Pollachi-Valparai Hill rider
After long wait im putting up my favorite hill rider blog. I used to watch these buses right from my child hood days. I had an opportunity to travel in this bus first time when my dad took me to Balaji temple at valparai. It happened around 15 yrs ago.
This Pollachi – Valparai hill rider was built with Leyland Cheetah 9M chasis. This is one of the main hill routes present for TNSTC-CBE. This Pollachi – valparai Hill rider is operated by Valparai, Pollachi-2,3 depots. These hill riders for TNSTC-CBE are built by TNSTC-CBE body building unit at pollachi(Formerly known as Cheran Engineering Corporation)
Totally 40 Hair pin bends are there in this route. You can also have a complete view of the Aziyar dam while riding in the hill. Even though we have hill riders in other routes(by TNSTC-CBE and others), the unique thing about this route is, till date i havent seen even a single 12M chasis bus.
Enjoying a typical “U” turn in one of the hair pin bend.. Shot this Video during my bike trip to Valparai..
The main routes of these buses are
Pollachi – Valparai
Pollachi – Kadambarai
Pollachi – Sholayar dam
Pollachi – Akkamalai
Pollachi – Mudees
Pollachi – High forest
Pollachi – Chalakudi via Valparai
Valparai – Chalakudi via Sholayar, Athirapalli falls
Coimbatore – Valparai
Coimbatore – Kadamparai
Palani – Valparai Via Udumalpet, N.M.Sungam and POY
Valparai – Thirupur via POY
To my knowledge the first bus starts from POY at 3.30 Am in the early morning. Last bus is around 10.00 AM. for more information about the timings please check in Pollachi bus stand. Night services were stopped for some time, Now they restarted it again.
TNSTC-CBE also operates hill riders in Nilgiris, CBE-Munnar, Palani-Munnar, POY-TOPSlip-Parambikulam etc., The other routes like Palani-Ooty, POY-Ooty, MTP-Kodai, Erode-Kodai, Sathy-Kodai are operated by 12M Chasis.
TNSTC-MDU operates hill riders in Madurai-Bodi-Munnar, Theni-Munnar, Palani-Kodai etc.,
I think TNSTC-SLM operates Hill riders in Salem-Yercaud route.
Kerala SRTC operates hill riders in Chalakudy – Athirapally falls, Palakkad – Nelliyampathy routes.
Beauty of the roads where these hill riders travel
Hill riders introduced in 2010