As a child, I have covered a fair bit of South India - the hills, the beaches and the temple towns. But frankly, it has been so long - I don't remember much! And when this extended weekend presented us an opportunity, we decided to head to the Nilgiris - Ooty and Coonoor!
Bangalore is a convenient starting point for a trip to Ooty. You may choose to take an overnight bus ride. You can take a train to Mettupalayam Railway Station and from there either a taxi or the toy train to Ooty. Or you can do what we did - drive to Ooty! It's about 315 kms from the Bangalore Airport and should be a 7 -8 hour drive. This route takes you via Mysore, through the Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Mudumalai National Park and then onto the hills to Ooty and Coonoor. You may also start from Coimbatore.
We reached Bangalore on Thursday and picked up our Self Drive from the airport. We stayed overnight at Bangalore, to start our trip the next morning! If you plan to do the same, you can choose to stay somewhere in and around Yeshwantpur. There are many good transit hotels.