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Old 2nd December 2009, 07:46   #16
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Laluks, Awesome pictures. I am from Coonoor, yet looking at your pictures makes me feel The nilgiris is even more beautiful. Cheers.

beejay, thank you.
I must thank you for the continuous update you had given us on the route conditions after the recent landslides.
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Old 2nd December 2009, 08:23   #17
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Day 1, November 27th 2009

Bangalore - Mysore - Nanjangud - Gundulpet - Bandipur - Mudumalai (Tepekkadu) - Masinagudi - Kalhatty Falls - OOTY - Love Dale - Coonor - Sims Park - Lambs Rock - Kattapattu - Kotagiri - Kodanadu - Kotagiri - OOTY. (415Kms).


We started as usual - an early start from Bangalore - at 03:45AM. The good roads till Mysore can be covered fast and can also drive through Mysore instead of the Mysore Outer ring road in the early morning. We exited Mysore by 06:00AM. We drove through Nanjangud to Gundulpet. From Gundulpet around 9KM is very bad, but swift took it with grace. We then drove through Bandipur, Mudumalai (Tamil Nadu) and we got the Left turn to Masinagudi by 07:40AM. Straight road is via Gudalur to Ooty. This road we had kept for our return trip. We climbed many of the 36 hairpins before we stopped at Kalhatti Waterfalls by 08:15AM. We had a 1 hour break here. Ooty is 9KM, 15 minutes from here.

We have comfortably reached Ooty in 4.5hours from Bangalore.


Bad roads from Gundulpet to Bandipur (~9KM)
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Elephant at Bandipur
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Territory of Tamil Nadu !! LOC here too??
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Mudumalai Tiger Reserve Entrance
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Roads through the sanctuary
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Foggy Roads
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First Sight of the hills
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Somewhere in Masinagudi ghats, some photo sessions!!
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My small one posing. Ain't she cute?
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Red Riding hood at the 29th of 36 hairpin bend.
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Kalhatty Falls
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Small pathway to the foot of the falls.
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A cute shrub
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Stopping by to enjoy the beauty of the flowers
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Views around Kalhatty
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I want to reach the sky!!
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I am beautiful too...
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This one is for the family album. Me and my power puff girls. The third one is behind the camera!!
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Day 1 continued...
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So you got your DSLR at last. Which one?
Looks like a Nikon
I am sure you will make a trip every week now
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So you got your DSLR at last. Which one?
Looks like a Nikon
I am sure you will make a trip every week now

SJ - you got me
It's a D90 with the kit lens. Inspired by you
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Cool and Congrats.
You really have the eye for photography. Enjoy the D90.
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Hey Laluks,

Amazing pictures there, It seems you have learnt a lot about photography from the Leh trip and practiced the learnings on this trip.

way to go man, you are motivating others to follow you.

i also plan to go to Ooty during year end. your travelogue would help ofcourse.

i will stay tuned.
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Cool and Congrats.
You really have the eye for photography. Enjoy the D90.
Thanks SJ.
I got the beginners lessons from you during our Leh trip .
Now keenly following David D. Busch in intricate details. It's going to be a long way!

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Hey Laluks,

Amazing pictures there, It seems you have learnt a lot about photography from the Leh trip and practiced the learnings on this trip.

way to go man, you are motivating others to follow you.

i also plan to go to Ooty during year end. your travelogue would help ofcourse.

i will stay tuned.
Thank you Star
Please ask me if you need any info to plan your trip.
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Hey, awesome pics ! Now, I want to do a similar trip too !
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Hey, awesome pics ! Now, I want to do a similar trip too !
Thanks vdiatech.
The weather now is awesome, and Ooty is at its best. December - January would be heavenly.
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Wow, fantastic photos, i am enjoying it every moment! Please continue
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Thanks dude for keeping up the words. Makes me njostalgic when i had been to all these paces just after marriage. last month i had been to bandipur and the roads were in the same condition. So i feel now also it is the same situation. You have covered good distnace in 4.5 hours and that too with ghat section
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Fantastic pictures. Keep the details flowing.
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I was in Ooty during this weekend. I think I did see you at Emerald Dam. I was in an Indica taxi

I agree with you, weather in ooty is the best right now.
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Lalu - when do you plan to take some rest - er, from your travel !

So many trips this year - wonderful.

I noticed a marked change in the photographs and wanted to ask you, but SJ has already done the honours.

Good going - tell us more.
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These are some of the best photographs I have seen in the recent times. Though these locations are pictured so many times, they look so different. Waiting for more posts and thanks for sharing.
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