We’ve been traveling as a duo for over four years now and every trip has taught us one thing or the other. Some trips have been way more successful than others; but experience is the best teacher, yes?
Impromptu plans and schedule are quite exciting but you wouldn’t want to regret missing out on some important sites now, do you?
Here’s what we think you should keep in mind when you are planning your next trip that could remotely help you have some organized fun:Continue reading
One of the localities of Madras that has always fascinated me right from childhood has been Royapuram. At a young age, it was perhaps more to do with the fact that it was a place to avoid due to it being an area for miscreants. However, it also is a place home to 3 landmarks that perhaps best exemplify the spirit of Madras.Continue reading
The famous saying: ‘All that glitter is gold’ got a different meaning when we visited Avalanche (Avalanchi in local language) in Ooty.
Tucked in comfortably, away from most of the touristy chaos in the town of Ootacamund, Avalanche is part of the Nilgiris with the majority of the population belonging to the Thoda tribe. The town gets its name from a deadly avalanche that the region is said to have faced almost two centuries ago, as per the locals.Continue reading
One of the last pieces of research done was on places to eat as we always prefer to interact with the locals and then decide on places to go and food items to eat. Food to us has always been important and one of the top priorities while traveling. With food comes experience and memories that can last forever in your taste buds.
Here are five places we should talk about, and therefore for you to visit in case you go to Ooty:Continue reading
We decided to head out very early since it was New Year’s Day and most places would be crowded by 10.00 am. We decided to head to Coonoor, Kotagiri and an impulsive drive to Kodanad Estate.
En route Coonoor
We got to Coonoor first thing in the morning with an urge to get there first before the crowd. We immediately got to the spot where we got access to Suicide Point that was about 6000 ft above the ground. On the other side was a wonderful view of Bakasura Hills that is said to have imprints of giants’ feet on rocks. By the time the guide finished what he could say about the imprints, we were already planning our next trip to Ooty.Continue reading
Our New Year escapade to Ooty was definitely well-deserved. With the busiest December we’ve ever faced, it was time to get away from it all to regain all the energy and enthusiasm for 2016.
Fondly known as Ootacamund, otherwise Ooty is quite an unassuming place I must admit. Tucked in the Nilgiri range, this small town will never fail to amaze you. Centrally located, the place has access to some of the best views one can ask for!
Planning is key when you go to hill stations. Our previous post on how we planned our trip gives you all the information in a nutshell. This post however, is how we mapped our entire trip – this helped us cover some of the legendary places in the Nilgiri range.
PS: I have split this post in three parts so that I don’t drive you to close the page half way through.
While it might look like a hectic trip, every minute of it was worth it:Continue reading
It is common knowledge that any place in India goes through a variety of names through the centuries. Ooty & Nilgiris are no different.
It was originally a tribal land belonging to the Todas, Kotas, Badagas & Kurumbas. Most of Old Ooty and its surroundings were occupied by the Todas. The Todas revere a sacred single stone which translates to Othai-kal in tamil (Othai for single, Kal for stone) and mund is the tamil word for a Toda village. Perhaps this is where “Othaikalmund” and later Ootacamund was born.
The first known reference of the Nilgiris is through Punisa, the army-general of Vishnuvardhan I (ruler from 1104-1141 AD) whose Hoysala armies seized Wayanad as well as the Nilgiri plateau. In a record from from 1117 AD, Punisa and his men frightened the local tribes (Todas primarily) and entered the sacred Nilgiri range. As of 1120 AD, Vishnuvardhan had even turned the Nila mountain to a city and there were fortifications though none of them have lasted the test of time. The single stone rocks are perhaps the evidence of this past. The Nilgiris were considered to be holy hills and a sight of the mountain peaks were believed to wash away one’s sins.Continue reading