An educational tour was organized for a group of 63 students along with two faculty members, Department of Commerce, St Agnes College (Autonomous), Mangaluru to explore the rich cultural and natural heritage of Ooty and Mysore from 14 to 16 April 2024. This immersive journey aimed to blend learning with adventure, providing students with firsthand experiences and insights into the diverse attractions these destinations offer.

Day 1: Ooty Exploration

The tour commenced with the group’s arrival in Ooty, the picturesque hill station nestled in the Nilgiri hills. The day began with a visit to the renowned Botanical Garden, where students had the opportunity to witness a plethora of exotic flora species. Guided by the faculty members, they learned about the significance of biodiversity conservation and the role of botanical gardens in preserving endangered plant species.

Next on the itinerary was Needle Hill, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the lush green valleys and mist-covered mountains. Students indulged in photography sessions, capturing the mesmerizing beauty of the landscape while absorbing the tranquility of nature.

The tour continued with a visit to a Tea Factory, where students gained insights into the intricate process of tea production, from cultivation to processing. They learned about the historical and economic significance of tea plantations in the region, enriching their understanding of agricultural practices and economic sustainability.

The day concluded with a visit to Shooting Point, a popular spot renowned for its stunning sunset views. Students relished the serene ambiance, basking in the golden hues of the evening sky while reflecting on the day’s adventures.

Day 2: Journey to Mysore

On the journey back to Mysore, the group made a stopover at Snow City, a unique recreational destination offering a simulated snow experience.

The final leg of the tour culminated with a visit to the iconic KRS Dam, an architectural marvel set against the backdrop of the scenic Brindavan Gardens. Students marveled at the grandeur of the dam structure while learning about its significance in irrigation and hydroelectric power generation.