Sunday, April 11, 2010


After a stressfull April, it was time to head out and chill. My family(wife, son) and my wife's sister's family(husband, son) decided on a week long trip to kodaikal and ooty. But the inspiration and the courage to go on this particular trip was from this travellogue from team-bhp. Excellent travellogue with lots of photographs. I would recommend this travellogue to any body who want to go on a week long trip on this route. Beatiful and informative.

Only the cars used are same. But the route we took was very traditional. It was not as optimistic and detailed as mentioned in the travellogue. The itinerary was bangalore - kodaikanal- ooty - bangalore.
Reached kodai at around 14.30 pm on wednesday 07.05.10
Took rest in the hotel(Hotel TTDC 1650 per room per day)
Went to the lake and took up a pedal boat. Returned just in time before it rained cats and dogs. The lake is neat and less smelly compared to that at ooty. Reach the lake before 5.00 pm. Took a stroll along the lake havin hot bajjis and hot coffee. Went back to the hotel and retired for the day.

Around 10.00 am on 8.5.10 we are ready and drive towards palini(Go back on the same route and take a u turn-indicated on the way), coimbatore, mettupalyam, coonore and finally towards ooty. Reached charring cross around 6.30 pm and booked a hotel (hotel managed by the co-operative bank. It is behind the bank, 10 steps from the charring cross on the commercial street) 1350 per room per day. Rooms were fantastic with spacious verandas, halls, bathrooms and one of the room was equipped with an lcd tv!!!. Had non-veg at a restaurant run by a muslim keralite(very good non-veg except for the biryaanis)

10.00 am on 9.5.10 Doddabetta, tea factory, chocloate factory, Rose garden.
9.00 am on 10.5.10 stinky lake and boating, dashing cars. Lots and lots of people.
1.30 pm start to pykara falls. But lose it on the way and head towards mysore and then bangalore.

See to it that your car is in good shape. It has to take on a number of hair pin curves especially from ooty towards bangalore. Central(remote) locking was a problem. It was like locking a Maruti 800. Otherwise, a fantastic trip. Nature rocks!!!!!. Hope we keep it that way.


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