Three years ago when I visited Ooty during the rainy season, I was not a very keen traveler. Nevertheless, I still knew when I didn’t like a travel experience. That Ooty visit was one such experience. All we did was visit popular places in Ooty which were packed with tourists. The city roads were jammed due to rains and tourist vehicles. It was definitely not a very pleasant experience.
When my colleagues planned a trip to Ooty, I expected a similar experience. But fortunately, the experience turned out to be otherwise. Our place of abode called United 21 Paradise was around 30 km’s away from Ooty city. It was a group of cottages on a beautiful hill, away from the chaos of the city. The actual feeling of being in a hill station dawned to me there. The food offered by the Hotel was one of the worst. I would recommend to eat out or get something packed for the night. The room service also wasn’t very commendable for the money paid. But the location made up for all of that which is why I would still recommend the place. Though most people may not prefer travelling during monsoon, I find traveling in the rainy season charmingly refreshing. I was smitten by the lush of fresh greens everywhere, the rain drops on leaves and the captivating spell cast by the cloudy sky. The joy of walking amidst all these with a light drizzle tapping my face made me go into a state of euphoria.
The weather was chilly and I had to cover myself under two layers during the night but I could manage with one layer during the day. I used to wake up to a view every morning from my bedroom window. I loved watching the plant with purple flowers from my bedroom window fresh with raindrops from the previous night. The majestic mountains stood behind the plant and I could see the road making its way through the mounatins.
On the way
While passing across Bandipur
United 21 Paradise
An evening in the cottages
View from my window
The drive from Bandipur to Nilgiris is a must-do. Since we drove from Bangalore and reached the cottages at 4 pm. The evening was spent exploring the hills above the cottages. I witnessed the sky changing its colors with time. The second day started with a boat ride in the Pykara Lake, followed by a visit to GlenMorgan. Though the forest officials forbid us from going to the reservoir, we got to spend time at a beautiful lake before that. We then visited the popular 6th Mile. It was a popular spot but we waded our way in a direction opposite to that of the hill which was flocked by tourists. The bottom of the hill led to a forest. For some reason, it reminded me of the Himalayas.
We did not do much on the third day apart from visiting Emerald Lake and Doddabetta Peak. Emerald Lake was not worth going that far and Doddabetta peak was again a popular tourist spot which I am sure was a mindblowing view point before Ooty got commercialised. We went there due to popular demand though I wasn’t very keen on going. We drove back to Bangalore on the fourth day.
Exploring around the hill above the cottages
Boating through Pykara
Lake near Glenmorgan
The other side of 6th Mile
Somewhere on the way
Porthimund Lake, Upper Bhavani Lake and Parson’s Valley was something I was really looking forward to visit. But I had heard from the locals that it was highly impossible to get a permit now to visit these places. Inspite of having missed visiting these spots, this break from Bangalore amidst the Nilgiris was rejuvenating. Since we had travelled by our own cars, the journey itself was an enthralling one. Also, the stay in the cottages on the lovely hill was an enriching experience.
A trek across Nilgiri Hills would be a great way to relish these mountains. It would be ideal for someone who loves hiking and is looking for a break from the hectic city life.