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Yelagiri Drive and Trek

It had been more than a month since my visit to Jungle Lodges and the boredom of the daily routine meant it was time to head for another outing.

Bangalore Mirror had published an article on Nayakaneri last year, however after the site revamp the entire section “Quick Getaways” which showcases some of the offbeat locations around bangalore had been removed. The link I had bookmarked was not working and this meant I had to rely on Google Maps and directions from the locals to reach the place. This prompted me to do a recee of the route and joining me in this were Vikyath, Kumar and Karthik.

While checking the route in google I found another reserve forest, called Jawadu Hills. Googling further I found there is a falls nearby (Bheema Falls) which is supposed to have water for 8 months of the year and an Observatory (Vainu Bappu Observatory) which could be covered in a day, hence we decided to go there. Jawadu hills is part of the eastern ghats and has some scenic spots. Yelagiri which is another popular getaway comes in the same range.

A early start was us cruising along kolar highway with a stop at Adigas for breakfast. One needs to take the mulbagal-VKota road and head towards ambur. The smooth highway turned to a backbreaking ride for the next 20 odd kms as we were forced to avoid every size of pothole before we exited to a well laid stretch of road.

Road to VKota

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The road we entered was lined with a huge row of trees and made a nice setting to click some photos. A short break there and we continued and soon we were at VKota. Our next stop was pernambut and soon we were descending on a amazing stretch of road. We could see the eastern ghats at the distance and the descent couldnt help us from taking another break for some more photos.

Eastern Ghats

IMG_7489_resizeThe descent was done fairly quickly and once we entered pernambut we were again greeted with another wonderful stretch of road with trees on either side. With such wonderful roads and scenary it was time for another photo break. Couple of solo shots and it was off to jawadu hills

Tree lined road

IMG_7499_resizeWe reached Ambur by 12 and asked for directions upon which we were told to go to the highway and ask for directions which is what we did. One of the auto drivers we asked told us to go back a little distance and take the service road going to thirupattur. The shop keeper whom we asked for directions told us the falls is dry and the observatory may or may not allow us inside. If we are looking for a relaxed holiday he asked us to visit yelagiri which was around 30 kms. With no other options left we decided to head to yelagiri.

The 30 kms drive was done in a hour and half just in time for lunch. Upon inquiring the places to visit, we were told there is a lake and a trekking place 4 kms down at a village called mangalam. Instead of wasting time at the lake we headed to mangalam village. One of the villagers told us about Swamy malai which seems to be a popular trekking spot whose trail begins just behind the cluster of houses.

The inital trail is through a field and we could also see another hillock at a distance.

Hills in Yelagiri

IMG_7520_resizeThe climb began shortly and it seemed to continue forever. The pace was slow as we had just had our lunch. Climbing for an hour or so we reached the top where we could see the temple.

Climb to Swamy malai

IMG_7523_resizeResting for a while we headed back down and to the car, thus completing a good trek. It was a long drive back to bangalore and to the daily routine thus concluding a day well spent on the hills

 Snaps can be found here

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Cycling around Tattekere

There are not many lakes around bangalore which have been spared from pollution. A chat with a friend of mine a few days back lead me to tattekere lake near anekal. Googling for info on the lake showed the lake is pristine without any pollution. Reading a few blogs i came to know this is elephant territory and elephants normally come to the lake to bath and to drink. The place is also a haven for bird watchers as one can find various types of birds flying around

With the place decide I now had to finalize the route. One can reach tattekere either through banergatta or via harohalli. I decided to take the banergatta route as i would get a chance to ride inside the NP. The place and the route mapped out, headed out for another solo ride with hopes of meeting a few cyclists enroute. Reached banergatta in an hour and took the route to anekal. A km or two after crossing birla academy came across the signboards indicating the distance to ragihalli and shivanahalli.Confirmed the direction from a person standing there and took the road to ragihalli

The road to ragihalli is pretty much empty and in a couple of minutes I entered the banergatta national park

Roads inside BNP

The cloudy skies and the greenary made the ride more pleasent.

