March is a season where the sun takes charge of its duty and was in full swing by heating up the weather. To beat the heat, I chose to travel places where I could enjoy some cool breeze and good weather. Thinking of hill stations, reminded me of popular places like Wayanad and Ooty. I charted out on the places which I wanted to visit during my trip and came up with some good places.
I started my journey from Bangalore around 3:30 am and head towards Mysore. When I started from Bangalore, the weather was pretty good. Nearing to Mandya, I started feeling drowsy and then I decided to take a break. The guy at tea stall was setting up his shop, on requesting he agreed to prepare tea for me. He played the radio while he prepared tea. Listening to old Kannada songs, I enjoyed every sip of tea and gazed the sky. As I realised, I spent more than 20 minutes, quickly took off from there.
Dark started to settle when the sun started to rise. The transition from night to day is something quite beautiful. If you don’t believe me then take a look at this picture.
Around 6:00 am, I reached closer to Mysore. I took a deviation from Mysore and started riding towards HD Kote. While on my way, I was struck by the beauty of mother nature.
Field covered with mist
Took a couple of images and started my journey. As I travelled through some villages and entered forest area, I witnessed temperature started dropping and road completely covered with mist.
After riding through a couple of kilometres, I was stopped by forest official and asked to accompany one more rider as he was not comfortable to pass through the forest area. As we rode, I questioned him(Sajid) “What made you wait at the check post for a company?”. He (Sajid) told me “During his last visit through this forest, he witnessed a large number of elephants crossing the road and he had a bit of bad experience”.
Listening to his story, I was bit enthused to get see some wild animals “Maybe a lion or tiger :P”. Passing through the thick dense jungle, looking out for animals, something caught my eyes.
Kerala reminds me of tea plantation and beautiful climate. On the move, noticed that tea plantation was covered on either side of the road. I stopped by to click some pictures of those.
First view from entrance
Banasura Sagar Dam, which impounds the Karamanathodu tributary of the Kabini River, is part of the Indian Banasurasagar Project consisting of a dam and a canal project started in 1979. In the dam’s reservoir, there is a set of islands that were formed when the reservoir submerged the surrounding areas. The islands with the Banasura hills in the background provide a spectacular view. It is the largest earth dam in India and the second largest of its kind in Asia.
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Spent some time at this place looking at the view, clicking pictures, I made my move. Running away from scorching heat, I headed to a local veg restaurant. Relaxed for a while and had my lunch. Feeling exhausted and indolent, I realised I had to cover a couple of more places and reach Ooty by night. Packed my things and started riding towards Soochipara Waterfalls. Nearing by to my destination, I was disappointed once again. Kerala forest department had passed the order of banning the tourist visit. I left disheartened from there and made my journey towards Edakal caves.
On my way to Edakal caves, I noticed a place named Kanthapara waterfalls been written on a board. For a minute I went pass that board thinking it would be a disappointment, but for the unknown reason, I took a U-turn and headed towards the falls.
Travel through the small road and coffee plantation. After progressing 4-5 km of deteriorated road, I reached my destination. Paid 50 Rs as part of entrance fee and followed the pathway. I saw water flowing through a small stream and the signboard stated 100 mtr more to reach the falls.
As I neared the falls, I discovered the sound of a waterfall.
Returning disappointed from the earlier places, Kanthapara was a treat for my eyes to see a waterfall. I left from this place around 3:00 pm assuming that I might need an hour to spend at Edakkal caves. I managed myself to reach Edakkal caves exactly at 4:00 pm and got to know that it closes by 4:00 pm.
Make a note of the timing and holidays
It was just not my day!!! Then I made my move towards Ooty and here’s some pictures which I clicked on my way.
Roads were simply superb with some amazing views.
I reached Ooty around 9:00 pm and relaxed for rest of the day.
I started my journey around 7:00 am and headed towards Coonoor. Coonoor is a Taluk and a municipality in the Nilgiris district in the state of Tamil Nadu, India. It is known for its production of Nilgiri tea. Coonoor is located at an altitude of 1,850 m (6,070 ft) above sea level and is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiri hills after Ooty.
With a list of places to visit in Coonoor and falls one after the other, Lambs rock was the first place you can visit.
Entrance of Lambs rock
This place is an absolute beauty
Next, I headed towards Dolphins nose and you fall in love with this place.
Nearing to Dolphins nose, you can see Catherine falls.
After visiting Dolphins nose, I headed towards Doddabetta peak which is around 30-40 km from Dolphins nose.
Around 10:00 am, I reached Doddabetta peak. This place was flooded with tourist and took 20 min to sort out the parking space.
For entrance they will charge 20 Rs/ head and 25 Rs for Camera
You can also enjoy some hot Pakoda and tea.
Next, I headed towards my room, vacated and headed towards the Botanical garden in Ooty.
I quickly ran through the Botanical garden and from people, I reached Ooty lake and boat house.
After this, I started my journey towards Bangalore. I took Ooty – Mysore road which goes via Masinagudi and then through Bandipur forest. Masinagudi has got some beautiful views with 36 hairpin bends. It’s a single and well-maintained road. Every turn you take, you will love and enjoy it.
For more, you can check out my video
I reached Bangalore around 9:00 pm and rested for the day.
You can find trip sheet HERE