RE diaries- Ride to Ooty.

5:50 AM

Ooty needs no introduction. However it provides a great weekend getaway from Bangalore. A moderate distance and the scenic road provides perfect turf for the amateur riders. 

Ooty can be reached by two routes from Bangalore. One is via the usually crowded Mysore road, Gundlupete and Bandipur. I prefer the Kanakpura road. Even though it is two lane road, you encounter less traffic and more scenic than the Mysore road. You join the Gundlupete and carry on towards Bandipura.

Never miss a sunrise

Always leave early in the morning to skip the traffic, especially during the weekend. There is no fun riding in the traffic.

The Bandipur forest opens only after 6 am. Hence plan accordingly.

At the entrance of Bandipur forest

First view of Nilgiris

There are two entrance roads to Ooty. I prefer the Kalhatti Ghat. It has 36 hair pin curves which are perfect to test your riding skills.  Only small cars belonging to TN registration are allowed on this road. This road is closed during night time.

Zostel Ooty where stayed

Zostel ooty is the perfect place to spend a night. It is nestled in a scenic spot. You can watch the beautiful nilgiris from its courtyard. The hosts are friendly.

Resting after a morning of ride

Zostel at night

Host was kind enough to make me veg bbq

Next day morning I rode to the top of Doddabetta. Its is about 15 km from Ooty. The gates open at 7 am. Doddabetta is the highest point in Southern India.

View from Doddabetta

Nilgiris on the way back

Happy Riding.. :)

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