Greenary

A couple of kms of riding with a rolling terrain I was out of the national park , it was pretty much downhil till ragihalli and had a nice time zooming in the bends. Crossed ragihalli and shivanhalli where I again asked for directions. I was to take a right and keep going straight till I reach the main road from there tattekere was just a couple of kms

The descent

The tarmac ends after a short while and the road was filled with craters and loose mud everywhere. Since it was downhill one gets a feeling of doing off road cycling or a km or so. Reaching the highway I proceeded towards tattekere where I met another guy coming via harohalli. A brief chat with him and we headed to the lake.

One can go to the lake either by taking a left at the arch on the main or from within the village. It was another downhill off road ride and we got to the lake. There are electrified fences around the lake to prevent people from entering the lake

Electrified Fences

There was a small trail going by the side of the fences and we took that to reach the far end of the wires. Since there was enough space for the cycle to squueze through we did that and managed to get to the lake. The lake itself is pretty vast n serene. A small photoshoot there and after some relaxation we headed back to the main road

Thattekere Lake

Note: There are no boards around the lake to prevent people from trespassing.  If anyone intending to go to the lake trespass at your own risk

There might be another route to the lake from the arch or from the Kanve Mahadeshwara temple located close to the lake, which we couldnt do. One can ask for an easier approach path to the lake from localites

We headed back to the main road and it was continous uphill ride to jigani which we covered in an hour or so.

The road to jigani

It was already 12 by the time we reached jigani. A short stop for some snacks and it was a non stop ride back home which took another hour and half in the traffic. Reached home at 1.30 thus concluding a good ride to this little known lake

Thattekere Fact File

Name of the Lake: Thattekere Lake

Location: Mahadeshwara Forest

Distance From Bangalore: 40 Kms

How to Reach:

Route 1: Bangalore – Bannerghatta Police station. Take left towards Anekal route. Move further for 1-2 kms after crossing Birla Academy, take right. From here you really get into Bannerghatta National park. After 6-7 kms you will reach Ragihalli then cross Shivanahalli. Take right at shivanahalli and keep on the same road till u get a fork on the road, take left and keep going downhill. You’ll see the highway after half or one km. Tattekere is a km or two from here

Route 2: Bangalore-Kanakapura-Harohalli-Tattekere

The place is good for cycling and bird watching

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Roopkund Day 6: Roopkund

We woke up early morning only to find it still raining. It took a couple more hours for the rain to stop before we could start the climb to roopkund.

The staff from indiahikes were ahead and were cutting steps in the ice with others following them. We were told to place to foot exactly where they had placed theirs in order to avaoid slipping.

On the way to roopkund

The climb was slow as everyone were wary about not slipping. The higher we climbed the more snow we could see.

Miles and Miles of snow

It began to drizzle in between, however with no shelter anywhere we continued the climb,with breaks in between.

The climb was proceeding smoothly when all of  a sudden nutty slipped and slid down a long way. Though it looked great he was up on his feet and and was climbing already.

Nutty Sliding Down

He was given a huge applause when he rejoined us as it looked a bit scary from where we were.  Another couple of hours of climbing and we finally reached roopkund lake. Everyone were glad to have reached the lake and there was celebrations all round.

Roopkund Lake

Everyone were busy with taking snaps and soon it was time to headback as we had reached roopkund at 10.30. After bidding goodbye to the lake.

The gang at the lake

The descent was even more more tricky than climbing up as we were told to dig in our heels first before keeping the rest of the foot. We had to tread carefully else it was again a downhill journey for us. Arun for some reason was slipping continously as he couldnt maintain his balance on the ice.

Finally after seeing arun slip and slide quite a few times, lokesh began yelling at arun asking him to concentrate on walking and not to let his mind wander.

There were a couple of descents where everyone got to slid down the ice and it was kind a fun doing it.

We reached baguwasa by lunch time and we had to pack our bags to get back to Bedni. There was still a long way to go. The rain had started again and after lunch it was time to head back to bedni. A few of us started while the rest of group were still packing.

