Its been 4 loong years since I have been to any tourist destination. I was planning for a trip to Goa in the month of may, as the airfares were very lucritive and all my friends had booked tickets for their family to exploit the situation. Eventhough My wife too was lured about having a vacation in goa that too in flight mean having minimal travel tiredness, I was looking for something neaby and ofcourse drivable. Google to find that the climate can be anything between bad to worse and temperature may go about 40+ along with high humidity. Convinced wife that taking our 7 month old kiddo to such a hot and humid place wont be good. I knew the technic, give any bitter pill in the name of kiddo and she will take it and so would I. Then our conversation turned towards some cool place where we can take refuge for two days away from hot and humid chennai. Ooty, Kodaikanal, and Yercaud were the options we had and we chose ooty due to its proximity to out native in case our parents want to join us. I had been to ooty in 2010 as a part of package tour and like the place where we stayed which was KSTDC Owned Mayura Sudarshan so thought of booking a room there for two days and to extend in case required. The non Ac deluxe room cost around 1200 there and is located in Fern Hill Ooty. My plan is not to do a lot of sight seeing but relax and visit some non tourist places in an around. Avalanche Lake is first among the list as I have seen in many travelogues that its a must visit in ooty. I have few queries and concerns regarding this hope experienced people can help me with this. 1) is March good time to visit Ooty ? 2) Any issues taking 7 month kiddo to those altitudes 3) Do we require any approval to visit Avalanche Lake ? is it easily obtainable ? 4) what are the other non-crowded places in and near Ooty I promise to keep this thread alive with lot of pics and updates. wont let it have a premature death for sure.