Friday, March 14, 2008

heaven in earth - Queen of hill stations

This is a Hill station in south india it s called OOTy . Its also called the Queen of hill stations . Its one of the places where you feel god has the most creative mind in the world . Ooty still woos people from all over India as well as foreign countries right through summer, and sometimes in the winter months too. An added attraction for the tourists to Udagamandalam is the mountain train journey on a ratchet and pinion track which commences from Kallar, near Mettupalayam and wends its way through many hair-raising curves and fearful tunnels and chugs along beside deep ravines full of verdant vegetation, gurgling streams and tea gardens.The scenery, as it unfolds during the trip, is breathtaking, awe-inspiring and fantastic but at the same time i was very very very scared ha ha you see down and you may puke sometimes. One can notice a marvellous change in vegetation, as one goes from Kallar to Coonoor it will be fully green where ever you see. Near Coonoor, it is humid with pines, blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus) and cypress trees. As we go from Ooty to Gudalur, the change in vegetation is striking. What a splendid interaction between climate and vegetation ! It is therefore very appropriate that Mount Stuart called the whole road leading to Ooty from Mettupalayam, "One long botanical debauch." Some pictures that i took from above sea level in the train the sky was so beautiful that day .