Trips and Itineraries for Kodaikanal
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A very beautiful hill station just a couple of kilometres away from Kodaikanal, this is a place you can visit throughout the year. The temperature is low throughout the year and thus do not forget to carry warm clothes whenever you go there. The rocks and watchpoints here are places from where you will get the best views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The main points here are the Dolphin's nose and the Suicide Point.
wooded slopes, mighty rocks, enhancing waterfalls and a beautiful lake and charmed by natural bliss of the mountain aptly describe Kodaikanal. This place is alluring and forever inviting...a place where peaceful climate adds joy with many places to hang..
It's everything Kodai offers (I would argue to say it offers more) after removing the throng of tourists that has changed the very landscape of culture of the place. Called the Little Israel of India, it houses some of the most beautiful locations I've ever had the blessing of visiting. I wish now that i had a pen and paper to document the places we visited. We stayed the night at a little lodge and got to witness what was easily the most stunning sun rise yet.
Arrived at Kodaikanal from Bangalore - over night bus.Getting around:We walked till Vattakanal (About 3kms), it's so much better to walk around Kodaikanal, better than taking a cab around and paying an unimaginable cab fare(sometimes upto Rs 100 for every KM).You obviously need to be fit enough to wall around as there are a lot of up slopes and it is tiring, but you discover so much on your walk.First meal: Had some amazing idly, vada and chai for 40 rupees outside Coakers walk.Stay: Ruban's cottage in Vattakanal. Ruban and his family are very nice and helpful, the place has a breathtaking view(would want to make you sit outside your cottage and look out for the whole day) and the cottages are priced reasonably.Ruban's number:+91 97867 88485We had a wonderful meal at Altaf's after we freshened up. The meal came up to 200 each person.
At first I had no idea about this place and I asked few of my friends and all they knew was the usual Kodai spots then searched over the Internet and couple of blogs gave some Kool insights about this place Vattakanal. Wr friends decided to hit the roads one day and had a good sneak peak. If you are looking for a place like where you can take an individual cottage near the valleys or mountains, take your guitar make some music, camp fire, and some shrooms in the seasons it's a nice place. Majority of the Israelies are coming to this place and it's one of their main traveling spot I guess after making some friends.
I saw a dream. Chasing the clouds over a valley and telling a colleague of mine, "I'll be back after some time!" A colleague! Yes, the heavy weight of the boredom of work-life, the routine life, was such that it chased me even in my dream! But Vatta did lift me from the drudgery. It placed me for a day in an abode amid the clouds. The much coveted breather that I was frantically searching for. And yes, it was my birthday gift to myself, as well! Vattakanal didn't disappoint me.I often go through a number of articles on quick weekend vacations from Bangalore that I can chart as a solo traveler. In one such article, I came across the name, Vattakanal. And though there was a list of 10 different places, I knew Vatta has to be my number one destination among these. The Palani Hills range was calling me :)So, I did what I do best - planning my itinerary. Though I love to leave some parts of my solo travel completely unplanned, commuting and staying are not among them. There are a number of options for bus operators to choose from to reach Kodaikanal from Bangalore. I chose KPN travels. I was surprised, however, at the bus prices! Total commuting cost me 3.5 grand! But then the staying options balanced this out. For two days, I paid INR 1400. And what a pleasant stay it was!
From Kodaikanal, Vattakanal is a peaceful town home to very few tourists. Its an approx 20 min drive from Kodaikanal. Homestays would be cheap from less than 400 per person off season. Food would be quite expensive as its there only source of income. Great getaway.
We were searching for cottages at Vattakanal. But most were too expensive for us. We were looking for something for around INR 300. Then almost suddenly we meet this guy called Nirmal. Dressed in leather jacket and boots; he takes us to a cottage where he and his friends were staying. The lady of the house rented us the next room for INR 350. Nirmal was unstoppable. He talked non-stop and he talked to everybody. He could speak Tamil and that made things noticeably easier for us but also evidently longer. You never did know what he meant when he said something. His instructions were often self-contradictory. I had doubts to if he himself knew what he was up to. He was reliable but we held on to our nerves. He often changed plans. And he often forgot to inform us. But he did deliver on everything he promised. He was so outrageously funny and unstoppable that in the next 20 hours we often speculated that he was already on magic mushrooms. The level of energy he could dispel around was infectious. It had started raining the day before at Kodaikanal. And the clouds were peeping inside the doors. It was about 10: 30 but Nirmal and his friends Sumant and Aaron egged us not to waste time. "Let's not waste the daylight, Macha", Nirmal kept repeating. After a joint we stepped out. I carried my backpack while other kept their luggage in the cottage. By the time we came out of the cottage and went near the shops, Aaron had vanished. We went towards the Dolphin Nose. But we had lost Aaron. There was no cellphone network. Nirmal kept talking to everyone he met and we, linguistically inferior creatures ended up just waiting for the nth time for Nirmal to finish his plethora of conversations. We left Aaron behind and moved on.
VattakanalVattaikanal is a small village located 3 kms from kodaikanal town.It was a hippie hideout, but loosing its hippie nature due to rapid commercialization.The Local's here call Vattakanal as "Little Israel" ,coz lotz of Israeli travelers comes here during winter and usually stay for months. Vattakanal is a small village and basically nothing much to do here but ideal for lazy laid back vacations and also paradise for nature lovers.it is counted among top 25 biodiversity hotspots globally.Many rare and endangered plants and animals are found here. Bisons can be easily spotted here.The views from this hills are breath taking.The stay options are very limited in vattakanal. Rooms are usually charged per head. charges varies from Rs.300 to 700per head during season and as low as Rs 200 per head.For long term visitors, houses are available for monthly rent(Rs.4000-6000) . Once you reach here,never forget to make a walk to Dolphin nose and Echo point.Its a bit longer walk and you need a pair of sturdy shoes to keep on ground.don't get frightened to see Bisons on the way,they are friendly and basically don't attack.