The wind was blowing very hard by the time we reached kalu vinayak and after a short stop it was a downhill descent all the way. It was raining intermittently as we continued the downhill journey.

The rain had stopped for sometime and when the mist cleared we could see the bugyal’s in all its glory. The vast expanse of greenary in front of our eyes ws mind blowing. Quickly snapped a couple of snaps before the mist could cover the place again

The bugyals in all its glory

We still had a long way to go and myself and srusthi who were walking together had to pick up the pace as we had to reach the camp before nightfall. With the rain continuing, we could finally pick our pace after reaching the fork in the road. A few more hours of walking and we could see bedni kund.

However we didnt know how to reach the kund. After shouting a couple of times, we found a IH staff running towards us. We followed him and he showed us the route to get to the kund.  He asked us if anyone else had gone ahead of us as the path would go all the way to ali bugyal and its quite easy to get lost here. We replied in negative and headed to the kund. It was already 7.30 by the time we reached the camp. Benji, Suhas and few others and few others had already reached and were relaxing. It could another hour for the rest of them to arrive.

Everyone were too tired to even move out of their tents and as a result dinner was served in the tents itself. It was a welcome relief hitting the sleeping bags after a hard day of trekking.

The trek would come to and end tomorrow as we would go to wan and then back to loharjung via cabs

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Roopkund Day 5: Bhaguabasa and the first look at icy himalayas

It was misty morning when we woke up and the sun was just peeping out of the clouds. We were expecting the sun gods to be smiling today as we headed to bhaguabasa with varun, surya sir and few others who were slow left early while the rest of us started a little late

Lokesh was leading the way and myself and benji following him, with others following us closely. The weather was good and we were racing ahead. Soon myself, sam, benji were quite far ahead. Lokesh who had caught us by then asked us to slow down as the guides asked us to stop at the intersection where the route divides into two

We reached the intersection soon and took a longish break waiting for others to catch

With nothing much to do , a few of them decide to spend their time playing thepli while waiting for others

High altitude game

With others catching up with us, we continued on our way again. The weather had become misty again and we soon reached a couple of large dome type tents where we had a break and had our lunch. The misty weather had turned worse as it was raining by the time we headed out.

The climb to Bhaguabasa began from the tents and it was a steep climb all the way. My pace which was good till then had slowed down dramatically. We were inching our way towards the top when sam showed me ice formations a short distance from where we were

First look at ice

The ice made us to climb even faster and soon we were at kalu vinyak temple.

Kalu Vinayak Temple

It was ice,ice all the way and we had a great time taking snaps. Soon we reached the campsite which was admist beautiful snow capped mountains. The rain had temporarily stopped by the time we reached the camp

Camp admist snow capped mountains

The rain which had stopped temporarily had started again. We were relaxing in our tents, when lokesh came to have a breifing with us. Roopkund looked very difficult in the rain and several theories were discussed. After lot of discussions and deliberations it was finally decided that depending on the weather conditions the next day we would climb till 11 in the morning and then return back, even if it means not being able to see the lake

The weather had made all our plans go haywire and finally after lot of discussions we agreed to the plan.Dinner was soon served and we hit the sleeping bags, with hopes of a clear weather the next day

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Deepambudhi Lake/Marconahalli Dam

A visit to a couple of dam’s, a lake along with a overcast sky is ideal setting to get away from the maddening crowds and the daily city life. Throw in a ruined church and a couple of monuments, it becomes a perfect reciepe to spend the weekend. This is what I was planning to do over the course of the weekend.

Browsing the net in search of places that could be covered in a weekend, I chanced upon a rather deepambudhi lake which is in huliyurdurga and markonhalli dam located on the banks of simsha river in yediur. The lake was in pristine condition . I decided to visit the lake and dam. After checking a few more places that could be visited, I found a ruined church in shettihalli , which attracts hordes of visitors and gorur and yagachi dam’s could be covered in 2 days along with the famous belur and halebid temples.

With the places shortlisted, I decided head out on sat morning. Left bangalore at 7 at reached nelamangala. Refilled at a petrol bunk and reached the nelamangala bypass in a short while as there was less traffic. Took the left turn, to hassan and was cruising along.

