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If there is a reading meter in the market to gauge what I always love the most in nature , the scale will always be reading 100 % for beaches. Probably I didn't go to the right mountains in the right season and never fancy to get lock down inside a room after sunset since then. AND then this magic happened! After few trips to same Chirala and burning out my fuel of love and passion for beaches , probably I didn't want to see that place again . I packed my bags in summer and risk my preference for once and all changed ; Coornoor just flushed off my insensible attraction towards mountains to a desire for exploring more , loving more, tripping more in mountains.
After Bengaluru traffic beaten us badly , we speed up well through Mysuru highway, quickly took a tea break at my favourite spot @Gundlupet , we managed to cross all 31 hairpins of Ooty and its awful traffic at city centre. It was almost dark and up above the world so high... Moon was shining like a diamond in the sky! Before you reach Ooty, beautiful Bandipur and its forest life always cheesecake your life with taste of beautiful nature.
Our Resort was another 14 kms from Udagamandalam. It was an offbeat homestay with lake at one side, tea estate on both sides of the homestay, valleys and mountains all around us. The beauty of mountains, tea estate,azure sky, lively greenery around the stay was just a luxury you cant afford to miss! The gentle breeze and the freshness is so far away from the hustle bustle of city life and recycled air at home. On our way to the stay, we did spot quite a few bisons and wild deer. It was quite thrilling stay since we had no one around the venue though everything was quite safe and secure. The homestay has two bedrooms, well furnished with furnitures, bed, mattresses, pillows, glass windows every where, sofa, dinning hall and a kitchen will refrigerator , gas connection, spice , utensils everything. The food was arranged by the local guide himself for us during our stay and it was very economical.
Next day, the first thing on our agenda was to explore the property, tea estate and the road towards the lake. It was so so different for me for I have never explored mountains, tea estate with so much enthusiasm.
The local guide, take us around a lot of beautiful off beat places -Palada, Adikaratti, Nonsuch Tea estate, Archiesden, Dolphin Point and Lambs Rock. In One day we did cover a lot of points for photography and short breaks. While you continue driving across small villages, you do notice the beauty of ghat roads, tea estates, factories, vegetable washing machines , beautiful railway tracks for toy trains, trees filled with colorful flowers etc.
Archiesden is a peak point close to an eculaptus oil factory . Heard you can spot leopard after the sunset at this point. You need to hike for five ten minutes to reach this scenic beauty. You can see mountains, roads, life all around from the top as if you are the lord of the world and appreciating the beauty of your own creation. Clouds can touch you and go if you hike here early morning or in winters.
We did stop at a chinese restaurant for lunch though we wanted to try local Biriyani from a small outlet. The outlet was closed and we decided to go to a decent restaurant.
A must try - Honey Lemon Tea at TanTea stall in Coornoor. I did drink two cups myself . It is an awesome point for drinking tea and enjoy the sunset. The gentleman brew the tea in front of you in a carefe and serves you hot refreshing tea in a glass made cup and saucer.
You can drive around the military zone in Ooty for its beauty stretching across the golf course to Statues of National Leaders . Incase you are a coffee lover, sip a coffee from Bossoms coffee cafe in Ooty. Its really cool.
The local guide later took us at the top of a road close to Mahindra Holiday club resort for a scenic view of OOty from the top of the peak under full moon night! Its heaven. The pearl of lights all over just can kill you with its beauty. The lights across the small homes across the mountains, the moving traffic , the beauty of trees and moon playing hide and seek -is so so thrilling, probably one has to be on the spot someday to experience it. The place has so much of tranquility to offer , you wont feel like stepping out of the place till you are ready to go back home. I wish I had a bed there itself to experience the sunrise next day.
We decided to have dinner at the spot itself and was served with excellent dinner and a great hot tea after the dinner.
It was a long day for us and we drove back to the resort through the forest and ghats at night!.
The short trip was not only beautiful, it was a kind of a change for me too. It did change my outlook towards mountain, made me found a place where I sat and saw from the top of the peak both morning and night in two different beauties. I didn't miss sea for a second! Only thing that was missing from my list was - wrong opinions about mountains.
Kohir hills : Hyderabad weekend getaway
Location : Kohir hills
Distance : 90 kilometers from Gachibowli
Kohir hills Highlights:
Windmills Zero crowd Calm and peaceful Ideal place for nature lovers
GPS location tag : Google maps
Mr. Vamshi has guided us to this beautiful place. A well spent weekend which involved a cars photo shoot in a cloudy and fresh village environment. Monsoons and winters would be the best time to visit. Villagers are friendly. Would suggest to go along with group as the area is remote.
Hyderabad to Bhongir fort drive meetup - February 25th - 2017
Start point - Gachibowli (ORR)
End point - Bhongir fort
Start time - 6:30 a.m.
Distance - ~110 kms
A small gathering to meet all the new folks of the club for breakfast at Viveria hotel and drive towards Bhongir fort in a union spirit to continue this year on a cheerful note.
The Bhongir fort was built upon a single rocky hill in Bhongir, a town in Telangana, located in the Nalgonda district of the state. The Western Chalukya ruler, Tribhuvana malla Vikram aditya VI, built the fort from one single monolithic rock in the 12th century. The fort was originally named Tribhuvanagiri, and eventually the name metamorphosed into Bhuvanagiri and eventually, into Bhongir, which is its present name.
It is spread across an impressive area of 50 acres at a height of around 500 feet over the top and is about 50 kms from the Hyderabad skirt.
Bhongiri fort is the highest fort in India, It is constructed on a single large stone. The shape of the hill is very unique.
Bhongir fort tips:
No food and water are available at the fort, carry your own water and snacks. Make sure you carry back the trash instead of littering around. Vehicle parking is available at foot hills of the fort. Less crowded. Trek is easy, no gear required as most of the ascent carved of steps on the rocky surface. Not advisable to visit after sunset. Early morning is the best time to visit. Should be extra careful during the monsoon, it may be slippery.
Bhongiri Fort timings:
Fort is accessible between 10AM to 5PM.
Early morning is the best time to visit, you can get into the fort at 6AM from the back entry.
It is against rules, but you can buy the ticket while coming back.
Bhongiri Fort entry fee:
10/- per head and 50/- per camera.
Hyderabad to Bhongir fort route:
Hyderabad --> Ghatkesar --> Bhongir fort.
Hyderabad to Bhongiri Road condition:
It is a 4-lane route, it will not take you more than two hours from Hyderabad.
Hotels in Bhongiri:
All the hotels are available on Highway as soon as you cross Bhongiri.
2. Coffee day
1) Maruti Suzuki Baleno - Sai Chand
2) Ford Aspire - Harshita
3) Skoda Rapid - Kaushik
4) Hyundai Creta - Sagar
5) Honda Civic - Saran
6) Honda Civic - Gowtham varma
7) Toyota Innova Crysta - Akhil
8) Audi Q3 - Bhargav
PS: This report was compiled by pictures taken by me, Gowtham and Sagar.
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