is not in a good condition for 2 km. It is just 10 km more to Munnar from Devikulam.

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