Ooty which is also called Ootacamund is one of the beautiful hill stations in South India; this place is also called the Queen of South India.
I never attempted such a long road trip. We took the train from Secunderabad to Coimbatore and from Coimbatore we travelled in a cab to Ooty. The cab driver was with us and so we could travel everywhere in the car and loved the natural beauty in and around the place.
The day we arrived it was already noon so we had lunch, and started going around in the evening exploring the nearby botanical garden, walked around shopping area in Ooty and rested the day to be ready to go around the city.
The next day we went to Coonoor and it was a wonderful to see this place passing through the army area full of trees and smooth roads except in few places the road was narrow, we saw another very popular park called the SIMs park, took photographs here and also bought raw mangos cut with salt and chilli powder.
I enjoyed eating this sweet and sour mango and then we moved around in the tea estate and stopped the cab wherever we wanted to and captured some lovely scenic beauty. It was a pleasant experience going around, visiting a high view point which is also called as suicide point was an overwhelming experience.. Loved the journey here, surrounded with plenty of trees, fresh air, free from pollution and forest area with plenty of monkeys jumping around and having fun with the tourists J.
I enjoyed the fruit which was sold here in small cups – which had apples, pineapples, watermelon and papaya… then the next day we spent some time moving around in the city for a day in Ooty and continued our journey by road from Ooty to Mysore which was a 4 hours journey, a hill road with 36 hairpin bends. It’s important to have experienced driver for safety reasons.
We crossed the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve; it’s a natural forest we could see a lot of deer’s, elephants, and monkeys moving around. We stopped for lunch in between the forests and continued our journey, reached Mysore – stayed there for a day and moved to Bangalore to meet my friend’s sister in the Electronic city.
We were greeted with so much of warmth and love in this place, enjoyed our dinner and we had few hours next day before taking the train to Hyderabad. Being Sunday we visited the Infant Jesus shrine at Viveknagar and also visited the Basilica church in Shivaji nagar and rested a little to board the train next day from Bangalore.
“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” Lawrence Durrell.
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