All about Ooty

Ooty is well known as a honeymoon destination in south India. It is a hill station in Nilgiri hills in the Tamil Nadu state of India.

Covered with eucalyptus and pine trees which gives a woody smell of forest that will make you forgot all your worries.

It was our first marriage anniversary when we decided to take a trip as a couple instead of giving a big bash party. it was in May month which is the best time to visit hill stations in India.

plan your trip in one or two months in advance in season time i.e from March to June.

Our planning started with online research, hotels, best places to visit and the best restaurants to eat.

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If you are planning to travel from Chennai, Nilgiri express is the best option by train. It’s an overnight journey and will take you to Mettupalayam, the nearest railway station to Ooty, from here you can opt a toy train or a cab.

If you opt for a flight the nearest airport is the Coimbatore airport and from here you can have a cab or bus to reach Ooty.

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From low budget to high there is a number of options all across Ooty whether you want a hill view, city view or a garden view here are our picks:

  • Garden Manor: This hotel consists of British era look and is a good choice if you are looking for a good hotel in the main city area with an average budget.

Plus point of this hotel is a rooftop restaurant which gives a mesmerizing city view.

http://gardenmanorooty.com/

  • Holiday home: If you are a central government or state govt employee you can take a benefit of this lovely spacious guest house just in front of Ooty railway station.

http://www.holidayhomes.nic.in/

  • Airbnb: Booking an apartment or a resort with Airbnb is another great choice.

https://www.airbnb.co.in/s/India

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Here is the list of the places which are worth going, and you do not need to explore each and everything which is mentioned online.

  • Botanical garden: it’s a splendid garden with a lot of variety of plants and flower in 22-hectare area. you can find rare species of trees and can spot fossil tree which is 20 million age-old; or can gaze the beauty of garden by lying on the garden, in addition to that you can also buy a plant like a hydrangea which is my favorite.

I would suggest visiting the garden on day 1 itself as it is located in the middle of the main city  so by the evening you can explore the city as well.

  • Timings: Monday-Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Entry fee: adults- Rs 30 per person, children 5-10 age –Rs 15, children below 5 – no fee.
  • Camera fee: vedio-Rs100, still camera-Rs 50.

  • Doddabeta peak:

6.7 km from the main city is the highest point in the southern region of India you can easily spend hours gazing the beauty of Nilgiri where cloud array themselves and sunrays peak through them, one needs the patience to go to observation tower due to the long queue.

I would recommend trying warm lemon tea at doddabeta campus local shop.

  • Timing: Monday-Sunday :9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
  • Entry Fees: adults Rs 6 per Person, Children below 5-NO fee.
  • Camera Fees: video-Rs50, still camera-Rs 10.

 

 

  • 6 mile and 9 miles or shooting point:

Many movies were shot in this scenic place one can admire the view with horse riding, the name 6 mile and 9 mile suggests the distance from Ooty city, it is the best place to relax and spend a day.

Here plastic bottle and food are not allowed because of the cleaning purpose so, leave your stuff in your vehicle only.

  • Timing: Monday-Sunday:8:00 am to 7:00 pm.
  • Fees: No Fees.
  • Camera Fees: No Fees.

 

  • Pykara waterfall:

Pykara waterfall is another tourist attraction in pykara village located 19km from Ooty, it is well protected by a fence from a safety point of view but you can enjoy boating in pykara reservoir.

As it is a km away from parking spot you can go by walking or there ana a electrical vehicle option too, do not forget to stump into some Mirchi baji and banana baji in a local shop nearby parking as they are the best you can have.

  • Timing: Monday-Friday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday – Sunday :9:00 am to 6:30 pm
  • Camera Fees: No Fees.

 

  •  Ooty Lake:

You can visit if you have spare time and can enjoy the boating but I will refer not to do as city wastewater is discarded in this lake it is not very pleasant to enjoy the boating.

  • Tea factory:

The area around Ooty is covered with lush green tea and coffee plantation, there is a number of factories around Ooty but tea estate viewpoint is open for tourist, where you can see the process of making tea.

And can buy some freshly packed, from the factory itself.

  • Timing: Monday-Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Entrance Fees:  Adults Rs.10 per Person, Children- Rs.3,  below 5 years No Fees
  • Camera Fees: Camera Rs 10/-

 

  • Pine forest:

Lush green 3 to 80 meters tall pine tress will make you remember the romantic scene of Bollywood movies, it’s a must visit to experience the forest with woody rainy smell that will mesmerize you to stay longer under the shadow of trees.

  • Timing: Monday-Sunday: Any Time
  • Fees: No Fees
  • Camera Fees: No Fees.

 

Do not forget to get handmade chocolate from kings chocolate as they are the best in the town.

Resturant:

  • Earl’s street Havelock road, kings cliff hotel.
  • Place to bee, 176/A club road opp hill bunk petrol pump.

Happy travel

Love Shubhagini

 

 

 

How to plan a Baby moon In India

Babymoon is a whole new travel trend in India, which is already been popular in the west. Planning a babymoon in India can be quite a new experience for a couple as there is too much restriction from family but, once your doctor gives you a green flag you can plan it a much needed alone time before the baby arrives.

Babymoon is a trip taken by an expectant couple before the baby arrives. it’s a great time to spend some romantic quality time with your spouse because once the baby arrives hardly you’ll get a time for anything.

if you are planning one here are my tips and tricks to make it a memorable one without any problems.

Consult your doctor:

The first and foremost thing is your health, keep it in priority and plan accordingly. consult your gynecologist before planning, if you have any health issues try to avoid traveling instead plan a luxury stay in your city itself.

