Bike Ride: 1097 Solo to Wild ‘n Wet Valparai – Day 1

Bike Ride: 1097 Solo to Wild ‘n Wet Valparai – Day 2

Bike Ride: 1097 Solo to Wild ‘n Wet Valparai – Day 3


Route Map (Day 1: Light Blue; Day 2: Dark Blue; Day 3: Purple)

Day 2: Valparai to Palakkad – 190Km

When I woke up, I still was not decided on the route dilemma from the night before. I did make up my mind to visit the Athirappilly Waterfalls.

It was early in the morning when exited the hotel and rode out in the open. I was instantly showered by a light drizzle. The first thought that occurred to me was that I could have slept a little longer.

Stopped at a tea shop and donned the rain gear over a hot cup of tea. That charged me up. Deciding not to wait, I rode out in the rain.


Tea Shop at Valparai

After a little while the rain intensified. Stopped at another tea shop for shelter. This one was beautifully located amidst the tea gardens. I tried to make small conversation with the shop owner, but language was a barrier. So settled down to converse over broken hindi and sign language.


View from the tea shop

After about 30 min of wait, the rain lessened. The route ahead was beautiful , flanked by rows and rows of tea bushes. Driving through was a pleasure. The rain was not gone. Droplets still plastered the visor of my helmet and I stopped often to wipe it clean. Every stop was followed by a series of picture. I will let those do the talking.


Local temple amidst the gardens


   Perfectly manicured tea bushes


Selfie amidst the tea gardens


Scarlet Blooms


Bike Selfie


A porcupine  scurrying away


A path strewn with flowers


Upper Sholayar Reservoir


Sholayar Dam


Tea processing plant

Eventually as the altitude lowered, the tea gardens gave way to dense jungle. A number of waterfalls started emerging out of nowhere.


Waterfall en-route


Bike Selfie


Idamalayar Reservoir


Wild flowers on the way

A few Km before Vazhachal Waterfalls, I stopped at Poringal Junction for a much-needed break. The rain had stopped, so I stowed away the rain gear. Lunch/breakfast was two boiled eggs washed down by two glasses of tea.


The tea shop owner preparing my lunch – boiled eggs and tea


Keeper of empty bottles

 A little ahead I exited the Kerala Forest department checkpost. Immediately after that was the Vazhachal Waterfalls. There is a single ticket for both Athirappilly Waterfalls and Vazhachal Waterfalls. The place is well maintained and quite clean.


Vazhachal Waterfalls

After spending a little while at the falls, I moved to the bigger of the two falls. Athirappilly falls was equally well maintained. At the falls, there is a small trail that leads to the bottom of the falls just to the edge of water. It is a steep with multiple switchbacks descending down. While the heavy riding jacket made the going tough, the humidity meant I was sweating profusely inside.It was good I stopped for the two eggs and tea.

The view from down was well worth the trouble. Mist from the falling water drenched everything.



Athirappilly Waterfalls from below

After laboring up the steep climb  I walked to the edge of the water falling down. The view was mesmerizing. Here I sat down a bit finishing the two trail mix bars I had.


Athirappilly Waterfalls from top


A monkey enjoying the ice cream  it snatched from an unsuspecting kid


View of the waterfalls from the main road

After leaving the falls, I decided to drive down towards Chalakudy and follow the highway towards Palakkad.


Church at Chalakudy

The route from Thrissur to Pallakad was painful with several diversions due to road construction. While it was still daylight, I decided to call it a day at Pallakad and found a basic hotel off the highway.

At the hotel had tea and bhaji. Later went off to sleep.

In the evening as darkness fell, I headed out for dinner. near to my hotel there was a crowded Malabar restaurant which looked like a good option. Some juicy prawns and a tall glass of ice cream later I retired for the night with a satisfied stomach.


Banana wrapped prawns


Tall glass of ice cream