When was the last time you let the early morning dew drops kiss you or heard the chirping of tiny sweet birds, or just sip a hot cup of tea watching the clouds move by? Every once in a while, it is essential to go to places where people still live in the old traditional beautiful simple way. Not too far away from the daily chores, the chase, city lights, the Nilgiris are one of those beautiful places you are bound to fall in love with.
The ‘Fragrant One’ from the land of the Blue Mountains lingers on the taste buds. Located bordering the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the Nilgiri Hills are a part of the rich biodiversity of the Western Ghats, blessed with not one but several hill stations, each at a different altitude. It is a retreat that packs the thrill of high mountains, deep valleys, sparkling water bodies, dense forests and steep slopes, the peace of tea gardens.
Monsoon started full blast and you get the feeling to go all out and get wet! When you got to go.. you just go. With a gang of 7 crazy friends we set out & The pouring rain all our way didn’t deter us, neither had we given up.
And when you have your most trust worthy partner, you tend to gaze through the dense lush green forests, enjoying every view while on the way.
I have always been fascinated with the route that goes through Bandipur Tiger Reserve, the excitement of watching the wild animals and the tranquility of being in the lap of mother-nature. However, I have never been lucky enough to spot the tiger.
The presence of gentle streams and flowing waterfalls in the forest cools up the environment and brings respite to tired travelers. Masinagudi is strategically located to provide spectacular views of the surrounding hills and forests. Set amidst utterly tranquil environment, stop for lunch was a great place to relax and spend intimate moments with nature.
Just before Ooty, the ride suddenly elevates to uphill, twisting and turning all the way, giving you a gut-wrenching feeling with 36 U turn bends to discover a small town amidst lush green tea fields and picturesque sites. Gloves, jacket, and clothes - everything was soaking wet. Fingers were almost numb because of the cold. After 10 hrs ride, finally managed to locate our stay in the mid of a hill top. This warm villa, thanks to Airbnb, was equipped well, and a perfect stay for a tiring day.
And the next morning, I was up by 7 am to see the view that I usually love to travel for.
Grabbed my cup of tea to sip through the day to beat the slight chill of the mountain air!
The journey back to your home always leaves you with a mixed bag of feelings waiting to be unwrapped. With a promise that you will come back again, we started descending the hill. Rains played their best tune again, this time with barely any view left for us to ride back. However, enjoying the wide flora and fauna all through our way, happily rode, thumping that bullet sound which echoed and got lost in the dense forest.
723 kms - 40 hours, three states (Ka, TN, KL) - two forest reserves(Bandipur & Mudumalai) - 36 hair pin bends. This is what the past two days have been for me.
trip route: Bangalore -> Mysore -> Gundlupete -> Bandipur Tiger Reserve -> Mudumalai Tiger Reserve -> Masinagudi ->Ooty -> Gudalur -> Bandipur ->Mysore -> Bangalore.