* Posted Jun 15, 2010
Experience: Ooty though known as Queen of Hills, the same can be felt from the base of Nilgiris itself. The road and the view near Kallar is splendid. But this splendid beauty was devastated with plastic bags and over-priced hotels. But to our surprise, the town still has several beautiful places that make it worth a visit. But we have to be careful in avoiding crowded places, tasteless hotels and frauds.
Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We enjoyed our trip in the early morning and felt freezing temperatures. Our driver was good and fast and made to all the destinations within our targeted time. But the hotels in the main bazaar are not even worth for a penny. The taste is worst. Then we made arrangements with the Guest house watchman itself for some delicious home made food. This is cheap and also tasty. Shopkeepers are also greedy. Try to bargain and you get cheaper goods. The Home made chocolate is a gimmick. They never do it in homes and all are made in factories. Better try to buy all your things from Government societies where at least the rate is uniform. You can have lunch inside Botanical Garden which will be good to enjoy.
Activities & things to do: Elk Hill Temple : The trip to this is steepy and we can enjoy the tea plantations there. Try to be ther by 7.30 AM where the chillness could be felt fully. Pykara falls, lake : The pykara falls is average . The way to this falls like structure ( U cannot bath here ) is calm and good. The boat ride in Lake is good. But U have to wait longer. Try to be here by 8.30 AM and there will be lesser crowd. The Grass lawns in 7th mile : We can have a peaceful walk on the lawns. But here also the crowd makes us uneasy. For Honeymooners, a calm walk will be good. Try to be quite to feel the atmosphere. Most of the Film songs are shooted here. Botanical Garden: This is quite amazing. Here the children were allowed to play on the grass lawns...