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Pykara Lake – First Visit

Steps to the Passenger Boarding Area
Steps to the Passenger Boarding Area

We have visited Ooty so many times but we have not visited Pykara lake. It was on the other side and so we always keep it to the last day and then we change our minds and drive home in our usual route and so Pykara always got missed. This time, we were going to visit Pykara and drive home in that route instead of our usual route. We duly checked out of our resort and visited some of the places that we had not been to earlier. None of them were that good. We finally reached Pykara Lake. It was a sunny day, the place was not too crowded (or so we thought), and it was a fine day to go boating. The first shocker was the gazillion steps that lead to the boat. My aunt saw the steps and said she was not coming. We tried to convince her but honestly, even we would find the climbing up a killer. So, the rest of us went boating.

The Boat
The Boat

It was then that we saw the crowd – not too many but enough so we had to wait for the boat. The picture on the right is the boat we finally took. There was no one else accompanying us. If you are in the minority with respect to the number of people, it makes sense to join a bigger group of people and pay the difference fare instead of trying to book the entire boat for yourself and paying a higher fare. The breeze was cold even though the day was very sunny and the ride was calming.

Sunny Day
Sunny Day

The Arien was shooting pics, as always. This time, there were some pics of us as well but more of the candid variety and I am not a big fan of his candid snaps. I always have the most frightful expressions in them so I refuse to publish them anywhere.

The ride was fun and we enjoyed spotting birds which the Arien correctly named. Of course, the names stayed in our heads for exactly 1 minute 🙂 He is the birder in the group. We tried speaking over the sound of the boat and then stopped for it seemed like we were shouting. The Capri cousin was busy answering his daughter’s queries which all started with “Appa..”.

Pykara Lake View
Pykara Lake View

Apart from the absolute calm that came from sitting in a moving boat staring at the water, I thought I would fall asleep.. it was kinda soporific as well. I hoped the Arien wouldn’t feel the same way as he was driving us home 🙂

Pykara Boathouse
Pykara Boathouse

We also snapped a picture of the Pykara boathouse from our boat. In the top right hand corner, you can almost make out a saree-clad person who is, of course, my aunt. From this snap it looks as if we climbed a million steps. Well,  climbing down was easy – it was the climbing up that was really rough on the joints 😀 And then all too soon the ride was over. My aunt welcomed us back joyfully -it would have been quite boring sitting there all alone- and asked us to have Chai – which we did.

It was now goodbye time. The Capri cousin was here for another day but we preferred going home today so we could rest tomorrow and then get back to work the next day. We waved our byes at the Pykara lake.

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A Day of sightseeing at Yercaud

Peacock@zooWe planned to spend the day at Yercaud. Because we had visited Yercaud before, we had an idea of the sigh-seeing spots to visit that day. You can read about my earlier Yercaud visit, here and here.

We visited the Yercaud Zoo, which is nowhere similar to or even close to the Mysore zoo. You can almost see why they say “Proud as a peacock” – the peacock is preening away for the shutterbugs. The zoo was quite crowded and after a few pictures, we were ready to leave.

The next stop was the Yercaud boating place. None of YercaudBoatingus wanted to go boating in the sweltering heat and so we had Chai (again).The Arien want off to shoot more pics. None of the others look all that great and so I am posting only this pic.

The last time also we did not go boating. In fact, we hired cycles to visit the Ladies Seat, Gents seat etc. This time, we took the car and visited the same sight-seeing spots.

The plan was to have lunch at GRT Sky Rocca. This is a picture of the hotel from one of the seats. I am not sure if it is the Ladies Seat or the Kids seat.

ViewfromLadiesSeat

The climb was not steep but we were out of breath! It was windy and quite cold and we posed for some pics. Of course, we were giving our best smiles but the wind wreaked havoc on our hair. I am either turning away from the Camera or I am trying to hand comb my hair. Blah!!

Its a distant shot and I doubt you can even make out the hotel in that pic. But, I am sure you can appreciate the height that we were at.

All the climbing made us ravenous. We were ready to eat at Sky Rocca. The place was exactly as we remembered it. The food was somewhere in between good and ok. The Taurean enjoyed the respite from the crazy sight-seeing folks we tend to be when we travel.ViewfrmSkyRocca

The senior Arien was tired and would have ideally liked to sleep after lunch but we were not finished yet. We spent some time at Sky Rocca, enjoying the view and both the Arien and self shared stories of what we did last time we stayed here. The Arien went off to shoot pics — his favorite hobby during our holidays.

And then, we were off again. This time we were visiting a cave temple. I opted out of it because there were a gazillion folks already inside and very few were heading out.

Fair

Both myself and the senior Arien stayed outside while the Arien and the Taurean went inside. There was a “santhe” or “jaathre” happening outside with a lot of balloons, giant wheels, ice-cream vendors, etc. which was quite colorful to watch.

After the Arien and Taurean came out, I asked them to check if their wallets were with them. I sound paranoid, I know, but it happens so often. Crowded places and men losing their wallets go hand-in-hand. Luckily, their wallets and the money in it was safe.

The Arien caught sight of a lil boy blowing bubbles and wanted to shoot some pics. We were all ready to leaveBubbleboy but I knew that he would not leave until he got a few shots and so we gave him company. Of course, the model, our boy with the bubbles happily complied. He even refused to look our way though he knew we were shooting his pic.

The last stop for the day was the Montfort school. This time we did not go in but I wanted a snap of the school for my blog so the Arien took one snap of the symbol alone. I told him that I will not be able to figure out anything from this snap and then he took another one.

FruitStack

I finally did not even use it for my post at all :O I opted to use the fruit stack instead. Happens all the time with me. No wonder the Arien refuses to humor me. Maybe I will include it just for that.

It was tea-time and everyone was a lil crabby, including me. A holiday usually involves a siesta, and we had not had ours today and so it was but natural. We stopped at a local sight-seeing spot and had Chai. We were ready to head back to our rooms and retire for the night.

MontfortYercaud

All of us were unanimous in our decision that we would not eat dinner at the hotel and so we drove like crazy until the Taurean spied A2B (Adyar Ananada Bhavan) and then we had a yummy dinner of tasty snacks.

Considering we had had an amazing lunch, we were totally ok to finish dinner with a couple of snacks. We also decided to have our other meals at this place. The Arien looked poised to disagree and I jumped in with a “Can we decide on that later?” and so after a real touristy day, it was time to call it a day!

Oh.. let me not forget the Montfort pic. There you go!