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Old 23rd June 2014, 09:23   #1
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Writing this TL after 6 months of travel

Last time I visited Ooty a couple of years ago (Apr 2012), destinations missed during last visit were covered this time. A couple of changes w.r.t last visit,
1) Last time I was single, and traveled with my parents, and this time travelling with my betterhalf
2) Ride changed, Linea <-- City

I have my winter holidays (from Christmas to New Year) every year and for the last year we (myself and better half) planned to visit Ooty. Though everyone at home were against our plan stating the severe winter and low temperature, we decided to explore Ooty.

Plan
30th Dec'13 : Palladam (hometown) --> Kothagiri --> Kodanad View point --> Sims park --> Boat house --> Night stay at Aravankadu
31st Dec'13 : Aravankadu --> Glenmorgan --> Pykara Falls --> Pykara Lake --> Shooting spot --> Aravankadu
1st Jan'14 : Aravankadu --> Dodebetta --> Botanical Garden --> Palladam

By some xyz theory, there will be a deviation between the plan & actual and the same is applicable for this trip too. On 30th Dec we weren't allowed to visit Kodanad view point as there was some meeting between CM & Ministers at Kodanad estate.
So the actual is,
30th Dec'13 : Palladam (hometown) --> Kothagiri --> Sims park --> Dodebetta --> Boat house --> Night stay at Aravankadu
31st Dec'13 : Aravankadu --> Glenmorgan --> Pykara Falls --> Pykara Lake --> Shooting spot --> Aravankadu
1st Jan'14 : Aravankadu --> Botanical Garden --> Kodanad View Point --> Palladam

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Day1
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Day2
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Day 3
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Road to Glenmorgan was horrible. and the next worst road was at Dodebetta.

Ride : Fiat Linea
Rider : Self
Distance covered : 510km
FE : 16.4kmpl
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First set of snaps (Day 1)
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Second set of snaps (Day 2)
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Final set of snaps (Day 3)
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Road condition towards Glenmorgan for more than 8km
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Planning to visit Ooty again, by September 1st week.
Any suggestion on places to visit? (other than what I covered in the above trip)

OT: 1182 views and no replies?? Something wrong?
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Visit the bee museum, you can also buy genuine honey, something that's not very common these days
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Visit the bee museum, you can also buy genuine honey, something that's not very common these days
Can you please let me know the location?
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Can you please let me know the location?
Here's the address,
Sargan Villa, club road, ooty. Once you get to club road ask a few people and they will guide you.
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Here is the tentative travel plan for the next trip.

Sep 5 : Start from Chennai to Coimbatore (Evening drive, as usual)
Sep 6 : There are few personal commitments and Marriage reception at Evening
Sep 7 : Start early in the morning to Ooty
<Sight seeing is yet to plan>
Sep 8 : Back to Coimbatore
Sep 9 : Coimbatore to Chennai

One area of interest is AVALANCHE. Need your suggestions to plan accordingly. Also some other places not to miss around avalanche.
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Planning to visit Ooty again, by September 1st week.
Any suggestion on places to visit? (other than what I covered in the above trip)

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I don't know if you have already done this--- Check out the Ooty-Emerald Dam-Avalanche route. Should be at its greenest in September. The dams will probably full to the brim. Possibly a return via the Kundah-Geddhai-Mulli route back to Coimbatore.
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Kundah-Geddhai-Mulli route back to Coimbatore.
How about the road condition of this route? Will be travelling in Nissan Sunny and don't want to scrap her bottom.
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How about the road condition of this route? Will be travelling in Nissan Sunny and don't want to scrap her bottom.
I travelled on the Ooty to Emerald Dam route this March. But not beyond that. From there the route continues towards Kundha Dam, Geddhai Dam and onwards to Mulli in Kerala. The route till Emerald Dam looked fine and I am sure it must be the same, till at least Manjoor town. Being peak monsoon season, I am not sure of the roads beyond Manjoor.
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That's some lovely pics there. Thanks for sharing.
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This was the list I collected from the forum and friends when I did it last time.

Bandipur, Karnataka side of forest, has rides like in Bannerghatta
Mudumalai,Tamil Nadu side of forest, similar to above
Masinagudi Ghats - 36 hairpin bends, has private vehicles for forest viewing
Kalhatti Falls, While entering the Ooty
Lovedale
Coonor
Sims park, Botanical garden similar to Ooty
Lambs Rock, View point in Coonor
Kotagiri, View point on Mettupalyam road
Kodanadu, Tribal village
St. Stephens Church, Ooty, stained glass windows
Charring Cross, Commercial center
Doddabetta, View point all around Ooty
Tea Factory, Walk thru tea making process
St. Thomas Church, Not sure
Thread garden, Near Lake
Ooty lake, Boating
Honeymoon Boat house, Lake
Deer park, circumference to the lake near gate 2
Wax Meuseum, Near gate 1 parking area
Cabbage Fields, On the way
Ketti, Similar to above, terrace farming
Tribal Meuseum
Porthy, Terrace farming, veggy fields
Emerald Lake and Dam, 1.5hr from Ooty
Avalanche Lake and Dam, Further to Emerald dam. Zoological
Avalanche, eco tourism ride
M. Palada
Fern Hill palace
Kuruthu kuzhi - Guiness Tree plantation site.
kamaraj Sagar Dam, On the way to Pykara falls, Gudalur route, No entry
Tree Park
Shooting Point, Waste of time, do not go to this place
Glennmorgan
Pykara Falls, Falls, need to walk 1.5km from parking. Parking on main road
Pykara Lake, Same as above
Needle Hill View, On the way to Bangalore, no need to stop. You can stop at a hairpin after this and the view are much better at this place
Tepekadu
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