Picking up a time:

the best time to plan babymoon is the second trimester as it is easy going one and you can flaunt your little baby bump too. Youll be comfortable and enjoy your destination with ease in your second trimester.

Getting a pregnancy travel insurance:

Pregnancy travel insurance helps you if you are traveling outside the country, the cost and cover time period depends on insurance companies you are opting. try to invest in a quality travel insurance company.

Choosing a destination:

I would suggest you visit a place you have been before as it has to be an easy going trip you don’t need to explore a more of it, it’s you and your husband quality time. Just relax and make wonderful memories out of it talking about a future baby.

Or if you want to explore a new place here are some exotic babymoon destination India.

Kerela:

paradise for honeymooners this god’s own state will surely give you an extraordinary experience being it a strolling in beaches or getting a special spa.

Goa:

Another laid back and most relaxed destination, skip the tourism places and book a resort with direct access to beaches.

Pondicherry:

Enjoy the French side of India on this island with treating your little one with french cuisines.

Kodaikanal:

This unexplored hill station is a must visit once in a lifetime I absolutely fell in love with this place due to its mix Tamil and British culture, affordable Sunday market and the delicious mango.

 

These are my picks do tell me in the comment section below where you have been in your babymoon and hows was it.

Love Shubhagini.

 

 

 

Best places to witness Dussehra in India

The triumph of good over evil, Dussehra is celebrated all across India. But there are certain places which are ready to dazzle and are famous to witness during this festive season.

This 10-day festival starts with Durga jhaki, meals, and Ramlila which comes to an end in the Vijayadashami i.e Dussehra where effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and kumbhakaran are burned.

Here are some of the places which are must to visit during Dussehra though their tradition and the way of celebration is different as you move to a different place, but are best among all to experience the different culture of celebration.

Mysore:

Mysore is known for its Dussehra celebration, where Mysore royal takes a lead for 10 days and is celebrated in the same way for more than 400 years, Dussehra is a state festival of Karnataka and is celebrated as a victory of goddess Chamundeshwari over demon Mahishasura.

Decorated elephant carries the idol of goddess all over city followed by music bands, folklore, dance groups, the royal family and the lit up Mysore place by thousands of light which look mesmerizing in the night are the main attraction of it.

How to reach Mysore: Mysore is well connected with major cities like Chennai and Bangalore by train, nearby airport is the Bangalore airport or you can book a taxi or can take a bus from Bangalore which will take around 3 hours to reach Mysore.

Kullu:

Kullu is the tourist attraction all around the year in Himachal Pradesh because of its beauty and allure of this place but, visiting during Dussehra will make it more special because of its extravagant celebration.

Unlike other places, the locals carry an idol of god and goddess from all across the village in their head, which ends on the ground where they meet Lord Raghunathji to pay homage and is the main god of this region.

On the last day, a procession is taken place to River Beas where a fire is set up on wood pieces and dry leaves which depicts the burning Lanka.

If you have some spare times get a glimpse of this beautiful valley.

How to reach Kullu: state transport buses and taxis are well connected to the valley from Chandigarh which is also the nearest airport to reach Kullu.

Bastar:

Bastar is another place where Dussehra is celebrated with all extravagant in Chattisgarh, Bastar Dandakaranya jungle is believed to be the same spot where lord ram spent his exile period of 14 years.

Bastar hosts the longest Dussehra celebration which goes on for 75 days where you’ll get to see the tribal culture.

How to reach Bastar: Raipur is the nearest airport to reach Bastar or you can hire a cab or by rail route from Raipur is the easiest way to reach Bastar.

Make your Dussehra memorable by visiting one of these places in this long weekend.

HAPPY DUSSEHRA!

Summer Travel Tips

Summer vacation comes with lot of fun and adventure, as school are shut down for 2 month kids loves their summer vacation but for parents it becomes difficult to control kids in vacation, to take a break from staying home in summer plan a fun family summer vacation which will not only give you a break but your kids will also cherish vacation memories later on.

Here are some tips for summer vacation so that you cannot regret planning afterward.

Go Easy with clothing:

In order to get a perfect click on vacation we always pack more clothes wondering picture will come nicely in this, but in summer you can look stylish with cotton dresses which are not only comfy but also light to carry in your baggage.

Protect your body from UV sun rays:

Don’t compromise with your body protection in heat, always carry a sunglasses for your eyes protection, hat while stepping out in sun and one cannot forget to apply sun block or sunscreen at any cost.

Avoid Street Food:

One cannot resist from yummy street food but in summer avoid as much as you can since oily and fried item leads to dehydration and gastroenteritis. Instead, try using local fruit wherever you visit and watery food like watermelon and cucumber to keep you fresh and hydrated.

Get ready for Emergency:

We never know what would happen next until it was not in the plan. Do carry some important medicines like anti-emetics, anti-motility drugs few packets of ORS.Some acidity relief tablet and if someone in your family is under medication do not skip their medicines.

Take a break:

Often take a break while traveling .do not skip restroom break, do light stretching in between, keep yourself hydrated, and most importantly enjoy the present moment in this way you will not feel tired by the end of the day.

If you are pregnant:

If you are pregnant and planning to take trip talk to your gynecologist before you take off to discuss safety factors for you and your baby.

Keep yourself hydrated and carry some light food with you .eat before you are hungry and drink before you are thirsty.

Pack some snacks:

It’s always a good idea to pack some snacks like granola bars, dry fruits or homemade laddoos will come in handy if you are traveling with a kid.

happy Summers