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  • Day9

    Tea Highlands Tour

    December 13, 2018 in India ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Augie and Nancy came down with separate illnesses overnight. Augie wasn't up for the day's activities and stayed behind in Conoor to rest. Nancy, Sophie, and I spent the morning touring the Highlands Tea Factory in nearby Wellington. The tour was good although it covered a lot of familiar ground. We learned that tea harvesting happens all year, but the main harvest is in June when the monsoon rains bring fast growth. The guide explained that they employ one hundred pickers year round and several thousand during the wet months. While there, we noticed that several of the workers in the factory were migrants from Southeast Asia. He also explained that a picker's quota of leaves for black or green tea is around 40 kilograms or 88 pounds per day. The same pickers quota of white tip tea picked is 100 grams or less than a quarter pound per day.

    In the afternoon we caught a toy train from Conoor to Ooti. A World Heritage experience. Both towns were Hill Stations and are tea centers. Quite a nice ride through some lovely country. Much like our epic train ride through the Highlands in Sri Lanka.

    Upon return we found Augie to be much improved and ready for tomorrow's safari in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.
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  • Day20


    March 7, 2020 in India ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Gestern sind wir mit dem Bus zum Dodabetta Peak gefahren nur um dort festzustellen, dass man für die letzten Meter doch noch ein Taxi nehmen muss. Es war aber sehr schön und unser Highlight waren frisch gekochte Maiskolben oben auf dem Berg (eine Rentner-Reisegruppe Engländer fand die auch sehr lecker).
    Fast noch schöner fand ich den Rosengarten und den botanischen Garten heute. Mitten in der wusligen Stadt war es eine Art Ruhepol und die Anlagen waren super schön ausgebaut und sauber. Mittags gab's wieder Maiskolben :))
    Extrem waren wieder die Inder die Bilder mit uns machen wollten, alle drei Minuten kam eine Gruppe Jugendlicher an. Wir sind mittlerweile dazu übergegangen jedes Mal nein zu sagen, sonst käme man echt zu nichts Anderem ^^
    Später waren wir noch im ersten Supermarkt ähnlichen Laden den wir hier gesehen haben und ich war sehr überrascht in einem Regal eine verstaubte Tüte glutenfreies Müsli von Schär zu entdecken. Im Gegensatz zu einer Packung glutenfreier Kekse von einem Laden hier in Ooty hab ich das Müsli aber nicht gekauft. On top haben wir noch etwas Schokolade gekauft, die hier in Ooty neben Tee in Massen hergestellt wird (kommt noch durch den Einfluss der Engländer in der Kolonialzeit) .
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  • Day7

    All about the Journey to OOTY :P

    August 12, 2017 in India

    The last few days have been crazy
    First a food tasting expedition around in Chennai which ended up with us exhausting our patience but also discovering a few nice places.
    Second would be the unusually large *sound* meals at IRCTC. The stage for the trip was all set. Having never gone to Ooty and it being such a famous name. Plus the awesome part about being able to stay in a *tree house*! Yes you guys heard it right! A TREE HOUSE!! Exploring the places in waynad was another bright side too because then kerela would be truly complete from my own eyes.
    DAY 1:
    Having not gotten any train tickets to Ooty and the bus tickets being overpriced heavily (₹1500) we decided to take the government buses available. I was expecting to get a direct bus to Ooty in worst case a direct bus at least go Coimbatore :). Delayed by the unusually bad Chennai traffic today we took nearly 2 hours to reach the bus station from our campus. With no buses available directly to Ooty or Coimbatore we took a SUPER SUPER CROWDED bus to Salem. Our of 7 of us only 2 managed to get seats. The rest of us made comfortable on the bus floor hoping to catch some sleep at some point of time. It's ironic for me especially cause I've never been on this side before, actually always thinking why people would prefer sitting or sleeping on the floor instead of taking another bus🤔. (Explanation would be
    1. People are crazy.
    2. The floor isn't so bad.
    3. It's a good *one* time experience (I'll be very specific about this one)😆
    So after a few million attempts of sleeping and conversing I could catch some sleep when we traded seats temporarily :). Another bus to Coimbatore then from Salem but this time with seats.
    Satisfying our hungers with sweets and veg puffs gave a different feel too. The journey to Ooty was really really *schön*😀. As the temperatures fell helping us relieve of the heat stress we faced in our journey, the scenery around was also quite astounding! With valley on one side and the mountains on the other, we hurried through the breezy way. It was not just about the trees, but the whole view of the lush green mountains combined with the wonderful and bright colours of the houses around :). Though the skill of our bus driver was tested on several occasions, we somehow made it to Ooty (like an engineering student gets his degree.) Let me just say that it had been a crazy 18 hours of bus journey! (11 pm to 5 pm)
    The accomodation we found there was super cheap like ₹1500 for 8 people! 😆
    After a very satisfying meal and purchase of chocolates we headed back to our rooms. It had been a memorable day truly !
    The night was a funny one :p
    We heard a motorbike at around 3am racing around in our very own room!!😂
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Ooty, Udagamandalam, উধগমন্ডলম, उदगमंदलम, ウダカマンダラム, Utakamand, Утакаманд, Udhagai