The Virgin Lakkidi / Avalanche lake Ooty
Sitting in the hotel balcony, I had the last sip of my morning tea. The aroma of this Blue Mountain tea always boosts my mood up.
The second day of our sudden weekend trip to Ooty, a hill station in southern India, started like so.
Around 8.00 am we got ready and started for the Lakkidi lake, back water of Upper Bhavani reservoir, situated around 25-30 km away from Ooty. It is commonly known as Avalanche Lake, nicely maintained by Tamil Nadu forest department.
Reaching the forest check point around 9.00 am we booked a marshal car. The forest department allows eight people in one single car, fortunately we met six fellow tourists.
Our journey from now was literally a forest safari. A shady path through the dense forest, the calmness of the woodland, chirp of birds were making our journey exhilarating.
The forest we were passing by, looked like cauliflower canopy. This kind of forest locally known as shola forest. We halted there to click some snaps with the picturesque Shola forest back drop. After spending around ten minutes there we resumed our safari.
The next halt was to see a small water fall. It was a rocky water fall, surrounded by greens.
Clear sky, green forest and the water fall all were amazing, but the most spectacular part yet to come, the lake.
Finally, we reached the lake after forty-five minutes of safari. I have never seen heaven, but Now I could imagine how it would be! I could see the bright blue lake surrounded by lovely sienna colored land and green knolls. It was breath-taking.
We walked little to reach the lake. The crystal-clear water of the serene Lakkidi lake blown my mind. I haven’t seen such clear lake before! We spent around 20 minutes there. I wish I could stay longer. I wish I could stay there forever.
The lake is usually very less crowded as the forest department allows only two cars or one bus at a time.
We came back to the forest check point, after witnessing the spectacular Lakkidi lake.
Here is the map of Lakkidi lake- Ooty:
Things to remember:
- The total trip takes around two hours.
- The forest department doesn’t allow to take any plastic food packets inside the forest, hence its better to eat something before you start and carry non-disposable water bottles.
- Carry sunglasses, caps and apply sunscreen.
- Don’t forget to carry your camera or smart phone to store the lifetime memory.
- For the car safari you have to pay INR 150/- (per head)
- Timings: 8 am to 6 pm daily.
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