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The quest for Mandalpatti

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Trip to Mandalpatti and Mallalli Falls Coorg: Western Ghats of Madikeri(coorg):The Shola grasslands and forest with mesmerizing water streams and falls, Far stretching green mountains and the cool breeze will definitely make one feel like heaven.
After my 1st visit to Madikeri in 2010, we just planned for some least explored places in Coorg, so we decided to go to a peak and a waterfalls, and decided Mallalli falls on the 1st day and Mandalpatti on the 2nd day.
Mallalli Falls: We started our day from Bangalore early morning having breakfast in Maddur and reached Suntikoppa and started our journey towards towards Mallalli falls(40km from Madikeri), the nearest town being somwarpet. 
The route is via madapur, we reached  a checkpoint for the falls and had some snacks over there form a local shop n hired a local guide(as the place is completely remote) and travelled for some 2km, then we had to park our SUV and started to trek there are atleast a thousand steps to get down and further have t…

A Visit to the Ooty Gardens

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A Visit to the Ooty Gardens:
Started my day from Mettupalyam at 7.30am and missed the mountain train which was at 7.15am, i just caught a bus to Ooty, the views are breathtaking even in bus drive too. As the bus started to ride over the Nilgiri hills i could sense the temperature dropping quickly. There are a number of hairpin bends on the way, so better don't have food before starting the drive. In the early drive you could see lots of trees on the mountains, and once u spot tea estates it means u r nearing to Coonoor, further 11km up the hills is Ooty. Got down at Charring cross(Ooty town) at 9.30am and couldn't find many good veg hotels around so had to settle for Durga veg. Food is average but no better choice. 
Just a km away is the Government Botanical Garden, in fact it is the best place in Ooty town. It is said that it is the largest Botanical garden in India. It is really worth visiting it and one of the best maintained gardens i ever seen. Spent almost 5 hours taking…