We bought home-made chocolates and headed towards Vattakanal, 6km from Kodaikanal, where one can get cheap cottages for stay. We immediately found one, dumped the luggage and headed out to explore the place. Though it was cloudy, we could spot some view points. As the night set in, we headed back to our cottage, lit a fire and prepared omelette and Maggie for dinner.Next morning we visited the places of interest in Vattakanal- Dolphin Nose, Lion’s Cave and two waterfalls. We wandered in the forest for some time and walked all the way to Kodai exploring the area, spotting local churches, pretty cottages and an abandoned factory. After the fire and dinner routine, we went out at 11 to have a night-view of the mighty mountains. The third day, we set out for an Israeli breakfast at Altaf Cafe and then headed for Koadikanal. We rented bicycles and went around the major tourist places – the Kodai lake, Pillar Rock, La Saleth shrine, Suicide Point, etc. The fourth morning we left for Kodai to catch a bus back to Madurai.
It is pure forest up there having bison, monkeys and much more. We had a German Shepherd for our house which will bark the hell out of monkeys which comes near the house. That was a great help.We chilled there with beers and in the open front raised with wooden logs and mud on it having a good view opposite.It was 11 degree c at night and we lit some firewood from nearby.
6 of us boys and girls started our journey on a Wednesday night from Bangalore via Self Drive Car (Scorpio). We left bangalore at 10pm moving towards Hosur road. We stopped for dinner near shoolagiri around 12am in a typical truckers dhaba where you get to have dinner on the hand sewed wooden cots. After having sumptuous food we resumed our journey with full bellies and blast music. We took the salem-namakal-dindigul route and reached kodaikanal check post by 6am. Do not carry any alchohol or any such items as it is illegal to carry from outer state. Our car was thoroughly checked for alcohol or weed etc from top to bottom (literally). After the police found nothing he let us through the post and then came the wonderful Ghat Section of Kodai 'The Princess of the Hills'. The road was just awesome and the scenery is out of the world. Coming up over the ghat we stopped for breakfast in a Tiffin Cart where we were treated with Hot Idlis and Vadas. The temperature was very low and we were freezing. We then reached kodaikanal bus stand Where Mr.Jenova , our cottage owner had arrived to escort us to Vatta. Vattakanal is around 6 to 7 kms from Kodai. Usually taxi drivers will take you there for 300 or 400 bucks. We entered into an abode of mist and cool breeze lurking through our windows and looked out to see the mystical hills with clouds hovering over them. All of a sudden we reached a dead and that was it ! We were in Vattakanal! We saw more than too many foreigners and later learnt that people travel from israel and italy to stay here for a few months round the year. We parked our car and moved to our cottage which is almost a Trek itself to reach the place. The place was small but cozy enough to fit the six of us. We were 4 boys and 2 girls. It was a 2BHK with beds in hall too. The place is of a Hippie Style. Hippie Culture is one that you would get to see in Vatta. We then slept for a while and then started down towards Dolphins Nose. We stopped in the most 'Hyped' Altaf's Cafe, but didn't find anything amusing with the food served there. The dishes were basically to the taste of forigners and not indians. We then headed down towards Dolphins Nose. It is a 1km trek to dolphins nose. It is a serene walk one can take through the forest into the nature. The View of the hills is just breathtaking. We treated ourselves to some snacks while we were there and headed back to our cottage. We lit a campfire, Barbecued some chicken, ate some grills and Crashed for the night. The next morning we woke up early to catch a glimpse of the sunrise. I got to tell you that watching sun float above the clouds was totally mesmerizing. It was nothing short of wonder for me. It was extremely chilly, but the sunrise gave warmth to our heart (the aww moment). After a home-cooked breakfast we set out to visit other interesting places that this place had to offer. First we visited the kodaikanal lake , where you can find many horses and cycles to take a bout around the lake. We chose the later to catch some exercise. We then went to a waterfall (bear shola) which had no water. Waterfalls around these parts are not much attractive. We had finished seeing all those worth seeing by noon. We later stopped for a traditional TAMILNADU lunch. We also purchased some natural oils and home made chocolates . As we had seen all the places , we still had a another left with us. We then decided to immediately check out and head towards Misty Munnar , which is around 150km from Kodaikanal. The next part of trip will be updated in blogs related to MUNNAR.
Vattakanal is a hill station near Kodaikanal and when there, you'd be surrounded by mesmerizing hills covered by clouds. This was a beautiful sunrise moment.
Your last stop on this incredible trail around south India ends at the hippie village of Vattakanal. The village lies at the very end of the historical hippie trail in India. Trek to the dolphin nose point and find the calm at this spot away from the city.
Clouds! Greenery! Valley! These words are synonymous with Vattakanal. Also known as the Little Israel of India, Vattakanal is a small village close to it's more popular counterpart, Kodaikanal.Vattakanal is a tiny place but the major chunk of our "Kodaikanal experience" was thanks to this place. Vattakanal is an extremely peaceful place and is a getaway spot for everyone. Even your mobile phone cannot disturb your peace here. There is hardly any network connectivity here with most operators. It is the perfect place for one to bond with nature and their loved ones.
This may not be the 'faaalllls' one would expect, but there are very few that are as calming and soothing as this one. There were very few tourists here. We decided to ditch them and followed a trail that went downstream. We tried walking in the stream but the rocks were way too slippery. After a few minutes we were pretty sure that we were the only ones here. We took a detour into the woods and came back to a view that cannot be described in words(I'm giving it a shot though). Heaven!(Tip 4: Try to avoid walking on the rocks. They're extremely slippery. If you really have to, be careful when you do so.)
The main attraction of Kodaikanal is the Kodaikanal Lake. This is a very big and clean lake and the main activity enjoyed by everyone here is boating. You can also hire bicyles here since the rocky terrain is good for adventure bicycling. Also, the scenic beauty is worth admiring and this is also an apt place for photographers.
The view of the Kodaikanal lake from the lake road is really good. On one side is the lake and on the other side the shops sell lot of local stuff. We bought chocolates of various types. They were really tasty. The prices are set accordingly and pretty affordable. Also we had some snacks like bread omelette. Also the ginger tea was great. It was a walk of about 1 km. Boating was also available but we weren't interested so just let it be.
