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Old 6th March 2007, 09:42   #1
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Default Best place to visit outside of Ooty, Kodai/Munnar

Folks,

We are planning a 3 day vacation end of this Month. I am based out of Bangalore and am looking for ideas on places to visit..

We have ruled out Ooty/Munnar/Kodai because we have been there many times..

We cant go to Mangalore/Kerala/Goa/Pondicherry because it will be too hot..

Can you suggest some unconventional resorts/hillstations that we can plan our vacation to?

Should be in a driveable distance from bangalore (<600 kms)

Thanks in advance for your inputs..
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Old 6th March 2007, 10:05   #2
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Here are some ideas

1) Bandipur national park- 215 Kms from Bangalore (Check out Travelogue section- Samurai's detailed writeup is there)
2) Vythiri- Roughly 280 Kms from Bangalore (Again see Travelogue section)
3) Coorg- 252 Kms from bangalore (akroy's travelogue)

All three takes you through Mysore, and also offers a cool and nice drive

I did think about Yercaud, but the drive is not as much fun (at this time)compared to others mentioned here

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We cant go to Mangalore/Kerala/Goa/Pondicherry because it will be too hot..
hmmm...Kerala is big enough to have cool places even in hottest summer
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Again,

We visited Vythiri in November

and visited Coorg many times..

I feel Bandipur will still be very hot.. Any ideas whether this is the right time?
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If you have decided for some new Hill Station, then try out:
1) Yelagiri Hills (about 175km)
2) Chikmagalur (about 300km)
3) K. Gudi (about 300odd kms)
4) Horsley Hills (about 150km)
5) Masinagudi
6) Niliyampathy (about 500km via Coimbatore)
7) Yercaud (about 250km)

See if you have any other idea....

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Why don't u consider wayanad !! its an awesome place.....you can probably drive to wayanad, stay there , then later proceed to ooty and from ooty back to b'lore...i can bet u will love the scenic beauties...
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Consider Munnar too.I saw Nishabd and Munnar loooks awesome in it ,but then maybe its due to cinematography!!.
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Try this place in Chikkamagalur.

NATURE NIRVANA PLANTATION HOMESTAY, CHIKMAGALUR, INDIA - HOME
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theres this place known as Kunnoor, its about 150kms from coimbatore, on the hills. they have a very good golf course, said to be at the highest altitude in asia, and the wellingdon gymkhana is a good place to stay, very good weather, height of 5000ft. check for this place its superb
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theres this place known as Kunnoor, its about 150kms from coimbatore, on the hills. they have a very good golf course, said to be at the highest altitude in asia, and the wellingdon gymkhana is a good place to stay, very good weather, height of 5000ft. check for this place its superb
You're talking about Coonoor right? Last time I visited there the place was awfully crowded. There are a few nice places a little outside of town however. They also have a Taj Garden retreat and another nice Neemrana hotel.
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Consider Munnar too.I saw Nishabd and Munnar loooks awesome in it ,but then maybe its due to cinematography!!.
Mate he has ruled out Munnar coz he has been there many times !!
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You're talking about Coonoor right? Last time I visited there the place was awfully crowded. There are a few nice places a little outside of town however. They also have a Taj Garden retreat and another nice Neemrana hotel.
Exactly, sorry for spell error. But if one stays at the wellingdon gymkhana, you beat the crowd and the place is heaven, away from the main town.
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Hi
You can try out Kemmangundi, an offbeat hillstation near Chikmagalur. It has some pretty sylvan sorroundings, is definitely far from the madding crowd and clean. Enroute, you can also try out Muthodi forest which is an awesome place.

Another option would be Agumbe of the "Malgudi days" fame. Its very renowned for its sunset. You have to be a real country-side lover though as this is not one of those commercial places - you will have to search things to do. The only decent accomodation here is the government TB, which is in a superb location. Actually, you can combine all three.

I would be glad to provide further route info.

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You can also try Bandipur + Himavad Gopalswamy hills....beautiful place. Theres a decent resort at the foot of the hill just off Bandipur National Park called MC Resort.

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Thanks folks,

Nature nirvana looks good..rjstyle, have you stayed there?.. How was the exerience?

Any other places to stay near kudremukh/kemmangundi?


Coonoor also looks interesting.. Will decide in couple of days.


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@shankaranand, have stayed there and yes pretty good,this was quite sometime back. You have another alternative , try this place also
Jungle Lodges & Resorts K Gudi
Havent stayed at the 2nd place though. Nature Nirvana is a real good and yes you would have to compromise on the roads to get there.If you ok with life is back to basics head there and you can forget civilized life and traffic signals for the next few days.
Just ask the resort chaps some good places you can visit and am sure they will tell you.If you in for venturing out all by yourself its gonna be real fun.Am posting some pics,





Once again depends on your comfort level and what kind of stay you are looking for. So decide what suits you best.
Happy tripping !!

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