Saturday, August 10, 2013

A Drive to Dolphin’s Nose

During out stay in Kothagiri, we drove to the Dolphin’s nose - a popular places of interest near Coonoor, on the Nilgiri District of Tamil Nadu. It is an awesome viewpoint with a panoramic view of the vast expanse of the Blue Mountains, but to our great disappointment, the entire view was concealed by blanket of mist by that time. Dolphin’s Nose (click here to see how it look exactly) is an enormous rock formation that is entirely unique and the protruding rock formation looks exactly like what it is named after, a dolphin’s nose.

Well over 1,000 meter above sea level, the spectacular spot is 10 km from Coonoor. But for me the best part of visit to this viewpoint was within the way in itself.  The narrow road to the dolphin’s nose was mysterious since surrounded by mist; the road expands to the lush green tea estates and encloses to thick vegetation and trees produces a sense of passing rain-forest. The most fascinating on this route was, the small streams or natural springs creating mini waterfalls and winding roads making each and every turn exciting.

way to dolphin nose chase a bus bliss in mist way to dolphin nose
Coonoor-Dolphin's Nose road passing through fog

As it was time of summer vacation, the vehicles were frequent on either side missing bumper kisses at narrow escapes. We couldn't stop anywhere on the road to take photos or spent time on views, except for few seconds on the mini falls (see below). Wading through mist and traffic, we end at the view point and waited sometime for unveil of beautiful view hidden by mist scarf. But the beauty beneath doesn't seem to respond a bit rather hold her blanket too tight and unwilling to wake up from sleep even it was suppose to be noon. J

The cousins, who accompany us, had been to this place few times and familiar with views, pointed on certain things but it was a clear picture of white to me. While on a clear day, one could see the awe inspiring Catherine Falls with its continuing stream several thousand meters below. There were row of shops near the viewpoint, offering variety of Teas, Homemade chocolates and fancy things… the ambiance of mist and tea plantation was inspiring to have our share of cheers via Tea. I ever tasted tea out of regular one and ginger tea, but like you expect I haven’t tried anything out of usual.

Kind of Teas
On our way back and again wading though the mist and traffic, we though to check the other two spots - Law’s Fall and Lamb’s Rock - taking the cross road, but someone instructed us that these places too experience similar mist, so it’s  not worth visiting at that time. We drove to Coonoor for lunch, before back to Kothagiri. 
Roadblock: Coonoor - Dolphin's Nose road missed in mist


TexWisGirl said...

the fog is truly beautiful and mysterious! the falls are gorgeous, of course!

Pooja Mittal said...

Never heard of this place, but it looks so beautiful with the mist... So its damous for hone made chocolates!!!
Keep in touch,

ashok said...

wow...great snaps too

Destination Infinity said...

If there is so much fog, I wonder how they get the mood to do any work. I will keep sleeping continuously in such a climate :P

Destination Infinity

Arti said...

Oh wow! Those roads wrapped in mist look so beautiful! Wonderful captures :)

Betsy Adams said...

Hi There, I'm back after a big birthday week. Trying to catch up a little on my blogging.

Your fog (mist) reminded me of last Wednesday when George and I were on the Blue Ridge Parkway getting ready to do some hiking to see some waterfalls... The FOG on that mountain looked just liked your photos... We had trouble even seeing the cars in front of us.....


Rakesh Vanamali said...

Awesome, Jeevan. I am in love with your travel notes! :D

cyclopseven said...

I have always love foggy environment. It always maintains a mysterious atmosphere. The splendour of the place is well highlighted through the pictures. Beauty is around us, all the time. Thank you for sharing.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful shots from your trip. Even in my recent trip it was full of mist to some extent.

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eden said...

Beautiful photos. I always love fog photos. Thank you for sharing.

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