So the usual thing to do would be boating, Mom and I choose to walk the circumference of the lake instead, tons of eucalyptus trees make the place smell heavenly, most trees have the scientific name and a bit of trivia written on them. We came across a Sai Baba temple too.
The first spot Kodaikanal lake. It had beautiful meadows near it with trees in the hilly background mixed with mist that made it a thrilling experience.
A mere walk of 5 minutes, this is a watchpoint in Kodaikanal. More than a walk tourists love to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the surrounding sceneries from here. Since Kodaikanal is at a high altitude, you can get spectacular views of about 2000 ft if you look down. The surrounding mountains and valleys with the lush greenery and the view of the foamy waters looks awesome. The cool breeze brushing your face and the colourful, wild flowers geowing around you make it a memorable exoerience.
Coakers Walk: As the name says, it's a long path on the top of a hill and at a distance of roughly 2km from the Kodai Lake. The entry for it is Rs.10 per person. The walk gives you beautiful view of the town and the valleys. You can see foggy valleys from here, if it is monsoon, you will be lucky to see rains from a distance like we got to. A very nice place to just sit or have a stroll.
The last spot was Coaker's Walk and unfortunately the mist now had converted to fog completely tampering our view but it was not all lost cause because we were back the next day to observe this masterful work of man and nature combined.
These are natural rock formation in the kodal District and though there is nothing much to do here, tourists still flock here in search of peace and beauty. You can get the most spectacular views of the surrounding beauty and the misty surroundings look heavenly. The clouds seem to be at a hand's distance and the cool feeling of these are an attraction in themselves.
Hotels and Homestays in Kodaikanal 267 Hotels
Weekend Getaways from Kodaikanal
300 Kms from Kodaikanal
Best time to visit - January,September,October,November,December
About 100kms west of Mysore, the hilly hamlet of Kodagu (formerly known as Coorg) is located in the evergreen highlands of the Western Ghats. This charming district beckons tourists with its spice gardens, cardamom forests and a sea of coffee plantations. Travel to Coorg for the wide array of adventure activities. Raft through the white rapids of the Barapole river, trek across the grasslands of the Kopatty-Kalugundi trail or quad biking through the Chevalara falls. For those seeking a more relaxed experience, fishing at the Valnoor and Bheemeshwari fishing camps or simply wandering through coffee plantations are some of the most sought after things to do in Coorg. The 17th century Madikeri Fort where the revered Tipu Sultan once held court, and the Omkareshwar temple are among the most famous attractions of the district’s headquarters in Madikeri. While you are here, also visit Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe, the largest Tibetan settlement of south India. Go here for a pleasant evening intermittent with monastic hymns, prayer bells and a motley of Tibetan handicrafts. Read More
So, I took off to Coorg along with my family because everyone of us needed a break from our usual monotonic routine. This is the time you must visit this place. It is at its best form during the monsoon season and if you don't have the wanderlust to travel to this place during this time, there's something wrong with you.It's completely covered in lush greens, a beautiful tropical scene to behold. This is the perfect time to fill your car's fuel tank and drive off to this pretty place because I swear the weather there at this time is absolutely gorgeous and not disappointing at all!
To those who do not know about Coorg, please note that Coorg is not at all a hill station in itself.It is a district named as Kodagu (Coorg) in the Indian state of Karnataka and has to offer many locations for sightseeing, and road trips in and around 80~100 kms of radius. We were not known to this as we went unplanned.I am writing this especially for all those travelers who do not belong to the region, and doesn't know much about the place. So that one can plan their trip to this beautiful place properly.
Rightly called, the Scotland of India, Coorg’s silent charm is a trekker’s haven. The trekking routes through tea and coffee plantations lead you to some of the most stunning destinations in the Western Ghats. The rippling of a white cascade at Bettigiri is music to ears as you pitch a tent here and prepare for bonfire and barbeque snacks.Best time for camping: March and April
Also known as the ‘Scotland of India’ this place has a lot to offer starting from activities to natural beauty and delicious cuisine. This is definitely one of the most opted for tourist places near Chennai within 500 kms with its exotic locations, luscious greenery and trekking options. The Coorgi Chicken curry is like heavenly food on the taste palette and historians also find fuel over here. September to May is the best time to visit this place.Distance from Chennai: 578-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Put those weekends to good use by taking these shorts breaks from Chennai. They rejuvenate you and almost give you a new lease on life. The land of the silk kanchipuram and spicy coconut dosas can get to one at times. It is during such phases when one needs to pack light and head off to a place that allows the unwinding of the mind and presents the weary bodied with ample options to relax. You could use the list of weekend getaways from Chennai to get away to. With so many places to choose from, you can never go wrong. You might want to plan ahead and visit the other places on the list. After all, a weekend off from city life could rejuvenate your spirit. If you have plans of just lazying around and reading a book, one of these places is just for you.Autumn has arrived. There is a slight chill in the air. However, deadlines at work and a hectic schedule at home have probably not given you the chance to take it all in. This calls for a short weekend trip away from the city - away from the noise, the stress and commitments. If you enjoy spending time with yourself, there are a few places near Chennai where solo travel is recommended. Pack light and set off without making an announcement. If you love travelling and you hail from Chennai, you couldn’t be in a better place. The city has so many nearby places to escape to that you’re never short of anything to do on a weekend.Plan your weekend itinerary to fit in some of the best short destinations that Chennai has to offer. If you’re looking for places near Chennai to escape momentarily from city life, these weekend destinations are the best to start with. They are a superb combination of history and architecture, fun and leisure.
