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January 18th, 2010


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11:02 pm - Last time we touched Nilgris Valley

After hibernating for months and months, we decided to wind up 2009 with a quick trip to Nilgris.  Headed to Ooty in the wee hours of 25th Dec'09 and with out wasting much time, we landed in Masinagudi by post lunch; after a quick nap and scrumptious meal, we joined our local guide Sasikumar for an evening safari. Though sighting wise, we weren't lucky, it turned out to be a pleasant get-away from the typical work and city traffic . Finishing up safari and Masinagudi activities, we drove up the ghat section to reached Ooty by 7

Our final destination for the day was Coonor, which is about 17km from Ooty; but due to recent landslides and pathetic roads, we drove an extra 56km to reach Coonoor by 8.30pm. After all the tiring drive, we entered an age old british bungalow in Quall Hills, where our stay was arranged. A stay there would take one back to centuries where we get to witness the  typical british architectures in terms of chimney design and front-yard layout. All in all very cosy and homely food at your service with a caretaker family who is much bothered on how to serve you better


Ooty/Coonor was in its heights - in terms of the weather and recent calamities. While driving around, we could see traces of huge landslides leaving behind brown and empty patches between lush green tea estates, some of the roads and rail tracks were completely ripped off  bringing public transportation to a complete standstill which affected the tourism calender of this hill station. People there showed great attitude and spirit in reforming this mess back in to a city known for its beauty and landscape

Days tend to be  shorter here with lack of proper sunlight and evenings were cut-short with pitch darkness. Over all a day dominated by lousy mist and fog everywhere; not to mention we have seen people marching towards view points to see nothing but snow ;-) 

Over all a weeks stay there is something which i see as a memorable one and there we witnessed 2009 slowly sliding away, giving way for energetic predecessor 2010 - Happy New Year Guys!


Below are some of the memories of the trip which i have captured during our evening walks in and around tea valleys

 

 

 


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From:restoman
Date:January 18th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful photos, Arun!!

What a wonderful way to welcome in the new year!
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From:brendamom
Date:January 18th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
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really nice photos here.
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From:sdeepthi
Date:January 19th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
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Wow that waterfall photo is too good!! Nice peaceful place to spend your holiday i guess.
From:ext_209590
Date:January 19th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
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great photography arun, love the way you capture the ambiance of the place.
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From:srini_vas
Date:January 20th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
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Excellent !
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From:deepti_revankar
Date:January 21st, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
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beautiful pictures!
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From:arunpillai
Date:March 19th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
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your welcome
From:ext_242566
Date:August 24th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)

great snaps

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amazing photography here. seems you a professional photographer. by the way is the waterfalls a natural one.
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Date:January 9th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)

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Date:February 1st, 2011 10:37 am (UTC)
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Date:February 15th, 2011 05:09 am (UTC)
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Date:February 16th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
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Date:March 21st, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
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This really solved my problem, thank you!
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 25th, 2011 12:08 pm (UTC)
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very nice pic.,
please advice me where to stay with family in ooty, for dence fog and scinic natural beauty.

govind
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From:arunpillai
Date:November 7th, 2011 05:36 am (UTC)
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Date:April 13th, 2011 01:00 am (UTC)
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Date:May 24th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)

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Date:July 13th, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)

Beautiful

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Beautiful Captures arun..waiting for your new updates.
From:deepasayz.blogspot.com
Date:November 5th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
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hey !

long time .. almost 3 yrs !
watcha been upto ??

nice photography

hope life has been treating you well.

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From:arunpillai
Date:November 7th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
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Hey there, long long time and it has gone with out even realizing. How you doing ?

-Arun
From:deepasayz.blogspot.com
Date:November 9th, 2011 05:55 pm (UTC)
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Am not too bad ...
not better than earlier, but not much to complain :D

And you ??
From:deepa padmanabhan
Date:February 5th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Hey !

Aren't you travelling anymore ? Been a while since you updated (as with me) .. Am planning to restart .. you ?

Lots of things happened in my life .. Am now trying to regain lost ground .. you ?
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From:arunpillai
Date:February 6th, 2014 06:08 am (UTC)
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hey there, good to see old pals re-bouncing after hibernation. I do travel on and off when time permits and yes haven't checked LJ for ages. Thanks for FB, most of them are posted there.

Wat's up with ya ?

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