A Rain Soaked Visit to Ooty – Monsoon Experience

We went there to do nothing. Simply to absorb the downpour. We returned energised!

Rainstorms are there to go out and revel in the drizzle. Appreciatively, Bangalore is honored. We can achieve the slopes inside five hours and experience it.

Last time when we were in Kadamane domain in Sakleshpur, Cariappa, the youthful chief was saying about Mango Range Estate fitting in with the same gathering close Gudalur on the best approach to Ooty. The bequest is in a spot called Pandalur on Gudalur – Wayanad parkway. We had gone on this street prior when we went to Wayand a year ago. As opposed to taking the general course by means of Sultan Bathery, we took a makeshift route and had come through Gudalur. What’s more what a drive it was! This is a standout amongst the most beautiful streets in South India. Thus, when Carry let us know about Mango Range, we were eager to do this excursion next time.

On a sluggish Friday morning we chose to go for this spot. Got the phone number from Carry and rang to check accessibility. “Yes, it is accessible” said Ms. Meeta Nair who oversees it. “Anyhow be readied for downpours” she cautioned. We were overall readied as we knew it will be spilling here. The climate figure was likewise proposing the same.

Leaving Bangalore at 7 in the morning, we took our common course by means of Kanakapura to arrive at Gundlupet. The sky was cloudy. Rains in the past few days had turned the dried grounds green. The agriculturists were occupied in the fields. There was slight chill buzzing around.


The way throughout is in excellent condition. Driving through the backwoods of Bandipur and Mudhumalai was a charming background. The rain has changed over the entire spot green and ravishing. Few weeks back the same backwoods was tan and dry. Turning right at Gudalur, we were currently in tea nation. It is green all around. The last few Kms from the Highway to the home was simply perfect. Winding ways inside the home through breadth of green was sight to behold. Offer it to British to pick the best spot to have their homes. The Sinnadorai Bungalow in Mango extent is on top of little hillock with flawless perspectives. (We couldn’t see them because of fog.


This is an adorable little British lodge under the shade of a gigantic pine tree. It is not at all like Kadamane home which is greater. This makes the spot beguiling and select. It has just three rooms. Each one room is vast with its own particular sit out/veranda. There is a chimney in each one room too. The antechamber is expansive and exquisite. Part of obsolescent furniture spread out in all the rooms. The eating corridor with obsolescent furniture is well-suited. It didn’t set aside excessively of time for us to go gaga for this spot.

We had arrangements to drive around after lunch. That was not to be as it began sprinkling and entire spot was encompassed with fog. It was beautiful to sit in the veranda and hear the sound of the sprinkle drops. The fog guaranteed that there was no good reason for driving and better invest time with a book under control.

The downpours halted for some time and we went out for a stroll in the home. The entire domain was suffocated in mists. We could see the layers of mists passing by us as we strolled around the home breathing in the cleanest air!.


It began down-pouring and we surged again to go through the night time with bubbly under control listening to the qualities of cicada, frogs.

We woke up to the calls of Malabar shrieking thrush. The downpours proceeded, fog was all around. It was a stunning, apathetic morning. Rain and fog implied no strolling around. Tasting fantastic tea sitting in the veranda listening to “shrieking schoolboy” made our day.


A pleasant feature on “Shrieking schoolboy’s winged animal melody”

We offer farewell after a great breakfast. This time we drove through Sultan Bathery. The return drive was delightful. A dazzling way. Brilliant weather…….chilll, irregular shower, hazy. We exchanged off the AC, opened the windows and let the “climate come in”!!

We will abandon you with few pictures we had taken when we drove on this way. Look, how dazzling the vistas are.

We are certain we will return again to investigate it further.

Site of the domain – Sinnadorai Bungalow, Mango Range, Nilgiris


Travel Tips

Separation from

Bangalore – 285 Kms

Coimbatore – 200 Kms

Mysore – 134 Kms

Suggested Route from Bangalore (click on the connections underneath)

Bangalore – Pandalur through Chamarajanagar/sultan Bathery

Bangalore – Pandalur through Chamarajanagar/gudalur

We might suggest you to pass by one and return by other to outwit both!

Getting there

By Road – The best alternative. It is possible that to drive oneself of take a transport to Gudalur from where one can lease a jeep to go to Pandalur.

Via Air – Nearest airfield is Mysore.

Via Train – Not a great alternative as the closest station is Nanjangud which is 112 Kms away.

Best time to go – Any time of the year.

Other Information

a) An incredible spot cool it and unwind. Additionally to investigate Nilgiris, Mudhumalai, Bandipur and Wayanad. Ooty is 70 Kms and Kalpetta (Wayanad) is 45 KM.


b) Ooty and Wayanad might be agreeably completed as day treks. So is Bandipur/mudhumalai.


c) The staff in home will take you for a guided walk. Creature locating is regular. Elephants, woofing deer are located regularly. Assuming that lucky, one can likewise see panther.


d) A head to needle top is an entrancing knowledge where you get 360 degree perspective of Nilgiris.


e) You can additionally visit the tea production line to watch how tea is transformed.


f) The staff can additionally organize a visit to “Gold Mines” – yes, gold mines – in the range. These are not general mines yet mined provincially by tribals.

Dibyendu Paul

Dibyendu is professionally a software engineer working with Tata Consultancy Services and one of the key founders of Rhododendron. He loves writingabout movies, quite fascinated about Cameras, he loves socializing.

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