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I dream of myself

In a different world

A storybook world kinda it seems

But that’s definitely not my own story.

Protagonist in someone else’s story

Appreciate other character’s glory

But what about my own?

There maybe people unknown

Things beautiful yet not shown

But I gotta think about the story of my own.

Ooty

Journey from Mysore to Ooty was so beautiful that I want to have it more often. We crossed the Bandipur sanctuary in Karnataka and then the Mudumalai sanctuary in Tamil Nadu. The two sanctuaries and a state border between them, interestingly Wayanad Sanctuary in Kerala is also connected to the Bandipur Sanctuary.

On the way through the sanctuaries we spotted elephants, peacocks and deers.

The Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu will definitely make you go WOW! Those tall trees lined up around you on either sides of a single road, and that’s just the beginning to a more beautiful journey ahead!

Pykara Falls

Pykara falls is in Tamil Nadu and is set in the Nilgiris amidst a photogenic location.

A short walk of 8-10 minutes will lead you to the Pykara falls, fed by the Pykara river. The river view with the mountain at the background was so amazing that I could not stop gazing and photographing the same, again and again.

Tea factory and Chocolate factory

In Ooty, there are so many tea factories and chocolate factories. We visited the Benchmark Tea factory. They show the process of chocolate-making and tea processing here; also you can try different varieties of tea here. You can also buy the varieties of tea and chocolate you like.

Ooty Botanical Garden

Ooty Botanical Garden had been the shooting point for many Hindi movies. Such a beautiful location it is! So many beautiful trees, colourful flowers and the hills at the background just enhance the beauty of this place.

Dolphin’s nose point, Coonoor

Coonoor is yet another hill station close to Ooty. The toy train runs from Coonoor to Ooty. On our drive to Coonoor, the road seemed too beautiful, with each side of it surrounded by green trees, every part of it looked perfect for photography.

From the Dolphin’s nose view point, we could see nothing but clouds and a faint glimpse of a waterfall.

There were tea gardens around this area too.

Ooty Boathouse

The Ooty lake presents another splendid view of Ooty. Motor boats and paddle boats both are available and each is given a separate part of lake.

Serenity alongside greenery

Horse riding outside the boathouse is also available.

Pine forest

Pine forest in Ooty is a shooting spot, and it indeed is wonderful. As you go down into the pine forest, the forest meets the Ooty lake.

Such a scenic location can’t stop anyone from photographing it all!

Wenlock downs

Wenlock downs nature trail is yet another shooting spot in Ooty. The trail offers an incredibly enchanting view of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. There are hills all around, with tall green trees that stand still, just making the trail more fascinating and charming.

Ooty, Udagamandalam and Ootacamund are the names of the same place. Surrounded by tea estates, set in the Western ghats near the Dodabetta peak, among the Nilgiris, Ooty provided a much needed break.

Going back from Ooty, crossing the two sanctuaries and back to Mysore, we were all tired but still did enjoy watching peacocks. On our way back to Mysore, it was getting dark but I still wanted to capture a shot of coconut trees; I don’t know why but I find coconut trees all lined up against the blue sky very fascinating!

From Karnataka to Tamil Nadu, there was a shift of the languauge too. The locals in Tamil Nadu spoke tamil. Though we didn’t have to communicate with the locals except for hotel bookings and for tickets for few places, I wanted to try learning tamil too.

Nanri for reading! (Thanks in Tamil)

How I wish…

How I wish I could go back in time,

To experience those moments again

that I didn’t know the value then.

How I wish I could see my friends again,

As if it had been the first time meeting them.

How I wish I could say thanks

when gratitude was to be really expressed.

How I wish I could help myself

in those times of loneliness.

But

Now I wish I could help others

Feel not the same as I do now.

Visiting Mysuru

Revisiting Mysuru was a better experience with my family, with more places explored and good food.

I was so much eager to visit Mysuru because there were memories attached to this place! And one more chance to visit there means more memories to be created.

Mysuru has a royal history of Wadiyar or Wodeyar dynasty kings. There is a Royal palace in Mysuru and also few places in Mysuru are named after the great Wadiyar kings.

Sri Chamarajendra Zoological gardens

Mysore zoo has more animals than the Hyderabad zoo had, and there were, in fact more birds of different species.

As you start walking through the zoo, you first see the birds, so many and all of them colorful. Then as you keep walking ahead, there are monkeys and then after that there are wild cats.

There are plenty of other animals too in the zoo, so many different species that I literally noted down names of all animals that I remember the last time I visited the zoo two years back.

There are nocturnal animals too in a darker part and then there also are so many species of snakes, some too big while some small. Towards the end, you will see the giraffes.

One think I like about the Mysore zoo is that it had some scientific information written along with the names of animals. I just don’t know about this in other zoos, but here I noticed this.

Chamundeshwari Celebrity Wax Museum

On the way to the Wax museum, you can also see the Race court and Golf course of Mysuru.

The wax museum has wax statues of regional actors and many other famous people.

Mysore Palace

Mysore Palace is also known as the Amba Vilas Palace. The Palace is the residence of the Royal family; the royal family still lives here. The Palace was finally completed in 1912, under the rule of Krishna Raja Wadiyar. It was built at Rs. 42 lakh at that time. There are many Hindu temples too in the Palace.

In the ground floor, there are some royal artefacts and some portrait paintings of the Kings of Mysore and on the walls, there are mural perspective paintings that depict the Royal occasions.

On the next floor, there is a large hall, with murals of Indian goddesses.

Navratri is a special festival here. During the Navratri, the Palace is decorated with lights and looks amazing.

St.Philomena Church

The Church has great architecture and is a tourist attraction in Mysore.

Dariya Daulat Bagh

Dariya Daulat Bagh was the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan. Most of his other palaces are completely destroyed. Dariya Daulat Bagh is near Srirangapatna, which is not very far from Mysore.

Inside this palace, there are few paintings and historical artefacts dating back to the time of Tipu Sultan.

Brindavan Gardens

Brindavan Gradens is a beautiful place with so much of greenery and near the Kaveri river dam.

If you plan to visit this place, then evening is the best time. At 7 pm or so in evening, you can enjoy the musical fountain.

Chamundeshwari Temple

Chamundeshwari temple is a great example of South Indian Architecture. The temple is usually busy. Outside is a statue of Mahishasura.

View of the Mysore city

Going down the hill after visiting the temple, you can see the top view of the Mysore city.

In South India, food is eaten on Banana leaves, though in restaurants they give you the plates and dishes too but eating food on Banana leaves is something I really like about South India!

What I had planned to see in Mysore was the Shivanasamudra waterfalls, but there were many places to explore in the city than wander outside it to explore more! So maybe next time Shivanasamudra falls!

Other places worth visiting near Mysore are Coorg and Ooty. Ooty was much closer so our next destination was Ooty, Tamil Nadu. Coorg, however, is exceptionally beautiful too but due to the lack of time we had, we chose to go to Ooty.

Though I wanted to visit Coorg too, but Ooty was not a regretful decision either owing to the fact that I had been to Coorg once.

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