Ooty Trip Report

#1 Jun 11th, 2012, 16:48
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Hi All,

Just returned from a memorable trip to Ooty. Myself and my friends (5 of us) with our families, went on a trip to Ooty from 7th to 10th of June. The trip was a memorable one as we escaped from the scorching heat of Chennai...Here is the datewise report

6th June...Chennai to Coimbatore in Duronto express. Hired a 16 seater from coimbatore to ooty. we planned to board the coonoor to Ooty train at 4:30PM but narrowly missed it..we have blocked our rooms in Motel Panorama, a small hotel cum homestay with a beautiful view of the mountain and tea gardens upfront..rooms were pretty neat and the caretakers were very courteous.

7th June - Local sight seeing, went to pine forest and trekked down to the lake bund..the weather was beautiful with light mist all around..went horse riding along the lake bund..visited 7th and 9th mile and then went on for speed boating at pykara lake..Came back and did some roaming in commercial road

8th June- The most beautiful experience in my lifetime..This was the first time we were visiting Avalanche, and my god, how beautiful the place was..we obtained permission from the forest ranger, and went to the checkpost in our vehicle. from there on, we were put on a eco tour, in their Mahindra Festara vehicle. The moment you leave the checkpost and enter into the forest, you are in a different world. My word, the road, endlessly covered with thickly grown trees on either side, was a treat to watch. it was like as if you were travelling on a road with caves. We were fortunate enough to see a full grown Bison..we alighted at a place called cauliflower bend (on account of the shape of the trees in valley) where the guide showed us the droppings of Leopard. There on, we visited the bavani amman temple and finally to the stopping place where the road ends. It was like as if you were in a English county side, with fully grown meadows on either side of the road and there were sporadic patches of mist. The party that went ahead of us were fortunate enough to spot a tiger!!!they showed us the spot but before we took a look, it vanished. We saw a full skeleton of a deer eaten by a tiger/leopard. I strongly recommend anyone visiting Ooty to go to Avalanche!!! On the way back, we spent 2 hours in Botanical garden
9th June - Visited Doddabetta, Homewood tea factory, Rose garden and did some shopping
10th June--started from Ooty and return!!

I had been to Ooty for almost 4-5 times but this trip was not rushed enough to cover all places..we wanted to have a break and enjoy the climate..the highlight of the tour was our Avalanche visit. I am planning for a trip again to avalanche specifically and to stay in the forest guest house... The guide told us that during the night, the probablility is more to spot a tiger from the guest house.
#2 Jun 15th, 2012, 19:57
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Dear Srini,

Thank you for posting your trip report! It made for interesting reading.

I'm interested to hear more about your experienced at Avalanche. I've been there many times (tend to go once a fortnight). Were you visiting Destiny or did you just hire a guide and go trekking. I've never seen a tiger there but seen plenty of evidence of them!

Where is the temple? I have never come across it!

I've never seen tourists at Avalanche, other than at the hideousness of Destiny...so just interested to find out how you organised it. I don't think it is necessary to get permits for the Avalanche area.

Not sure about the English countryside feel (I lived in England) at Avalanche but it is definately lovely!

Glad you had a great trip!
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Hi Srini

Glad you had a great trip. Nice narration?

Please can you accompany the write-up with some picturs to make it more beautiful?
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#4 Jun 18th, 2012, 13:41
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Hi "Tamil Traveller"

Thanks for your reply. Looks like you are from Ooty and i feel You have to tell me more about Avalanche!!! ..OK. We did get a permission from Forest ranger though no permission is required. But, the department is arranging only 10 eco tours per day and they have only 2 vehicles..the tour starts at 10 AM and ends at 3PM. The total duration of a tour is 90 mins. We didnt stay in any guest house @ avalanche. But there is a govt guest house (built by John Sullivan) some 2 KMs from the checkpost inside the forest. You have to get permission from DFO Office, Ooty for stay. Once you cross the cauliflower bend, after 1 km, the road branches into two. the left road, takes you to upper Bhavani, which, now, is closed to public. The road on the right takes you to the temple(Which is a very small single storey structure with the idol inside) and just below the temple, there is a waterfall though it is very dangerous and slippery to trek. After the temple, the road takes you further to 2 KM inside and at one point it stops..that is the end point of your tour and it stops in front of a beautiful valley with the lake below. The party that went ahead of us, were freelance fotographers and looks like they lay in wait for 1 hour to have a glimpse of the tiger. On either side of the road, there were shola grasslands and one side of the road tapers into a valley, it is on that valley behind a bush, the tiger was spotted..i am trying to attach some snaps and due to the size, its not allowing me to attach...
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#5 Jun 18th, 2012, 13:43
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Hi

Thanks for reading my report. Due to size constraints, i am not able to attach any more fotos. Please refer my earlier reply

Thanks,

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