Munnar had been beckoning me for some time. I did lot of legwork on the web to plan my trip. I came across Ghumakkar site as part of this research and has since been hooked to it. “By the Traveller for the Traveller” is really a great concept initiated by Ghumakkar. Some of the tips provided in the site by early trailblazers of Munnar were helpful. I was making the trip with my family and wanted the kids to have a memorable trip. We eventually decided to make the trip during the Christmas holidays of 2010.
We were travelling by train from Pune to Coimbatore. The plan was to reach Munnar via Coimbatore after halting at Palani to visit the famous Murugan Temple.
The train from Pune covered a distance of approximately 1343 kms and nearly took us 28 hours to reach Coimbatore. From Coimbatore, we got a bus and it took us about 3 hours to reach Palani. The journey – Coimbatore-Pollachi-Udumalapettai-Palani is picturesque – the horizon lined with rows and rows of Windmills.
Palani – The temple is on a 450 feet high hill – one can reach the temple either by climbing the 690 steps or by Winch. We decided to take the easier way.