At a distance of 237 km, this weekend getaway from Bangalore is officially known as Kodagu district. It's close proximity to the city makes it a desired weekend getaway from Bangalore. Coorg’s hills covered by forests, the coffee and spice plantations add to the beauty of the landscape. The town’s transportation centre is Madikeri – from where cars and buses converge with tourists.Adventure activities in Coorg includes trekking, camping, dirt biking, coffee plantations tours and exploring the wild side of nature in an excursion through its wildlife sanctuaries. The treks here are of moderate difficulty and thus meant for almost every one. The panoramic views from the top of the hills are mesmerizing. There are also a few old Buddhist and Hindu temples here. All of this make Coorg one of the most sought after places to visit near Bangalore within 300 kms.
Why go? Travel to Kodagu District, aka Coorg, to discover the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats at Madikeri. The trekking and camping opportunities near Madikeri have established it as an adventure hub for vacationers for years. Travel to this haven, where the incredible coffee plantations and numerous vantage points offer breathtaking views and make Madikeri an ideal getaway for every traveller.Things to do: The highest peak in Coorg is Tadiandamol. A day hike to this peak includes views of the rolling greens and fragrant coffee plantations, taking you right into the heart of nature.Budget tip for Coorg: Earn JPMiles as you shop online while prepping for your trip to Kodagu and redeem them later on flights.
3.Coorg: Coorg is a quaint little town located near Mysore and Bangalore. Carpeted with emerald green grass, Coorg is a sight to sore eyes and the gentle showers of monsoon do complete justice to this beauty. Glistening off the foliage like precious diamonds, the raindrops add a fresh crispness to this foliage-rich town. Famous for its delicious coffee, the intoxicating smell of the coffee beans will surely have you craving for a cuppa. The terrace gardens of Coorg, coupled with the mountains here they reside make Coorg a must visit monsoon destination of India.
After this unforgettable trip, I had to come back to the city life again. However, I made sure to visit some nearby places for rejuvenation. Over the weekend, an early morning ride to Nandi hills which is famous for catching up a beautiful sunrise scene, was all I needed. Past few weeks, I also explored Coorg, which is called mini Scotland of India. It’s characterized by lush green hills, a dense forest, and a pleasant weather. It’s a perfect location for tourism if you ask me. You get to see Coffee plantation, Dubare elephant camps, Rajaji Seat and Tibetian Monastery. My recommendation for you is to take a Homestay instead of a Hotel.
Amongst the places to visit in March in India, Coorg is one destination that should be on the very top of your bucket list. Sometimes referred to as "the adventure capital of Karnataka", this hill station is known to cater to all types of travellers, whether one wants to relax in the backyard of a coffee plantation or one is a serious trekker preparing to climb the Himalayas. With bustling rivers and paddy fields, Coorg makes for a wonderful destination to catch the last whiff of winters.Things to do: Whitewater rafting on the waters of Barapole. Trekking in the Brahmagiri range till the Tadiandamol peak. Quad-biking and other adventure activities in Kakkabe.Food: Some local favourites are pandi curry, a spicy gravy with chunks of pork, and kadumbuttu, dumplings made out of steamed rice.Weather: Average – 28 degrees Celsius. High – 34 degrees Celsius. Low – 22 degrees Celsius.Average Expenditure Per Head (excluding flights): Rs. 11,000 for 5 days.How to reach: Nearest domestic airport is in Mangalore (160km away). It could also be a good idea to take a flight till Bangalore, which is more easily accessible from all major airports, and then take an overnight bus or taxi till Coorg.For an extended guide on Coorg, refer to this trip.
203 Kms from Kodaikanal
We started from Calcutta to Trivandrum (also called Thiruvananthapuram). Since it was early morning flight we were there early morning hence having a complete day to explore before we reach our property. At Thiruvananthapuram you can visit Padmanabhaswamy Temple.Read More
After 45 hours of gruelling train journey, we, four wanderlusts came to the capital city of God's Own Country. Our hotel was clearly visible by it's large glowing billboard from the platform. Hotel Highland could make a headline for it's brilliant Restaurant. Their overall service was also decent.
Sightseeing- Zoo, Planetarium, Padmanabhaswamy Temple.Shopping City- Sarees, ChipsChecked in a hotel in eveningHotel Name- Jumayira Residency, Trivandrum. ( Rs.4000/- for 2 a.c. rooms.)Day 7 Kovalam
From Varkala, we took a bus to Trivandrum, our next destination. The capital of Kerala, its one the crowded cities in Kerala, situated on the west coast of India, and is bounded by Laccadive Sea to its west and the Western Ghats to its east. Like any other city, Trivandrum also has innumerable restaurants, which didn't fail to excite a foodie like me. Hotel Rehmaniya serves delicious beef, mutton and appam. Sneak into Hotel ZamZam for Malabari-style biriyani, and Hotel South Park for Onasadya, a typical Kerala recipe that will make your taste-buds go crazy!
Next morning we went to the main beech for breakfast and after strolling a bit on the beech we packed our bags for the next destination, Kolvalam. We reached Trivandrum by afternoon and checked in a hotel there. Then we headed to Kovalam which just 15 kms from there. Again quiet a descent beech by Indian standards but it was heavy crowded and we could not find any patch where we could just be alone. So we destined ourselves to enjoy the crowd. The sunset was quiet beautiful the best of all was yet to come.Day 7:- Trivandrum to Kanyakumari
On the D-day , we reached Trivandrum in the evening. The weather gods were happy and it was drizzling that time. We took a taxi from the airport itself and set course to Varkala. It took us almost 2 hrs to reach the place. Our guest house was located 5 minute off the main road. The location was perfect for a peaceful stay.It was a traditionally kerala house with a wide backyard, coconut trees, garden in front and so colorfully painted. I was just in love with the location of guest house and the ambience.The settings of the rooms were equally bright. One room with yellow ambience and other with blue.Equipped with mosquito nets and WiFi. Attached bathroom with hot water facility was also available.Pretty decent rooms. Ayurvedic consultation and treatment is also available.
The next day I woke up early at 5.00 am to get the view of sunrise at beach. I went along the rock path, which was already occupied by some people. The sight was really beautiful. We can be able to see the sun coming out slowly to spread the brightness.
