They say the best time to visit Ooty is in the summer months for pleasant climate and in the winter months to experience the cold. We chose a rather off-season time to visit but even yet, Ooty is quite the charmer during the monsoon. We divided our visit into two days of sight-seeing. On the first day, we decided to explore the outer areas of the region and on the second we would visit the areas closer by.
We started with a quick brunch before heading out to Pykara Lake for an exciting afternoon boating. The ride to Pykara took us around 30 minutes by bus. I’m not going to lie, I was freezing. The cold climate along with the wind-chill of the monsoon months made Ooty a bit cold for my liking. But the views that greeted us from the lake made it all worth it. For a fee of 100rs per person, we hired a motorboat that took us for a 20 minute ride on the lake. Once I got over the initial “chill” I began to enjoy myself. The views of the surrounding forest were spectacular. The boat ride got over soon and we quickly moved onto the next spot for the day.
Ooty is beautiful at every turn and is truly heaven on earth. Next up on our trip was the Pykara Waterfalls. The trek down to the waterfalls took us through wooded areas and along the side of the river. Coming from a city, I could not believe that a place could be so green and so beautiful. In total, it took us around twenty minutes to reach the bottom of the trail. There were many people walking along side us so it wasn’t isolated. The falls are open to tourists from 8:00am to 5:00pm every day of the week and is free to enter. We must have spent fifteen minutes or so admiring the scenic beauty of the place before heading back up the trail since it started to rain.
The good thing about Ooty, is that all the places to visit are close to each other. The next point on our list was “Shooting Point”. A picturesque meadow set on a small but steep hillock. Here, regular movies and photo-shoots take place thus giving it the name. The climb up to the summit was tedious as the rain has turned the mud into slush making it difficult to walk without slipping. All I could imagine were the models and actresses who also have to make this climb up whenever there is a shoot and if they could do it then so could I! From the top we had a 360 uninterrupted view of the surrounding landscape for miles around. It truly was a sight to behold! Once again, we couldn’t stay long because it started to rain a bit and we decided it was better to be back down before the rain started, than get caught in it.
By now the cold started to eat into me and as soon as we were down on the road we treated ourselves to a hot cup of tea. One can never know the true beauty of a warm beverage until one is freezing. We stopped for a late lunch before heading back to the villa where a bonfire was set up before dinner.
After a late dinner and an exhausting day I headed to bed excited for what the next day would bring.
Read my blog on Day 1 and 3 in Ooty here –
Ooty: The Queen of Hill Stations Part 3