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Visit to the Queen and Princess of Hill stations

The much awaited trip which I was anxiously waiting and had planned from last 4 months was the marking of end of 2014 and welcoming of 2015.

To start with, I am thankful to all my friends and their spouse who made this trip a memorable one and this trip will always be cherished through out my life. Planning the whole trip on our own and executing it in a successful way was one of the key point which I feel proud of myself and all my friends. I would like to mention that Tripadvisor was a helping hand in the process of selection of our stay. The amount of hours we spend meeting up and setting things well in advance is worth appreciating. I can never forget all the meet-ups in the evenings to discuss the itenary of the trip.

So here I am back home after visiting few of the most beautiful places of South India. This was the first time I have been to Mysore, Coorg, Ooty and Kodaikanal. I know this blog of mine will be bit longer then my usual ones but I can’t restrict myself describing all the places I had been too.

  1. Mysore – Also known as “City of Palaces”. The name itself reminds us of History of India, the great “Tipu Sultan”. Main attraction in Mysore is the “Mysore Palace” and the “Mysore Zoo” which is one the oldest and most popular zoo in India and is a home to wide variety of species. Do visit both this places if you are in Mysore.
  2. Coorg – Also known as Kodagu. Famous for coffee plantation and is also locally called as “Kashmir of Karnataka”. On the way to Coorg falls one of the largest monastery and home for Lamas known as “Namdroling Monastery” or “The Tibetan Buddhist Golden Temple”. A must stop over and do have a visit.
  3. Ooty – Also known as Udhagamandalam or Ootacamund insort Udhagi or Ooty. It’s a popular hill station located in the “Nilgiri Hills”. Ooty is also called “Queen of Hill stations”. Pleasant climate and scent of Nilgiri in the air makes you feel fresh throughout the day. The main attraction is the Heritage train which runs between Ooty and Coonoor. The scenic beauty and the cool breeze makes the one hour journey a pleasant and joyful.
  4. Kodaikanal – Also known as “Princess of Hill stations”. Small but lovely place to visit. Although reaching Kodaikanal is bit tiresome due to the hilly region but its worth spending holidays over there. Especially the boating and cycling around the lake is the main attraction. Climate plays a romantic role is most pleasant among all the above places.

Ok back to me, the trip has left with me some un-forgetful memories. The almost daily eating of idli, dosa, curd rice (which are my favourite dishes), the late night gossips (gossiping of everyone we can think of, not leaving the politicians too 🙂 ), the 31st Dec night party marking the end of the year, finishing of Double Black, Glenfiddich, Black Label, Black & White and the countless KF cans, the always front seat bus travel (sometime next to the driver too 🙂 ) in the hilly region (which I don’t like at all as I get sensation of nausea), early morning and late night walks with friends & hot coffee cups, the “jugaad” (a work around solution that bend rules) of booking the Heritage train tickets from Ooty to Coonoor & free upgrade to the first class compartment, the different posses for clicking pictures with all, tasting of so many chocolates in many different shops and last but not the least the amount of fun all the kids had together, playing, eating and sleeping all in one room is beyond description.

I will do a picture post of selected pictures later on but till then enjoy these….

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View from Kodai hotel room

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Heritage train from Ooty to Coonoor

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Famous Botanical garden in Ooty

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Kidos at Ooty railway station

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One of the best Zoo in Mysore….

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Scenic beauty as seen in Ooty

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The Tibetan Buddhist Golden Temple

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Mysore Palace

 

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Holiday time …..

  • Tickets booked – √
  • Web check-in – √
  • Hotel booked – √
  • Transportation booked – √
  • Woolen clothes – √
  • Packing – still pending to dump in the last few things

Yes finally am off to my annual vacation this Thursday i.e. tomorrow. After months of planning and organizing the tour finally the day has come to fly to the selected destination. It just few more hours left before I take off for this year’s holidays. The much awaited vacation needed for all of us (including my wife and my daughter). Busy schedules and hectic life keeps us on the toes and how time flies by is beyond realization. One blink and a year have gone past.

This year there were couple of destinations short listed and finally we (including my friends) decided to visit South of India. We will be visiting 4 places, Mysore, Coorg, Ooty and Kodaikanal. Ooty and Kodaikanal being the hill stations of Southern India and I have heard and read about both these destinations as the preferred places for Honeymoon.

I am the one more excited from the rest as this is the first time I am visiting these places, although I have visited other Southern parts of India earlier but not been to these before. But as usual and is the case with me every year, I am loaded with tons of work just before my planned leave and this always happens when I am off for a long vacation. Even last year it was the same scenario.

So I am almost set for my long holidays, almost because last moment packing of things are still left to be dumped inside the bag. Yes, this time it’s a long holiday and I will be meeting you all directly in the New Year i.e. in 2015.

So to all my readers wish you Merry Christmas and a very Happy NEW Year well in advance.

Enjoy the last few days of 2014 and will see you all in 2015.