Tuesday, July 7, 2009
After lot of searching browsing through net we finally zeroed on a place Kotagiri which is a very old hill station known from the time of British but unknown to many a supposedly quiet place, a lot of planning went into this trek we were looking forward for this monsoon trek since it was quiet some time we had gone out during rains.We started from Bangalore we had to reach Kotagiri from Ooty though we had booked the tickets we were in for a big surprise as to our boarding place was not from majestic but some other place getting to know about this in the last minute we ran pillar to post trying to catch the bus at the next stop finally we made it after lot of running around finally seated we started our journey( little did we know that more surprises were in store). After crossing Madhumalai forest 50km before Ooty our bus had stopped people were fast asleep to even realize we were in middle of nowhere and bus had a breakdown finally waking up to a cold morning and a slight drizzle all of us had to wait for an hour to get another bus, finally we reached Ooty around 9.00 from there we got a bus to Kotagiri another 40km from Ooty old rickety bus.
Rain smell of eucalyptus was very pleasant though after a very tiring bus journey ,green mountains ,tea plantations never ending small streams wild flowers was enough to make anybody a poet, reaching Kotagiri a small place with a church a school and some few shops with a few tea factories Kotagiri was a sleepy town people were in their own time.
Having bread for breakfast with fresh tea which Kotagiri is famous for we looked around the place by noon we planned to see the Catherine fall with non stop rain and windy climate rows and rows of Nilgiri mountain completely covered in mist was breathtaking, though the fall was a little disappointing with very little water the place around was simply superb we felt we were riding on the clouds, more and more of mountains and mist and greenery we filled our heart's content monsoon trek was not that bad nature was at it's best giving her complete self Nillgiri hills was paradise,
making our trip back we were still in those mountains completely lost didn't want to face the city life again forcing ourselves planning our next trip gave us little comfort , on the way back through Madhumalai forest and Bandipur park we were treated to herd of many wild elephants( looked like they too had planned Sunday outing with family many baby elephants with their mothers were happily posing for photos) enjoying themselves in the rain got to see few wild boars and many spotted deer’s,