Roses, Roses and roses..Rose garden, Ooty

“And the rose itself has got perfume which on earth is not”

These quotes are randomly spread everywhere in the rose garden, ooty and make you occupied with thoughts of roses, roses and only roses.
Rose garden, Ooty is one of the famous tourist spots in Ooty. It is maintained by Horticultural department.

Rose garden, Ooty

From entrance
From entrance
Butterfly came for roses
Butterfly came for roses
Just sit and Chillll
Just sit and Chillll

Rose garden, Ooty

let's have some fun
let’s have some fun
Yes, it is a rose
Yes, it is a rose

More than the roses, I was amused by the location. It is on one cliff with altitude of 2.2km overlooking the light grey clouds trying to kiss those tall tress and a petty town.

Rose garden, Ooty

I have no words for this scene
I have no words for this scene

Present day Rose garden, Ooty harbors 20,000 varieties of roses.
There are roses in every imaginable size , color and names too. Some were almost half my head. The person(s) who chose names for different species might be very creative, some very eccentric kind of names were seen.
The names like ‘Jayalalitha’ were really surprising.

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Rose garden, OotyDeep red, peachy pink ones are my favorite.
I have seen pics of Ooty flower show during which the roses are decorated in very adorable shapes.
You can spend some time here just chilling. When I say chilling, I meant literally..
A slow walk through the near crescent shaped garden is very relaxing.
Entrance fee- 20rs
Timings – 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.
All days of week.
Visit duration : 30mins to 90 mins
Depends on your love for nature. I spent about 2 hrs.
Flower shows happen during spring and summer.

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Papikondalu trip,day 1

Hello, friends!!!! This is about the first day of our ‘two-day trip’ to Papikondalu. If you missed the introduction post for Papikondalu, find it here. You can start your trip either from Bhadrachalam or Rajamandri. It is almost equal in distance either way. We chose Bhadrachalam as it was near and was in Telangana. So, we reached Bhadrachalam after an 8 hr night journey. We took a small hotel just for freshening up. We were ready by 7 am. We called the trip organizer and he asked us to meet him at a particular place. We were the first to arrive at that place( as it happens most of the times). We had to wait for almost an hour for others to arrive and the vehicle to start.

Papikonadalu

The vehicle was simply an extended ‘auto’ which took us to a ‘Pochavaram’ village after a two-hour journey. That was the launching station for boats. The system there is very simple and disorganized. All the travel agencies hand over their poor travelers to one man who is in charge of all the boats there. So no matter with whom you booked, you end up in a huge line with others. If you are brilliant enough and know the Que dealing tactics in a country like India, you can get into a boat in few minutes. It was just ‘survival of the fittest’. There is no difference in boats as well, they are filled in ‘first come first basis’ unless AC ones. We opted Non AC as there were much freedom and space.

Breakfast was served in a haphazard way. We begun our journey at around 11:30. The journey was so…pleasent and made us forget everything else.

The boat slowly moves crossing dense jungles, tribal villages and beauty is all around. The only trouble was the blazing sun.

We spotted so many interesting things as the journey takes you to places which are not much civilized. At some point you will be at place where is no other human being(except the ones in the boat).

One hour of the journey takes you to a tribal village called Perantalla palli. A huge, old tamarind tree welcomes you. You can buy some hand made items made of bamboo. They are cute and cheap as well. There is a temple called Ramakrishna muni vatika adjoining a small waterfall where you can spend some time. You can walk into the village to get some scent of the tribal life.

The tamarind tree at perantalla palii
The tamarind tree at perantalla palii

 

The same Tamrind tree
The same Tamrind tree
Perantalla palii village
Perantalla palii village

 

 

They say it is the house of one great warrior Alluri Seetharama raju
They say it is the house of one great warrior Alluri Seetharama raju
One hut and their vehicle in a 'No man's island'
One hut and their vehicle at a ‘No man’s island’
Papikondalu
Small colony

The journey starts again after about 30 mins and takes you deep to a place called Papikondalu where the river Godavari has been bordered both sides by hills which make the place look like ‘Papidi’ (partition in the hair). For few minutes, I wasI was sooo exhilarated witnessing the beauty.