Roads are being relaid, across the entire stretch, from nelamangala bypass till hassan, on both sides. Riding for another hour or so, I reached kunigal  by 9.30 and asked for directions from locals. I was told that I had taken the longer route , as there is another route which one can take from magadi road as It leads directly to lake.

I was told to go a little further and take the left at the circle and go another 20kms before taking another right near the Indian Oil petrol bunk. Another 4-5 kms of travel in huliyurdurga state forest would lead me to the lake.

Scenary on the outskirts of kunigal

The roads improve dramatically once we leave kunigal bypass. It was a real joy driving on those roads, as there were no potholes and traffic was sparse.

Beautiful Roads

After a short while I reached the petrol bunk and took the left, at the sign boards and entered huliyurdurga forest. The winding roads gives u a feeling of driving in the ‘GHATS’.

Riding on those twisty roads, I could see the lake in front of me. There is also an arch which goes to marikamba temple. One can park their vechile after taking a left at the arch or at the temple go to the lake.

Deepambudhi Lake


The lake is clean and there is no garbage being thrown, which is suprising. The place is also teaming with a variety of birds and is a ideal place for bird watching.

A few shots of the lake

I spent some time at lake relaxing and taking snaps before leaving the place.

Note: Apart from visiting the lake, one can also visit kunigal stud farm owned by vijay mallya, huliyurdurga state forest or one can trek to huliyurdurga hill which is located closeby.

After finishing my visit to deepambudhi lake, my next place on the list was marconhalli dam.  Reaching kunigal bypass, I again asked for directions.

To reach marconhalli dam, travel 16 kms from kunigal. After 16kms one can see kstdc hotel on the right, take the road going to the left and proceed 5 kms to the dam.

View near the dam

Entry to the dam is restricted and photography inside for security reasons. However one can spend some time taking snaps on the outskirts of the dam, and visiting the climate stattion

There wasnt much to do at the dam, so I headed back, stopped briefly at another spot near the river before heading back to the kstdc hotel

Scenic view near the river

Dark clouds began to gather, as I reached the hotel. To go to shettihalli , I was told to go to chennarayanapatna which is 60kms from the hotel, and ask for directions. With more dark clouds gathering, I decided to head back to bangalore, as the chances of rain was imminent. Reached nelamanagala around 4 and had a late lunch before reaching my house at 5, thus concluding another wonderful trip

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Makalidurga

After a amazing ride to somwarpet and madikeri last weekend,I was thinking of a trek this weekend. Makkalidurga a small hill 50 kms from bangalore and 10 kms from doddaballapur was choosen for this weekend’s trek. Kiran agreed to join, and we headed out to doddaballapur on sun.

With roads being empty on sun morning we reached doddaballapur in an hour. Asking for directions we proceeded towards makkalidurga.

Makkalidurga

Makkalidurga is a small railway station, which has a temple nearby. The peak which stands at 1350 mts can be scaled in an hour. There is an old ruined fort at the top of the hill and a shiva temple which locals visit.The railway track running next to the temple, makes it an ideal spot for photography and also for bird watching

Railway Lines

We started the trek after reaching the base of the temple. The trail starts from behind the temple and goes all the way to the top. There are marking on the stones, indicating the path. By following the markers one can reach the top.  The climb is gradual and it becomes steep as we go higher. We can also get to see a huge lake and other mountains.

Rivers and vast mountains

As the climb gets steeper, we had to climb on the boulders to get to the top. After an hour of climbing, we reached the top of the hill from where we could see the peak. Taking rest for sometime, we headed to the fort.  There is godown, which was once used, and a small shiva temple on top. After spending some time on the top, we headed back.

Inside the fort

Shiva Temple

Another hour of climbing down and we were back to the base of the temple.

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OOTY

After a three month workathon, I managed to get a 3 day break.  Dad had planned for a trip to ooty and coonoor and I was assigned the task of checking the places to visit.  I had visited ooty and coonoor in may, however due to the short time span I couldn’t cover all the places.

