Bangalore - Coonoor - Ooty - Help to plan

#1 Feb 18th, 2011, 19:12
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  • deebbind is offline
Planning to travel to Coonoor/Ooty via Mysore by car
Leaving Bangalore on Thursday evening - to Mysore - stay for the night - Travel to Conoor on Friday morning and stay there and local sight seeing.
On Saturday - plan to go by the train from Coonoor to Ooty - spend the day at Ooty.
On Sunday - after lunch drive back to Bangalore.

a) Want suggestions on some good home stays at Coonoor.
b) Is there a tea musuem or factory where we can go around, see the process, taste some tea?
c) As we want to enjoy the train ride - we thought of going from Coonoor to Ooty - is that worth?
d) What are the places to cover in Coonoor & Ooty considering will be travelling along with my hubby with a 3yr kid and mother?
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#2 Feb 19th, 2011, 16:02
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Hello Deed,

We did a similar ia trip ex mumbai via mysore in dec 2004 with our 4 year old son .

We left mysore @ 6 am and drove through bandipur forest in the early hrs of the morning and saw many deers etc. The road after bandipur branches into one road that is steep with hair pin bends going to ooty and another less steep road that goes to ooty via Gudulur. We took the steeper road as we had heard reports that the road via gudulur had heavy traffic of the tour buses and also the road condition was bad. The road we took was good condition almost clear and well a little steep with many hairpin bends, we enjoyed it.

We stayed at The Velan, near sims park - botonical garden at coonoor .

With our experiance would advice you to do the following

1. Friday - if you are travelling early like us... you will reach ooty by 10 /11 am max. stop at the lake its on the way into ooty and enjoy the boating etc. have lunch and then go on to the rose garden at ooty. Get to coonoor by early evening say 5pm check into your hotel.

2. Sat - Depending on your wish get up early and go for a walk with your husband. Have breakfast and visit sims park ( personly I think that Sims park is smaller quiter and better place than the botonical garden at ooty, but you cannot compare one with the other and I would recommend that you visit each one for a couple of hours each.) and other places around coonoor. I have added a link to website for coonoor below.

3. Sunday - Check out by 8 am and travel to Ooty - go to the botonical garden spend some time here its lovely. Have lunch and leave for banglore.

We did not do the train ride as we were there with work and dint really care for it. Regarding visits to tea gardens /factories As I recall they are all out of the town limits and difficult to get to. you cannot visit them unless your are invited or know somebody.

Enjoy your visit

#3 Mar 7th, 2011, 15:02
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Hi All,
We're planning a family trip from Bangalore to Ooty, Conoor & Mysore from 22nd March'11 - 26th March'11. We're a group of 11 people and plan to do the trip by road. Plan is to leave Bangalore on 22nd morning, reach Ooty and be there on 23rd. 24th we plan to go to Conoor, 25th to Lovedale and start our return trip on 25th afternoon, reach Mysore by night. Spend 26th in Mysore and back to Bangalore by 26th night.
Please let us know if this plan is good enough or is too rushed? What are the good places to visit in Ooty & Conoor? Can you also suggest us some good places to stay preferably a homestay in Ooty and Conoor? Thanks.
#4 May 4th, 2011, 20:08
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Hi All,
We're planning a family trip from Bangalore to Ooty, Conoor in mid of May'11. We're a group of 6 people and plan to do the trip by please suggest me how to plan accordingly and can you suggest us some good places to stay.
#5 May 5th, 2011, 19:16
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  • ronniejacob is offline
In Coonoor especially, there are large tea estates that let out their guest houses. Most of them allow you to take up the whole guest house or just a room...

I have previously used and have done some business with Glendale... They are not cheap, but they are definitely not exhorbitant either... Their guest houses are clean, very safe, and have good food.
Similarly there are other estates that have guest houses that you can rent.

Similar to Bangalore crowds, Coimbatore also has easy road access and most of these places require you to book early. Sometimes weeks or months ahead.

Disclaimer: I don't work for Glendale, nor do I gain anything from this post.



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