I was supposed to write this post in August when we had been to Vaalpaarai on Independence day. But one thing after the other happened and I just left it as is. Today I was just going through those pictures and was feeling very ‘green’. The Monday was a holiday and I had been in Coimbatore (as usual) for the three day weekend. So on Sunday , during our usual visit to my sis’s home, we decide @ 9 pm that the next day we can make a trip to Ooty or Vaalpaarai. Since we already had been to Ooty recently, we decided on Vaalpaarai. No one had been there yet and we did not have the slightest idea of what to expect there. We did not want to be @ home for one day.. That was all. So called up a few people, and got a car for the next day ready and both families with kids (8 adults and 2 mini kids and a driver). We started @ around 6.30 (after a slight delay because of non availability of water in overhead tank surprisingly) and stopped in Pollachi around 7.30 or so for our breakfast where my brother and brother in law showed their patriotism by buying the flags and pinning each other 🙂 and then the climb started. Stopped in the 5th or 6th bend to feed the kids… The location had a proper view of the Aazhiyaar Dam
After that we had the 40 hairpin bend climb. We had to stop in between because my sis in law was 4-5 months pregnant and she couldnt take it for long 🙂 ( I should admire her courage to go on a trip like this with her health , but she thoroughly enjoyed it)
The first place we went was the Balaji Temple. The car had to be stopped in a place near a school. It was supposed to be a private one in a estate. But we couldnt see the temple anywhere.. We checked with a person and he said, it is just round the corner. We were so skeptical about it. Then leaving my sis’s father in law and my sis in law along with my niece (who was fast asleep), we all started off. I took my nephew with me and we marched ahead. I had to guard that kid from all the girls who were walking in that route, coz he was so cute everyone wanted to hold him and he seemed to be enjoying the attention too (baduvaa paya). It was too steep , my mom and dad were literally out of breadth. The temple was a nice one but no photos were allowed as it was a private one. After that, we were wondering what to do and where to go and then decided on a place called Nallamudi Pooncholai. It is supposed to be a very nice viewpoint. So we decided to see the view point before going for lunch. We had to detour to reach the place, as the road was being repaired. In the other road which we took, almost for 2 kms, there was no road, but the view as good.
And after reaching Nallamudi Pooncholai, we had to stop at the check point and then had to walk a km to the view point. The 1 km walk was a very steep one and almost all of us made it , with elders walking slowly. I took my niece with me and we reached the view point second (first was my dad, at times, he forgets that he is older 🙂 ) It was an amazing place. It was so steep, that while going through the tea estates, you will never guess how high the location is. This is how the view point looks like