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“Heavenly Blue Lake”
Review of Upper Bhavani Lake

Upper Bhavani Lake
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United Arab Emirates
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“Heavenly Blue Lake”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

The Upper Bhavani reservoir is a part of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board's Kundah Power generation project. Water from here goes through an underground tunnel into the Avalanche - Emerald lakes, thereafter to Kundah and Geddai. This was originally called the Canada Power Project when it was set up sometime in the fifties.

The lake at 2270m is on the edge of the Nilgiri plateau, almost directly above Kerala's Silent Valley. Like most high altitude lakes, the waters here are an intense azure blue. Upper Bhavani has an earthen dam at Lakkidi and a concrete dam at U. Bhavani.

Surrounded by dense forest, the reservoir enjoys a boundary with the Mukurthi National Park. This is a wild and stunningly beautiful area, untouched by far and may it ever remain so. Wildlife sightings are guaranteed in the evening and early mornings.

Vehicles are not permitted across the dam without a permit though you may walk on the road above the dam and enjoy the view. The entry to the Mukurthi NP is at the end of this dam road. Entry to Mukurthi is restricted.


For those who enjoy nature and do not mind the absence of all facilities, this is a beautiful place worth visiting at least once. It is a great place for walking.

Getting there:
Motorable public road from Ooty . Approx 50km via Manjur and the scenic estates of Korakundah. Buses ply regularly from Ooty to Manjur. Buses from Manjur to U. Bhavani are infrequent so it is better to hire a jeep taxi either from Ooty or from the Manjur bus stand.
Another route exists from Ooty via Avalanche but you require a Forest Dept. permit to come through this restricted access road which in any event, is in poor condition and rarely repaired.

Accommodation:
Forest Rest House [dorm type] at Upper Bhavani and at Bangi Thappal within the Mukurthi NP. Details of how to book are on the Tamil Nadu Forest Department website. If you get a booking here, be sure to take your food and provisions along. Sheets and towels too for those who are fussy.
Very basic lodging available at Manjur and at the Anamalai Ashram at Kil Kundah.
Easily doable as a day trip from Ooty, optimally with an early start.

Note:
No food or anything else available at U. Bhavani. Pack a picnic hamper from Ooty or stock up on goodies from Manjur's well known bakeries. If you forget to take water along, you can help yourself to pristine natural mountain stream water!

No toilets or any other facilities available after Manjur.

Visited February 2012
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Hyderabad, India
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Most beautiful Dam ever seen”
Reviewed September 28, 2012

this is around 70 km. from Ooty, the way to this place is heaven on earth. simply superb. half way is completed coverd with tea gardens and other half way is very thik forest with a narrow road covered with beautiful vallyes and hills. One should not miss this place.

Visited August 2012
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New Delhi, India
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“Bhawani Lake”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Spectacular terreain, gushing waterfalls, nature in full splendour; and no tourists. Saw a massive Bison on the roadside on the way back.

Visited August 2012
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Bengaluru, India
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“vast expanse of water”
Reviewed August 23, 2012

A nice water body created with construction of dams to generate power. It is nearly 50+ km from Ooty and passes through some lovely Tea estates. The road is bad and difficult to drive cars. we were very lucky to drive through mountain mist and also see Sambar deer grazing in the Tea estates.

Visited July 2012
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Hyderabad, India
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“Must be seen”
Reviewed July 31, 2012

this is one of the most important lake to be seen in ooty most of the tourists are not going to the lake ,very good view tamil nadu & kerala border can be viewed

Visited May 2012
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