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Day 1: We started from Coimbatore at around 8:00 AM in the morning then we had a stopover at Pollachi for Breakfast at the popular vegetarian Gowri krishna restaurant. The tiffins here were delicious. Then we started to Anamalai Masani Amman temple which is located at Annamalai Hills, in Coimbatore district, enroute Topslip.
Masani Amman Temple: “Goddess of Justice”
This temple is believed to answer the prayers of the devotees in 3 weeks! Masani Amman Temple, also known as Annamalai Masani Amman Temple is located around 25 kms from Pollachi in Tamil Nadu.
Interesting Stories behind the temple:
According to an interesting legend, during the Sangam Era, Annamalai was ruled by a chief called Nannan. He had a big mango grove and was so possessive of it that he appointed check post officials to guard the trespassers. It so happened that one day a woman was bathing in the Aliyar River and a mango came floating to her in the waters. Unable to resist tasting it, she bit it. This was reported to the ruler and the innocent woman was produced before him. She pleaded that she did not steal the mango. Nonetheless, she was executed. Angered by the unjustifiable ruler, her kins killed him in a battle. People then started worshiping her to honor her martyrdom and soon a temple was built for the same. Since the lady was killed, the deity was called as Shmasani, which in Sanskrit means ‘graveyard’. Later, the deity came to be called as Masani.
The Deity of Masani Amman Temple, is one who grants justice to her strong believers. The 15ft long idol is in lying position with four hands, each holding snake, trident, skull and drum respectively. The Neethi Kal, or the Stone of Justice, is a stone that is present in the temple that is believed to have unique powers. Devotees who lost their belongings or were cheated in business by their enemies etc. come here seeking justice. They grind red chillies with the stone and pray. This is believed to free them from all kinds of evil in life.
Then we headed to Topslip, which is at a distance of 30 kms from Pollachi & 76kms from Coimbatore,.
Topslip is the Tiger Reserve Forest in small part of Annamalai Tiger Reserve, which is separated from the Nilgiri Hills by Palghat Gap in north. It got its name during British era, as lots of its timber slipped down to the plains below. It is famous for the elephant camp, wildlife safaris, pleasant weather and beautiful views of Annamalai Hills.
Forest Department organizes elephant safaris and jeep rides into the sanctuary. A four hours trek around the forest along with a guide is also available here. Unfortunately due to some issues, forest department had temporarily closed elephant safari & jeep safari.
Parambikulam: Well maintained Tiger reserve
So we drove to Parambikulam which is just 4 Kms from Topslip. Parambikulam Tiger Reserve is a well protected ecological portion in the Nelliampathy – Anamalai landscape of the Southern Western Ghats in India. It is located in the Palakkad District of Kerala.
Considering its biological richness, abundance of wildlife and landcape beauty makes Parambikulam Tiger Reserve one of the most attractive places in the entire stretch of Western Ghats.
Since we went on a day trip we took Van safari which was Rs. 200 per head. They wont start the trip until they’ve minimum of 20 passengers. So we had to wait for around 30 mins for the other passengers to gather.
What did we spot?
Parambikulam- Aliyar Project: Top ranked Embankment dam
It is an embankment dam on the Parambikulam River in Parambikulam tiger reserve. It ranks number one in India as well as in the top ten embankment dams in the world in volume in the year 2000.
Kanimara Teak Tree: India’s oldest tree
The bus safari took us to Kanimara Teak tree which was 450 years old. And it is believed to be one of the oldest tree in India.
Sunset at Aliyar dam:
Aliyar Dam Reservoir Park is located on the way to Valparai from Pollachi. Placed at the foothills of Valparai. The dam has a park, garden & play area for kids. The dam offers a relaxing environment as the surrounding is beautiful with mountains and greenery all around. A nominal entrance fee is charged for entry into the dam premises..
We managed to explore a historical temple, An adventurous tiger safari & a soothing sunset at Aliyar dam all in a day. Then we headed to Valparai. Overnight stay at Valparai. ..
Info from my perspective:
- Parambikulam Park entry fee is Rs. 23/head for Indian citizens and Rs.300 for foreigners. Vehicle entry fee for is Rs.70 for car, Rs.50 for a still camera and 200 for a video camera.
- Jungle Safari per head Rs.250. Safari duration 3 to 3.5 hours. Timings 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
- Aliyar dam entry fee Rs.5/head. Timings: 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM.
- You can enjoy your trip leisurely by staying in Tree house & going on a night safari.
Stay tuned to see Valparai through my eyes
2 0 1 7…. It is becoming difficult for me to remember when it has started and when it ended. At the hour of closure when I sit back and re-collect the best moments of it, then I realized What a year it’s been. Despite the underlying current of what the hell am I doing, I made some incredible memories in 2017… I have then decided to share few of the events and give a glimpse of the happiest things happened to me….
