Descending a few meters, swirling around mountain edges and dodging vehicles coming from the opposite end was somewhat fun especially since it included four drastically different views from either directions of the hill. Rolling my window down and sticking my head out to feel the ice-cold wind and moist clouds flying by, it was like a dreamy winter setting. Often, we would pull over and go walking into the tea plantations; enjoying the smell and watching the lush green leaves that surrounded us. Coonoor main town is also very populated and congested but, not as much as Ooty. We stopped over at 5 hotels and each time we left the reception, we hoped for something better in the next one. Very picky, must say! Funnily, while driving along these roads, my mother came across a familiar pathway leading to a cliff, a place she had visited almost 10 years ago. I found it fascinating, that she could remember a particular road and even a turn, considering the fact that she seems to forget details I've told her only days ago. There are times when I sit with my grandma and she tells me stories of her childhood or even my mother's and I'm amazed with the power of memory! So, mom and I decided to go down the lane to wherever it took us and you'll be astonished with what we found! We bumped into the perfect villa, over-looking an insane view of Coimbatore city, with the sun setting over the horizon. The signboard that led us into the plot read "De Rock, Jungle Living - Coonoor". Doesn't it sound exciting and inviting?
When we entered the property, we met the owner and he said it was full for the next three days but there was a small hut/tent available because, nobody really preferred it to an air-conditioned, fancy villa, yet, for us, it was just perfect! I fell in love with the place at the first sight of it. It centered a huge tea plantation slope. It over-looked Coimbatore, framed between two slightly shorter mountains, offering a view of the horizon in the background. The clouds would occasionally cover our view of the city yet, giving us the privilege to watch the open sky and let us dream! That evening, we soaked in the view and watched the sun tell us its story.