Adieu to Ooty : A Road Trip to Nilgiris

Adieu to Ooty : A Road Trip to Nilgiris - V

Road trip to Nilgiris
Sandynulla or Kamraj Sagar dam, can be viewed from the highway itself.

Sandynulla or Kamraj Sagar dam
Sandynulla or Kamraj Sagar dam
After about ten minutes’ drive from Sandynulla, we stopped at the Tree Park or the pine forest located on the right side of the highway. This is also called as the 6th mile shooting spot. The walk through the pine forest was very much soothing. Beyond the trees you can have a view of the typical slopes of Ooty grasslands.
6th mile shooting spot ooty
6th mile shooting spot
Another 15mins drive from 6th mile, is the Wenlock downs of 9th mile shooting spot. This is a must see, with beautiful panoramic views of the grass slopes, lake, and grouping of various species of trees.
Wenlock downs of 9th mile shooting spot
Gorgeous slopes of Wenlock downs
shooting medu ooty
Scenic views of 9th mile shooting medu
Nilgiri Hills ooty
Shades of trees
We continued our journey towards Pykara falls and after reaching the place, got to know the river is dried up so we decided to drive to Pykara Lake.
Pykara Lake Boating house
Pykara Lake Boating house
Pykara Lake is about 1km from the Highway; having relaxed for a while we started at 2.45pm to last destination of our road trip, which was Needle Rock view point. As it was already late and we had to reach Bangalore, so we didn’t go for boating at Pykara.

About 25mins ride from Pykara Lake, was a picturesque spot near TR Bazaar and we couldn’t resist, so we parked our car and went on to explore the lake. This was a perfect spot for photograph, with a lake, green grass, lovely trees, clear blue sky, and mountains in the backdrop.
Picturesque spot near TR Bazaar on the Ooty-Gudalur highway
Picturesque spot near TR Bazaar on the Ooty-Gudalur HWY
We spotted a roadside waterfall on the highway and on other side of the highway was a view of the Mudumalai forest below.
Roadside waterfalls on the Ooty gudalur highway
Roadside waterfalls on the HWY
We reached our last attraction of our road trip, Needle Rock View Point. Time was already 4 past, so we were not sure to trek to the view point, having thought many times we decided to go for it. The place is maintained by the forest department; a 500m trek from the highway takes you to the needle rock view point, and also has a well paved pathway.
Needle Rock View Point
Looks like heavens are opening their doors
The view from the needle point is amazing with a 360 degree panoramic vision. At the Karnataka side is the forest view at lower flat grounds and on the TN side is the view of higher Nilgiri hills, which makes it special. Also Gudalur can be spotted from here. The views stretch across Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Mudumalai National park and Bandipur National park, giving a vision of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka states from the view point. Wasn’t it special and a perfect place to end our journey. 

Needle Rock View Point
It was time for the sun to go down forming magical shades of light through the valley


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