>> Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Pykara falls is located on the Mysore road, it is around 18-20 km from ooty. I and my friend have planned to visit pykara falls because the photos of that places were displayed everywhere around ooty. It creates interest among me and my friend. We have planned to get up early in the morning thought of reaching early, but what happened was totally adjacent. We got by 11 am in the morning and had our breakfast and I was not in mood to go because I thought it was long from ooty. But my friend forced me a lot to start to pykara. At last we started from our place, we went to charing cross(Famous Shopping place) and planned to rent a bike. We went to the shop and asking him for rent around 12.30 pm, he asked what time will you return back and we said it will be around 6 or 7pm. He asked for license my friend had given his license, then he said the rate is rs.350 and we got shocked because one year back my friend rented bike for rs 100 for whole day. We both discussed for a while and decided to go by bus itself. We took a bus to ooty bus stop from chairing cross and once we reach ooty. We were waiting for bus to pyakara in ooty bus stop for long time and asked other bus conductor, he said the bus will stand outside , it wont come in. Again we out and searched for bus stop and finally we got the bus which was going to kudalur(50 km from ooty). It took around one hour thirty minutes to reach pykara falls. On the way to pykara there are excellent views and nature we have seen. We enjoyed a lot while we travel to pykara.
At last we got down in pykara by 2 pm in the afternoon. I started feeling hungry, there were number of shops nearby pykara. We asked one police about how to go to falls. He said the route and we went to one shop, had omlet and milakai bhajji. The omlet was good which is big in size but milakai bhajji was not good. After filling our stomach we started walking toward pykara, it looks too much crowded since it is season time. We walked almost 15 minutes to reach water falls. After seeing the falls me and my friend got irritated, there is only less water and more people(Almost 500), they made the place dirty by throwing plastics, paper etc. We thought of spending our time in nature but people made the place terrible by throwing papers. We came back soon after seeing these much crowd. Again while coming we asked police men, is there any other place to see. He told us about Pykara boat house so started walking towards boat house. The road looks so steep and we both felt hard to walk because most of them came by tourist car or mini bus or van. Once we reach boat house it was excellent to watch nature surrounds the lake. We had decided to go by boat but there also too much crowd. We went and asked in the ticket counter about the cost. He said for speed boat it cost rs 525 for 3 persons for 10 minutes. We decided to go by normal boat which cost rs 325 for 6 persons. At last other 4 people joined with us and we got ticket. We had a big queue waiting to get into boat. It took almost 30 minutes to get into boat because of heavy crowd. In that 20 minutes we had a good time spending our time with nature and inhaling some fresh air. We can able to see that the whole lake is covered by forest and we find some rare species of birds having wonderful time in the lake. The good thing about our trip is boating where we can able to spend our time with nature. It is better to visit ooty during September month and it is off season. Visit during off season and spend some good time with nature and stay young.