Mountain Trail Wayanad

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⛰️JEEPTRAILS WAYANAD As blissful relief from Vivid Pandemic year on an ear end of December..The vivid restrictions and down to normal.. God’s Own Jeepers Trail to Mighty Mountain s of Wayanad On December 18,19 Gathering of All of our Jeeper across kerala gathered at KVR Jeep Calicut Flag off from kvr Jeep Trailing Convoy ride to Sterling Wayanad 19 the December Trailing to Priyadarshini tea environ mananthavaadi Trailing to beautiful Mountain Thanks @Jeepindia for all Support

South Mountain Trails at Vagamon – Jan 19-20th, 2019

South Mountain Trails Kerala Jan

South Mountain Trails at Vagamon

The second major event by GOJ in association with BJC was scheduled in 3rd week of January.  The trails was structured by the organisers from GOJ with a couple of recce to purpose the best experience for all Jeepers. The main event was organized at the famous Vagamon Heights and the off-roading was also in a controlled path inside their property.

Jeepers were thrilled at the preliminary approach to the reception of this resort itself with great off-road path and not to remark – only the resort’s private vehicles with their expert drivers were only allowed to ferry guests from parking place to reception area – but the path was exclusively open for all JEEPS.

A welcome drink to all Jeepers followed by lunch and exchanging of experiences amongst Jeepers was a pleasurable beginning to the event.  The off-roading drive kicked off by 15:00hours and was scheduled to conclude at mountain top sunset point for a helicam shot.  The drive’s first pit stop within 800mtrs was for a briefing of the off-roading pattern and advises to new comers by an experienced fellow Jeeper.

From there the drive through rough terrain was for the first steep ascend wherein every Jeeper was again briefed about approach procedure and maintaining the momentum.  All Jeepers were able to climb the hill with ease and were delighted by the performance of their beast.   The convoy lined up in same sequence as they started and proceeded to the next level off-roading with another hairpin ascend followed by downhill crawling on the stones. The path was barricaded with caution tapes on the edges of the boundaries of the mountain by the resort team – so that the Jeepers can maneuver swiftly.

With a few more rough terrain experience of stones, sand, mud the convoy descended on the lake area one by one.  The trails proceeded to the last and exhilarating water / slush crossing – every Jeeper was guided cautiously with the speed to be maintained while crossing the muddy slush.  The off-roading for the day was thus concluded by everyone lining up for the spectacular photo shoot at the sunset point.

All Jeepers with their family later assembled for the special cocktail dinner with lot of entertainment by fellow Jeepers and their family members. A little chilling weather later heated up by the activities on the floor and churning the cocktails. Karaoke, camp fire ballets and few more indoor activities kept everyone busy on their toes – till all restored back to their respective rooms.

DAY 2 started off with a group breakfast and the convoy lined up for yet another exciting drive through the narrow and secluded roads of Vagamon.  The drive later moved through the town of Vagamon to reach one more hill top for yet another stunning photo shoot.  The peak at the hill top was exclusively for the local extreme 4×4 tour operators, but a couple of our Jeepers tried to tame their beast on this stretch too and was successful with assistance from the fellow Jeepers.

This was also the dissolving point for other Jeepers who were supposed to head back to their respective cities.  The rest of the Jeepers thus proceeded to the lunch point at the resort with added off-road drive to the reception area.

There comes the curtain down for yet an amazing trail.

Happy Jeeping…

Original Agenda:

Our main event and the off-road trail will be organized within the properties of Vagamon Heights Resorts. This includes Jan 19th Barbeque Dinner and Cocktail Party, Jan 20th Breakfast, Off roading trail sessions with in their property and Jan 20th Lunch.

For accommodation, since the rooms are limited in Vagamon Heights, the Jan19th night stay we are getting arranged at nearby hotels to Vagamon Heights. Since the night stay is going to be in different hotels, please don’t expect the same standards across these places. We are working with Vagamon Heights to confirm on the near by resorts and will update soon.

Tentative Itinerary

Jan 19th

  • 12:00 PM: Lunch place to be decided. It will be near Kattapana. People driving from different parts of Kerala is requested to reach here before 12:00 PM. BJC/MJC will be reaching here via Dindigul after overnight stay.
  • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Lunch.
  • 1:30 PM: Start of the Drive through the Scenic Routes in Kuttikanam and Vagamon. Route
    to be finalized soon.
  • 5:30 PM: Reach Vagamon. Each of you will go to the respective resorts where the room is
    allocated. Get Refresh.
  • 7:00 PM: Reach Vagamon Heights Resorts for the Barbeque Dinner and Cocktail Party
  • 11:00 PM: Back to Respective Resorts

Jan 20th

  • 6:00 AM: Those who wants to participate in the Off-road trails needs to reach Vagamon Heights by 6:00 AM.
  • 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM: Off-road Trails.
  • 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM: Breakfast
  • 10:00 AM: Back to respective resorts to get refreshed
  • 1:00 PM: Reach Vagamon Heights for the Lunch
  • 2:00 PM: End of Trail and the group will disperse

South Mountain Trails at Vagamon

The second major event by GOJ in association with BJC was scheduled in 3rd week of January.  The trails was structured by the organisers from GOJ with a couple of recce to purpose the best experience for all Jeepers. The main event was organized at the famous Vagamon Heights and the off-roading was also in a controlled path inside their property.

