Trees, mountains, tea gardens....everything green far and wide. Needless to say, Conoor is the land of Green Carpets.
It is one such place that a blog is not enough to describe the charm of this place.
We (my husband and I ) had already visited Ooty and Conoor one year back with our friends on a bike trip. That time, we had visited many places in Ooty and Conoor( considering only 3 days with lot of travelling). Although we had a ball but I ate my heart out to visit Conoor again!
So this year, we again planned our trip to Ooty-Conoor in the last week of June. We booked a cab through bookcab.in and left in the morning by 9:30 am from Bangalore. No doubt I was looking forward to having a great time but journey to Ooty cannot be overlooked ;). This journey is very fascinating. From breakfast in Mysore to crossing the deep spine-chilling stretches of Bandipur and Mudumalai tiger reseve , it's all electrifying. And then, there come those 36 deadly hair-pin bends of Ooty with green mountains looming over..it's one of the most scenic drives! After travelling of 8 hours, we reached our hotel in Ooty around 5 pm.
24/7 Soaked in slight drizzle with Frosty swirls of wind cuddling over...June is refreshing in Ooty. You really need not go anywhere in Ooty at this time of month provided your hotel is in some breathtaking location ;) (like Hotel Accord Highland and Hotel Lakeview). So that evening, we enjoyed the gust of air with some fine dining.
As we had covered all major places in Ooty on our last trip and this time, it was continuously raining there, we left for Conoor early next day morning. First we visited Lamb's Rock. It is approximately 8 kms from Conoor. The drive to Lamb's rock is very scenic and alluring . You can see the panoramic view at the base, but it would be worth to do some trekking. The track leading to the hill top is all wooded with dense big trees . It encompasses a mystical vibe, such that you would want to roam around there forever ;). View from the top is incredibly enchanting. You can see whole view of Nilgiri hills and also Coimbatore plains from here. Listen to the sound of silence and rediscover yourself here !
Our next visit was to Dolphin's Nose. It is 10 km away from Conoor and hardly 1 km from Lambs Rock. The view is spectacular here. Silent Valley of verdant mountains with sweet mellow of Catherine water falls cascading down the hills , it's surreal. Here, I would like to mention that you can taste the nectar of beauty at Dolphin's N ose from a much unknown and uncrowded spot (including monkeys too :P). There is a tea shop on the left side around 20 meters before the main entrance gate. A small balcony is attached to this shop. Hanging in the tea gardens, this balcony overlooks the trail of Nilgiri mountains along with Catherine water falls.
The view is very bewitching here. Snow white clouds playing hide and seek with the sky piercing mountains, tea gardens looking like green carpet, everything seems to be the stuff of dreams. The nirvana quiet aura is very rejuvenating. We spent more than an hour here, enjoyed our special tea, feeling the essence of milky white clouds surrounding us.
I had one of the best experience of my life here, when you can get lost in the depth of nature and forget all your worries.
Overall, it was a wonderful and memorable trip. In fact I have thought of visiting Conoor (specially Dolphins Nose and have tea there :P) at least once every year. The visit is worth it.
Beware of Monkeys wherever you go. Try not to carry food items at these places otherwise monkeys will trouble you. Also, if you are not too much of a winter lover, then you can visit in March-April.
And last, but not the least, don't forget to buy special varieties of tea, chocolates grown and cultivated there for your dear ones from Ooty.