Ciao Sweets,

Somewhere over a death-by power-point-session today, I began wondering about the my most calm vacation. Immediately my brain connected dots to our monsoon Coonoor visit as I realised I was smiling ear to ear. I am penning down this throwback post encapsulating some amazing memories from our road trip diaries: Bangalore to Ooty & Coonoor.

Time: Month of July (Birthday Trip)

Time Taken: 9 hours with break

Route: Bangalore -> Hosur->Gundlupet -> Bandipur Forest -> Ooty->Coonoor

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The Road Trip:

Early morning drive of Bangalore is one of the best views the city will offer. It was approximately around 5 AM which we started from BTM. Only after we came through the narrow national highways, we realised Google maps has chosen a shortcut which had picturesque views in the platter which ran in parallel to farms and huge old trees. The month of July had caressed sunflowers blooming in nature’s womb. These fields look like out of a magical tale for sure.

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Out of a Magical Story, Sunflower Fields
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Can you spot me, Sunflower Fields

The drive through Bandipur forest is a cherry on top for all our road trips in South India. July is the only month where we have noticed deer and elephant herds basking in sun and showing off a little.

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Elephant Herd, Bandipur
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Deer Herd, Bandipur

The view of Niligiris through the forest transcended me to a magical land. Candy cotton clouds in the clear blue sky with mystical hills were a treat to watch as we drove by.

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The Drive

Stay: Tea Nest Resort

After the jungle ride and crossing 36 hair pin turns, we reached Conoor. I had picked Tea Nest Resort for our stay. If you are driving there, it is wiser to call the property as you might miss the narrow turn. Soon after getting lost twice in a row and going on in circles, we found this hidden gem amidst lust green tea gardens.

Spotting a Bison, sipping free aromatic tea plus watching shooting stars over my birthday dinner which served 7 course meal was one of a kind experience of my life. Being a “never settle alpha female” probably this is the farthest satisfaction I have ever experienced. Tea Nest staff deserves a big thumbs up for their immaculate services and pleasant attitude.

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Spotting A Bison, Tea Nest
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Dessert – 7 Course Meal, Tea Nest

What not to miss in Coonoor?

Tea Gardens:

Even if Tea Nest provided fabulous tea garden views, it was fun to be in the Highlands tea estate. A must visit spot for sure for tea lovers. Their fresh tea packs are fabulous and worth a try.

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Tea Garden View, Highland
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She belonged to no man and City,
She was born to be free..
– Tea Garden

Dolphin’s Nose:

Clouds floated by as we bid adieu to the delicious tea and views of the gorgeous tea estate and moved to Dolphin’s nose view point.

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St.Catherine falls View

Over viewing St.Catherine falls and lush green forests Dolphin’s Nose is a must see scenic point.

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Dolphin’s Nose

Lamb’s Rock:

Nestled in the slopes of Nilgiris ‘Lamb rock’ boasts views of Coimbatore plains. The gorgeous views of hills, made me wonder if I am attracted to people like them. Tall mysterious and unattainable; may be I am.

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Romancing the hills, Lambs Rock

Ooty Half Day Tour:

We visited a handful of scenic spots in Ooty keeping it lightly packed agenda. Covering Ooty lake and Sims park was not an out of the world experience for me. Ooty was crowded in July and making it through the crowd and selfie poppers was not very cool to me. Doddabetta Peak was an easy climb as it is adjacent to a park. The view of lush green forests is spectacular.

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Ooty Lake

 

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Sim’sPark, Ooty
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Flower Show Sim’sPark, Ooty

 

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Doddabetta Peak, Ooty
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Doddabetta Peak, Ooty

Overall Trip:

Falling in love is a phenomenal feeling and I think falling in love with the hills over and over again is a magical experience. Nilgiris range managed to entice me, every time I got a glimpse of them. This road trip opens a new perspective for me to visualize endless romance possibilities with the hills as if they speak to me (Cliche isn’t it?).

The road trip got me thinking that : (1. Work 2. Save 3. Travel 4. Repeat step 1) is a good algorithm to follow. So if you are reading this my dolce readers, my advise is to grab that suitcase and go on that beautiful journey which enables you to pen down no particular thoughts in that ‘overall trip‘ section; just a smile which runs from ear to ear while you write or think about the experience.

Are you driving to Conoor or Ooty soon? Let me know.

XO,

Amrita

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