With exhilarated hearts and happy spirit we embarked on a beautiful journey together to queen of hills Ooty. This was a 3 day trip to Ooty ,Coonoor and Upper bhavani lake.
On a lovely and lively morning we started from Bangalore at 5 AM for Ooty. As we started, the calming cool breeze was enough to rejunevate us all and a sense of excitement to witness the lush green vegetation and natural beauty have made us all happy.
The usual mantra chants to start our journey with the name of god followed by lovely music, has made us all set to experience the amazing trip together.
We started on the Mysore road and stopped to satisfy our hunger at Kamat and has fulfilled our appetite.On the way we enjoyed the scenic views of Bandipur followed by Mudumalai. Mudumalai is full of scenic views though we did not opt for a mudumalai jungle safari but the route was no less than a safari in itself, the thick green vegetation was enough to make you happy. The region was full of beautiful small yellow butterflies, birdies ,deers, elephants.
The visuals of big groups of deers were so amazing and calming I just wish to behold the marvelous views throughout life. On the way lot of monkeys with their mischievous acts kept us entertained. We stopped at a small bridge in between there was a thin stream of water flowing with lush green jungle around and we spotted an enormous happy elephant ..grazing the vegetation and then splashing water here and there while enjoying its walk that was a very thrilling sight.Forest area is open 6AM in the morning till 6PM in the evening.So while you go or return back, Bandipur and Mudumalai should be crossed during this time.
Forget about the destination the journey to Ooty itself is worth experiencing.
Soon the hairpin bends on the way started followed by unvariable drizzles .. the scenic views ..the pretty chilly winds in June was worth admiring and gladdening.
Later you can check hotels near to Ooty railway station/ooty lake/rose garden if not booked prior...
We reached to our prebooked darshan hotel right in front of Ooty lake. The staff was courteous and welcomed us well.As we checked into premium elite rooms the views from the room's mirror walls of ooty lake was worth admiring and were captivating ... the vegetation surrounding ooty lake with colourful boats was a reviving sight for us.
Darshan hotel was nice but is a veg restaurant, breakfast was included , it was just OK..However views cleanliness everything else is a 10 on 10. Check in time in most of the hotels here is 12PM.
We took a little time to get ready to rock ooty with our sunshine laughters.
The first destination offcourse was Ooty lake.
Visit Ooty lake - Hire a steamer with cost around 1600 for an hour for one boat ,we were a group of 7 people so we hired a full boat. Ooty lake boat ride is closed by 5:30PM.
The boat ride was marvellous with thick green vegetation around and emerald green water .. it will take 30 to 45 minutes to return back.
Visit Doddabetta Peak(Highest peak in western ghats) if open.
Visit tea factory(on the way to dodabetta peak) relish different variety of tea and enjoy chocalate tasting too.
next you can visit Thread Garden(You can skip this) it has a short lane with an exhibition of flowers and everything made by thread.
Dinner option - Amma's Kitchen near ooty lake.
Buy Chocolates and Chamraj tea from cocoa pods near ooty lake on westbury road. You can try varieties of icecream as well at same place we tried death by chocolate and needless to say it was the best.
Return back to hotel.