Jeepers were thrilled at the preliminary approach to the reception of this resort itself with great off-road path and not to remark – only the resort’s private vehicles with their expert drivers were only allowed to ferry guests from parking place to reception area – but the path was exclusively open for all JEEPS.

Trip to FCA plant at Ranjangaon – Nov 3rd, 2018

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This may be the first ever JEEPAG’s all regional groups meet with Jeepers of WW, BJC, IJ, GoJ and DJ driving down to the factory together.  The Jeepers kicked off with a group partying a day prior to the plant visit, a night rather midnight well spent sharing skills of our JCs and other club activities.

An early morning assembly and timely co-ordination by WW team, JCs lined up in batches for flag off to the factory.  As usual the predicted traffic slugged the time taken to reach factory.  A warm welcome with breakfast was waiting for everyone and the checkin was so quick as it was well organized by the FCA team.

A brief introduction about the plant and their management team, the Jeepers were escorted in batches to various sections.  As usual WW had arranged for an enlightening cake with milestones of the trails.

 

The factory produces around 40 different variants of Jeep Compass catering to the 13 countries.  Almost with 65% localization including the diesel engines, the facility is gearing up for more localization.

They manufacturer 40000 diesel engines presently in this facility catering for all brands like Fiat, Tata, Jeep and Suzuki.  The production capacity will be expanded soon to 1 lakh plus engines with rotational shifts for the staff.  The doors of JC was laser welded – this was first time in India. 

The petrol automatic variant engine and transmission is completely imported and they do not have the facility to manufacture here in India as of now.

There was a display of the diesel engine and transmission in transparent enclosures and everyone had hands on experience on the technology inside these machines.

A break for delicious lunch which no one expected to be organized with such great hospitality inside a factory, and the journey continued for further sections of plant.

We were also able to have glimpse of the test tract in their facility, wherein the Jeeps were tested for up to 120kmph and along side a track to test the suspension and ground force tests. A tests are also carried out to ascertain the performance of the vehicle with speed breakers, kickers and maneuvering cones circuit. We did not get any clarity about where the crash tests were performed.

It was a breath taking view through the safety goggles as how the state of the art robots perform their job with a thread thickness accuracy. 

The assembly is fully automated that it can produce any variant, any brand and any model car at the same time, as we witnessed there were competitors cars running along with different variants of JCs.

Every Jeeper were thrilled to have a glimpse of the trail hawk variant (even though none of us were allowed even to open the doors), it was a masterpiece of all standing next to it. Few of us also had a sneak peak to the remotely parked Renegade.

Everyone’s curiosity about the sun roof addition to their existing JCs was self-explanatory, once they saw as how the sun roof plate was built by the robot lines. Hey Jeepers please DON’T ever think of cutting your roofs – this will have major safety concern.  Only FIAPL at Ranjagoan is certified for such high standard production of safe structures for your Jeeps, and be proud that your JC is manufactured in the south Asia’s best and unsurpassed factory.

There was a discounted counter for accessories and a send off note with high tea which concluded the journey to plant.  As a customary by FCA team, a refreshments / snacks kit was provided for everyone at exit.  Thanking the FCA team and WWs for such a wonderful experience and promising a greater safety in our JCs everyone departed to their respective locations.

Happy Jeeping Jeepers, after the witnessing the built process we have more confidence on our beasts.

Pan India Independence Day Trails – Aug 15th, 2018

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All JeepAG Clubs are planning a Pan-India Independence Trail in their respective Regions, more details here soon.

North Chapter – Register Now..!!

“F&B, trails and photography are supported by FCA #JeepIndia.”

A Drive against use of PLASTIC

Chandigarh

  • 15 August – 8:30 AM – Meet at WSL Mohali Dealership to have Tea/ Coffee and Sandwiches followed by Registration and number and Jeepag stickers.
  • 9:00 AM – Flag Hoisting ceremony at the Dealership.
  • 9:30 Am the Convoy will depart towards Karnal.
  • 12:00 PM – Expect to reach Hotel Noor Mahal, Karnal.
  • Meet and Greet Delhi NCR Jeepers over Tea & Coffee .

