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[[User:69.137.12.227|69.137.12.227]] 21:54, 21 January 2007 (EST)'''Top Station''' is on the border of Idukki district[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idukki_district], [[Kerala]] and Dindigul District[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dindigul_district],[[Tamilnadu]].
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'''Top Station''' is in [[Kerala]].
  
A border of Kerala and Tamilnadu,located at (10 degrees 8' N, 77 degrees 17'E). It's elevation of 1,700 meters is the highest point on the Munnar-[[Kodaikanal]] road and the highest roadway elevation in South India[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_india]. It is wonderfull place on the edge of Kerala's prime tea growing region from which tea was transported down to Munnar and beyond. (aerial photo[http://www.wikimapia.org/#y=10123681&x=77251740&z=12&l=0&m=h&v=2])
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==Understand==
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Top Station is located on the border of Kerala and [[Tamilnadu]]. It is wonderful place on the edge of Kerala's prime tea growing region from which tea was transported down to Munnar and beyond.  
  
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==Get in==
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By taxi, hiking or local bus from [[Munnar]]. One hour 32 km. Trip departing every ½ hour.
  
==History== According to a local belief, Top Station derived its name from Middle Station and Lower Station, both lying down the valley, which were once connected to this place via Ropeway [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ropeway]. Remains of the Ropeway Station at Top Station are still visible and the remains of Kundala Valley Railway [http://irfca.org/gallery/Heritage/Kundala] can be seen at the small railway museum in Munnar. The Kundala Valley 24 inch guage railway also once ended at Top Station. Middle Station ([Kundalai]) is 12 km from Top Station on the way to Lower Station ([Munnar]). There was also another ropeway from Top Station down hill to the east to [Bodinayikkanur], Tamilnadu. 
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By local bus from Kodaikanal. 3 hour trip.
  
==Story and small map== “The Nanoscopic Hamlet of Top Station”[http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,501030915-483342,00.html].
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==Get around==
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Walking a short steep trail is the only way to the best observation point.
  
==Get in== by taxi, hiking or local bus from Munnar. One hour 32 km. Trip departing @ ½ hour.
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==See==  
By local Bus from Kodaikanal. 3 hr trip. Check local schedule.  
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Walk to Observation Point from Anita's tea stall at the bus stop. It is a short but steep walk to the spectacular viewing area at Top Station. The rewards all come at this summit, where the air is crisp and the views sheer and dramatic. The craggy laterite peaks of the Western Ghats, the rolling plains and immaculately laid-out tea plantations are all around.
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one can see Kambam Valley, Tamilnadu to the east, Kundala Valley.
  
==Get around==Walking a short steep trail (photo[http://flickr.com/photos/t3rmin4t0r/139816204/]}is the only way to the best observation point.
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==Do==  
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Trekking in Chinnar forest.
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==Buy==
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Fresh locally grown spices including cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.
  
==See== Walk to Observation Point from Anita's tea stall at the bus stop. It is a short but steep walk to the Spectacular viewing area at Top Station. The rewards all come at this summit, where the air is crisp and the views sheer and dramatic. The craggy laterite peaks of the Western Ghats, the rolling plains and immaculately laid-out tea plantations are all around.(photo[http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthieu-aubry/237751723])
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==Eat==
one can see Kambam[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kambam] Valley, Tamilnadu to the east, Kundala Valley to the West and [Raja Malai] looming down from the north.
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Pack a lunch in Munnar or take your chances at a tea stall.
The rare Neelakurunji (strobilanthus)[http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:hFs8foutf-gJ:www.munnar.com/neelakurunji1/neelakurunji.htm+Neelakurunji+(strobilanthus)&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=10] is native to this region. It flowers only once in 12 years, bathing the hillsides in bright violet blossoms. The last bloom was in 2006, the next is in 2018.
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==Photos== Munnar hills[http://flickr.com/photos/t3rmin4t0r/sets/72057594125335922/?page=2],  Observation Spot[http://flickr.com/photos/t3rmin4t0r/139816490/in/set-72057594125335922/], Tea plantation[http://www.flickr.com/photos/j_a_k_e/286151400].
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==Drink==
 
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Local teas served attractively in several variations. You can find tea factories on your way and many of them has outlets where you can enjoy tea.
==Do== Trekking: Trekking in Chinnar forest[http://www.suryakumari.com/travel/treck.html]
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==Buy== Fresh locally grown spices including cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.
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==Eat==pack a lunch in Munnar or take your chances at a tea stall.
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Locally made alcohols are also available illegally. But better to avoid them as they are not at all safe.
  
==Drink==Local teas served attractively in several variations
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==Sleep==
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There are no hotels. All of the area is reserved forest. Therefore you will not find many shops as well. You would want to go back to Munnar before night as there is a chance that elephants might block your way back to hotel.
  
==Sleep==No hotel. Stay in Munnar
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==Get out==
  
==Get out==bus, taxi, hike
 
  
{{outline}}[[User:69.137.12.227|69.137.12.227]] 21:54, 21 January 2007 (EST)Marcus M. Sherman
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[[Wikipedia:Top Station]]

Latest revision as of 14:57, 24 January 2010

Top Station is in Kerala.

Contents

Understand[edit]

Top Station is located on the border of Kerala and Tamilnadu. It is wonderful place on the edge of Kerala's prime tea growing region from which tea was transported down to Munnar and beyond.

Get in[edit]

By taxi, hiking or local bus from Munnar. One hour 32 km. Trip departing every ½ hour.

By local bus from Kodaikanal. 3 hour trip.

Get around[edit]

Walking a short steep trail is the only way to the best observation point.

See[edit][add listing]

Walk to Observation Point from Anita's tea stall at the bus stop. It is a short but steep walk to the spectacular viewing area at Top Station. The rewards all come at this summit, where the air is crisp and the views sheer and dramatic. The craggy laterite peaks of the Western Ghats, the rolling plains and immaculately laid-out tea plantations are all around. one can see Kambam Valley, Tamilnadu to the east, Kundala Valley.

Do[edit][add listing]

Trekking in Chinnar forest.

Buy[edit][add listing]

Fresh locally grown spices including cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Pack a lunch in Munnar or take your chances at a tea stall.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Local teas served attractively in several variations. You can find tea factories on your way and many of them has outlets where you can enjoy tea.

Locally made alcohols are also available illegally. But better to avoid them as they are not at all safe.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are no hotels. All of the area is reserved forest. Therefore you will not find many shops as well. You would want to go back to Munnar before night as there is a chance that elephants might block your way back to hotel.

Get out[edit]


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