Thursday, 19 May 2016

Coonoor Off The City - Super Relaxed at Devashola Tea Estate Homestays

Bison Valley Cottage, Palaniappa Tea Estate, Coonoor, Ooty, Tamilandu.

If you really want to super relaxed for an affordable expense, this is the place for you.

This time I want to super relaxed at an off the town evergreen place, and very peace and calm at an affordable price. So I selected Coonoor Tea Estate Homestays. In Coonoor, the notable home stay is DevaShola Homestays which has 5 home-stays for for your budget.

I booked my room at Bison Valley Cottage (which has row rooms with modern amenities) located at Palaniappa Tea Estate (which is division of DevaShola Estate), around 30 kms from the the Coonoor Town. Booking was made through MakeMyTrip and I got a nice discount.

This row rooms are clean and has basic modern facilities, clean rooms, clean toilets, geyser. But this cottage have no TVs, so you can enjoy the place around the cottage and go to sleep earlier. Around the cottage everywhere is green and misty tea plantations and aroma. Just wake-up and open the door, that's the great start of your day.

The Food: Only vegetarian food is available (Non-Veg may be available, I didn't ask them) and limited menu only. But the food is good and mostly I eat much (more than my average). The cook (lady) is very kind and polite.

Activities: You can walk around the estate all the day, no will stop you, but beware of wild animals like buffaloes, elephants etc.. They will take you Jeep Safari around the estate and trekking to a near by top-hill will take half a day. My best activity here is just walk and take photos.

Note: If you need anything more to eat (like packaged snacks, please buy before entering the estate). Because if you want to the town (Coonoor) will take around an hour (30 kms) and very small roads. And it's not advisable to leave/enter the cottage after 6PM.

Other home-stays in DevaShola Estate: MANGO TREE BUNGALOW, SULTANA BUNGALOW, PALLANIAPPA BUNGALOW, BISON VALLEY ROW ROOMS and MADAWA ROW ROOMS.

Tariff: Rs.1500 + Taxes per couple and Rs.350 per extra person with Free Complimentary Breakfast.

Best time to visit: You can anytime, any season except heavy rainy time.

I guarantee that you will be super relaxed.

Some Photos of this trip:







Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Mathur Aqueduct Or Mathur Hanging Trough - Kanyakumari, Tamilnadu

Mathur Aqueduct or Mathur Hanging Trough is an hanging bridge with water through canal. This aqueduct is named after the village Mathur where is as built, in Kanyakumari district of Tamilnadu State. Which is located 60 kms from Kanyakumari City.

 Mathur Aqueduct is one of the longest and highest aqueducts in South Asia. Mathur Aqueduct was constructed in 1966 by the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, K. Kamaraj, as a drought relief measure across the river Pahrali (also called Parazhiyar in Tamil - பரழியார்).

 Mathur Aqueduct is a concrete structure held up by 28 huge pillars, the maximum height of the pillars reaching 115 ft. The trough structure is 7 ft in height, with a width of 7.5 ft. The trough is partly covered on top with concrete slabs, allowing people to walk on the bridge and also see the water going through the trough. Some of the pillars are set in rocks of the Pahrali river, though some of the pillars are set in hills on either side.

 Mathur Aqueduct is one of the tourist attraction in Kanyakumari district. Every day hundreds of tourists visiting this place.

 Here is the few photos of Mathur Aqueduct:





Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Another Bad Experience - Ooty at Wrong Time

My another travel experience went wrong, here is how...

This time I decided to enjoy this summer in Ooty. I made the plan to go by car with my friend and my brother. Booked the room via Oyo Rooms for 3 days at Ooty town. The hotel is nearby the lake, railway station, botanical garden and the race course. I thought this location will help to see the city around the near by main attractions the lake and the botanical garden.

So we start the car from my place (Pudukkottai) on midnight April 15, 2016. Everything is fine until we reach the city. The city is full of crowd and bad smell around the city. Another nightmare is reach the hotel (Kurinji Residency). This hotel has very small parking space (we lent the nearby talkies parking space) and the road to the hotel is very small and both sides of road is occupied by the shops and their vehicles. But the hotel is neat and nice. I recommend this hotel for peoples go by bus or taxies. If you have your own vehicle please another place out of the main town.

On the whole trip, we could see only 3 places, Avalanche Lake (nice drive along), Lake and the toy railway station. We couldn't go to the other places because of heavy traffic and no parking on other places especially botanical garden.

On last day, We tried to take train ticket and see the hills beauty by train, but because of minimum number of tickets we couldn't buy the tickets even though we wait on queue around 45 minutes. So we went back to hotel, ate and slept.

Next day we decided to wake up earlier and leave the Ooty. So left the city at 6AM.

Mostly I don't prefer to go the tourism places on peak season. This time for my brother only, because he is studying in school.

My advice is. if you want really enjoy this hill stations, don't go on peak summer season. Because everybody is there at this peak season and there is no green at all.

I planned go again to Ooty on June 1st week. There may be less crowd and book resort out of the city..

I can't say anything more about this trip, will post another one for Ooty later my on my next trip with more details.

Few photos from my Ooty tour: