Ooty was completely different from what we expected. We thought this would be a little town (maybe because of its cute name), but it was hectic, had an unattractive city centre and the air wasn’t as pure as we expected of a town that’s high in the mountains. Luckily for us, the town itself wasn’t the reason we came here. We came here for the tea plantations, the lovely surroundings and the toy train ride from Ooty to Mettupalayam.
In Mysore, we took a local bus at the KSRTC Central Bus Stand around 1.15 pm (from platform 3 for 83 Rupees p.p.) which would bring us to Ooty. In between we had a little lunch break and after driving trough a Tiger National Reserve, the bus dropped us at 3:30 pm at the state border in the middle of the National Park, where normally we would have to change buses.
Unfortunatly there was a strike when we travelled and some people tried to convince us they were our only option and asked the crazy amount of 2.000 Rupees to bring us to Ooty from there. Luckily there was somebody who would brings us for 1.000 Rupees, which we lowerd to 600 Rupees and after seeing elephants (wild or not) we arrived at Ooty around 5 pm.
Maybe next time try the minibuses from Mysore to Ooty which cost only 350 Rupees p.p.
We had an actual house, all for ourselves. There was a large living room and open kitchen on the first floor. On the second floor there are two bedrooms and two bathrooms. A perfect place to stay with families. They provide pans and pots upon request so you can cook yourself if you want to. In comparison to the city itself, the surroundings of the house are really quiet. If you want, they can help you with tours and transport and it's an easy and short walk to the city centre.
During our stay, all the restaurants and most of the shops were closed because somebody important died. Therefor we could not go out for diner. Luckily, the staff had some good cooking skills and provided us with some really good meals.
All the houses at Two Seas Residence have a fireplace which we really needed during our visit because is was cold! The staff buys the wood which is chargeable and if you ask them, they will start the fire for you. It gives a great winter feeling!
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We rented a motorbike for one day (550 Rupees) and headed for Coonor. We visited the Highfield Tea Factory where we strolled though the plantations and took some really nice pictures of the women working in the fields. After this, we headed for Dolphin's nose. Driving this route will take you through stunning green tea plantations, you also pass Lamb's Rock on the way to the Viewpoint which looks like the nose of dolphin (what’s in a name..). Do watch out for the cheeky monkeys here! They are not really friendly.
There are some other places to visit such as the Botanical Gardens, Doddabetta Peak, the Government Rose Gardens and Ooty Lake but we skipped these due to cold and misty weather and time.