Ooty or Udhagamandalam is one of my most favourite places where I love to visit again and again. I had visited Ooty several times and it keeps on calling me. But this time we - myself and my friend Rinto, decided to visit Kotagiri and Coonoor along with Ooty as we haven't visited these places before and it will be an change from the normal Ooty trip. These three places can be combinedly called as the Golden Triangle of Nilgiris.
We decided to start our 2 days journey on Saturday 12th January 2019 from Coimbatore. I was going from Thrissur and my friend from Trivandrum. Coimbatore was the meeting point to start the journey. So I went on Friday night to Coimbatore from Thrissur by train and stayed there over night at railway station dormitory. My friend took train from Trivandrum to Coimbatore and reached at Saturday morning around 5 a.m.
After freshening up from railway station we took a bus to New Mettupalaiyam Road bus stand. We reached there around 6-30 a.m and there was a bus to Kotagiri at 7. Buses to Kotagiri is not frequent from here. We got the bus which was not much crowded then.
As we were travelling further, bus was getting little crowded. The first main point was Mettupalaiyam and bus stops there for about 20 mins. Using public transportation for travelling is the most cost effective way to do. But that has got its own demerits like we cannot follow a timing or we may not be getting facility to sit and relax or we cannot stop and enjoy at any place we like. But I love to travel in buses and trains which makes all the disadvantages not applicable to me. At the end its all about travelling and not about how you travelled.
After Metupalaiyam the areas around were changing. We started to see the hills and forest. The weather was becoming more cooler. We are entering the Nilgiris. It was almost 65 km from Coimbatore to Kotagiri and we reached there at around 9-30 a.m.