So that happened to be the first ever trip with hostelites.
We, friends always had an inclination to go for a long trip. But you know, when you’ve more member in the team, it’s not that easy to convince all. Some may like the destination and some had entirely different locations in their mind. But all over it took lots of efforts to make all think the same way. This June we planned and finally and more important, we did!
Ooty, short for Ootacamund (an anglicized name for Udhagamandalam), is a popular hill resort in the state of Tamil Nadu in Southern India. Ooty stands at 7,347 feet above sea level in the Nilgiri mountain range. It was founded in the 19th century by the British, and served as the summer headquarters of the Madras Presidency.
We left for Ooty from Bangalore on June 11th night. Places we visited on 12th morning in Ooty:
- Doddabetta peak
The Dodabetta Peak stands at an altitude of 2,623 meters. It is the highest point in the district, making it possibly the best vantage point around Ooty. It is merely 10km from Ooty so you can simply grab your camera and head straight to the peak, and click amazing pictures of he valley below. Many say that on a clear day, which is honestly not that often, one can see far off areas, even the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore.
- The Tea Factory
several tree gardens and factories are there. On the way you will get lots of them. They will approach you with free tea taste and offer some tea packets to buy. But be cautious if you don’t have much knowledge about tea, better not to buy from them as the packet tea has not the same taste as they gave you to taste.The spices quality is not so good.
- Boating at Pykara
it’s an awesome experience. Though the rate of boating is little bit high but still it is worthy. Fresh air, good feeling and good view
- Echo Rock
some called it as ‘Lambs rock” naturally took the shape of a lamb. Go through a very small forest and then you can see the rock.
- Shooting Point
One very nice place is that. Don’t miss it. The view is very pleasant..
Due to time constraints in ooty, we missed to visit
- Ooty Botanical Gardens
- Ooty Rose gardens
Night we halted in Ooty. Next day, June 13th morning we started our journey to Wayanad, Kerala.
It was 11.30am when we reached Soochipara falls. Hence we could only visit
Sentinel Rock Waterfalls, also known locally as Soochipara, is located at Vellarimala village in Meppadi panchayat. Like in Meenmutty, here too the water cascades down in three steps from a height of about 200m. This is a popular picnic spot and trekking area.
It is a natural fresh water lake, brimmed with ever green mountains. The weather here is salacious; the scenic beauty, hypnotizing and the nature, unspoiled. Pookot lake tourist resort in Vythiri is the most sought after tourist spot of Wayanad. There is an aquarium and a green house here. Boating facilities was also available.
We wanted to but we couldn’t visit
- Edakkal Cave:
This location of breath-taking beauty is three km from Ambalavayal which is 25 km from Kalpetta.
After the pookot lake, via Mysore we came returned to Bangalore that midnight.
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