This time I wasn’t interested in visiting the usual places in ooty. I checked the net for places to visit ad I found this excellent travelogue in team-bhp by a lalu ks. He had visited ooty in Nov last year. Going through his travelogue, I made a list of places which could be covered in 3 days. Though I had visited many of the places in my earlier trip, I included those and a few others which I couldn’t visit.

Day 0

With my brother having to attend his XAT exams we left for mysore at 2 in the afternoon on sunday.  Me and my bro decided to share the driving on all 4 days. Navigating the traffic we moved to mysore.  With a brief stop in maddur coffee day, we proceeded to mysore. We reached mysore at 5 and drove to my cousin’s house where we would spend the night.

Day 1

We left for ooty early morning and I took over the driving.  We made good progress as the roads were empty. We reached gundulpet at 7.30. The weather was quite cold, and after breakfast, we took out the jackets and shawls to make ourselves warm and we proceeded further.

The condition of the roads deteriorates after gundulpet. The road to bandipur is being repaired and it has been converted to a single lane as the repair work is being done on either side.

On the road to bandipur

Driving slowly we reached bandipur and stopped there for a short while

Enroute to bandipur

With a small pit stop we headed to mudulamalai and then to ooty via kalhatti ghat

Roads in Mudumalai

We were on lookout for animals as we reached mudumalai early, but all we could find were a couple of elephants and being taken to work

Elephant and its mahout

With a steady ascent through the 36 hairpin bends, with a break in between to see the valley we reached ooty at 9.30.

Valley

Accomodation was booked at silver oak hotel at ettines road. The nearest landmark is alankar theather. Asking for the theater we reached the hotel at 10 in the morning.  Having checked in, we took some rest and had a bath, before heading for sightseeing

Since I was interested in visiting avalanche and upper bhavani, which come under the reserve forest area, we had to get permission from the forest dept.  We went to the forest dept office to get the permission so that we could visit both the places the next day. We were asked to submit a written application which my dad did. Since the superindentent was on leave we were aked to come in the day morning.

With the permission sorted out, we headed to pykara falls and lake which was around 25kms from the forest dept office.

Kamaraj sagar dam was enroute to pykara and we stopped there for a few min for a photoshoot. I had visited the dam in may and it was pretty clean.

Kamaraj Sagar Dam

With dirt being thrown in the water, the dam waters was looking quite dirty

Dirty Waters

After spending some time near the dam, we headed to pykara falls. The falls had water in it and there were plenty of tourists near the falls. The scenery is quite good, at this time of the year

Scenary @ pykara falls

Pykara Falls

The next stop after the falls was the pykara boat house which was a few kms from the falls. The view from top of the boat house was quite good with crystal clear water and boats in it

Pykara Lake

The boat house is located at the edge of the river and offers a decent view of the river and the boats present in it

Boat House and River

We had lunch at one of the hotels near and moved to shooting meadow.  The place is called shooting meadow as a lot of film shootings occur there.

Route to shooting meadow

The meadow is just a flat land with a small forest used for shooting.

View from top of the meadow

There are various mountains present at a distance which can be seen when we reach the top.

Distant mountains

With nothing much to do there, we headed for glenmorgan. There are two routes bifurcating, and during the last we took a power station worker to show us the way. I had forgotten the route we had taken, and I missed the turn and went further. After going a bit further I realized I was on the wrong route and had to turn back. The road was not good and my dad was not in favour of taking the other route, hence we had to abandon the plan of visiting glenmorgan

Here are a few snaps from my trip in may

Sunset at glenmorgan

Scenery near glenmorgan

By the time we left glenmorgan it was 4 and we still had enough time. Dodabetta was the closest place we could visit and i had missed it during my earlier visit. Since there was plenty of time left, i streered the car towards dodabetta

Repair work was going on as roads had caved in at some parts due to landslides. The road to dodabetta is good for most part, however the roads worsens when we take a right where the direction is given. There are huge potholes and care has to be taken when driving.

Dodabetta is the highest peak in south india and there is a telescope tower present which from where visitors can ooty town, bus stand and the highway.

