It was 2 am , I was not able to catch sleep in my rooftop studio . Something came into mind, what if I go to Ooty now? Checked the weather , it's raining,😁 Didn't think much ....got my backpack ready ( one running shoe, a towel, brush , toothpaste, two tee
shirts and one track pants, a mobile charger and a deo ). Checked online no tickets available for 6.10 Kovai express from Chennai Central. I once thought of dropping the sudden idea but then went ahead and put the alarm on 4.30 . At around 5 i embarked on the streets of Anna Nagar, luckily one 7 M was coming and i boarded. But my life without drama doesn't make any sense . The conductor didn't have any change so got down at the next stop. Booked an Uber bike and the fellow took 12 mins to reach. On the way I drew some cash for expenses on the road ( I had just a 100 Rs note in my purse). While sitting back on my bike i booked a General ticket up to Coimbatore via UTS( thanks to digital India - Can't even imagine the early morning queue of Central station) and it cost me 180 bucks . I reached the platform around 5.40 and on my surprise train was right away at the entrance platform of 12. I kind of walked fast towards the engine because I was almost sure that I wouldn't get any seat but my surprise general dabba was not totally packed on Friday morning, but ample seats were there on that brand new LHB coach . I caught a window seat and tried to get some sleep. After an hour or so the train reached Arakkonam and the crowd started to board . Couldn't get more sleep , but the whole journey was beautiful though the lush green and mountains( videos uploaded in a blog) This journey is often lost as most of the train runs at night.
While on the train I researched a Lil and found out it's better to get down at Erode and so did I. At 12.15 my train reached Erode station and i caught Rick for the bus stand at Rs 80 after negotiating ( thanks to Chennai Auto negotiation - I'm now pro at it). To my surprise I could see a bus ( a brand new TNSTC Highway rider EXP) to Mettupalyam . I just jumped in and grabbed a window seat. After 2 hrs ( Bus though had lots of stops but had great speed - Erode to Mettupalyam is 96 km it just took 2 hrs and charged Rs 78) the bus reached Mettupalyam bus stand and i found I am really hungry and thirsty as well. Bought a bottle at the bus stand and drank almost a litre of water like a whale. It was 2.15 on the clock, i could figure out the bus stand to Ooty via Coonoor but food first. Just opposite the stand , there was one small ANL biriyani shop.Not very attractive, I thought for two times should I go in , but I was damn hungry and somehow in my mind I was looking for a coimbatore style biriyani in Seerga Samba rice. I ordered a chicken biryani. It was served on a banana leaf with gravy and onion . The portion was quite good but the moment I took the rice and a Lil bit of chicken in my mouth ; the taste was just bliss. Such a delicacy in such underestimated places, I never expected that. Anyone heading for lunch at Mettupalyam highly recommended. The wholesome tasty biriyani cost me just 120 bucks. Post lunch I took the bus to Ooty and reached around 5.15 and the bus fare was 50rs in TNSTC. The journey was beautiful and the last stretch from Coonoor was really good. It was drizzling all the way after 3.30 pm which I thoroughly enjoyed. While on the train I booked a Hostel, GO Stops Ooty , which is located at finger post and lil far from the congested Ooty , turned out to be my best choice around . It was really good in terms of comfort, value for money as well as hostel vibe. One heading towards Ooty solo, this property is highly recommended. I chilled the whole evening in our hostel itself, sometimes sitting in the lawn, sometimes interacting with other travelers and also playing snooker in the hostel. I met one fellow traveler who is Bengali and a digital Nomad . Really got along and post dinner gone for a walk in dark together..The sound of silence was so mesmerizing I couldn't describe it in words.Around 11.30 pm i felt a little sleepy and called it a day . But before going to bed Rivu da and i thought of trek to Pine forests and then might plan to Pykara and I will call him around 7am.