January: A trip to Goa
Highlights of the trip are:
4. Sunrise at Aguada Fort:
February : A trip to Chennai
A 3 day trip to Chennai to attend a conference in SRM medical college. Highlights of the trip.
Marina Beach &
Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore, Chennai is a temple of Shiva located in Mylapore, Chennai in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The form of Shiva’s consort Parvati worshipped at this temple is called Karpagambal is from Tamil, (“Goddess of the Wish-Yielding Tree”). The temple was built around the 7th century CE in Dravidian architecture.
May: My Birthday Month
A Weekend get away to Alampur & Kurnool
Alampur Navabrahma temples are located at alampur in Telangana. There are 9 temples & all of them are dedicated to Lord Shiva. These temples date back to 7th century A.D and were built by the Badami Chalukyas rulers who were great patrons of art and architecture. Even after a time span of several hundred years, these grand temples still stand firm reflecting the rich architectural heritage of the country.
Konda Reddy Burz, also known as Kurnool Fort, is a bastion that establishes the historical importance of Kurnool town in Andhra Pradesh. The rulers of the renowned Vijayanagar Empire built a strategic watch tower here. It is a unique monument due to its singular feature of an underground tunnel which connects the fort to Gadwal, a place 52 km away. The most remarkable feature of this tunnel is that it passes under the River Tungabhadra, a feat unimaginable during the medieval times!
June: Glimpses of my June road trips…
A Long drive to Indur( Nizamabad) with my family to attend some family event.
A drive in Mahbubnagar:
Amazing 200kms ride with no destination in mind.. Far away from all the daily routine life.. Thats what I need for a weekend.
A Short drive near Jadcherla:
A short drive near jadcherla which is hardly around 20kms from my college just for fun.
A trip to Mysore to attend Pulmokarn conference in JSS medical college then a road trip to Wayanad. Highlights of the trip are:
Mysore: The city of palaces
Ambavilas Palace, otherwise famous as the Mysore Palace, is a historical palace and a royal residence at Mysore in Karnataka state. It is the official residence of the Wadiyar dynasty and the seat of the Kingdom of Mysore.
The Temple is clean and was very crowded as it was an auspicious day and could not see inside due to crowd. From outside it is very nice looking Temple and am sure it will be same in inside.
Wayand: An exquisite Hill station
Highlights of the trip are:
Banasura Dam & View point:
Considered to be the largest earth dam in India and the second largest in Asia, Banasura Sagar dam is one of the prime attractions in Wayanad. Positioned at a distance of around 21 km away from Kalpetta, this dam is made up of boulders and huge stacks of stones. The dam is quite close to Lake Karalad, another tourist spot in Wayanad.
Edakkal is the only known place in india with stone age carvings. These caves are located 1200m above sea level on ambukthi hills, wayanad
Lakkidi view point:
Lakkidi Viewpoint is a popular viewpoint which offers dazzling views of the surrounding cliffs and valleys.
Chandragad fort: A hidden jewel in Telangana
A quick weekend getaway to Chandragad fort is best enjoyed when the sky is overcast, which makes the 80km journey from Mahbubnagar delightful. Driving through the countryside, dotted with paddy fields and hillocks.
I always love exploring new places and Chandragad fort stands tall among all the places I’ve been so far in Telangana. It is a Hidden jewel in Telangana, It has a fantabulous views from the top. The fort sits on a prominent position which command the views in all directions. It is a pleasant place to wander. After witnessing the sunset from here..we named this place as “CHAPORA FORT OF TELANGANA”.
A weekend getaway to Jurala, Jetaprolu , gadval and ranganayaki temple:
My friend and his family conducted a free health camp in Chevella village, Telangana.
I Started my peripheral posting in Hyderabad for 3months. During the postings, First few days are long, the work is grueling, and of course there was a lot for me to learn.
ROR BOYZ TRIP to Thailand and Cambodia:
Every thing in this trip is a highlight for me. Will be posting a video and blogs in detail.
Kingdom of Cambodia:
A week trip to Kolkata, West Bengal to attend NAPCON, A national conference in science city.
Then in 3rd week a trip to Assam & Meghalaya
Kaziranga National Park tucked between Bangladesh and Bhutan, in the Indian state of Assam. It’s not only one of India’s national treasures but a World Heritage Site & is the home to the one horned rhino!!
A trip to Rajahmundry to attend NATCON(national tuberculosis conference) in Riverbay. Followed by a day trip to Papikondalu
Hope the New Year with it brings
happiness for you and not a single tear drop
Since everyone just loves you
May all your problems, never again bother you
This is my special New Year wish for you