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PHOTO FEATURE: THE BEST OF THE NILGIRIS/A MONTAGE

  The Nilgiris: a deeply personal montage   All pictures by SHEILA KUMAR except where otherwise mentioned.  All images are subject to copyright.   Sign at the Bandipur National Park. The last of the `Bens` when coming up from Coimbatore.   View of the rolling hills from the quaintly named Shooting Medu. Just another misty…

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TRAVEL: OUTLOOK GETAWAYS/COONOOR EXTRACT

COONOOR In the shade of Dodda Betta By Sheila Kumar While just about every hamlet in the Blue Mountains vies for the title of ‘Queen of the Nilgiris’, mist-wrapped Coonoor in season, when the emerald green of the tea bushes is sharply offset by blood-red poinsettia, purple morning glory and golden sunflowers, is truly a…

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TRAVEL: THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS/PYKARA LAKE, THE NILGIRIS

THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS Magical monsoon at Pykara Lake By Sheila Kumar 09/08/2009 The Nilgiris are struggling to cope with a severe water shortage, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the blue-green expanse of water that makes up the Pykara Lake, 25 km northwest of Ooty. The lake looks unfathomably deep (in actual fact,…

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TRAVEL: THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS/THE TODAS OF THE NILGIRIS

THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS 18 Apr 2010 Where the buffalo roam By Sheila Kumar I am scanning his face. Hard. Like everyone who is a temporary or permanent resident of the Nilgiri hills, I have heard all about the Todas. That they are a mysterious people, that their origins, obscured by the mists of time, point…

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TRAVEL: METRO PLUS/LA MAISON, KOTAGIRI, THE NILGIRIS

Online edition of India’s National Newspaper Saturday, May 22, 2010   Misty heights Lush environs  at La Maison LA MAISON KOTAGIRI USP: Tryst with Nature He stood at the door of the colonial villa. Some three feet from the ground, pristine white feathers plumped. This red-necked turkey gobbled at us, till our hostess Anne-Helene rushed…

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FEATURE: METRO PLUS/NOSTALGIA/THE NILGIRIS

Online edition of India’s National Newspaper Monday, Nov 12, 2007   Metro Plus Delhi   Return of the native SHEILA KUMAR sings a paean to the enduring beauty of the Nilgiris, which was once her home The Botanical Gardens This article should in all fairness, carry a disclaimer. I’m no wide-eyed tourist or first-time visitor…

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TRAVEL: SOVEREIGN MAGAZINE/SIM`S PARK, COONOOR

Silent Sentinels PHOTOS: SHEILA KUMAR Sheila Kumar shines a spotlight on a special park up in the Nilgiris. Coonoor’s Sim’s Park redefines the concept of a conventional park, with as many as 1,000 species of trees contained within a sprawl of 12.14 hectares parkland. Trees as old as eternity, or almost. Trees with gnarled, split…

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