Thursday, 14 February 2013

Travelogue - A trip to Coonoor

Beginning of February saw us pack up for a family holiday at Coonoor – a beautiful hill station close to Ooty. Only, it has the advantage of being far less crowded and more peaceful. My sister zeroed in on this place after wide research to ensure it fit all the requirements  - the maiden journey of her 3 month old baby, the activity appetite of her other 5 year old, the long drive passion of my BIL, enough of excitement for the just wed and enough relaxation for the grandparents lot. Phew! A long list indeed!

We all assembled at Coimbatore and then drove down to Coonoor. Our stay was booked at Bison Country , a pretty little resort which had 4 cottages and 2 rooms, each of them offering a stunning view of the towering lush green hills right opposite to the place. The entire resort was so beautifully landscaped with lawns and a wide variety of flowers. This coupled with the farm animals that freely loitered the place(a couple of ducks, turkey, hens and pretty rabbits) gave us the comforting feeling of sitting right in the lap of mother nature. Just standing in those green surroundings and silence that was disturbed only by the sounds of the wind and birds was such a soothing experience. It proved to be an ideal setting for the family time that we had planned for.

Snapshot view of bison country Resort

The Beautiful hill view from the cottage

After a much needed noon siesta post the road travel, we spent the evening at the resort itself, engaging ourselves with hot tea, snacks and games while my nephew had his fill of fun playing with the animals. As the sun went down and the night set in, it began to get quite cold and we all settled around the camp fire. After a fun session of songs and chit chat, we treated ourselves to the hot and yummy dinner prepared by the caretaker couple. The resort also houses a small library of books and DVDs and the collection was pretty good. They have facilities for a few indoor and outdoor games as well.

Day 2 dawned and we all got ready for some sightseeing. Our first destination was the Raliah dam. After manoeuvring through several hairpin bends and steep slopes as we enjoyed the breathtakingly beautiful hills, we reached a spot high up in the mountains. From there, we had to do a short trek through a thicket of eucalyptus trees to reach the dam. The place was so quiet but for a stray bird chirp and leaves cracking under our feet. It was a little eerie and after climbing through mounds of mud and bushes, we were greeted by ...

Raliah Dam

Placidity at its best! I just couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful sight in front of me. The water was so still that it looked like a huge mirror reflecting the trees and mountains all around it. That coupled with the complete silence just took my breath away. I just drowned and drowned in the peace and quiet and the overpowering beauty of nature that stretched out before me and had to be shaken back to my senses when we got ready to leave the place.

We then had lunch at a French  restaurant which was housed in an old bungalow surrounded by beautiful green hills. By then, the baby and her brother had become restless and the grandparents lot was tired too and so we returned to the resort. Only the husband and I wanted further activity and after some research, we settled for walks around the resort area. And that was a great experience too, for we were surrounded by  beautiful mountains and pretty wild flowers carpeted the road sides wherever we went. I collected some particularly pretty ones and presented them to my nephew who recived it with a cute little smile :)

For day 3, we visited a tea factory, drove and trekked to several other view points, each of them higher and steeper up the hills and each competing with the other for the beautiful sights they offered. Here are a few samples :

This was a trip that completely soaked us in nature, leisure and wonderful family time. So if that’s what you are looking for, pack your bags and set off to this place!!


  1. super .coonoor revise pannina mari irundhadhu

    1. This was meant for that also :) For reading later on with nostalgia ..

  2. Lovely pics..Coonoor is a lovely hill-station that is still untouched by commercialism unlike Ooty.

    1. Oh yes it sure is! Peace at its best is offered there :)
      And am so glad to see you back here Uma .. I was beginning to miss my regular readers :)

  3. Beautiful travelogue with nice photos


    1. Thanks a lot Krishna and welcome to this space!


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