Monday, 11 April 2022

The Wild West in the South!


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The Wild West in the South!

The stay at the Zoestal in Lovedale was fascinating and a first time experience sharing the place with young tourists of different nationalities enjoying their stay in this beautiful hill station. We too loved the place and the atmosphere and the people around. After our two days of pleasant and chilly stay in Lovedale and moving around Ooty, we were on our way back to Bangalore. I presumed we were driving back to Bangalore. It was not supposed to be so, and we were in for another pleasant surprise. After a long drive on the highway leading towards Karnataka, we took a left turn to proceed to Masinagudi.

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The Wilds At Northern Hay - Singara Post, The Nilgiris and about 5.4 km from the nearest town. An old majestic colonial bungalow offering quality accommodation in the heart of the forest is interesting, scary and an unique experience. Easy accessibility and countryside feel with comfortable accommodations and necessary amenities ensure a relaxed and pleasant stay at The Wild At Northern Hay in the midst of the wild forest. The property offers facilities like parking, room service, Wi-Fi internet access, front desk, tour desk and luggage storage. Rooms are comfortable and provided with amenities like television, shower and attached bathroom with hot/cold water and essential toiletries.

The amenities, the furniture, fixtures and the artifacts remind you of the British Raj and their English lifestyle. These are well maintained and give you a glimpse of the British life in India. The furniture and fixtures in the drawing room, the bedrooms and the large bathrooms remind you of the king size life the British enjoyed during their rule in India. The owners have taken care to preserve the interior and décor of the colonial days. The kitchen, dining table and crockery remind you of the good old days of the English.

Unwind and enjoy a relaxed stay at The Wild At Northern Hay! Situated on the very edge of the natural haven called Mudumalai, the Wilds at Northern Hay is spread across 98 acres of wilderness and an ancestral coffee plantation. Secluded, away from everywhere this is where the wilderness literally comes to your doorstep and beckons you. Here the quiet environment and being away from the hustle and bustle of the city, a sense of being close to nature and wild life is special and great fun. And that's what the Wilds at Northern Hay is about. Wild West in the South!

Once a colonial coffee warehouse where the world's finest coffee was stored; The house in the Wilds is divided into a hall, dining room and a few charming life spaces - some for relaxation, some for stimulating conversation and some for sheer indulgence. And of course, with all other amenities, one can imagine having a place that's bang in the middle of all that's so frequently forgotten - nature, wild animals, solitude and timelessness. Rooms include big luxury rooms with large bathrooms and Tree house to relax and the watch the world go by and the sound of birds is stimulating.

The Wilds is for all, the young, the old and seniors. It has a special charm for each one of them. And with surprises at every turn, one has to be careful too. Because even if you choose to laze around in an easy chair on the lush lawns, you'll get to see a plethora of animal and bird life (some that will come for a quick rendezvous till the doorstep of the house). Sometimes its fun and at times a bit scary.

This is a place where you can spot wildlife in its natural habitat. You can experience a thrilling ride through the jungle in an open jeep and on return can enjoy a barbecue on a platform overlooking the Wilds. One can even explore the coffee plantation. As the night falls, one can listen to the incessant roars and sounds of the wildlife. And in the early morning get to see the huge species of monkeys very close to the bungalow. Though their presence is interesting, it’s a bit scary too. One can visit an elephant camp and enjoy an elephant ride through the jungle.

You could also just sit around the house, or in the lawn or the tree house and chat. Apart from the frequently sighted monkeys, and not so often seen panther,  elephant, nimble-hoofed gaur, shy deer, tree squirrel, majestic eagle, civet, the hardly seen barking deer, striped hyena, dhole, hawk owl, magpie robin, spotted babbler, whistling thrush, quail, brown dove and just about every form of life that this dense forest is known for. You will have seen a lot making it an unique experience in the wild.

The Wilds at Northern Hay is situated down a long, winding road away from Masinagudi through towering trees, coffee and more seemingly dense foliage. Masinagudi is easily reached through Mudumalai from Bangalore. On the way, you might encounter varied forms of wildlife. Hence to reach the place,one has to park his car  at the gates and their person will come and pick you up in a sturdy and rugged jeep, simply because you may not be able to make it on your own through the rugged pathway and dense forest with animals around. 

Once you are there, you are amidst the forest experiencing the wild thrill - huge trees, animals and birds. Bonding with nature and enjoying it. Though a fasinating place, care should be taken not to wander around on your own as animals may smell your presence. Distance from Coimbatore Airport is 118 Km. Distance from Coimbatore Railway Station is around 118 Km. And the distance from Ooty Bus Stand: 30 Km. And if you are driving down, the roads are good. It’s truly a wild west in the south. One should visit and experience the wild.

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Who was Helena in Indian history?

Many people may not be aware about Helena and the inter-racial marriage in the ancient times. It was during the time when Alexander defeating all on the way arrived to conquer India, but had to stop his campaign after his tough battle with Raja Porus. Though Alexander won, but he realized it won’t be easy to conquer India as he had thought. Besides, his generals and soldiers were exhausted with the continuous fighting all the way from Greece, Europe and Asia. After he was stopped at the doorstep of Indian sub-continent by Raja Porus, he decided to go back. And Seleukos was stayed behind as governor in India to govern the territories they had captured.

Helena was daughter of Seleukos and his Persian wife. It is said Helena must have been in her 15-17 years when she was married off to Chandragupta Maurya who was 40 years then. Helena became very Indian after her marriage to Chandragupta Maurya. She learned Sanskrit and Classical Indian music

However some say, she was a very dominant female in those ancient days. Helena was teen-aged when she married Sandrocottos: as the Greeks called Chandragupta Maurya, ruler of the Magadha Empire. Taking place in 305 BCE, it was the first Indo-Grecian political marriage in the subcontinent. The truth is Chandragupta Maurya married the Greek Princess Helena in his 40s and stayed with Helena for few years. However, the couple didn't have any child of their own. 

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