Sonia’s Logbook to Ooty

Sonia Seelinger

May 6th, 2013





Title: The Ooty Carnival


Over the weekend I traveled to Ooty on the Western edge of the state of Tamil Nadu. Famous for being a popular hill station the town is connected to the rest of India by road and rail, and its historic sites and natural beauty attract tourists. While there, we discovered the strangest carnival where we rode a rickety Ferris wheel and some horses as well.


Travel News

Local Time: 7:00am

Time Zone: India

Location: Ooty, Tamil Nadu

How far did I travel this week: 165 miles

What was the most interesting place I traveled this week: Ooty Carnival & Lake

Short story:


We had arrived by sleeper bus to the town of Ooty from Bangalore and immediately after getting off of the bus I felt the change in weather. From 90 degrees to 70 degrees, it felt so much cooler—as it should be, considering it’s about 7,350 feet above sea level. We found our hotel and slept off the afternoon with the exhaustion we had been feeling. In the evening we walked into town, not realizing that there was a carnival in the smack center of town! We walked through the vendors selling carnival snacks, clothes even, and finally reached a huge ferris wheel that was manually run by a man sitting in a lawn chair. Needless to say, I thought it was a very precarious ride to get on but we did and it happened to be the most fun ferris wheel I’d ever seen. The next day there were men offering us horseback rides around the local lake and we took up the offer. Each one of us got onto a horse, learned how to gallop, and eventually became great riders in the matter of two hours! Going to Ooty was definitely unlike any city I have ever been to, a great adventure indeed.




Nature News

Sunny: 1

Cloudy: 0

Partly Cloudy: 1

Rainy: 0

Snowy: 0


What is the air temperature right now: 73 degrees

How was the weather this week: Sunny with a few clouds

What animals did I see this week: horses

What was the coolest thing I saw in nature this week: the horses walking around the lake and grazing on the grass near the lakebed


Our News

What languages are spoken here: Hindi

What type of money is used here: Rupee

How much does a bottle of water cost: 20 rupees

What was the best meal this week: Tandoori chicken

What music did I listen to this week: jazz and rock

What activity was the most fun this week: riding horses

What did I read this week: the newspaper

Carnival Photo

Carnival Photo

Ferris Wheel Fun

Ferris Wheel Fun

Getting on Horses

Getting on Horses

View from the Ferris Wheel Cart

View from the Ferris Wheel Cart

View Atop a Horse

View Atop a Horse

The Ferris Wheel

The Ferris Wheel

On a Horse

On a Horse

My friend, Rebecca, and the Horse

My friend, Rebecca, and the Horse

Hesitantly Waiting in Line

Hesitantly Waiting in Line


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