'Ooty', also known as 'Udagamandalam', nestled among the Nilgiris, has two facets to it. The hustling bustling market area busy with the local shops, street side food which is the heart of the town, the other being the quaint valley with breathtaking views at every turn of the road, no wonder it is the 'Queen of Hill Stations'.
Me along with my permanent roommate went for a short weekend road trip to Ooty during the month of June, oh how perfect was the weather and what a beautiful drive it was ! We put up in a budget hotel (Tulips Elk Hill Resort) on the Elk Hill just beside The Sterling. The hotel has a breathtaking view overlooking the Ooty Race Course, the stay was pleasant but can't say the same about their food.
We started off from Bangalore around 5 in the morning, hence avoided the city traffic, and drove straight till Theppakadu from where we took a left instead of going straight, we had read that this detour via Gudalur was beautiful though it adds almost an hour(approx. 30 kms) to our travel time, but we thought of giving it a shot. Though the drive was indeed beautiful but we personally didn't feel that it was worth adding that extra hour, only advantage it does save you from driving up those 36 hair pin bends in case you are uncomfortable.
We reached around 12.30 in the noon, we were famished when we came across this quiet and homely place with the most amazing pizza.