Telescope Tower

From the telescope tower we can also see mukruthi and a few other peaks. With cloud cover at a distance, the view looks quite good

View from Dodabetta

With shopping being done, we left dodabetta by 5. With driving in highways banned after 6(for me), we headed to botanical garden which was located in ooty town. This would be the last place we would visit for the day.

Botanical garden is just like lalbagh in garden, which has a glass house and a huge lawn surrounded by trees. Evening was spent relaxing at the lawn

Inside the glass house

With the sun setting we headed back to the hotel. After having dinner at a local restaurant, we hit the bed

Day 2

The guy at the forest office had asked us to come by 11 to collect the permission letter. Since there was time left to go to the forest office, my parents and my brother went to the rose garden and the wax world in the morning, while i stayed back at the hotel. The wax world contains statues of some prominent Indian personalities. As per the guard, these statues are made in Bangalore, before they are shipped to ooty

Wax Statues

Apparently not many roses had bloomed in the garden and there was nothing much to do. Once my parents returned to the hotel, we went to the forest office dept to get the permission letter for avalanche and upper bhavani.

We reached the forest dept and as is the usual norm in any govt office, we had to wait for a while to get the permission as the sp in charge was a busy man. We had to give our names along with the vehicle no and we got the permission letter.

We left for avalanche the moment we got the letter. The place is called avalanche because of an avalanche in the late 1900’s .

The place comes under reserved forest area and scenery enroute to the place is fantastic.  Asking for directions, we proceeded. We caught a glimpse of Porthy lake , and the scenery from the road was simple fabulous

Porthy Lake and tea estates

Our journey continued towards avalanche and we soon spotted the deviation towards emrald dam, which we decided to cover when coming back. The scenery improved as we drove further.  Negotiating a few hair pin bends we continued, we soon found the direction to avalanche written in Tamil, which was confirmed by a passerby. The smooth tarmac changes to a mud road as we drive by

Scenery near avalanche

As we drove we got a look at avalanche lake. The road leading to avalanche checkpost, is not maintained and driving there is a very tedious process as the roads is full of potholes. There is a small path midway which leads to the base of the lake. After a small photo session we headed to the checkpost

A few shots of Avalanche Lake

The road condition, worsens further and we had to drive slowly, in order to avoid any damage to the car. Within a short time, we reached the checkpost. Once we showed the permission letter, the guard let us through, he also told us, there is a power station about 2 kms down the road. He also mentioned, that we can go to upper bhavani through the same route. We found the distance marker, a little ahead, which showed the distance to upper bhavani as 24 kms. Since the power station was only a km and half from the distance we went ahead to visit that.

The view of the lake improves as we drive further, the condition of the road, however remains the same(i.e  full of potholes).  One can stop the vehicle and go to the base of the lake. It was seen that people have made it as a tourist spot and we could see, a lot of paper plates being thrown there. The view of the lake from down is spectacular. One can also see distant mountain ranges from the base of the lake

Avalanche Lake

Distant Mountain Range

We went to the power station, however access was denied. Since photography was not allowed,  we had to go back. The road to upper bhavani was in the same condition. My dad told me to go back as the car would take a battering if we would go through the forest path. We reached the checkpost and upon inquiring of an alternate route, the gaurd told us, it would take us 70 kms to go through the other route, and he assured us the road is good. Since the distance was a little too much, we skipped upper bhavani and went to emerald dam.

The dam gates were closed, when we reached there, however we could get to the dam, through the side gate. We also met a teacher from a nearby school who gave us some gyan about the dam. The view from the dam is quite scenic with the river on one side and the valley on the other

Bhavani River

Way to Emerald Dam

As per him emerald dam is built on the bhavani river. It was built around 1950 and pandit nehru had come for the inaugaration of the dam. He also told that  the dam is 200 ft from the base of the river, and during monsoon, the river genrally overflows

The teacher also told us to visit avalanche dam, which is also called canada dam, as it was built with the help of the canadian govt. This is one the biggest dam’s in ooty.

Just like emerald dam, the view is stunning.

