image Ooty, Queen of Hill Stations. A four day trip

Day 1: We started at around 3:30 AM on a Saturday morning from our house to shamshabad airport. The actual depart time for spicejet flight to coimbatore is at 5:45AM but was delayed by 15 mins. The flight was a smaller one but had a good journey. We reached coimbatore by around 8AM. We went to a restaurant nearby airport opposite to kovai medical centre for the breakfast. And at around 8:30 AM we started our journey to Ooty. The journey was good till Mettupalayam and it was awesome from then to Ooty. It was completely a ghat road filled with lush green. By around 11:30 AM we reached Ooty and it took 3hrs from coimbatore. The hospitality at the club mahindra reception is good and the room I can say was just good when I compare this against club mahindra shimla resort. We took an hour to refresh and ordered lunch at the resort itself. After having a short nap we went to the Ooty shopping center. It was a decent one, we can find woolen stores, handicrafts, home made chocolates etc. After some shopping we had dinner and went to the hotel.

Day 2: The next day we went for sight seeing around Ooty. First we went to the Pine forest which is around 8kms from Ooty. We can see some old tallest trees and a lake near by. After that we went to the Shooting spot. The below video better explains about this place.

Then we went to Pykara lake and waterfalls. Pykara lake is a fresh water lake surrounded with rich flora and fauna. It is surrounded with huge mountains and a diversified animal species. The below video is the Pykara lake on a boat ride.

After Pykara lake, the next attraction was Pykara waterfalls. We got to walk half-a-kilometre from the roadhead to reach the falls. We can also find battery operated cars for people travelling with children or old people. The falls themselves do not conform to the usual notion of a vertically falling stream of water. The stream tumbles down a cascading tract of rocks, which is located in a bowl-shaped utterly green valley that will take your breath away. But these days we can’t find much water in the falls there. Right at the roadhead is a cluster of shops selling piping hot mirchi bajjis, boiled peanuts and again the ubiquitous homemade chocolates.

Pykara Waterfalls
Pykara Waterfalls

The we went to the Doddabetta Peak. It is the highest peak in South India at an elevation of nearly 2600 meters and is around 9KMs from Ooty. From this view point we get a feeling that we are on top of the world. 20150920_151221

Next we went to Tea manufacturing unit. It lets you know the intricacies of the art of tea making, with the tour of the insides of a tea processing factory. The below video is the process of making tea.

Our next attraction is the Ooty Botanical garden. We are greeted by the green meadow of grass right as we enter the park. We can vivid range of botanical species.

This is a true hideaway right in the middle of the buzzing Ooty. Such a large expanse of space, despite so many visitors thronging all over, this place still has so much to offer, a wide variety of trees, lush green grassy meadows, a nice cool breeze. A place worth spending a couple of hours easily. That’s the end for this day.

Day 3: We wanted to go to the forest to see some spectacular animals roaming around us freely. We went to Avalanche which is around 30 KMs from Ooty. It took around 1hr to reach the entry point. We cannot take personal vehicles inside the forest, only forest vehicles are allowed. The fare for the bus is around Rs. 150 for each person. We reached there by around 11 AM. We got to pack our food required for the rest of the day as there will not be any shops or anything inside the forest. By around 1 PM the buses came to the starting point. The whole journey inside the forest is 2 hours. We thought we can some tigers, elephants etc inside the forest, but unfortunately we couldn’t since it was a bright sunny day and all the animals might be taking rest.. LOL.

And then we returned to our hotel and took rest and get ready for the next day.

Day 4: The last day of our trip started at 11 AM. Had a quick breakfast and check out from the hotel and went to Ooty railway station to take the toy train from Ooty to Coonoor. The journey was awesome and spectacular with tunnels, big big trees and rich flora to enjoy. The first class ticket is Rs. 100. The below is the video we took through out the train journey.

After getting down at Coonoor station we went to see Tea gardens. It was awesome to witness and we took some snaps over there. Next we went to Lamb’s park where we can have a 180 degree view of the valley and also we can view Coimbatore city from here. The walk around the part also resembles that we are walking somewhere in the dense forest. Next we went to Dolphin’s nose which is around 30mins drive from Lamb’s park. We can also see a waterfall around here, but unfortunately we cannot go there. Then we went back to Coonoor and went to Sim’s park. We can see some old trees aged around more than 200 years. But it also looks more or less similar to Ooty botanical garden. After this we returned to Coimbatore and then to our hometown. Overall it was a pleasant, peaceful, fun filled, nature filled journey. We enjoyed a lot.

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