Ooty is regarded to the one of the best hill station all over India !! Yes, it suffice the perception of the Indians.
So Ooty was our destination this time.
The road trip started from Bangalore and it took almost 6-7 hours, including the halts.
Via Mysore and Chamundi temple we reached our destination OOty. Lemme highlight a little about all these places !!
Mysore Palace : Officially renamed as Mysuru. Mysore is noted for the Mysore Palace and for the festivities that take place during the Dasera festival when the city receives a large number of tourists. The cultural ambiance and achievements of Mysore earned it the sobriquet Cultural Capital of South India.
Since I did not carry my mobile phone and Mysore palace does not allow DSLR I couldnot take much pictures. But the entire palace is magnificent. Huge !! Very well maintained.Entry to the palace buildings is between 11 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon, under tight security. Two squads, one police and one paramilitary, stand guard during the day, and two more during night. Children below seven are free to enter the palace, while those between seven and twelve are charged rupees 25 per head. For adults, tickets are available for Rs. 40. Price of admission for foreign tourists is INR 200. Footwear is removed before entering the palace complexes.
Commendable architecture, Silver doors, huge mirrors all around, nice statues, Gigantic pillars, marbled floors all around. Excellent. You might take a audio travel guide that will help you understand in and out of the palace. Beautiful paintings of the Raja and his family and decedents. Few doors in the palace are made up of Sandle wood. You might smell the essence of it.
Palace light illumination on Sundays and all public holidays between 7 and 7:45 in the evening. But unfortunately didnot get a scope to view that yet.
Chamundi Hills : Chamundeshwari Temple is located on the top of Chamundi Hills. It is named after the Goddess Chamundi. A display of another piece of beautiful architecture of South India.
Ooty : It is a popular hill station of India located in the Nilgiri Hills. From Mysore crossing the famous Bandipur forest we drove through the endless twists and turns of the hills. It was first time for me. This was one of the quite breath taking moment in the trip. Thanks to my Bestie Deb for driving it through so nicely and safely. Uncountable trees... big and small, beautiful flowers, fruits hanging on the trees. A very rare show in the cities . The clear blue sky with white clouds and a chilly weather..What a turn on !!!
The moment we reached to the residential spot of Ooty, We were mesmerized. The houses are build in the cloud !!
Well no... The clouds come way down to embrace OOty !!
What a weather it was... Chilled and clean.
We already had the cottage booked by a common friend. Mind blowing cottage it was.. So spacious, arranged, clean and furnished. We had a maid pre arranged and a guy to look after us. He arranged the fire place and that was absolutely so soothing in the chilled evening and night. The entire evening it drizzled and the temperature went down and down. We ourselves prepared our dinner and the maid helped us to the core. We offered her dinner and also packed for her daughter as a gesture of gratitude for her help. The evening ended with a great success party.. booze and great food, warming ourselves at the fireplace and singing and dancing...clicking photos. And finally the tired feet needed some rest and we all went inside the blanket quite late at night !!
The next day we headed towards Doddabetta and Conoor. Covered whatever was there for the sight seeing and then we started descending from the hills. On the way we stopped to shop the local but the famous stuffs... Tea, Spices, Oils.. Spend quite some amount there and then finally we headed towards our destination Bangalore. After a great ride down the hills (I ofcourse had a adrenaline rush though the spine !!) we took the forest route (Bandipur forest) to reach Bangalore Via Mysore again !!
We were expecting some wilds, yet quite disappointed as we could only see deer, elephant and a proud peacock !!
With 2/3 halts in the entire route, we reached Bangalore at night 1 am..
Well quite tiring it was... but with loads of memories to cherish !!