Ooty & Coonoor

Ooty and Coonoor

Bangalore – Ooty : 2 day trip (18th &19th July 2009)

For this trip, we went through a local tour operator to confirm the itinerary. All bookings were done through the operator, and hence we didnt really put in any effort in this regard.

We left Bangalore on a Friday evening by a KSRTC bus to Ooty from the Shantinagar bus stop. The bus left at around 8pm and we reached Ooty by 6am.

The only shock we got was when we found the hotel. This was apprently a “deluxe” hotel, and tour operator told us that it was a 2-star. Though, it was nothing more than a Lodge :(.

JLG Paradise, Ooty

However, the rooms were quite nice. The place was a little damp, but then it was the rainy season!

The first day we were part of a tour called the “Filmy Chakkar” tour. As the name suggests the primary focus of the guide was to let us know which were the movies, and in which languages, were shot at each of the locations! ๐Ÿ™‚

The tour itinerary

The locations were truly beautiful, and the trip was worth every moment.

The 2nd day heralded a more extensive trip. We started at 9.30am from the hotel, and covered sight-seeing spots uptil coonoor. From here we took the Heritage Train back to Ooty.

This trip held a lot of surprises, the first being the Thread Garden. We hadnt heard of it before and were truly surprised with the amount of creativity, talent, and hard-work it surely had taken to create a garden from embroidery threads!

The Thread Garden

The next major surprise were the eucalyptus ‘factories‘. We had an image of a proper factory, complete with machines and a whole lot of people. The image alongside shows how these ‘factories’ actually look!!!

eucalyptus factory!

They are basically small huts dug deep into the ground to process the leaves and extract the oil.

The school where "sapnay" (hindi movie) was shot, as seen thru the telescope at Dodabetta Peak

The "Chaiyya Chaiyya" rail track, as seen thru telescope from Dodabetta peak

At Lamb's Rock

At Sim's Park

Lastly, there was the heritage train from Coonoor to Ooty. It reminds me of the toy trains that we all travelled in as kids at various nature parks.

View from the Toy Train - 1

View from the Toy train - 2

Ooty Station

We reached Ooty by around 5.30pm, and had to hurry a bit to reach the bus station.We boarded the bus by 8.30pm, and were back in Bangalore by early morning the next day, refreshed to meet the week ahead ๐Ÿ™‚

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