We halted at a place called Kolluru where lunch was served and we were going to stay there for the night. Lunch tasted good but the serving was very messy and my parents couldn’t eat.People who opted for one day trip are taken back after lunch.

Huts look like that and I looked like this
Huts look like that and I looked like this
People playing
People playing
Playing and posing in the sand and twilight
Playing and posing in the sand and twilight

Kolluru is a tribal village on the river bank. Going to our accommodation needed almost a km walking in the hot sun and near boiling sand. We were so exhausted by the time we reached our huts that we slept almost immediately. When we woke up it was about five in the evening and we went to explore the surroundings. It was still hot outside and we saw one worker dropping wood outside our huts

We asked him the reason. When he told they were for ‘bonfire’, we almost laughed. Bonfire?we were about to get fried in heat.

He simply smiled and said “Just wait and see”

We played for hours in the sand and realised it was getting cold slowly. People who came in groups were indulged in sand sports like Volleyball. There were two groups of huts, one was near the river bank and was for youngster who come with friends the second was near the village and was for families.

After the dinner, we spent some time near our personal bonfire before sleeping.

There was no mobile signal, no power point for charging,no television and it was still amazing.

If you want to know what was my outfit that day click here

Bye till the next post.

 

A TRAIN to GOA : a sweet surprise

 

Dudhsagar_Falls_Triplet    I always wanted to write about my honeymoon . I am starting that with one of the ‘most memorable train journeys of my life’ . It was a simple journey for first 13 hrs full with food and laughs . I did not expect much from that journey other than that . Then came the surprise ….

At about 10 in the morning our couch attender came to us & asked us to come to the door as there was interesting thing to come in next few mins. We did not give this to much consideration as we thought this to be the usual over enthusiasm of old people. He came back with in 5 mins.

amma ,manchi falls vasthadi ippudu,chala baguntadi . dudhsagar antaru.vacchi chudandi”

( here comes a beautiful water falls called dudhsagar ,please come and see )

The name Dudhsagar succeeded to bring some mobility in my lazy body . I succeeded to drag my hubby along.

As we came to the door , i could see that at every door in every couch people were standing with anticipatory excitement in their faces. ( only we were ignorant ).Only then i spotted it coming …….Dudhsagar ….

As we stood there with awed expression and widely opened mouths , the train moved closer and closer. It actually created an illusion of the train actually traversing the fall . As if to prolong this bliss the train was moving at 10s. We both were very much enchanted by what was in front of our eyes . Water with some foamy character was actually looking like milk . Imagine gallons of milk flowing from some unknown heaven.

The GOA tourism website describes Dudhsagar falls like this.

“The Konkani name for the falls, which literally translated means “sea of milk”, derives from clouds of milky foam which rises up at the bottom of the falls. Dudhsagar is set amidst breathtaking scenery overlooking a steep, crescent-shaped head of a valley carpeted with pristine tropical forest, that is only accessible on foot or by train.”

There is some funny story attached to the name which you can find in that website.

The legend tells the story of this powerful and wealthy king who ruled a kingdom in the Western Ghats. His lavish and opulent palace in the hills was surrounded by vast gardens which were full of deers and gazelles.

The King had a beautiful daughter, who used to enjoy taking a bath during the hot summers, in the picturesque lake near the forest on the edge of the King’s palace grounds. It was her habit to finish her bath and have a jugful of sugared milk in a jug made of pure gold.

One day when she was finishing her usual jug of milk she found herself being watched by a handsome prince standing amongst the trees. Embarassed by her inadequate bathing attire, the resourceful Princess poured the sugared milk in front of her to form an improvised curtain to hide her body, while one of the maids rushed to cover her with a dress.

Thus was the legend born. The sugared milk (dudh) poured down the mountainside and continued to flow in torrents as a tribute to the everlasting virtue and modesty of the Princess of the Ghats. ”

I could not get the information whether all trains going to Goa can have this wonderful moments or not. At least  Vasco da gama express ,Amaravathi express, Goa express ( as per my knowledge ) are blessed.

So, it is my advice to all people thinking of Goa ,to consider train .

 

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