Bangalore- Mysore- Ooty and Kodaikanal is
evergreen sector for the honeymooners. Combination of city,
historical places, jungles and hill stations, this sector has
quite become popular.
Bangalore (Bengaluru), the garden city
popular for its scenic surroundings and pleasant climate, is the
capital of the state Karnataka. Located about 1000 m above sea
level, the city known for its sprawling gardens, well designed
shopping arcades, art galleries, exotic restaurants & pubs has its
own style and sophistication. The city which used to be the
largest British military cantonment in South India during the
British Raj, is home to large number of migrants from Tamil Nadu,
Andhra Pradesh and North India. It is one of the fastest growing
industrial and commercial centres in India in the areas of
aerospace, electronics, defence and mainly IT sector- software
services which is reflected in the city being referred to as the
Silicon Valley of India.
The former capital of the Mysore Maharaja's,
Mysore still retains its old world charm with its heritage
buildings, cultural traditions and scores of temples. The city
with the main palace as the focal point is divided mainly into the
north zone, comprising the Vinobha road; and the south zone by the
Nazarbad Main Road. Mysore is famous for its beautiful crepe silk
sarees and sandalwood oil as well as sandalwood and rosewood
carved articles, agarbattis and the delicious Mysore 'Pak'. The
month long Dussera celebrations in September - October, with its
colourful processions, fireworks and the beautifully lighted
palace, gives an enchanting look to the city.
Ooty (Ootacamund) the Queen of the
Hill Stations, also known as Blue Mountains is one of the most
beautiful hill stations in India. This hill station has splendid
green downs and lofty hills of extraordinary scenic beauty and is
endowed with a salubrious climate similar to the English summer.
Located in the Western Ghats at a height of 7,500ft, Oooty/
Udhagamandalam is the headquarters of the Nilgiri district. Ooty
was the former summer retreat of the British. John Sullivan, the
collector of Coimbatore who founded the first European settlement
here, stumbled across Ooty's idyllic scenery in 19th century
during one of his nomadic searches for rare flowers. The name Ooty
or Ootacamund derives its name from the local Toda word
Udhamandalam meaning village of huts. The Tamil 'Whotai' a species
of dwarf bamboo that grows in the forests, 'kai' meaning a fruit
or green stuff in the middle and the Toda 'mund' meaning a village
clapped at the end. Ooty, however, got its name during the British
rule, by calling 'WOTYKAMUND' in the Madras gazette.
Ooty nestles in an amphitheater created by
four majestic hills-Doddabetta, Snowdon, Elk Hill and Club Hill.
These hills are part of the Nilgiri ranges that are really the
meeting point for the Western and the Eastern Ghats.
Ooty has become more of a 'honeymooner's
paradise' and a de-facto filming location. Apart from coffee and
tea plantations, trees like conifers, pine and wattle dot the
hillside of Oooty and its environs. While visiting you will also
come across many eucalyptus trenches . The fresh smell of
eucalyptus trees in a trendy and clement breeze will make you
psychedelic for sure. The funnel-shaped blossoms covering the
hills in floral profusion and the lavender-blue flowers spread
over the mountains will pack you with memories for a lifetime.
Ooty has many places to see. The idyllic valley views, tranquil
forest ranges, beautiful flora and fauna with bustling music of
Kodaikanal referred to as 'The
Princess of Hill Stations', is situated amidst the folds of the
verdant Palani hills in the Western Ghats at an altitude of about
2133 m. The beautiful hill station covering an area of 21.45 sq.km.
is located 120 Km away from Madurai, in Dindigul district, Tamil
Kodai hills was occupied by the primitive
tribes of Paliyans and Pulyans in the 14th century and later by
the villagers of Palani foothills who fled from the plains to
escape the oppressive rule. The Europeans started exploring the
place after Lt. B.S. Ward, who visited Kodai hills in 1821,
submitted a report about the beauty and the climate of the place.
Developed in the 18th century, the hill station was gradually
established by American Madura Mission and British Missionaries
who built dwellings, churches, schools and introduced and planted
new trees to make Kodai what it is today. Several dignitaries who
visited the place also contributed to the all around improvement
of the place. Now Kodai is surrounded by thickly wooded slopes,
waterfalls and a beautiful man made lake in the centre around
which the town is located. The hill town is renowned for its
educational institutions of international repute. The Kodaikkanal
Observatory, surmounting the hill is one of the most important and
the only one of its kind institutions in India for the study of
meteorology, solar physics and allied subjects.
Kodaikanal has a bracing climate where
temperature do not vary much from summer to winter. Fruits like
plums and plantains grow abundantly on the wooded slopes apart
from a wide variety of flowers, among which is the famous Kurinji
flower which blooms once in twelve years. Kodaikanal is a relaxing
place with ample beauty for those who want to get away from the
heat and haze of the dusty plains during the summer months and for
those seeking adventure with its numerous treks ranging from 8km
to 27km hikes in forest paths. Contact District Forest office (DFO)
(Phone: 91- 04542 -240287) near Hotel Tamil Nadu, for trek details
and necessary permissions. Beri- Jam (23 km), a beautiful
reservoir amid dense forests is a lovely trek.