Ooty: Queen of Hill Stations

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15th Sep 2018
Photo of Ooty: Queen of Hill Stations by Pratiksha Kumar
Day 1

We started our journey in midnight from Bengaluru, an 8 hour long road trip all the way from the silicon valley of india to the breath taking Nilgiri hills (Ooty).  On the way you'll gry to see the deers, monkeys, elephants & tigers when you pass through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve & National Park. You will be amazed how quickly the terrains & weather changes.
The temperature drops to as low as 10°C in night. We reached our OYO hotel at around 9 am in the morning.

These are roads of Ooty in September!

Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Pratiksha Kumar

Bandipur Tiger Reserve

Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Pratiksha Kumar

Teak wood & dense Pine Forest

Photo of Bandipur National Park, Bandipur, Karnataka, India by Pratiksha Kumar

First place on our list was the Botanical garden. There an entry fee of approx. 100rs.  Gardens, divided into several sections, cover an area of around 55 hectares, and lie on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak. The garden has a terraced layout & is very beautiful.

Photo of Government Botanical Garden, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Government Botanical Garden, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Government Botanical Garden, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Government Botanical Garden, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Government Botanical Garden, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Government Botanical Garden, Vannarapettai, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar

Then we visited Dolphin nose, the view from where was amazing &  picturesque. The whole valley can be seen from here. There is an entry fees of 10Rs.

This place offers a beautiful panoramic view of the region and has a Telescope House to let travelers catch fascinating views of the surrounding Nilgiri area. However beware of monkeys.

Photo of Doddabetta Peak, Tamil Nadu by Pratiksha Kumar

This park has an entry fees of 50Rs. The sunset from this garden was mesmerising & you will not expect the garden to be huge from the entrance but when you go inside it too has terraced layout & is on the edges of the hill.

Photo of Rose garden, ooty, Kil Kodappamund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Rose garden, ooty, Kil Kodappamund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Rose garden, ooty, Kil Kodappamund, Ooty, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Day 2

We checked out from our hotel to visit this awesome tea factory. They took us through the procedure of tea making & you could just the lusious tea estate everywhere. You could even buy Nilgiri & other essential oils, masalas, teas of different flavors & yes of course, the chocolates! They have a shop near the factory only & you could also get you pictures clicked wearing the traditional tea worker's dress.

Photo of Highfield Tea Factory, Attadi, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Highfield Tea Factory, Attadi, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Highfield Tea Factory, Attadi, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Highfield Tea Factory, Attadi, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar

This has to be the best part of whole trip! The falls are so amazing & beautiful. One has to walk about half kilometer from roadside to reach the Falls. The sight is breathtaking though it could be hot because of walk. One battery car was available at fee of Rs 20/person but one had to wait since there was only one car in operation. There is a steep set of steps to go to viewpoint & old people may find it difficult. The viewpoint is maintained by Tamil Nadu Government & is well maintained. There is a ticket for entry to viewpoint. After this we hit the highways again to go back! This was such a fulfilling experience & one almost forgets that they are in India!!

Photo of Pykara WaterFalls, Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Pykara WaterFalls, Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Pykara WaterFalls, Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
Photo of Pykara WaterFalls, Pykara, Sholur, Tamil Nadu, India by Pratiksha Kumar
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