Finally the day came when my most memorable trip had to end and boy! it was tough to leave such a beautiful state behind. The pizza night, station incident, the backwaters and the fresh aroma of the spice plantations, such were the memories of my trip.A Yahoo! answer to the question “Why is Kerala called God’s own country” turned up this: “Nestled between the pristine waters of the Arabian sea on the west and the lush Western Ghat mountains on the east, its intense network of rivers and lagoons, thick forests, exotic wildlife, tranquil stretches of emerald backwaters and a long shoreline of serene beaches make it a traveler’s paradise.”
Thiruvananthapuram… Day 1I landed in Thiruvananthapuram which is the capital city of Kerala. I had been told that it offers splendid palaces like Padmanabhapuram Palace and Kanakakunnu Palace, beaches like Kovalam, Varkala, Shankumukham and Azhimala, hill stations like Ponmudi and other attractions like Poovar at a stone’s throw. And so here I was with my family…absolutely looking forward to my stay here.Once a calm fishing village clustered around its crescent beaches, Kovalam is known as the Paradise of the South and is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum. We had already made our bookings in a resort situated here in Kovalam. True to its name Kovalam presents an endless sight of tall and graceful coconut trees. We enjoyed the views on our way.We were given a warm welcome in an absolute tranquil, beautiful, calm, pure lobby with soft incense fragrance flowing in the air! It could not have been better! It was an absolutely green place with small traditionally built cottages nestled among the tall and handsome coconut trees. The best part being that it is situated just on the long shoreline with a serene beach, clean and accessible only to the guests. It also is a destination for Ayurvedic health holidays and we were blessed to have an in-resort spa with such blissful facilities.The art-lover in me was completely enchanted with the artistically done restaurant. Bright paintings adorned the walls. Fresh flowers on each table were very welcoming and the best was the soothing Sanskrit mantras that played in the background making the atmosphere totally pristine.Kerala has an exotic cuisine and although we are vegetarians we were completely spoilt for choice by the chef. Kerala is known as the "land of Spices". Even the Kerala cuisine is known for its spicy and hot foods. Traditionally, in Kerala food is served on a banana leaf. Almost every dish prepared in Kerala has coconut and local spices. The unusual cuisine of Kerala brings to the fore the culinary expertise of the people of Kerala.After the gastronomical journey we set out for the lighthouse. The 35 m lighthouse at Kovalam is situated on top of the palm-covered Kurumkal Hill. Visitors can climb the spiraling staircase inside, to the top of the red and white tower and enjoy a spectacular view of the surroundings. The lighthouse offers an amazing view of the moon- shaped beach and the famous Vizhinjam mosque.After a great evening at the beach we were back to our cottage in the resort.At night the waves sang us lullabies and how I loved falling to sleep with that sound. In the morning they wished us good morning with a lot of energy and cheering.An awesome breakfast awaited us to treat our taste buds to some of the finest dishes of Kerala. The hospitality exhibited by the staff touched my heart.
249 Kms from Kodaikanal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November
Once the seat of the Maharajas of Mysore for six centuries, Mysore is now the third most populous state of Karnataka. But not much as changed in terms of its cultural ambiance and heritage, hence deeming it as the cultural capital of Karnataka. This city is popular for its year-round pleasant climate, silk, sandalwood and many majestic palaces, such as Lalitha Mohan Palace, Jaganmohan Palace and the most visited and grand one being the Mysore Palace. To get an exclusive insight into Mysore's culture, Folklore Museum would be the best place, where a plethora of carved wooden figures, ceremonial headdresses, vibrant masks can be seen along with puppet shows depicting Hindu mythological stories. Mysore Zoo is perfect for animal and nature lovers while the Regional Museum of Natural History serves those interested in ecological history. For those looking for unwinding strolls or simple relaxation, Karanji Lake and Kukkarahalli Lake are the best to visit, preferably early in the morning or evenings. More attractions include Brindavan Gardens, Railway Museum and St. Philomena's Church. Cauvery Arts and Crafts emporium is renowned for an array of silk sarees, carved sandalwood, wooden toys and inlay work, whereas Devaraja market is ideal for a more local shopping experience. Restaurants such as Hotel RRR Restaurant, Malgudi Cafe, Vinayaka Mylari, Sapphire and Anu's Bamboo Hut cater to popular local and international cuisines. Mysore comes alive during the 10-day festival of Dussehra, celebrated in October, when one can witness the entire city bedecked with lights, colours and music, making Mysore a memorable visit. Read More
The distance from Ooty to Mysore is 130 kms and the road from Ooty to Mysore passes through Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary and Bandipur Tiger Reserve. The road is really awesome and full of thrill as it passes through dense forests and there are many animals crossing points also. Because we had enough time thus we decided to take a safari in the dense forest of Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary. Madhumalai Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Tamil Nadu while Bandipur Tiger Reserve is situated in Karnataka. Bandipur Tiger Reserve is also a good place for wildlife lovers. After that we continued our journey by heading towards Mysore and in the evening we reached Mysore. Tariff's for Hotel: Starting from ₹1000/- per room (Non AC) Starting from ₹1500/- per room (AC) Mysore is one of the most popular tourist destination in Karnataka. It is also known as "Palace City" of India. There we visited Mysore Palace, Lalitha Mahal Palace and Chamundi Hills. Mysore Palace is one of the best palaces in India. The Palace shows us the lifestyle of our kings that how they lived such a royal life. It is a must visit palace. Lalitha Mahal is also a royal palace with a good architecture. After visiting Chamundi Hills, we left Mysore and then started our journey towards Chennai. The distance from Mysore to Chennai is 480 kms. After a smooth drive of 8 hrs we reached Chennai in the late night.
The Mysore Palace is breathtaking and is en route to Madumalai National Park. Hence a stopover to see the palace is must. If anyone is interested...its the best place to buy silk saris.
