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I personally love exploring places for writing about them - but prefer doing so without too many preconceived ideas and notions. It is best to allow places to unfold for themselves, and bring with them the many surprises in store.
And when Nagesh Kukunoor decided to undertake a road journey down south in India with the same line of thinking, I knew I was with the right kind of a traveller. I got to travel with Nagesh when he was shooting for the MyEndeavour alterrain series being produced by Ford India and the National Geographic channel; he was on a personal quest to complete an unfinished road trip he had undertaken in 1995, and seek out any possible settings and stories for his future films.
Nagesh Kukunoor, the filmmaker and actor, has highly acclaimed movies like Hyderabad Blues, Iqbal and Dor to his credit. He chose to drive the Ford Endeavour alterrain edition (http://www.india.ford.com/suvs/endeavour) from Munnar in Kerala to Coorg in Karnataka via Palakkad in Kerala and Coonoor in Tamil Nadu. And what a journey it turned out to be. We drove through a highly varied landscape - mountains, tea estates, rough roads, forests, water bodies - we covered it all.
Of course, you may have seen it all on the National Geographic channel in India on June 30, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Did you watch the show? Whether you did or not, join me on the journey from another vantage point - through images.
You can also view more images at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151321095530770.1073741830.108449295769. You can also catch a glimpse of what awaits on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrfolW_JIXw.