Excursion to Avalanche : A Road Trip to Nilgiris
Excursion to Avalanche : A Road Trip to Nilgiris - IV
This was supposed to be the most thrilling out of the whole trip as we had planned for Avalanche Eco-tourism ride.
|Tea estates of Coonoor|
|The Culinarium restaurant on the Coonoor-Ooty Highway|
Unfortunately our maps on Google had shown us a shortcut route, which later turned out to be a nightmare. It took us through ketti, instead of the normal Ooty route and later there were few roads closed due to heavy rains the previous week, we had to take the Manjoor road, instead of going back to Ooty. We then crossed through Baramula, Meekery, B. Manihatty and Palada to join the Ooty-Avalanche main road. This route was at least 10km extra, which took us over 90mins extra including time to reroute and verify with the locals.
|Stunning views through the dicey roads near Manihatty|
After all the hustle and bustle in finding out the route, we had the first glimpses of the Emerald Lake by 2.45pm; we were thrilled but were also worried about reaching Avalanche forest reserve by 3.00pm for the eco-tourism ride.
|First glimpses of Emerald Lake|
|Serene and beautiful Avalanche Lake|