“This weblog is contributed by certainly one of our readers, Dr. Gargi Mondal. Be part of her on a price range journey to the most effective locations in Tamil Nadu, Ooty and discover helpful insights into locations to go to close to it as effectively.
COME MONSOON… IT’S OOTY…
You by no means know when the journey bug bites you! On a dreary weekend in August, with none earlier plan, Neel and I set off for a weekend journey. Being price range travellers, we all the time avail the general public transport safely maintaining in thoughts the inconveniences of taking a for much longer time than a drop off by automotive. On a Friday night, we went to Mysore from Bangalore by bus which took us nearly 5 and a half hours. One can go to Coorg, Ooty, Wayanad and ample different locations from Mysore. One can even spend a day or two in Mysore additionally, a historic city itself.
Starting of a Soulful Journey to Ooty
In my utter confusion of which hill station to go to, Neel recommended we take a bus to Ooty, one other 5 and a half hour of journey. So we began, sitting within the cabin of the motive force, having a transparent view of the entrance, not compromising any facet of the highway. Simply after 15 minutes of the beginning of our journey, we got here throughout the Chamundi hills and numerous lakes above which we may level out the cormorants and the ibis. The climate was nice with the solar and the clouds taking part in hide-and-seek and in addition one or two bouts of drizzles. The Mysore-Ooty freeway turns adventurous as soon as it crosses Gundulpet. After this, begins the Bandipur Tiger Reserve maintained by the state of Karnataka which continues because the Mudhumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu. One can simply see herd of deer, peafowls and wildboars on the wayside. One may come throughout the tuskers and numerous vibrant birds if cautious. And if one is fortunate sufficient, the massive cat may be sighted who retains an eye fixed on the busy freeway from the shrubs!!!
After the Mudhumalai Tiger Reserve, the highway takes you thru the misty, meandering paths over the hills, inexperienced espresso and tea plantations to the Queen of Hills within the Nilgiris. Within the Nilgiris in your approach, you come throughout the shrubs of the Nilakurinji flowers. These flowers bloom as soon as in twelve years and many individuals within the villages preserve account of their ages by the blooming of those purplish-blue flowers. These are the flowers which flip the hills right into a mesmerising blue thus explaining the title, The Nilgiris. Presently, these flowers are usually not seen a lot in Ooty as they’ve been destroyed by the broadly flourishing tea plantations. The final stretch of the highway from Guddalur to Ooty affords essentially the most breathtaking views. At occasions the route traverses via the dense pine forests permitting glimpses of daylight via the timber or at different occasions it passes via the thick bamboo woods. The presence of small lakes and waterfalls amidst the panorama solely reminds you of God’s bounty. Via this splendid highway amongst nature, one turns into spellbound when he/she reaches Udagamandalam or Kovai, a tinsel city surrounded on all sides by the Nilgiris and the blue toy practice chugging via it.
Ooty at Final
So! We’ve reached Ooty, one of many well-known vacationer locations for the honeymooners; the hill station about which we heard for the umpteenth time since childhood; the capturing spot for thus many films; the hill station harbouring the best peak in Tamil Nadu. We merely appreciated to stroll about its busy in addition to quiet thoroughfares.
Go to to the Majestic Dodabetta Peak
After lunch, we boarded an auto to the Dodabetta peak which is situated about 6km from the town. This peak affords a scenic view of the valley round it. Having fun with a sizzling cup of the Ooty tea alongside along with your beloved within the clouds and drizzles with a raincoat over the physique affords a heavenly expertise. The place additionally affords sizzling pakoras, bread omelette, Maggi amongst different matters to take pleasure in with the tea. The forests right here provide you with a glimpse of birds just like the tit and the Asian paradise flycatcher.
First-Hand Expertise at Tea Manufacturing unit
On our approach again to the city, we stopped at The Tea Manufacturing unit the place we obtained a first-hand expertise of how we a get a steaming sizzling cup of tea from the tea plantations after it passes via an extended tedious course of. One can select from a variety of flavours to purchase tea packaged in numerous engaging parcels for day by day use or presents. Dwelling-made sweets are one of many different delicacies of this place. Our auto driver took us to a wax museum after this. The auto driver took Rs. 600 for this to-and-fro journey to Dodabetta together with ready on the totally different locations. Bikes or scooters weren’t out there then for hire attributable to some administrative downside.
A Rejuvenating Stroll at Botanical Backyard
Throughout the afternoon, we took a stroll to the Botanical Backyard. The stroll via the backyard was a rejuvenating expertise, strolling via innumerable species of crops and flowers.
After freshening up at our resort, we went out for dinner at 9.30pm however to our shock we discovered all of the retailers had been shut down by then. We managed to get dinner at one small lodge, however the meals was recent, scrumptious and low cost. Whereas returning to our lodge, we discovered we had been the one individuals strolling beside the lake on a quiet, dimly lighted curvy highway, hand in hand, reminding us of “Pyar hua iqrar hua..”
Helpful Data: The toy practice runs from Ooty to Coonoor railway station 4 occasions a day. The practice takes one via the breathtaking idyllic hamlets of Lovedale, Ketti and different well-known hill stations of Tamil Nadu. Many Indian films had been shot on this practice. On the best way, one can see numerous streams of water flowing from the hills and greenery abound.
Day 2 in Ooty Was Equally Fascinating
We stayed at a resort by the north lake highway, getting an excellent view of the Ooty lake via our window. The Ooty lake is a vacationer spot for boating. Subsequent morning, on waking up, we noticed few noticed invoice geese and customary coots having fun with the early morning drizzle within the lake from our window. Throughout our second and final day in Ooty, after breakfast we took a stroll to the Rose Backyard which homes lots of of sorts of roses. Then we boarded a bus to Guddalur which is on the best way to Bangalore. We alighted at Paykara, roughly 19 km from Ooty. We visited the superb Paykara Falls there, 700m strolling from the bus stand. Loads of rain birds had been hovering over the water physique which is surrounded by hills on each side. The huge stretch of the waterfall could possibly be visualised solely when the mist cleared. One can even take pleasure in boating at this place, approx 1.5 km from the bus stand. Automobile parking facility is out there on the bus stand. After a sizzling cup of tea, we once more boarded a bus to Mysore. Whereas getting into the Bandipur Tiger Reserve, consider me!! We sighted a Royal Bengal tiger within the shrubs trying on the busy thoroughfare, simply approx 70-80m from our bus.
Safari at Bandipur
We obtained down at Bandipur to do a safari. Gypsies might be booked on-line or if one books earlier. On the day of go to, solely buses might be booked. We booked two tickets for us and went for lunch on the forest canteen. After lunch, we boarded the bus and took a tour within the jungle. Although we weren’t fortunate sufficient to identify a tiger or an elephant on this jungle journey, however we caught a glimpse of the crimson jungle fowl, the massive mongoose, the monkeys, herd of deer, wild boars and numerous vibrant birds on our approach. The bus journey was for approx 1.5 hours. After our safari, we boarded a bus to Gundulpet from the place we boarded a bus to Mysore. From Mysore, we most popular practice to Bangalore although bus companies are broadly out there. Lastly, we reached dwelling at 1.15am after a two-day fun-filled, pretty journey to Ooty with the tune in our thoughts “Aay zindagi, gale laga le…”