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Old 11th October 2013, 18:29   #16
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From the Bhavani temple, the bus wound through to a scenic point on the banks of the Bhavani sagar backwaters. An half an hour break was announced and it was a mad rush for photo sessions on the banks.

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While returning, went to the Emerald dam. Could not further down the dam as time was short and we turned back.

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Lunch was at Nahar Sidewalk cafe with Wood fired pizza, burger, fries and soup. The pizzas were excellent. Some photos of the restaurant insides.

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After lunch, one more round of shopping and then we were off to Coonor. The only place which we could visit was Sims park. Picked up some cheese from the Wild acres and headed back to the cottage. Entry is 30INR and camera charges are 50INR.

Some of pics from the Sims park. The trees are identified with a badge and denotes the year of planting the sapling. Trees dating more than 100 years ago can be found here. A pedal boat is available at 25INR with a max capacity of 4 persons/ boat. A fish feeding spot is also available here and fishes fall one over another to grab a bite of what is thrown into the water.

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Old 12th October 2013, 19:05   #17
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Oops, the pics in the above post have been interchanged. Flowers from the Sims park is appearing before the Avalanchi.
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The fish rolling over one another to grab a bite
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The day ended and on 04/10/13, we vacated the cottage and started our journey back to Bangalore. This time took the Gudalur route. The route is scenic except for the broken roads which seem to come up quite unexpectedly. A small stretch before Gudalur and Teppakaadu is all that can be termed very bad, but manageable. The return took a leisurely 9 hrs of driving with numerous stops in between.

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Old 12th October 2013, 20:23   #18
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Nice travelogue amply supported by pics which spoke in itself.

I visited Ooty in the month of July and it was a different Ooty with lot of fog and mist. Due to the same mist, we couldnt see anything from the Doddabetta peak. However, we loved the drive to the place, though the roads were next to non existent at places.
We couldnt visit the Avalanche and emerald lakes too due to paucity of time.

Keep up the good work.
Looking forward to more travelogues from you.

By the way, do post a pic of your ride too.
The vehicle which took you to all these places shouldnt be ignored of her merits and due
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And the best for the last. The view of the cottage we stayed and my ride, the MSB, the Maruti Suzuki Baleno.
The roads that led to the cottage
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Butter smooth roads with good markers for night driving makes it a breeze and pleasure to drive
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The cottage, Peak View at Orasolam on Kothagiri road
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A nice canopy to sit out in the evenings
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A nice verandah spanning the entire length. You get a private area if you book 2 rooms which isolates the others.
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The first room
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The second room
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A nice fireplace inside the room
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And of coruse with the idiot box
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A big wardrobe for the clothes
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Women are going to love this for making up
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A big nice bath
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A nice wonderful view of the outside
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And now fellas, my ride
@Dhanush: Now that satisfies your appetite
Driven by
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Resting after a hard days work
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At Kamat Madhuvan
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At Bandipur
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Saw this beautiful Lamby parked near Charring cross, the owner did not return even after 20 minutes and I moved on.
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And some of the T-Bhp stickers on the vehicles during the ride
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Will be back tomorrow with the expenses of the trip.
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I know its kinda late, but great triplog.
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