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November 24, 2015

Palani Ghat Road To Kodaikanal

Road To Kodaikanal

Three weeks back, we were on a trip to Kodaikanal by road.

Kodaikanal, located in dindigul district, Tamilnadu. This one is near Palani hills. Landmark city is Madurai.

From Coimbatore, our usual road trip is through Dharapuram, Batlagundu and then Kodaikanal Ghat Road.

This time, friends informed about the Palani Ghat Road which is less in distance, so traveling takes less time also. 

Road Plans For the Hill

Through Kodaikanal Ghat Road

Coimbatore, Palladam, Dharapuram, Ottanchatram, Sempatti, Batlagundu, Kodaikanal Ghat Road, Kodaikanal.

Distance nearly 300 km

Time 6 h 30 mins

Through Palani Ghat Road

Coimbatore, Dharapuram, Palani, Palani Ghat Road, Kodaikanal

Distance 196 km

Time 4 h 30 mins

We took the Palani Ghat road for the trip. One is through Pollachi, Udumalpet and hitting the hills.
Distance 169 km

Next through, Palladam, Dharapuram and again the hills. Distance 196 km.
Both differ by 20 mins or so.

We planned to hit the hills by second one, through Palladam, Dharapuram for no big reason. Early morning motor ride was a pleasant one. Stopped at Dharapuram for breakfast in a Veg Bhavan.

In Palani, we asked our local google mapsetters, guess whom they are, our loyal auto drivers, the road leading to ghat road. This road first starts as an ordinary one, and then moves slowly climbs the mountain.

Palani Villages 

Palani Hills

Ghat Road..

No big scenery stops in between, but its a pure ghat road, single lane road with bushy side steeps.

Total hairpin bends are 14. And an old tower standing at the first hairpin bend, built in 2009.

More Pictures showing the steep route. Its possible to drive in day time, but not advisable in night. Usually less vehicles takes this route. If there approaches a big vehicle on the opp direction, then we have to stay back. The road is not that much safe for not so experienced drivers.

More Pictures..

Palani Ghat road joins here with the kodaikanal main road..The next day, we started downhill thru the kodaikanal road.

Small stream near this welcome board..

Silver Cascade Falls on the way..

Happy Journey..

September 8, 2015


Small Wonders in the morning sky
Humming birds fill up the horizon
Daffodils and Roses in the air
Lilies and Lotuses bloom the pond
All, but one remains silent
The Mountains

None can move it
The Wind, The Clouds
The Sun, The Darkness
Always a Sage
Telling the Truth of Life
To Live and Let Die
In a Peaceful Way.. 

May 19, 2015

We Salute The Nurses..

Aruna Shanbaug

After 42 years of struggle with life in comatose state, the nurse Ms. Aruna Ramachandra Shanbaug died today.

The King Edward Memorial hospital (KEM), Mumbai, where she joined as a junior nurse, kept and looked after, after the sexual assault made by one ward boy, on November 23rd, 1973.

Authr Pinki Virani wrote the story of Aruna shanbaug and in her book, "Aruna's Story'. 

The author narrated the incident and the after’s as such,  “Sohanlal Bhartha Walmiki choked her with a dog chain before raping and robbing her, oxygen supply to parts of her brain was cut off, and she became bereft not only of the power of speech but of the power to express herself in any other way. She also became cortically blind, lost the use of her limbs and the control of her muscles, and suffered a kind of emotional disability, which is manifested in a inappropriate laughter and bouts of screaming. Her memory and most of her other mental faculties were also gone..”

The petition filed by Author Pinki Virani to end the life support of Ms. Shanbaug to unbear her vegetative state, was rejected by the court in 1980, as the hospital and the nurses of the KEM hospital pledged to serve her till her death. It’s a humanitarian gift, as the court called the care given by the hospital staff as ‘Iconic’.

On that day of sexual assault, she was throttled with a dog chain and her vital nerves, which supply oxygen to the brain were cut off and there she plunged into the vegetative state.

Really it’s a wonder, when each new batch of student nurses came, they were introduced to her and told that she was one of them and continues to be one of them.

I appreciate their devotion to serve the severely sick with compassion and we can guess how many batches of nurses came in and moved out in these 42 long years. And taking her as one among them and let her live and die on her own, is a huge humanitarian task.

We salute them as they stand for their nobility in their profession.