Thursday, May 16, 2019

A detour around Ooty

Trees rise and fall in nature's lap
During my visit to Nilgiris in 2017, I took a detour around the Ooty town, what I usually do or look forward to whatever places I visit, we took the road adjoin The Lawrence School following our stop at the lovely Lovedale Mountain Railway Station, and it was a casual turn toward this road while looked for a place to have lunch that we took along when we moved out of our homestay. The road led through calm and natural presence of woods and shrubs; amid where we found this Indian Gaur (aka Indian Bison) munching quietly some ten feet above our parked car and herd of sheep grazing alongside the road winding through some fresh patches of green or meadows. I really enjoyed taking this route even though the road isn’t good in shape it has some nice country sights where vegetables are cultivated and colourful houses built on hill slopes. Coming across these found the Mountain Railway track winding along the road and it was really surprise for me as I have seen this place and wished to visit when I read an article related to it on the Hindu Metro Plus, very long back, plus it has come in movies esp. the popular Tamil film Vaali.

I loved seeing the arched railway bridge at a turn of the road, which was picturesque but unfortunately it started to rain when nearing the bridge so I couldn’t get clear shots and also the iron fence along the way interrupted the view. There was lot of tiny wildflowers alongside the road and this stretch was really refreshing, breathing through the fresh mountain air and essense of soil and different form the usual views on Ooty. Following were some photos from the drive
Some sheep grazing on the roadsides
A cute one grazing alone
View on some colorful houses and residents made life thought mountains, grazing sheep and cultivating vegetables and tea. Being a part of Ooty perhaps their lives depend on tourism activities. 
A cemetery locating very close to the residences you seen a pic above
Something interesting caught our eyes, as we could see it was some kind of cultivation which resemble some arrangement of stones. There was none around there to enquire about the thing and it wasn't nearby to look closer

Saw this beautiful house on the way made through salubrious environment of green fields, tea garden and fresh mountain breeze.
A pleasant countryside view  
The winding mountain railway track along the road (between Lovedale - Fern Hill) and I wished there was a streamer passing by as we drive through.
Here comes  the pretty arch bridge or underpass of the Nilgiri Mountain Railways... where the popular tamil song Oh Sona (from Vaali) was shot.


Sandi said...

That house is huge! I wonder who lives there.

Uppal said...

Ooty and its surroundings are beautifully captured by you!

bill burke said...

What a beautiful scenic countryside. Awesome views, I love that stone wall and the sheep. Thanks for the tour, Jeevan and have a great upcoming weekend.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the home and countryside are beautiful. I like the sheep too. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend.

George said...

We always take back roads whenever possible on our travels. The roads aren't as good as the main highways, but the views are often spectacular. Thank you for taking us along with you on this beautiful drive.

carol l mckenna said...

wow! such wonderful scenic photos ~ love the sheep ~ Great tour!

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Nancy Chan said...

Lovely country view. The weather must be nice and cool there. I am sure you enjoyed your tour.

GreenComotion said...

What a beautiful place, Ooty!
Loved your photos, especially the Sheep :)
Glad you got to visit and enjoy ++

I went to Ooty a few times, when I lived in India.
One of the times, we got on the train from Koonoor to Ooty, but the train could not make it up the hill. So, we walked 10 km or so and then caught the bus to Ooty :)

Take care,

Twilight Man said...

What a beautiful country side with tall trees and sheep everywhere. I love that.