Way to canada dam

Avalanche River as seen from canada dam

Note: Photography is not allowed upon entering canada dam. If u r lucky, u will be able to take a few shots if the gaurd is not present 🙂

We had a short conversation with the gaurd and got to to know that the ooty-conoor route had been opened to public yesterday as the repair work had been completed, on the route as parts of the road had been damaged due to the landslides. Upon further inquiry we got to know that even the train route had been opened till coonoor. Repair work is going on the tracks till mettupalyam.  My dad insisted we go to coonoor by train as the scenary is quite good.  As there was still enough time for dusk, we headed back to ooty

Fernhil palace, which was once the summer residence of the maharaja’s of mysore was enroute, and, i stopped the car, at the entrance. The gaurd however refused to let us inside, as the palace has become private property and it has been converted into luxuary hotel. Apparently we book the room in advance.

With the entry to the palace denied , we headed to the railway station to inquire about the train to coonoor. As luck would have had it, the last train to coonoor was at 6 pm. Since we had more than an hour to spare, I told my dad to book the tickets for the train. The cost of the ticket is just Rs 3/-.  Once the tickets were booked, I enquired in the bus stand regarding the return journey to ooty, and we were assured that regualar buses are there for ooty and they would be taking to regular ooty-coonoor route which was opened.

With enough time left for the train to arrive,  we went to the ooty lake to spend some time.

Ooty Lake

After a boat ride, and a some refreshments, we went to the thread garden which was located opp to the lake

The thread garden contains, a variety of flowers all hand woevn using various threads. A few of the samples are also for sale and the cost ranges from Rs 250 to 1500

By the time we left the thread garden it was 5.30 and we headed to the railway station. The train arrived shortly and I saw that it was decorated for its maiden journey to coonoor

Decorated Train

The train started for coonor at exactly 6. The train would take an hour to reach coonoor, passing through various stations.  The train passes through hills and forests, and we get to see a glimpse of ooty town

The train reached coonoor at 7 and halted at the station. It would go back to ooty in the morning.  Getting out of the station, we headed to the bus stand to catch a bus to ooty.  Return journey also takes an hour. Reaching ooty at 8, we headed back to the hotel.

Day 3

This would be our last day in ooty. We had planned to cover coonoor and then return to mysore by evening, where we would be spending the night

We left to coonoor early in the morning. After a quick stop for breakfast we headed to dolphin nose after asking for directions from the hotel guy. We also took a guide with us to explain about the places.

The road to coonoor passes through ketty and one can see vast tea gardens and the vast nilgiri ranges from here. This place is also called ketty valley view

Ketty Valley

Dolphin Nose was the first view point we would visit. The place is called dolphin nose as the hilltop from the view point is in form of a dolphin’s nose. We can also see Cathrine falls (named after a british lady St Catherine who committed suicide by falling from top of the falls)

Catherine Falls

View from Dolphin Nose Viewpoint

The guide explained there are tribal’s living in these mounatains, and their main occupation is to collect herbs and spices.  It would take a day’s trek to reach the place where the tribals are living.

The next place we would visit would be  lamb’s rock which was located a few kms from dolphin nose. There is brooklands tea factory located near dolphin’s nose.

Brooklands Tea Factory


We went inside the factory to learn how the tea is being manufactured. The person inside the tea factory gave us a detailed explanation how the tea is made.  We bought some tea at the factory before proceeding.

The next stop was lamb’s rock,which is also another viewpoint. This place is named after charles lamb, the person who found this place. This place also has a suicide point 🙂

Lamb’s Rock Suicide Point

We bid adeiu to the guide and headed to sim’s park. This is one of the biggest parks in coonoor and is well maintained. Relaxing for some time in the park, we headed to ooty

Sim’s Park

After lunch we packed our luggage and bid farewell to ooty.  Return journey was again through kalhatti ghats. With a brief stopover at nanjangud to see the temple we reached mysore by 7

Dusk at Nanjangud

The following places could not be visited

  • Stone House
  • Jain Temple
  • Upper Bhavani
  • St Stephen Church
  • St Thomas Church
  • Arboretum

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