As far as majestic history goes, there are not many places that can trump Mysore, often referred to as the 'City of Palaces'. The Mysore Palace built by the Wodeyar Kings is a place where perhaps one can locate how Mysore became as culturally rich as it is for the Wodeyar Kings were great patrons of art and culture, allowing various forms, crafts and styles to flourish and grow in a way that they still exist and temper the way the city is today. However, this is not all, Mysore is not just a place of cultural but also natural beauty. Located at the foot of the Chamundi Hills it has numerous lakes like Kukkarhalli and Karanji. The Chamundi Hills are also important because atop them is located the Chamundeshwari Temple, one of the most important religious sites in Mysore.
Mysore, formerly a Princely State, until the Independence of India in 1947 is filled with Royal beauty. It was once a region with flourishing art and culture under the royal and mighty kings. Also called as the "City of Palaces", Mysore's beauty can be seen through its rich architecture and its majestic palaces that stand tall today. Passed form the Vijayanagar Empire to the Wodeyar family (that lives here even today), Mysore has always been occupied by Royalty.
After the break, we reached Mysore recharged and our first stop had to be the street side dosa stalls serving up the famous south Indian dish ‘masala dosa’. With hot, freshly made dosas in our laps we sat on cold stone steps looking out on the magnificent 1927 Silver Jubilee Clock Tower now lit up by spotlights. The next morning we made our way to visit our first Catholic church in India, St. Philomena’s Cathedral. The cathedral has some beautiful stained-glassed windows and it was very interesting how inside the locals had Indianised the church. From the cathedral we caught a rickshaw and made our way towards the gate of the Maharaja’s Palace. Continuing through the palace the interior never ceased to amaze with huge hallways, massive swinging chandeliers and a kaleidoscope of mirrors, stained glass and sparkling walls that when reflected in the mirrors seemed to continue forever.
We won't be able to start riding from the outset, but will initially have to take a shuttle bus to battle the traffic on its own terms. Once we get to riding, the route for the day is overflowing with culture, which is quite expected for India! We ride past mango orchards, nurseries, paddy fields and temples and make the first stop at the Big Banyan Tree. This gigantic tree is about 400 years old and spreads itself over 3 acres. after a stop here, we move onto the small town of Channapatna, where toy-makers make handmade toys in their small factories. Before this, we stop for a typical Kannadiga cuisine at Kamat Lokaruchi. Channapatna owes its toy-making heritage to the King Tipu Sultan, who first introduced this otherwise Persian art. The small highway town is lined with bright shops showcasing horses, beads and sundry toys. We again use shuttle to reach the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore.
158 Kms from Kodaikanal
Best time to visit - May,June,September,October,November
This renowned hill station once housed the Madras Presidency during the British Rule and possesses many remnants in the form of regal looking bungalows, such as the Stone House, The Ootacamund Club, Government House and Fernhill Palace. This along with the tall pine trees in the green areas almost makes you believe you are in old English country. Ooty is also home to some of the most breathtaking lakes in the country, such as the Avalanche Lake, Emerald Lake and the popular Ooty Lake. For some adventure, one can hop on the Nilgiri Toy Train and enjoy a ride through the blue mountains, winding through dense forests, dark tunnels and valleys from Ooty to Coonoor. Ooty is heaven for nature lovers and a trek through the Mukurthi National Park will be etched on your mind for years to come, offering a stunning panorama of carpet like green hills, home to the tallest peak of the Nilgiri Range, several wildflowers and beauties such as the Nilgiri Tahr, Bengal Tiger, Indian Elephant, Leopard, Bonnet Macaque, Mouse Deer, Otter, Small Indian Civet and many more. If you still want more, you can take a mesmerising walk through the charming 19th century Government Botanical Gardens. Ooty's beauty can be explored more adventurously with everything from horse riding to hand gliding and mountain biking, all arranged by various resorts. Avid readers will be overwhelmed to visit the 19th century Nilgiri Library, sheltering around 25,000 books and hosting many events to promote reading habits among all age groups. Chocoholics should place King Star on the top of their itineraries for purchasing a plethora of delicious homemade chocolates. More delicious food from vegetarian, cafe to non-vegetarian cuisines can be enjoyed at popular places such as Quality Restaurant, Earl's Secret and Willy's Coffee Pub, which also has a commendable library for one to delve into while enjoying their drink. Witness Ooty come alive in the month of May, with its vibrant boat races and flower shows, hosted across the town.Read More
This is among the few places I visited before I fell in love with travelling. Ooty is a 255km drive from Bengaluru. Bengaluru itself is a beautiful place and you don't need too much reasons to visit. What adds to the experience is this hill station. One can travel from their personal car or hire a car. Other than car, buses are also easily available.
As there were no 1-bedroom apartments available for the next day, we were allotted a couple of hotel units (it's essentially room + bathroom). We explored the area a bit in the morning before the amazing continental breakfast at Ascot. We reached the clubhouse after a bit of a climb and discovered a number of hidden gems there, including a 6-player Carrom board. The pencil sketches made by the previous guests were really interesting - it was almost homely.
The journey to Ooty was by far the most memorable road trip I have had yet. And the fact that we rented a vehicle (and not hired one with a driver) made the experience so much better. From cruising on the well maintained roads to trying to find an inexistent road and retracing our path by about 4-5km, we experienced it all. We discovered during this experience that the people in the small towns here feel really happy to help others out - never before had I seen anybody so enthusiastic about guiding us towards our destination, be it a lady carrying vegetables home or a pan-shop entrepreneur! Our ascent to Ooty finally began at about 5.45pm after we finally found a small restaurant where we stopped for tea. I dreaded the ghat section because I was really prone to carsickness as a teen - however this time was something different. We rolled down the windows and took in the freshest air possible, sang along with the songs on the phone, cracked jokes, enjoyed the beautiful scenery outside, observed the fluffy clouds, looked out for monkeys, and finally witnessed the sun take the rest of the day off. The most interesting part of this journey was seeing the buses travel up and down the slope - for a bus, the speed at which the drivers drove was just insane, and the way they navigated at the blind turns was nothing less than a work of art. By the time we reached the Club Mahindra Derby Green Resort, it was dark. We missed a couple of turns and ended up adding an additional half hour to the duration of our journey.I always look forward to staying at Club Mahindra - I love every bit of the experience, especially their hospitality (they go to extra lengths to ensure that our stay is comfortable) and the amazing food. On arrival we were greeted with hot towels, honey herbal tea, and sandalwood paste. The slightly-sweet hot tea complemented the chilly Ooty evening, and the untimely rain helped in quickening our journey from the reception to the 1-bedroom apartment (which also had a kitchenette!). The bandh interestingly proved to be beneficial for us - our room got upgraded owing to the fact that one of the guests cancelled at the last moment! We had a hearty dinner at restaurant Ascot. We were spoilt for choice when it came to dinner, as there was every cuisine we could possibly want. With minds full of eventful experiences, and tummies full of amazing food, we finally retired to our mini-apartment for the evening.
