This article is written by my friend Abhishek.... So I am the person who he refers as his friend in this whole story
It’s always nice to have a friend who is interested in traveling and I have a friend who is not only just interested but also addicted to traveling. It was on 7th September that we planned to go on a trip to Ooty, as none of the things we plan would never go as it is. So we planned on starting our journey at 3am as we could reach our destination as early as possible. Even though we thought we could get up early, we ended up getting up at 5am. We didn’t bother much as we had our stay booked in Ooty and the check in time was at 12pm. We reserved our room through OYO rooms and it was a really helpful move as we never had to bother much about our stay in Ooty. We started our journey at 5am with all the luggage which mostly included cameras and other gears. Honestly, we never had any other places in mind before leaving for Ooty, but it was not the same throughout the journey. We kept on getting down at different places whenever we saw beautiful locations. We would stop here and there to click photos as my friend was a very good photographer. We got down at a location which was not even in our radar. It was a road side view of a beautiful sunrise. Since I had a new phone and my friend was an instagram addict, he wanted to post his story telling that we had started our trip to Ooty. We got down at some place in the highway and clicked some photos and got back on the road.
The cold weather was literally piercing my skin even though I was wearing a sweatshirt. Again we got tempted to get down at different locations whenever we saw beautiful sceneries. After some more time on road we could see some beautiful mountain range which we were not sure about the name exactly. It was then we saw the beautiful hill ranges of Himavand swami temple and it was the accurate sunrise time. We again clicked some photos and hit the road. Around two hours from there we reached the Karnataka-Tamilnadu border. The police checking all over the border check-posts were so strong. We entered Tamilnadu and by ten thirty in the morning we reached Ooty. We had our breakfast on the way from Ammas mess, a not so good looking restaurant which was really expensive. Nevertheless we reached our destination way too earlier than expected. Anticipating this situation earlier, we stopped at two different beautiful locations on our way that is the kalhatty waterfalls the place was so beautiful. Even though we were not sure about how to reach the waterfalls we never gave up our desire to see those beautiful hidden places in the forest. We had to park our bike around one kilometer away from the falls and walk through the forest. In between there was a broken bridge and we crossed it with a little fear in our minds. We literally risked our lives crossing that bridge as there was a deep canal flowing right under the bridge. We somehow managed to get over all those obstacles and reached the falls. The water was so cold and fresh, we had washed our faces and legs clicked a few photos. The magnificent view and the good vibes around completely changed our mood and gave us such wonderful positive energy. We literally never wanted to leave that place but we couldn’t delay it anymore as we still had a few more hours of travelling left to reach our destination. From there, we stopped again at some hill range to click a few photos and spent some time there. The best thing that caught my eye was the scenic beauty of the place. It was the best place I have ever been to my whole life considering all the places that I have been to in south India.
As our reservation was at 12 noon, we couldn’t go to the hotel. In the meantime, we thought of visiting the tea park as soon we reached Ooty. We did as we had planned and reached the tea park. The place was full of all sorts of tea plants as we couldn’t find anything much other than those plants. We had spend almost one and a half hour clicking photos and planning the rest of our trip. We didn’t know it was almost 12 pm until I looked at my watch and realised that we were late for our check in. We rushed to the hotel and checked in. The room was really nice and we had some second thoughts of leaving the room. The room had such a cozy mattress, TV and a bathroom with hot water. Everything was just perfect. After being there for a few hours, we started exploring different tourist spots. As my friend was so fond of hill tops we headed to some of the hill tops which we saw on our way to the tea park that day morning. We visited the railway station which said something about taking us through the woods, but unfortunately we were not able to make it as there was some problems with the tracks. We had our lunch on the way to the railway station. On our way back to the parking lot after having lunch we were stopped by two transgenders and asked for money. I almost sent them off by giving 10 Rs but a second one came to us and asked more, my friend unfortunately took all his money from his wallet so as to give some coins. Watching him taking out all the money, one of them snatched about 200 rs from him and told him that “think that you have given this money for the poor children” both of us being so helpless just nodded our head at them and they left as soon as they got the money. With all sorts of emotions flowing inside us we just left the place as nothing has happened. We stopped over at some lake just because there were no other places worth to visit. From there we went to the pine forest and that place was really beautiful. We had this particular scene of my friend’s short film to be shot over there and by that we spend over 4 hours in the woods shooting and experimenting with different types of shots. It was around 5 pm we noticed the time and by then all the shots were completed. Then we rushed towards a hill top as there was another scene to be short over that place, we sucessfully completed the shooting and thought of reaching some other hill top to watch the sunset. Fortunately, we reached there on time and we were really lucky to spectate a beautiful sunset, we took some photos and then slowly started our way back to our room.
The weather was really getting cold and we were sure that the more time we spend over the mountains the colder it would become. We were trying to get back to the hotel room as soon as possible.we reached back at around 6.30pm and took some rest as we were exhausted with the long journey. We watched television and took shower and by 9 we thought of moving out for dinner. As we came out we thought of not taking our bike as we felt it would be nice if we would walk to a restaurant. We started to walk, hoping we would find a nice restaurant to have dinner. Unfortunately for my friend, I was very bad at leading the way by reading maps. It took us almost one and a half hour reach a restaurant. We kept on making the wrong turns and finally realized that we lost our way. But thankfully, we knew our way back. On our way to the room we saw a hotel which was almost getting closed and somehow managed to get some food and made it back to the hotel room.