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Old 19th June 2010, 12:03   #1
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Default Bangalore-Ooty-Kodai-- A trip to welcome Monsoon rains.

I did a Bangalore-Mysore-Ooty-Coimbatore-Palani-Kodai--Dindigul--Bangaore trip last week.

I'd like to share this with T-BHPians.
As the many of the parts resembles the Kodai trip of Pramod (Bangalore - Kodai - Madurai - Kanyakumari (NH7 Lifeline)) ,I'll try to post a brief one.

Started from Bangalore on 8th of Jun, by 6:30AM.
First halt at Kamat Madhuban @ Mysore.
Then took the Gundulpet--Bandipur--Masinagudi--Ooty road.
This saves us around 35 KM, than the normal Gundur route.

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Few pictures on this stretch:

1.Entering Bandipur region.
2.Normal sight @ roadside on Bandipur area.
3.Inviting roads through Bandipur-Masinagudi strech.
4. --do-
5. Hotel LakeView where we stayed.
6. Ooty botanical garden,full of colours.
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Old 19th June 2010, 16:45   #2
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Ooty was real beautiful,with just the start of first rains.
Visited the highest peak in Tamilnadu ,where there is a telescope house.(Doddabetta Telescope house-an altitude of 2,623 meters)
On a clear day, which is honestly not that often, one can see far off areas, even the plains of Coimbatore and the flat highlands of Mysore.

Ooty botanical garden itself is so big and vivid.A nature lover has no better place than this.

Started from Ooty,next day and drove down to Coimbatore ,through Coonoor,mettuppalayam.(with the famous hill train passing alongside @Coonoor). The Bandipur-Ooty streatch consisted of 36 hair pin curves and a steep climb.But the Coonoor-mettuppalayam road seemse smooth and perfect.

Some snaps,mainly from Botanical Garden and nearby.
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As I was too tired after the hill drive,instead of driving upto Kodai,or atleast Palani, I took a break at Coimbatore.Then drove to Kodaikkanal next morning by 7:30AM. Once you come out of Coimbatore city traffic, its beautiful drive till Kodaikkanal. Only issue was ,there are very less roadside eateries for breakfast. :(

Finally I'd a roadside tea and Onion vadai from Palani.

Kodaikkanal drive was mesmerizing.It had 14 or 17 hair pin curves only.
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As it was drizzling in between, the atmosphere was truly wonderful at Kodaikkanal too. I think Ooty and Kodaikkanal touches its maximum beauty on the first week of Monsoon. Winter time its too cold and summer time,its dry.

The wet valleys,rain clouds floating everywhere, mist ......These combinations is available only at start of rains.

Stayed one day at Kodaikkanal.Then started by morning towards Dindigul.Then got NH7 and drove back to bangalore.

As there were lots of accident stories from near and dear on NH7, I was too cautious.

FACTFILE:

Car- Toyota Innova (40K done.Still on original tyres)
Gear-Nikon D3000+18-55mm +55-200mm+tripod
Persons- 2 (Me and wife)
Total KM done- 1078KMs.
Average Fuel Consumption- 12.30KMPL
Destinations Covered- Ooty,Kodaikkanal
Route Followed:

Part-1

Bangalore-->Tumkur road towards Nelamagala-->NICE road-->Mysore road exit at Bidadi-->Mysore -->Bandipur-->Masinagudi-->Ooty (stay @LakeView )

Part-2

Ooty-->Coonoor-->Mettuppalayam-->Coimbatore (Stay @Hotel City Tower)-->Palani-->Kodaikkanal (stay at Kodai)

Part-3


Kodaikkanal-->Dindigul-->Salem-->Bangalore.



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hi mykal shoemaker when were you at kodai. Me and a couple of other bhpians were also there from the 11th till 13th june.

Here is a pic of the same dam which i took.
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Mykal,

Were you able to enjoy both Ooty and Kodai in one trip?
My personal opinion is that one should go to these places on a separate travel.

But one thing is for sure. You must have enjoyed that drive to the fullest!
And yes the CBE-Palani/Kodai sectors does not have eateries.

This is in general true for the Dharapuram/Kageyam/Udumalpet/Kodai/Palani sectors.

Even I have struggled many a times and had to manage with Curd Rice for lunch!

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hi mykal shoemaker when were you at kodai. Me and a couple of other bhpians were also there from the 11th till 13th june.

Here is a pic of the same dam which i took.
That part was one of most beautiful valley.
I started on 8th and came back by 11th (jun) evening.



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Mykal,

Were you able to enjoy both Ooty and Kodai in one trip?
My personal opinion is that one should go to these places on a separate travel.

But one thing is for sure. You must have enjoyed that drive to the fullest!
And yes the CBE-Palani/Kodai sectors does not have eateries.

This is in general true for the Dharapuram/Kageyam/Udumalpet/Kodai/Palani sectors.

Even I have struggled many a times and had to manage with Curd Rice for lunch!
I'd a total 4 day trip.Ooty deserves more days.But Kodaikkanal doesn't have much to see than the lake and few suicidal points.

In fact I'd seen these places many times earlier.(right from school days,as ooty-kodai is one of the famous school excursion trips in south India.I'm sure 80% of kids will visit this at least once. )

In fact my journey was not a pre-planned one.
When we saw the news about monsoon rains reaching Kerala coast,just got this idea into my mind.Go and see the first rains @Ooty. Ooty was the plan when I left Bangalore. Then my romance with road and a supportive wife,took me to Kodai.


But ,believe me, first rains and those rain drops on every flower @ these places,will take you again back to these place on each monsoon.


I'm planning another trip,once the initial monsoon is over.That time all the falls will be in full swing.I want to do that Ooty-Mettuppalayam rail journey.


thanks for the replied and feedbacks.
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I'm planning another trip,once the initial monsoon is over.That time all the falls will be in full swing.I want to do that Ooty-Mettuppalayam rail journey.
In fact I did the Ooty-Conoor in May. Though not till Metupalayam, yet it was oodles of fun!
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Very nice pics ; it's been 16 years since I went to either place
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Hi Harish,
Nice trip you had to Ooty and Kodai.
I have been to ooty but have not gone to kodai as of now.
How far is kodai from ooty ?
How are the roads from ooty to kodai?
Share some more pics, if you have .
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Hi Harish,
Nice trip you had to Ooty and Kodai.
I have been to ooty but have not gone to kodai as of now.
How far is kodai from ooty ?
How are the roads from ooty to kodai?
Share some more pics, if you have .
Its 170 KMs through Palani.

Ooty-->Coonoor->Mettuppalayam-->Coimbatore. (NH 67)
Coimbatore-->Pollachi-->Udumalaipett-->Palani (NH 209)
Palani-->Kodaikkanal -- State Road

But if you want to go to Kodai only,best way is to go upto Dindigul through NH7,then take NH-45 (Cumbum--Theni route) and tak a turn to Kodai from Batlagundu(Vatalagundu) .Thats smooth and perfect route.
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Very crisp travelogue with the pics peppered in between.

Have to agree that Ooty looks best during the first few rains.

PS: Very good handle you got there Mykal Shoemaker!!
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Hi Mykal

First things first, you have a nice nickname!!!
Nice blog and great pics. Surprisingly I dont see any strawberries or chocolate, something people associate Ooty with.

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Hi Mykal

First things first, you have a nice nickname!!!
Nice blog and great pics. Surprisingly I dont see any strawberries or chocolate, something people associate Ooty with.

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Thanks.
I didn't post all pics to avoid repetition.There are numerous Ooty/kodai travelogues and hence tried to post what others didn't post.
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