We "Don Hero's" having a 15 group of members with cousins, brothers and friends from my hometown formed a group in 2005 named as Don Hero's.
And we decided to go for trips every year and to stick together forever.
In the year 2018 we had decided for a trip and we started thinking about the location. As everyone said Ooty or Kodaikanal as suggestions. I was not agree those location as everyone has seen and been there already.
So we keep on searching for some different location were we haven't been and should be travel within on weekends. And I found a location (resort) Secret Valley Jungle Resort in Ooty.
The resort was exactly located in between Ooty - Masinagudi jungle and the road was restricted to public and closed after 6 PM till morning 6 AM. Only local registered vehicles are allowed. For public we need to get permission from the forest department at the checkpost on both the sides.
Because the road was too steep and has a bigger hairpin bends, we can see the sign board to drive only in second gear all around.
My friends already spoken about this route and I was not much agreed with them while discussing.
So finally we 10 members agreed for the trip ( as always from a group few won't attend all the trips and occasions).
We took 2 cars ( Fiat Linea) for this Ooty trip and one Linea was starting from Chennai with 5 and another starts from Nagercoil with 5. And our meeting point was at Mettupalayam.
Both are started on Thursday 20th SEP 2018 after 8PM and we have reached the Mettupalayam around 6 AM. We spent some time there to get refresh and though to have breakfast early. So we went to a hotel at 7 AM and we have completed their food ( yes, we all 10 completed entire breakfast they already prepared). After a heavy breakfast we strated our car towards Ooty.
While we reaching near by Pykara Lake we as one check Post and we stopped there, I have called the resort owner Mr.Ganesh about our arrival, he sent one SMS to me with our itenary details and ask us to show to the forest officials. After they verified they allows us inside the Ooty - Masinagudi road.
I was surprised after seeing the road there, it was exactly what my friends told earlier, it was extremely steep and narrow all the bends are too steep and we cannot go fast as other hill area even I can see speed breakers in the roads.
At the 12 bend we have reached our Secret Valley Jungle Resort entrance and they asked us to drive inside. We drove for some few meters and saw one parking space with a gate, we took all our luggage and waiting there for a minute and a Mahindra Thar came as a king, since the route was a tricky off-road.
With the curiosity i have asked, since it was your private area then why still you have gates, they said it was due to elephant movements and it may damage your cars. After hearing that we can see some wild animals there and we were walking towards the resort with much more excitement.
Even we can take the That, but we loaded all our luggage and we decided to walk into forest. After a 20 mins walk we reached the resort.
The resort was located in middle of the jungle and we will feel the jungle feel there. A running river near by our room, a chill weather and can hear various birds sounds make us pleasant stay.
As we have reached to the resort around 1 PM during the lunch time, they asked us to take bath either in bathrooms or a private water falls, we chosen the waterfalls and we need to walk Inside the forest for a while.
We have enjoyed the forest walking and seen elephants footprints on the go. We had a great bath in their private water falls, the water was so chill as it was felt coming from freezer.
After a refreshing bath we had our delicious food with fish and other vegetables was made us in home. As we all traveled a bit long from a day before all feel sleepy after a bath and heavy lunch. So everyone went for a little quick nap.
Me and one of my brother took the camera and walk around for some snaps, during the photo session, we saw monkeys, Malabar Squirrels, a baby python, and more birds as well.
After 7 PM everyone got up and we have a quick tea and snacks prepared by the resort and we started playing cards inside our room, and spent some good time with our friends.