“Travel and change of place impart new vigor to the mind.” – Seneca
I am a Bengali working in Chennai for the past 4 months. Ever since I came here, I have been dying to visit a hill station in the southern parts of India. The opportunity came recently when me and two friends decided to visit Kodaikanal, popularly known as the "Princess of Hill Stations"; the aptness of which we discovered after we visited the place. I am particularly fond of visiting hill stations in winter, as I find the chill more enjoyable during that time, and Kodaikanal with its clear skies, heavenly clouds, and fresh air, overwhelmed us with a sense of pure bliss.
It was a weekend trip and we did not want to waste precious time on travelling. So we took a night train to Kodaikanal Road Railway Station on Friday night, from Chennai Egmore, at 9:05 PM. The name of the train is MS TEN Express, which luckily is not a very popular one allowing us to get confirmed seats less than 1 week prior to our journey. The train reached Kodai Road at around 6 Am the next morning. My suggestion is, wake up at 5 AM and see the beautiful view outside; as the train passes by the side of Sirumalai Reserved Forest and adjoining small hills, behind which the sun rises with a golden glow.