Off the beaten trail places in Ooty ?

#1 Dec 8th, 2011, 22:24
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Hey ,

We are a group of 8 planning a trip to Ooty next weekend . We have already made Reservations for 1 day at Destiny farm stay - Avalanche .

We have 1 other day for which we have not planned anything . Are there off the beaten trail places that someone could suggest ? We would want to avoid the commonly visited places as we have been there before . A small trek should also be fine .

Is it possible to visit Upper Bhawani , for instance?

#2 Dec 14th, 2011, 21:10
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Destiny is grim, unfortunately. It has started to really ruin the countryside around Avalanche. There is so much litter produced by the resort and it is disgusting...whilst you're there though there are a tonne of nice walks around the area. Worth heading down to the reservoir (either Avalanche or Emerald) and walking around there as it is virgin shola forest (rather than the wattle trees from Australia). I saw a porcupine there once, as well as tiger footprints.

If you catch one of the many buses from Ooty to Pykara you can walk up to (and possibly around) the Glen Morgan tea estate, which is nice. I'm not sure where you'd get maps from though; it took ages to get mine and I don't know if you can find your way around without one. Might be worth asking at the tourist office in Ooty. There are some truly spectacular walks around there that give you unbelievable views of the plains whilst you're up high.

You can get to the reservoir at Upper Bharvani but it's not easy due to permits etc. You can get buses to Manjoor from Ooty pretty easily and then hire a jeep or (maybe) walk. Not a clue where you'd stay, though I think there are some expenses huts/treehouse-type things in the Park. The permits are sporadically available, I've applied some times and just been given them without discussion and other times I've really had to be persistent.

Doddabetta is well known, but Snowdon, nearby, is nicer and far less touristy. Pretty easy walk up to the peak with nice views.

If you head back down the Ghats (Mysore) road you can go to Jungle Retreat, which is a great place. Really environmentally friendly. It does safari's around the park, as well as organised treks and visits to cultural locations nearby. It gets you to places you can't visit by yourself.
#3 Dec 15th, 2011, 19:05
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Jungle retreat was one of my first choices , however the website claimed they do not accept a group < 40% ladies and we are a group of all guys . Good in a way but not suitable for us now .

So to get to Upper Bhawani , where do you apply for permits ? Is it something which can be done directly there or should it be done before-hand at some other place ?
#4 Dec 21st, 2011, 12:44
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If you are looking for a stay in Upper bhavani you need permission prior, there is a TNEB guest house. Last time when I enquired they told we can get permission from TNEB office in Mt.Road Chennai. We have done our trips to upper bhavani by bike so we never stayed there alos never sought any permission, just hang out there for a while then retunred to ooty for staying. Also the roads are not in good condition for the last 18Kms, anyway u can enjoy the natural essence. If you are lucky enough you can easily spot wild animals there.

Have nice trip!
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