Road trip from mysore to Ooty via Bandipur forest is one of the best road trips in India. This December I planned to visit Ooty and after my research, I came to know that people are more excited about the route to Ooty rather than visiting Ooty. A route which is famous for 36 hairpins and two top national parks. We left at around 8:00 a.m. in the morning from our Hotel in Mysore to Ooty and take a single stop before Bandipur forest for breakfast. There is no hotel in the stretch of Bandipur National Park and Mudumalai National Park, only one place you will get something from where safari is hired.
Route via Bandipur
As soon as we enter Bandipur we were excited to see some wildlife since it was early morning we saw lots of deer and peacock by the side of a road. The deer and peacock were very near to the road, we also see some wild elephant and other wild animal but I did not have an idea what we call them 😉 . It was an awe-inspiring experience to see some wildlife with a great road drive. The road to the national park are well maintained and provide a scenic view. You can enjoy a safari at both the national park, the timing of Bandipur national park safari is 6.30am and 4.30pm daily. It is always suggested to reach forest area early morning or take a safari in the morning if you want to see the wilderness of the wildlife. As in morning, everyone comes out in search of food and water. I also saw the animal in morning only in evening I hardly saw anything.
Ooty is known as Queen of hills and is a very popular tourist destination in south India. It is known for its pleasant temperature, tea garden, valleys, and lake. Ooty is around 30km from Masinagudi and the route has 36 hairpins. There are basically two ways to go to Ooty, either you can take Coimbatore-Ooty-Gundlupet highway or the hair-raising 36 hairpin bend road to reach Masinagudi. The hairpin bend route will surely save time but the drive through hairpin is not suggested for a new driver as it is very steep and include blind curves. We took hairpin bends route as it was scenic with a stupendous view and if you have any local person with you then he will keep telling about the shooting of different movie on the route. There are several places to visit in Ooty but since we were on a day trip we visited the botanical garden, Ooty lake, rose garden and also saw the tea plantation. You can get some handmade choclates, aromatic oils, some spices of nilgiris, and most importantly tea to home.
Tips for traveller
Reach early morning in the national park region, avoid hair pin bend route if you are a new driver or if you did not have much experience in driving on mountains.
Let me know about your experience about visiting Ooty.