Adorned in Colonial charm, Ooty is a delightful hill town cradled in the beautiful Nilgiri Hills. The charm of the hill station lies in its laid-back luxurious grace, a surreal destination to rejuvenate in a picturesque setting and the perfect place to visit in May in India. With enthralling sights of the Doddabetta peak and the Tiger hill, Ooty is mesmerizingly graced by waterfalls and lakes. Pretty cottage dot the back alleys, and tea plantations on hill slopes add to its scenic beauty, along with terraced botanical gardens and flower cultivation.How to get there: Well-connected by roads. Coimbatore is the nearest airport and Mettupalyam is the nearest railway station.
After travelling such a long distance we finally reached Ooty . Crossed a small market area , few hotels and then went uphill . After crossing tea factory it appeared as if we have entered forest area. I became skeptical about the place but my thought changed completely after reaching the the resort - Sinclairs Retreat . Glimpse of the city from this place was so enticing . Entire city appeared like little sparkling stars in the sky.
Ooty or the Queen of the Nilgiris, which is also known as the Blue Mountains, is one of the most fascinating hill stations in south India. Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 7,500 ft, Ooty boasts of prolific vistas, tea and coffee plantations, clear lakes, hills and stunning valleys.Ooty is where the Western Ghats and Eastern Ghats submerge to become one. One can encounter rare species of flora and fauna here and the roads in Ooty are often surrounded by huge Eucalyptus trees and forests that seem to end at infinity.Ooty has always been an allurement for the people in south India but now it attracts tourists from the world over. This Ooty itinerary is your one stop guide to answer all the questions that you might have as you plan your next weekend getaway to Ooty.
So, on our last day we decided to ditch the Doddabeta peak and head to avalanche lake. On reaching avalanche, there was no road that lead to the lake. We had to find a trail in the forest ans trek down the mountain to reach the lake. So we parked our two wheeler side by the road, and found a trail. We had to be careful as we feared the wild bisons and the snakes. On reaching down, we found a beautiful lake surrounded by forests. All that you can hear is the wind, the sound of the water flowing and the birds chirping. The calmness one can get at this particular place is on a whole new level. People who really want to destress and escape reality should visit these places untouched by the tourists. The lake is deep though. And the fresh air you get is unbelievable. After spending one full hour at the lake, we had to climb back and came back to Ooty. We had our lunch and boarded our bus at charing cross at about 6PM. We reached chennai the next morning. The whole trip was unforgettable. The best way to de stress and escape. And we really escaped reality and had nice stay in all these places. The best way to explore any place is to hire a vehicle and explore and just loiter around the city. The beautiful part was the view between these destinations. The journey was more beautiful than the destination.
105 Kms from Kodaikanal
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
A major city and commercial hub in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore offers not much in terms of touristic attractions unless you're on your way to Ooty or any of the Nilgiri hill stations. Although some places might make for really interesting stopovers, such as the Kovai Kutralam Falls, Vaidehi Waterfalls and Thoonakkadavu Lake. For a taste of knowledge, there's the Gass Forest Museum, which is a natural history museum, or pay a visit to G.D. Naidu Industrial Exhibition, a science and exhibition centre which has a lot to exhibit in terms of innovation and science. The city is home to innumerable temples, some of them being Marudamalai and Velliangiri hill temple. Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park makes for an interesting visit for nature lovers. Places such as Shree Annapoorna, Junior Kuppanna and Anandhas Quality Vegetarian are well known for their Indian dishes.Read More
"Let's do that again!", the five of us vowed as we returned home to Coimbatore. Twenty-four hours earlier, we were upset that we had only one day of our semester holidays in common. Wanting to make the best use of that one day, I decided to give my friends a taste of Vattakanal. It is a small town a few kilometers form Kodaikanal. I had fallen in love with this place during my last visit, the previous year.So we left Coimbatore at 5 in the morning (one hour later than planned) in my Maruti Suzuki Swift ZDi. Construction work on Pollachi Road made making up for lost time impossible and gave us quite an off-roading experience. We had to tolerate bad roads till we reached Palani.(Tip 1: Consider the condition of the roads while planning your trip. This rule applies to any road trip.)
From Coimbatore, my place of interest to visit was ISHA yoga center and Adiyogi statue. I just enquired about buses & took a bus to Gandhipuram busstop, from where I got a bus to ISHA yoga center ie; Bus no. 14D which in turn passed through station from where I took bus to Gandhipuram...this is what happens when u r new to a place and don't know the local knowledge;)
Having finished the remainder of my assignment during the connecting Indigo flight, I was relieved. It was heartening to see the coconut plantations from the airplane window as we began our descent at Coimbatore. A little while later we were greeted by the tropical South-Indian weather as we made our way to the baggage claim. Since the Zoomcars request processing time is approximately three hours (we had booked the vehicle at 9am), we found ourselves with a little less than two hours to kill. My sister joined us in the meantime, and we had a short breakfast comprising of ready-to-eat noodles and ice-creams from the general store outside the airport. Little did we know about the adventures that lay ahead of us!After getting picked up by the Zoomcars representative, we headed to their nearest depot. Having completed all the formalities, we found ourselves driving to the Adiyogi Statue twenty minutes later. We had been looking forward to visiting since we saw the unveiling ceremony on TV, and our trip to Ooty was the best opportunity we could possibly think of. Google Maps had become our best friend, as the hour-long journey to the statue was really eventful - we found ourselves passing by fields of coconut trees, and small patches of land blooming with yellow and orange marigolds. A couple of bridges and a few narrow roads later, we found ourselves at the entrance of the parking lot.
