Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Botanical Garden in Ooty

The Botanical Garden in Ooty, spread over a sprawling 22 hectares had a very humble beginning. It began in the early 1840s as a small plot of land where vegetables were grown for the residents of Ooty. The then Governor of Madras Residency converted it into a public garden and the services of WG McIvor from the Royal Botanical Garden of Kew was enlisted. He was the one to plant the first mulberry tree in the garden.

Over the years a multitude of species of flowering herbs and shrubs from across the globe have been planted in the garden. The garden is one of the oldest heritage botanical gardens in the world. It lies on the lower slopes of the Doddabetta peak and has a terraced layout.

A lovely well maintained lawn greets you as you enter the park. The tall graceful trees seen here have been introduced from different countries. Right next to the lawn is the Italian garden consisting of crescent lily pond with colorful flower beds. You can access the conservatory and top garden from here.

Some of the attractions in the garden are the - 20 million year old fossilized tree and the monkey puzzle tree (so named because the monkeys cannot climb this tree).

The Monkey Tree

An annual flower show along with an exhibition of rare plant species is held in the month of May at the Botanical garden.

A must visit while in Ooty.

Some quick facts
Garden started in - 1848 AD
Average Annual Rainfall - 140cm
Maximum Temperature - 28 deg cel
Minimum Temperature - 0 deg cel
Altitude - 2250 meters
Area of the garden - 22 hectares

Monday, August 18, 2008

Sri Venkatadri Lodge, Bangalore

Sri Venkatadri Lodge is located right within the Satellite bus stand in Bangalore making it very convenient for tourists who have to take a connecting bus to someplace else.

The rooms are decent enough and there is a restaurant too. A bit noisy though because of its location as buses keep arriving and departing from the bus stand. But full marks in terms of convenience.

Sri Venkatadri Lodge A/C
Satelltite Bus Stand
Mysore Road
Bangalore - 26

Phone: 080-26753703

Hotel Darshan, Ooty

Hotel Darshan
(Lodging and Boarding - Veg)

- Overlooking the OOTY lake
- Just 1 km from the railway station and bus stand
- Nearest airport at Coimbatore - 90 kms

Types of Rooms

- Prince Honeymoon Suite - Carpeted
- Super Deluxe Rooms - Carpeted
- Deluxe Suites - Carpeted
- Deluxe Economy Rooms
- Group Accomodation


- Running Hot and Cold Water
- Room Service
- Room telephone
- Colour TV with Cable Connection
- Laundry
- Doctor on call
- Travel Counter
- Car Parking


Near Ooty lake boat house
Niligiris - 643001

Phone: 0423 - 2443378, 2443807, 2452288, 3299696

In Calicut you can contact - 0495 - 2766007

Royal Regency Lodge, Bangalore

Royal Regency Lodge is conveniently located in the heart of Bangalore City. Situated within walking distance of many Bangalore’s local attractions, this lodge is a great choice for either the business or leisure travelers. Guest will find this hotel convenient to the city’s local transports like, the City’s bus station and the City’s Railway Station.

Services provided by the lodge

Checkout time 24 Hours.
All major credit cards accepted.
We arrange travel and local sightseeing.
Running hot water in the morning.
Safe deposits accepted.
Ample on-site indoor parking.
T.V. with satellite channels.
In House Laundry /Dry Cleaning.
Direct Dial phone lines in the rooms.
Online reservation facilities.
24 hours house keeping/ room service.

Tariff as on Aug 14th 08

Double Deluxe = Rs.. 415/-*
Double occupancy room with T.V, Phone.

Double Standard = Rs.. 380/-*
Double occupancy room with T.V, Phone.

Double Economy = Rs.. 320/-*
Double occupancy room with T.V, Phone.

*Extra guest charged Rs. 50 and taxes 4,8,12% as applicable


Royal Regency Lodge
#251, Subedar Chatram Road,
(behind Gandhinahar)
India, Bangalore-560009.
Phone- 22266951,575,22203740,42.

Booking enquiry – 9108065342446

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Nilgiri Products (Shopping) in Ooty

Sagar Super Market - Nilgiri Products in Ooty

Deal in the following Niligiri Products

1. Eucalyptus Oil - For cold, cough and headache
2. Lemon Grass Oil - for Gastritis
3. Winter Green oil - For joint pains
4. Camphor Oil - For chest pain and asthma
5. Clove Oil - For asthma
6. Citridora Oil - For hair care
7. Almond Oil - for skin care
8. Pure Sandalwood Oil
9. Nilgiri Attar
10. Saffron
11. Mountain Mist Honey
12. Nilgiri Tea
13. Nilgiri Coffee
14. Nilgiri Dry fruits and Spices
15. Spice Oils
16. Home made chocolates

Drop them a letter regardinf your requirements and they will execute the order through VPP.

Show Rooms in Ooty

1. Opp Botanical Garden Car Park
2. Charring Cross Complex, Garden Road
3. Opp Lake Park, Lake Road

Contact Number - 0423-2440876

Thread Garden in Ooty

Thread Garden - An Innovative Creation

This unique and innovative creation is a result of varied and sustained scientific and artistic observations and experiments, in developing natural looking plants and flowers making use of self developed techniques under the "Hand-wound Embroidery system" without needles or machinaries with specially selected and developed materials.

All parts of a plant such as flower petals, leaves and stems are fully wound with thread using a shaped canvas bases inside for flowers and leaves and steel and copper wires for stems keeping a machine made perfection avoiding any overlaping or knots or any gap between the windings.

The Thread Garden is located opposite the Ooty Boat House just adjacent to Hotel Darshan.
The entry fee as on 12th August 08 was Rs 10 per person.
Camera Charges - Rs 15


North Lake road,
Opp Boat house

Tel : Office : 0423 - 2445145
Res : 0484 - 2306641
Mobile : 9447215111

Wax World Museum & Art Gallery, Ooty

Wax World Museum & Art Gallery is a collection of life-size look-alike wax statues that speak of Indian history, heritage and culture.

Wax World – Ooty
Coonoor Road
Ooty - India

Tel: +91-9790 343296
91 - 94866 32233

Email: info@waxworld.in

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Rajnish Chauhan - Himalayan (VOF) Trekking, Mountaineering Guide

Rajnish S Chauhan can be contacted for the following

1. Rock Climbing
2. Ice Climbing
3. Trekking Guidance
4. Mountaineering Expedition
5. River Crossing
6. Snow Trek
7. Bird Watching
8. Skiiing in Winter
9. Camping

Rajnish is very well versed with local flora and fauna.
He also has created a CD on the Valley of Flowers.

Contact Details

Rajnish S Chauhan

PO Bhynadar
Chamoli District
246 443

Phone: 01381-226218