Delhi NCR

  • 15 August – 8:00 AM – Meet at Landmark Jeep, Moti Nagar, Delhi to have Tea/ Coffee and Sandwiches followed by Registration and number and Jeepag stickers.
  • 9:00 AM – Flag Hoisting ceremony at the Dealership.
  • 9:30 Am the Convoy will depart towards Karnal.

Planned activity at Karnal

  • 12:00 PM we expect to reach Karnal Hotel Noor Mahal
  • Meet and Greet Chandigarh & Delhi NCR Jeepers over Tea & Coffee.
  • Merchandise stall to be set up at the Karnal Stop over Point
  • Small briefing along with lunch and leisure time for all to Talk and mix with each other over Lunch.
  • 2:30 PM to 4:00 PM we’ll do a small off-road trail near the Resort & a small cleanliness drive.
  • 4:00 PM we depart .

The Still Photography will be done by SoulMate team.

Bangalore

KHT Prime and Bangalore Jeep Club have planned the Independence Day Drive on Aug 15th, 2018 to Jain Farms.

Theme – Pledging for Eye donation with Rotary Orchards, Bangalore

  • 09:30am: Flag off from KHT Prime Yeshwanthpur.
  • 09:45am: Flag off from KHT Prime Mahadevpura (Whitefield).
  • 10:00am: Flag off from KHT Prime Domlur.
  • 10:15am: Assemble at Freedom International School, HSR Layout.
  • 10:45am: Start to Jain Farms, Hosur.
  • 12:00pm: Reach Jain Farms followed by Flag hoisting.
  • 01:00pm: Lunch and disburse.

Jain Farms http://www.jainfarms.com offer a plethora of activities within the resort which can be availed at own cost.

As a good will gesture you may donate for Divyaang Maitri, an NGO run by para athletes for para athletes to represent in domestic and international sports. They also nurture young para athletes. Visit https://www.divyaangmyithri.com/

Find More details and Register for the Bangalore Jeep Club’s Independence Day Drive Here.

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Monsoon Trails in God’s own Kerala – Jul 14-16, 2018

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Bangalore Jeep Club
Madras Jeep Club

The Monsoon Trails in Kerala was initiated and organized by KJC, had an equal participation from neighboring states Tamilnadu and Karnataka.  This trail fulfilled the craving of Jeepers to drive through lush greenery and rainy off-roading over the slushy paths.  Jeepers also had an opportunity to steer through the dense jungles of Idamalayar reserve forest.

The journey started from their respective cities of 3 states to meet up for lunch at a river side resort in Pollachi.  All Jeepers were welcomed by a scrumptious lunch and a foreword / guidance to all Jeepers about the route to take, safety advices and off-roading instructions by FCA Team.  A Jeep merchandise stall was also made available in the venue with lot of interesting stuff for Jeep fanatics.

A welcome kit consisting of snacks and emergency gears for insect / leeches care was placed in each Jeep. The convoy lined up to their assigned positions and moved forward through the Aliyar dam and Aliyar reserve forest to reach Valparai. The convoy of 32 Jeeps cruising through the towns and villages, astounded the onlookers and many came forward to question as what was going on. The convoy was give an almost a green corridor path by the pedestrians and by on-coming traffic – with dozens of cameras capturing us.

The Monkey falls greeted us to start our climb up hill to cover the strenuous 40 hair pin bends to reach our respective destinations. En-route we passed through a few famous places like Carver Marsh statue covered under scotch mist, breathtaking view points to overlook at the overflowing river and Muneeshwarar temple. All Jeepers were accommodated in the best available resorts of Valparai and the age old well maintained bungalows.  After a quick freshup and couple of Jeepers taking a quick walk through the tea plantations greeted by lot of Leeches and Bison, headed to group dinner and cocktail at Directors Bungalow. Jeepers exchanged their experiences and winded up on time to retire to bed as scheduled.

Day 2 started off early with Jeepers lining up by 5:30 AM for the 4 kms off-roading trail through the Briar’s plantations which was exclusively made open for Jeepers – another great endeavor by KJC organizers.  Everyone were astonished by the capabilities of their beast cruising through the slippery slush, bouldering the rocks, crossing the water logs and climbing the unimaginable steep slopes.  After a fresh tea break at the peak all of us headed back to our respective bungalows / chalets and tents for the late breakfast.

A quick lunch at Director’s bungalow and everyone lined up for the next journey through the reserve forest to the Athripilly falls. All Jeepers were disappointed when the scheduled trip was about to be cancelled due to road closure through the narrow lanes of forest due to falling of trees and a local bus veered off – blocking the road. When everyone were about to turn back their Jeeps, the organizer got a green signal from forest officials to enter the forest area and those officials were kind enough to lead our convoy for few kms. The view through the dense jungle ride was astonishing with a few water crossings and whispering birds / animals all through, also a few resonance waterfalls on the way to main water falls.