Here it goes.. our road trip in the state of Tamil Nadu . This was my first core south trip so i was really excited to see the city ,people around and the culture . For few km we crossed various small towns and then ghat section started from Mettulapalam which was around 40kms from Ooty . I was enjoying the zig zag roads, lovely greenery and super fresh atmosphere .
We planned a day trip to get away from Coimbatore and since Ooty is so near by, we couldn't wish to have a better getaway place. But, we planned to do something different.. we didn't wanna roam. we just wanna enjoy the climate and the view through out the day. so, we went to Metupalayam on a bike and then to Conoor via a bus. The bus journey was pleasant in itself. We got a train from Conoor to Ooty. We were totally surprised by the views and the climate. And once we got down at Oort, we just the train back to Conoor and then to Metupalayam as well. Even though the Trip between Metupalayam and Conoor is more popluar( due to use of Steam engines), the other travels were peaceful and entertaining as well. A must try if you want a getaway from the city for a day.
A city where everyone from Tamilnadu aspires to settle. Known for its Moderate climate, Coimbatore was supposed to take Bangalore's place. Coimbatore has lots of places to visit
So next day I was all charged up and woke up early to take a bus to Coimbatore. It was a funny sight – I almost missed the bus and the whole bus station was shouting and whistling at the bus driver to stop it while I was running behind it with a backpack on my shoulder. I finally managed to board it and after a while occupied the seat right in the front next to the conductor. A cup of filter coffee and several dosas later I reached the Coimbatore airport where I met Pankaj who had just flown in from Mumbai.
It was time to scoot back to Tamil Nadu and reach Coimbatore. This place is a great place for foodies. Do try the filter coffee and #Mysore pak in the city and you will be left craving for more. The city is close to the hill station Ooty. The roads are amazing and the environment pretty hospitable.
299 Kms from Kodaikanal
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Need a dose of vitamin sea? This city in the North Malabar region of Kerala can surely take care of that, with its serene beaches, such as Payyambalam Beach, Baby Beach, Muzhappilangad Beach (the only drive-in beach of Kerala) and the comparatively quiet and remote Thottada beach. Another beach-y wonder is Dharmadam, where an island is only a short walk away. The 16th century Fort, St. Angelos and the Tellicherry Fort are also some of the main attractions of this coastal town. Nature lovers will dote over Parassinikkadavu Snake Park, where an array of reptile species can be seen and learnt about, especially through a live show where trained personnel dauntlessly play and interact with a variety of snakes such as cobras and vipers. On the same lines, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary is another must visit, along with the Munderi Kadavu Bird Sanctuary for a peaceful time amidst 'the wild ones'. Some renowned, archaic but beautiful places of worship are St. John's Angelican Church, Rajarajeshwara Temple and Annapoorneshwari Temple. If your mind still wanders off to the hills, then head off to the picturesque hill station of Paithalmala, a drive to which is just as mesmerizing as the location itself. Some more places to visit are the Alakapuri waterfalls and the Arakkal museum, which gives an interesting insight into Kerala's only muslim royal family and their lifestyle. Kannur is a sight to behold during the month of February when the ritualistic Theyyam is celebrated with vibrant ritualistic song, dance and drama performances. Places such as Randhaal, MVK Restaurant, Sahib's Grill Kitchen and Onakkan Bharathi are popular for mouthwatering local, Indian and international dishes. Kannur is well-connected through various city buses and its railway station is a major stop for most trains. Read More
The Land of Loom and Lores, Kannur is probably one of the best spots for a weekend getaway from Bangalore. Mid-way on the Mangalore-Calicut route, Kannur is renowned for its amazing climate and picturesque beauty. For a long weekend, the beaches of Kannur are extremely enchanting.Book your ride to Kannur now.
Thirty-second rundown: ‘The Land of Loom and Lores’, Kannur is probably one of the best spots for a weekend getaway around Bangalore. Mid-way on the Mangalore-Calicut route, Kannur is renowned for its amazing climate and picturesque beauty.With Lakshadweep Sea on the west and the Western Ghats on the east, the beaches of Kannur are extremely enchanting. For a long weekend, what can be better than the wind blowing in your face, near your ear, feeling the sand in between your toes and watching the small creatures on the sand?Places to visit in Kannur: Muzhappilangad Drive-in Beach, Fort St. Angelos, Payyambalam Beach, Dharmadam BeachRound-trip fare for three days: ₹7950Book your ride now.
When you take the Mangalore to Calicut route, what falls in between is the land of loom and lores, Kannur. Known for its pleasant climate and pleasing scenery, Kannur is surrounded by beaches on one side and mountains on the other. With the Lakshwadeep Sea set to the west and Western Ghats towards the East, no other place can be better to liven up your spirit after a long week.
My recent holiday was to one such place where all this and more was offered. Kannur, is a small town up north of Kerala in India. It was once a sleepy town but with the influx of Dubai funds into the town therefore there is much more happening in the town. Coastal areas of Kannur, still remain calm and serene and virgin enough for a break that i would want to take more often. Kannur is home to one of the dying art forms of this world. Handlooms! Handwoven cotton which takes the shape of our daily linen and upholstery. An art form that the weavers are not willing to let die in spite of a industry in loss. One of the weavers went away to Dubai 10 years back following the whole lot of his extended family members, but his passion for the art brought him back to his roots. Quote: "Life if tough as a weaver, long hours and risky for ones health, but this is what bring joy and happiness to me." Like everything else in life for the present scenario in this world anything natural and real has very few takers. A conscious decision to not get sucked into the consumerism without a thought can save the art. My contribution was picking up my stock for the next 6 months.
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