We have a great plan for a 3 day trip on the 15th August weekend. We are going to spend the weekend in the calm and serene of The Nilgiris. There is a nice and affordable homestay in Coonoor called The Devasholam. The homestay claim to be providing an ethnic and non-commercial experience different from the commercial tourism that we mostly do.
The place is affordable too, tarrif being Rs 1000/- per head per day which includes the following besides the stay:
Morning Tea/ coffee
Breakfast (south Indian vegetarian)
Lunch (south Indian vegetarian)
Evening Tea/ coffee
Dinner (south Indian vegetarian)
We can also do activities like Bonfire and Safari in the Estate at NO extra cost. Then there are options like – trek along the Nilgiri Mountain railway tracks and reach Hillygrove, visit the Beulah Farm, Bison valley, tribal settlements etc and at an extra cost the homestay people can arrange for a tea factory visit and a tribal dance show for us. The photographers amongst you would love it.
We are planning to drive down to this place. We have one car as of now which has 2 vacant seats. Depending upon number of people joining for the trip we can arrange for another car. If any of you are willing to drive down that would be great. The route to follow is this – Ooty –> Devashola Bazar –> Kaikatty –> Manjacomby –> Kollacomby –> Pallaniappa Estate
Budget: Travel + Stay + Food = INR 3,500 (Roughly)
Confirm By Monday, 4th Aug
We have done a booking of 5 – 6 people already. The homestay can at the most accomodate 10 people. Interested letsgoers are requested to confirm their availability by Monday at the earliest. Below is a rough itinerary.
Friday, 15th August
Leave by car early morning – 2am
Enter Kalhatti Ghats by 630
Reach Ooty and have breakfast
Head for Coonoor
Reach Homestay around 11.
Trek around the place / Drive to acres wild or beulah farm
Return to homestay
Saturday, 16th August
Leave EARLY morning 8 for Coonoor Railway station. Should reach there by 10.
Cars parked in Station. We trek down the Railway line to Hillygrove (19Kms), Catch the Nilgiri mountain railway train chugging along near Hillygrove
Take local bus back to Coonoor
Lunch at Coonoor or Riga hotel in Wellington
Take the NMR (Nilgiril railways) to Ooty
Shop for chocolates
Take NMR back to Coonoor station
Back to Homestay
Sunday, 17th August
Leave for Beulah farm / Bison valley trek / Go to some tribal settlements
Buffet lunch at the Taj Savoy in Ooty
Leave for Mysore
Reach Bangalore by 830