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Old 1st December 2009, 13:30   #1
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Just like we love Goa, we love Ooty. This trip was a long cherished one, and yes we were back in Ooty after a three and half year gap from the previous visit. We visited Ooty in April-May 2006 and now in November 2009. Ooty has not changed much, except her beauty increased much more.

The recent landslides have bled her, left many of her roads to shambles, life affected. But her sheer spirit of staying through, and getting back needs a salute.

People are friendly and helpful as always. They always pardon my broken Tamil and patiently listen to my queries always and give me the answers sometimes in little English or in slow Tamil for me to understand.


This travelogue is dedicated to the spirit of Ooty and the lovely people there.
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But Lalu where is the travelouge. No pics, no details, no narration. Hope you will add these in the next post and yes as you said it is superb. Just last month I had been there when i visted Bandipur. Excellent place
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But Lalu where is the travelouge. No pics, no details, no narration. Hope you will add these in the next post and yes as you said it is superb. Just last month I had been there when i visted Bandipur. Excellent place

That was the prelude. Details are coming up soon.
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"LAlu" Good that you mentioned Details will be coming soon o0r else everyone would have jumped on you for this
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This travelogue is dedicated to the spirit of Ooty and the lovely people there.
+10000

Ooty definitely rocks !!!
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The trip was a 4 day trip from 27.11.2009 till 30.11.2009.

The route.

Onwards.
Bangalore - Mysore - Nanjangud - Gundulpet - Bandipur - Mudumalai(Thepekadu) - Masinagudi - Ooty. (286 Km)
Started at 03:45AM and reached Kalhatty falls by 08:00AM. After a break of 1 hour, we reached Ooty by 09:15AM, which makes it 4.5 hours driving distance from Bangalore.

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Ooty - Gudalur - Mudumalai - Thepekadu - Bandipur - Gundulpet - Nanjangud - Mysore - Bangalore



No. of days: 4
Total Kilometers: 962KM.
Fuel Efficiency : 13.2Kmpl
Stay : Club Mahindra Danish Villa.

Many resorts and home stays have mushroomed by now, but we chose to stay with our Club Mahindra associate property - Zest Danish Villa. The property is small, but adequate for a visit like ours - not to compare with their own Coorg or Goa properties.




Pictures are coming up
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How are the road conditions? Especially the ghat section where there were landslides recently ?
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Wow Sir, i have lost the count of the number of trips done this year, how was the visit to Kerala. Sorry i had been out to Theni, Thekkadi and Madurai.Looking forward to more from you!
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@laluks : its already 1.5 hours since the travelogue started and you havent yet posted a pic.


We have been titilated enough. Now continue please.

Did you visit Red Hills too?
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How are the road conditions? Especially the ghat section where there were landslides recently ?
Ooty Coonor road is still closed, they have diverted the roads via Lovedale, Ketty to Coonor. Some roads in the diversions are bad, but you always have a road to travel. Kotagiri Ooty, some sections they made it one way.

The way in which the guys are working to clear up the damage deserves a lot of praise. That too in two weeks they have bought many roads usable. Most places are cleared and reinforcements done.

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Wow Sir, i have lost the count of the number of trips done this year, how was the visit to Kerala. Sorry i had been out to Theni, Thekkadi and Madurai.Looking forward to more from you!

Last weeks visit to Ayemenum was good. Had a visit to Kumarakom and drove back via Calicut, Wyanad, lower Coorg back to Bangalore.

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@laluks : its already 1.5 hours since the travelogue started and you havent yet posted a pic.


We have been titilated enough. Now continue please.

Did you visit Red Hills too?
Will post soon sir, surely some by tonight.
Emerald? Yes.
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Some teasers till I ready the pictures and story



My Red Riding Hood at Avalanche lake
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Porthy
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Misty Glennmorgan
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Red Riding Hood on way to Glennmorgan
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Pykara Falls
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Pykara lake
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Hey what's in the bag?
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Will you let me in? I need a ride!
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Glass painting at St. Stephens Church
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Tea Estate
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Neela Kurinji at the Thread Garden. It blooms here always!!
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Sambar
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Fresh Cabbage from the field!
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Tribal Meuseum
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Red Riding Hood at Fern Hill Palace
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Chaiyya Chaiyya Chaiyaa Chaiyaah...the tracks at Ketti
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Peacock at Mudumalai
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Mother and baby
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Langurs!!
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Let me take a sand shower
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A friendly fight.
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laluks, excellent photos! You really have a photographic eye
Looking forward to more pics and experiences.
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laluks, excellent photos! You really have a photographic eye
Looking forward to more pics and experiences.
Thanks anekho.
More pictures and day logs are coming up.
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Places visited / drove by.

Bandipur
Mudumalai
Masinagudi Ghats - 36 hairpin bends
Kalhatti Falls
Lovedale
Coonor
Sims park
Lambs Rock
Kotagiri
Kodanadu
St. Stephens Church
Charring Cross
Doddabetta
Tea Factory
St. Thomas Church
Thread garden
Ooty lake
Honeymoon Boat house
Deer park
Wax Meuseum
Cabbage Fields
Ketti
Tribal Meuseum
Porthy
Emerald Lake and Dam
Avalanche Lake and Dam
Avalanche
M. Palada
Fern Hill palace
Kuruthu kuzhi - Guiness Tree plantation site.
kamaraj Sagar Dam
Tree Park
Shooting Point
Glennmorgan
Pykara Falls
Pykara Lake
Needle Hill View
Tepekadu


We have been to all these places in 2006, I'll try to get both the pictures to show how the beauty has increased over the years.
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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.
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