Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty

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21st Mar 2019
Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee

It was during Holi week, my roommate was bored and suggested if we should go on a small trip. And I nodded my head vigorously and said- Lets go to Ooty ,and this time lets do something different. Yes, we did - Explored Ooty on Ebikes - GreenBike.

Day 1

We took a morning KSRTC bus which leaves Bangalore around 6am and reaches Ooty Bus station around 2 pm. But the bus seemed to delay and we reached around 3:30 pm.

Halt

Photo of Bangalore, Karnataka, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

You get a beautiful view of the forest trail on the way if you take the morning bus.

Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Quick Refreshment on the way

Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Once we reached Ooty, we were hungry. The main bus stand has very limited options for food and we end up having lunch at the Railway Canteen. Its a decent veg food, mostly Thalis.

We headed towards our Guest house which was 800 mtrs walk, and was facing the Ooty Lake. Its a budget stay booked via Airbnb. Although the stay was fine, but the food was below average. Preferably have outside food.

Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee

Stay for 3 nights

Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee

Take an evening walk at the Ooty street .

Photo of ARULMIGU MARIAMMAN TEMPLE, Upper Bazaar, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Ooty Street

Photo of ARULMIGU MARIAMMAN TEMPLE, Upper Bazaar, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of ARULMIGU MARIAMMAN TEMPLE, Upper Bazaar, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Night View at Ooty Main Market

Photo of ARULMIGU MARIAMMAN TEMPLE, Upper Bazaar, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Day 2

Next day was Ooty Sight seeing. We were getting ready with loads of Sunscreen , Sunglasses and Good attire:P

After a quick Chai, we started our day.

Very important part - Chai

Photo of Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

We booked Greenbike- Gbyk via one of the website ,as it seemed to be cool idea. Bike rentals are banned in Ooty, and cabs charges you bomb. We made the best decision by riding via Gbyk. These are electric bikes , which runs on Motor. Although you need to pedal, but it wouldn't strain you much. This consists of 7 gears to control the speed.

Ebikes

Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee

On the way to Kamraj Sagar Dam

Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee

Kamraj Sagar Dam

Photo of Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Sholur, Tamil Nadu by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Sholur, Tamil Nadu by Chaitali Chatterjee

When you are too excited, you try to fly

Photo of Kamaraj Sagar Dam, Sholur, Tamil Nadu by Chaitali Chatterjee

The path was too beautiful, silent, no population, with cool breeze which touches your face - Aah !. We went in March and the temperature was pleasant to roam around. Morning was around 20 degree and night it drops below 10.

Pykara Lake. Its huge and beautiful. You can enjoy the speed boat or normal boats, which takes you around the lake.

Photo of Pykara Lake, Tamil Nadu by Chaitali Chatterjee

Pykara Lake

Photo of Pykara Lake, Tamil Nadu by Chaitali Chatterjee

Pykara Lake

Photo of Pykara Lake, Tamil Nadu by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Pykara Lake, Tamil Nadu by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Pykara Lake, Tamil Nadu by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Pykara Lake, Tamil Nadu by Chaitali Chatterjee

I didn't expect to see much water as we went before the monsoon, but I wasn't disappointed.

Photo of Pykara WaterFalls, Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Pykara Waterfall

Photo of Pykara WaterFalls, Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Pykara WaterFalls, Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Shooting Point

Photo of Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Wenlock Downs 9th Mile Shooting Point, Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Tree Park, Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Tree Park, Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Tree Park, Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Tree Park, Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet Highway, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Pine Forest Shooting Spot, Nagapattinam - Coimbatore - Gundlupet Highway, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Day 3

We wanted to take the Nilgiri Train to Coonor. But, we didnt get the tickets. Please do not forget to book your tickets at least two or three months in advance via IRCTC website. During the peak season, they get booked very fast. If you go on adhoc trip like me, you need to stand in the long queue and if you were lucky, you get the tickets, else wait for the next slot.

Nilgiri Train timings

Photo of Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Since we didnt get the train tickets and next slot would be late for us, we decided to go in Bus . Its just 30 mins bus journey. Try to take the right window seat to get amazing view of most of the valleys.

Yes we reached Coonoor . We kept the sightseeing of Coonoor for next time. We just wanted to experience the Nilgiri Mountain Train.

Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee

Lovedale

Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee

Ooty Railway Station

Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Explore the Nilgiris on Ecycle- Ooty by Chaitali Chatterjee

Once we were back, we visited Botanical Garden, its around 3 km from Ooty station.

Glass House

Photo of Government Botanical Garden, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Glass House

Photo of Government Botanical Garden, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Flower Garden

Photo of Government Botanical Garden, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Government Botanical Garden, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Library

Photo of Government Botanical Garden, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee
Photo of Adams Fountain, Upper Bazaar, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Chaitali Chatterjee

Itinerary

Day 1 - Travel from Bangalore to Ooty in the morning. Evening take a walk at the Ooty street.

Day 2 - Ooty sightseeing

Kamaraj Sagar Dam

Pykara Lake

Pykara Waterfall

Wenlock Downs 9thMile Shooting point

Tree Park

Pine Forest

Day 3 - Take the Nilgiri Train. Botanical Garden

Day 4 - Back to Bangalore.

Expenses

Buses to and Fro - 1200 Per person

Stay for 3 days - 1250 per person

Nilgiri Train - 300 Per person if booking for first class.

Ebike - 450 Per person

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