Palamalai, is a small hill near near the sub-urban areas of Coimbatore. From the center of the city, it is located at around 25 KM distance. One needs to go to the Mettuppalayam Road, Periyanayakan Pirivu, Kovanoor and Palamalai. The roads are quite ok, and there was a road going over this small hill – So I thought why not go there and have a look…
The (far) sub-urban areas of Coimbatore are almost like villages. These are quite different from the city. You can see vast expanse of fields, lush greenery, small houses all along the way and even Tea shops with a bench – typical village style.
I was expecting some people to cross me from the other way (or even by my way), but throughout my way up, I wasn’t able to see even a single vehicle! So, its me. my bike and the hills – Nothing else. I was actually getting a cool breeze at 2 PM in the afternoon, when I went! But while coming back, I saw a couple of Jeeps and bikes coming in the opposite direction. One guy was even driving a TVS 50 over the hills!
The scenery was much better than what you can see in the above photo. Actually I did not plan to go here. I went to the Ramakrishna Mission Ramayan park and was casually speaking to people out there. I saw some hills near by and asked if there was a road going near it, so that I could take some photos. They told me that I could even climb over the hills through a road, and visit a temple there.
Driving on a mountain was tougher than I thought. I went only for 4 KM over the mountain road, and boy, it was exhausting. Perhaps more exhausting for my bike! Actually there was a road going beyond the temple (in another direction) too, but I did not try it! It seems there are some small tribal villages there. I was able to see one of them from a distance.
The roads were pretty narrow & curvy and one needs a lot of patience (and good breaks) to drive over hills! The way back was even more challenging than going up. The bike would get more momentum when traveling down hill and if you are not on your breaks constantly, the bike might just speed up very fast. Yeah, you can just switch off the bike and ride it down, but I kept it in neutral.
I think, since this place is just around 25 KM from the city, people could just go there for the nice and pleasant view. How much people of Chennai/Bangalore would wish that they had a hill so close to the city!
You can see some more photos taken by me at Palamalai from the below embedded video slide show (Youtube; 4 min: 09 sec):