The Upper Bhavani Lake is one of the best kept secrets of the Nilgiris. A pristine blue reservoir formed by a dam on the river Bhavani makes a perfect getaway spot for families and friends to enjoy a day out in Nature.
Hidden well within the lavish greenery of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve is the Upper Bhavani Lake. The artificial reservoir of the Upper Bhavani dam is an under-explored destination that forms a tranquil scene far from the bustling crowd. Disturbed only by the calls and dances of the wild fauna in the Nilgiri Biosphere reserve, Upper Bhavani Lake is an ideal spot to pick as a destination for a light trek through the woods with friends or family and set camp for the whole day. The lake and the surrounding woods offer a great opportunity to admire the raw beauty of Nature up-close.
The lake can be reached by a bus safari run by the Tamil Nadu Forest Department. The 45-minute-bus ride through spots frequented by the mighty elephants and countless other animals is a chance to experience the wildlife richness of the Nilgiris. With predetermined stops to enjoy the views of the mystic shola forests and animal spotting, the bus safari will be an unforgettable experience for admirers of the raw beauty of the wildlife.
The last stop of the safari is the picturesque lake itself. The serenity of its blue water, only disturbed by the constant chilly breeze rolling in through the gaps in the mountains, will wash away the tensions and fatigue of everyday mundane life and offer an opportunity to lose oneself in the enthralling views of the tranquil lake set against the misty blue mountains of the Nilgiris. For those with a spirit of exploration, a rugged trail runs through the side of the lake into the woods. Dare into the woods to experience the jaw-dropping richness of the Nilgiri forests.
Udhagamandalam Bus Stand, about 54 km away
Coimbatore Airport, about 118 km away
Coimbatore Railway Station, 109 km away
Although Ooty can be visited and explored any time of the year, the best is the summer months between March and June.