A soulful journey to Ooty, Nilgiris

Last weekend I travelled to Ooty, the Queen of hills. I don’t know why I took this long to travel to Ooty? Well, better late than never. A bunch of friends took a road trip to the paradise. Along with amazing scenic beauty, there is fresh air. No matter how many pictures I clicked what I captured with my soul will never be forgotten.

Best Time to Travel
Anytime. Ooty has so much beauty to offer in every season that it can be visited anytime of the year. I want to travel to Ooty once again in winter. In spring the temperature was 21 degrees imagine how amazing winters would be!

Journey to the Surreal

We booked a shuttle and started from Bangalore. We stopped for breakfast at GTR in Mysore. Well GTR is the most oldest and renowned breakfast place in Mysore and boy! they serve amazing idlis. I am a big fan of idlis, while others had dosas, pongal and filter coffee, everyone had same thing to say about the food. After finishing breakfast, we started towards Ooty. On the way we passed by Bandipur wildlife around 9:00 AM. I spotted deers, peacocks and the black face monkeys. They have strict rules, we cannot eat while passing by the forest and if any animal spotted food should not be offered. No littering on the road and speed limit should be 30 KMPH. After crossing Bandipur we reached Masinagudi, foothills of Ooty. It took us 3 hours from Masinagudi to reach our resort Mountain Trails in T Mynalai.

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View from Mountain Trails Resort

Day 1

The resort has a beautiful view to offer. After lunch we headed to Doddabetta Peak.
This peak has a scenic view to offer. Various state borders can be seen from here. With steaming cup of Ooty tea, some bhajjis and even Maggie it just gets better.

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The Majestic Doddabetta Peak

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After Doddabetta we went for some shopping. Ooty is known for oils, teas, spices and of course the famous Ooty chocolates. Opposite to Breeks School there’s a market complex which has Ooty’s one of the oldest chocolate shop known as Kings Chocolate. It’s established in 1942 and still standing strong. They have amazing ranges varying from dark chocolate fudge to rum and raisins. Ooty is also known for eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil and many more.

Day 2

A first hand experience at Tea and Chocolate factory.

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Tea Leaves at Tea Factory

 

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Chocolate making at Chocolate Factory

Well chocolate factory was my favourite out of the two. I am a huge fan of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Since childhood I always wanted to visit a chocolate factory. Although it was not so fancy, obviously but I had my Charlie and the Chocolate Factory moment.

From the chocolate factory I could see Zip Lining. Doing it from a valley has it’s own charm. I didn’t want to let that opportunity go, so I did it. I am still screaming.

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Zip Lining was one of the coolest experiences I had in Ooty. Passing through the valley was something I would do over again.

After lunch we went to Wellington in Coonoor.

Wellington is a town in Coonoor which is close to Ooty. Wellington is home to the Defence Services Staff College (DSSC). Wellington is so heavenly that I really didn’t want to come back home.

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The Madras Regimental Centre, Wellington

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Nilgiris Hills, Wellington

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A place I would always go back to

While coming back to Bangalore we took a route from Coimbatore instead of Bandipur because the check post at Bandipur closes at 6:00 PM. Out of all my travel till date Ooty has been the most mesmerising one. The beauty Ooty has to offer is so captivating that it felt like I was under a spell. I had tears of happiness when I was in Ooty. I couldn’t believe my eyes for what I experienced. It was magical, spiritual and soulful.

 

Quick Tips

  1. While passing by Bandipur please keep cleanliness in mind. Don’t play music in your vehicle, it could disturb the wildlife. Don’t eat until you’ve crossed the forest range  for it could attract unnecessary attention from the animals. Drive responsibly within the speed range mentioned in the roadway as it is an animal crossing area.
  2. Bandipur check post opens at 6:00 AM and closes at 6:00 PM, so plan your trip accordingly.
  3.  Ooty has mesmerising ghats and people tend to get sick because of the ghats. Please carry lemon and other things that could help with the sickness.
  4. Please check the temperatures and carry your winter essentials.
  5. Keep yourself hydrated and carry sunscreen as well.
  6. Halting and clicking pictures inside the Defence campus in Wellington is prohibited.

Budget

Stay – Rs 3000 per night for 2 people. I shared my room with a friend hence Rs 1500.
Food – Rs 700 to 1000 / per person
Bus – Rs 1800 two way/ per person

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