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Now coming to the bear mountain - the owner couple let me know that the mountain exactly opposite to the guesthouse is called the bear mountain. Quite literally, it has had and might still have bears residing on it. My cute binoculars did the rest ( curiously searching for one). To some luck, I did manage to spot a herd of bisons. I wonder why people don't carry binoculars (instead of or alongside a DSLR !) I could not see any bear on this visit but the stories that I got to know and the beauty of this place which I got to behold will remain etched in my mind for quite some time. The resort is pretty awesome, resides in the Nilgiris and bears the name - 42 Green Pastures!Till I get surprised again ! Cya
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Edakkal Caves : Discovered in 1896 by Superintendent of Police, Malabar, Edakkal caves are remnants of the grandeur and magnificence of our history and cultural heritage. Fascinating drawings adorn the walls of these caves and the area around these has large boulders crushing the large inflated human ego within a minute as they make people look miniscule in comparison to them.
The caves.. yeah! Stony and slippery.. A small adventurous uphill walk(or rather climb) which will make you almost believe that you cant make it to the top of the cave! The incessant rainfall was discouraging, also a bit foggy which was obfuscating our view. Nevertheless, we marched to the caves highest point. Moving up was tedious while moving down was also enjoyable in a way that we thought we could just roll down the cliff, over the edge and down, down, down.. Shouldn't be a miss!
Located in the main hill station of the Nilgiris which is Ooty, this is a lean and large lake. People come here for site- seeing, photography or boating usually. Other than this, picnics are a common site here because spending fun time with the family amidst such natural beauty is sheer happiness. There is also a boat house here from where you can hire boats. You get an option when it comes to the type of boats. You can anything from speedboats to the normal ferry boats. The latter can usually carry about 8 persons which means the whole family can enjoy a boat trip together.
This is the prime attraction of Ooty and is an artificial lake which was constructed by John Sullivan in the year 1824. This was made by making dams run by the waters from the river which flowed down to the valley region. The main motive was to help fishermen by making fishing ferries out here. T^he lake is beautiful and is surrounded by eucalyptus trees and one one side runs a railway line too. The boathouse from where you can hire boats of all kind. This was opened by the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Department and boating is the main activity near this place. During the summer season, anumber of boat races and paegentries are held here.
Home to more than 650 species of plants and herbs, this is a prime attraction in the Queen of Hill Stations which is Ooty. There are a number of rare species of plants and herbs here along with a number of varieties of flowers. The main attraction here is the monkey's puzzle tree which has a strange shape and the name is given because even monkeys fail to climb this tree. There is also a paper bark tree and also a fossilized tree. The other sections of this garden are the Lower Garden, New Garden, Italian Garden, Fountain Terrace, conservatories and fountains. The Government also organizes a check everyday via the Horticultural Department of Tamil Nadu. The Summer Festival is a sight to behold out here.
Bandipur National Park and Tiger Reserve
This is one of the first Tiger Reserves of India which was established in the year 1931 by the Maharaja of Mysore. It was later declared a national park in 1974. This is a few kilometeres north of Mysore and shares boundaries with other sanctuaries and national parks of tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, etc. The national Park is one of the most popular in the country and the Kabini River is an added attraction here. There are about 70 tigers out here in this open area where the animals lead a free life with lots of space to roam about. The main animals here include leopards, chitahs, gaur, sloth bears, sambhars, mouse deer, wild dog, wild boar, barking deer, hyena and four horned antelope. The many species of birds include pompadour green pigeon, grey jungle fowl, honey buzzard, red headed vulture, owls and hawks.
Originally named as the Government Rose Garden or the Jayalalitha Rose Garden after the name of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, this is a wonderful place to spend time in. This garden is spread over a hilly area and it is an extremely beautiful and romantic place. You should best visit this place during mid- summer to find the roses in full blossom. The different colours and the sweet fragrance of the flowers are just awesome. This place is perfect for spending time during the afternoons on the lush green fields of this rose garden.
Mudumalai National Park
Forming a part of the Nilgiri Forest Reserve, this park is at the meeting point of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. This was just a simple game reserve before it eas declared a national park in the year 1940. The Mudumalai National Park has the Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary to the North and the Wynad National Park to the West of it. The park has rich flora and fauna out of which most of the plants and wildlife species are of the local origin. The most important flowers found here are the bamboo, teak, rosewood, mathi, Vengai and others. The main animal species are of the butterflies, rock python, Indian Gaur, bonnet macaque, Nilgiri Langur.
This is a century old park which was built and opened in the year 1874 by Mr. Sim and Mr. Murray. This is also a botanical garden with a number of rare and exotic species of flowering trees. There is a tree inside this park which is said to be more than 200 years old and a special mention in this field. Also, there is a rose garden and a number of terraces with a variety of flower plantations on them. Apart from the flowers and ornamental plants, what is famous here are the abundance of the evergreen Shola Trees. This park forms a part of the Nilgiri Hills.
This is the highest peak in the Nilgiri region and is about 10 kilometres from the city of Udhagamandalam or Ooty. The main attraction here is the center for tourists on the peak of this hill. There is an observatory on the top floor of this tourist center and there are twin telescopes hre. From the glass paned observatory, with the help of telescopes, you get awesome views of the whole district till far away places.