The entire forest roads were filled with and only Jeeps all through, as this was limited entry roads with pre-approvals to drive through the jungle.  The most highlighted scene of this trail was we keep seeing boards everywhere like elephants crossing / animals crossing, but for the Jeepers it was unique sight as if the elephants were warned with a board “Caution – JEEPERS crossing please give way”.

The next stop at Rainforest resort opposite to Athripilly water falls hosted a grand dinner exclusively for us, with very tasty and live counters of local delicacies.  The view was mind-boggling from our seating area and we could feel the showers and mist from the falls.  There comes the end for another fabulous trail and respective Jeepers departing to their schedules or stays, clutching lot of memories from the drive.

The additional stay for BJC and MJC was well spent witnessing the spectacular FIFA finals on big screen with Champagnes, Beers etc. Everyone back to home shared their experiences of the Trails and thanked whole heartedly the organizers for putting forward such an exceptional show, the last liner uttered as usual – when and where is the next trail..

Happy Jeepin.

Original Agenda and Itinerary: 

 

Kerala Jeep Club has planned a Monsoon trail during June/July. This will be a great opportunity and experience to enjoy the drive through the natural beauty of Gods own county during the splendid rains in Kerala. This will be planned along with Bangalore Jeep Club and Madras Jeep Club, including participation from south members as well as from other club members who wants to drive down to Kerala.

Depending on the availability of space for co-passengers in our jeeps, the invite will be extended to North, West and East members so that they can fly down here and join one of the jeeps and enjoy the drive.

Contact Here to be part of it.

Register with JeepAG Here.

Summary

Dates Planned: 14th and 15th July

Route Planned: Pollachi -> Valparai -> Athrimpally

  • 40 hairpin bends to reach Valparai from Pollachi
  • 55 kms from Valparai to Athrimpally through core forest.
  • Offroading Trail planned at Valpari Briar Plantations

Itinerary

BJC & MJC:

  • BJC to start by 6:00 AM from Atibelle Toll Plaza, Bangalore
  • MJC to start by 4:00 AM from Poonamala Toll, Chennai
  • Break fast at Sai Sangeeth , Dharmapuri by 8:00 AM to 9:00 am.
  • 9:00 AM drive to Pollachi
  • Lunch at Pollachi by 1:00 PM (Place: Sakthi Resorts), SAKTHI RIVER RESORTS INDIA PVT LTD, 10th km , Opp to Subbe gounden pudur pirivu,Meenkarai Road , Trissur Highway , Pollachi.

KJC

  • Meet at Saravan Bhavan , Vadakkencherry for Coffee at 10:00-10:30 AM
  • 11:00AM Drive to Pollachi. Reach SAKTHI RIVER RESORTS by 12:30. Have early lunch before the MJC and BJC. Once MJC and BJC arrives, KJC will help with stickering the vehicles, arranging convoys etc

Starting Point of Drive: Pollachi (on a Saturday, 14 th July)

  • Once MJC and BJC arrives, KJC will help with stickering the vehicles, arranging convoys etc
  • Sub convoys will be arranged depending on your assigned place of stay with an admin vehicle for each sub convoy
  • Starting point of drive from SAKTHI RIVER RESORTS by 2:30
  • 2:30 PM drive together to Valpari. This is a 2 hrs scenic drive with 40 hairpin bends.

Saturday Night

  • Reach Valparai by 5:00 PM
  • Each team will go to their respective assigned resorts/Bungalows to get fresh
  • Stay is arranged at multiple bunglows like
    • Stanmore Bungalows, Briar Group
    • Monica Bungalows, Briar Group
    • Sirukundra Bungalow, Briar Group
    • Fair Villa Bungalows, Briar Group
    • Directors Bungalows , Briar Group
    • Soul Bungalows, LNB Group
  • Meet for Dinner by 8:00 at Directors Bungalow

Sunday

  • Breakfast 6:30 to 7:30 at their respective bungalows
  • 8:00 AM Trail through Briar Bungalow plantations.
  • Lunch 11:00 to 12:30 at Directors Bungalow.
  • 1:00 PM drive to Athrimpally. This is around 60 KM scenic drive through Sholayar forest to reach Athrimpally.
  • 3:30 PM: Reach Rainforest Athrimpally for dinner with lake access and waterfall view at Rainforest Resorts, Athrimpally
  • 8:00 PM: Bangalore and Madras group will move to Trichur for Sunday night stay at Casino Hotel and for the screening for World cup Finals. Kerala group will disperse (any one requesting stay will be provided a Sunday stay).
     

Monday

  • Vadukumnathan Temple visit for those who wants at 6:00 AM
  • Morning Breakfast at Casino. Start from Trichur by 8:00 AM to Bangalore and Chennai
  • Teams will drive back to their respective places