I am not planning to write this as a usual travel story, as I would usually, but jot down some of my experiences, with a few pictures that we took during the trip.
First of all, I wasn’t travelling alone which was pretty unusual. I missed being there just by myself, would have made a world of difference in such a trip. The person who came with me is my long time friend, who boasted around the event of buying a new car. He wanted to have a road trip on his new car and I had my reasons. He suggested Ooty and I nodded, few months before the trip happened. This was our first road-trip. We have gone together on train and bus for even longer journeys, but first time on a motorbike or car. Well, car this time.
When we both do a trip, all the planning goes in for the trip from his side. I am mostly a silent sponsor who gets to see his picks and choose one among them, which is a good thing because planning is something I am alien to. You will probably realize why I failed miserably in my career, when you just compare the above statement to my designation. The point is I am mostly laid back about the whole trip thing in general. People including him, call me lazy but I say that I don’t have the knack to figure out how to squeeze a coupon from tripadvisor, apply it in makemytrip and get a huge discount. If I see something and I like it, I will click OK on the button without going for the next option. So, he was probably better off with the planning.
Hotels were booked, car was his new one which was ready and the day had come by quickly than expected. We set out for the approximately 300 kms one way journey. The one thing I had fixed in my mind is that I wouldn’t drive at all. If at all there was a scratch to happen on his car, then hell would break loose… hehe. That’s how the way it is in the world of petrol heads and expensive cars. We started at Cochin and only near Annur that we took our first longish break, apart from stopping to refuel. After a couple of pics and some half an hour, we left towards Ooty. The way we chose was the Kothagiri route which was longer than the usual Mettupalayam – Coonoor route.
On the way to the top, we stopped again to click some pictures…. so let pictures do all the talking. I have tried to keep the post-processing to minimal and the pics I felt really required a bit post processed.
After reaching hotel we immediately left for Pykara boat house, but it was closed by the time we reached there. Pykara is some 20 kms from the hotel we stayed, which happens to be at Charring Cross, Ooty. Don’t bother going there after 5 pm, cos the boat house will be closed. If the dam is open, you can see Pykara Waterfall in it’s glory but that day and the next day the dam remained close, because they somehow knew that I was coming. Funny ehhh!
So we went back to the hotel and crash landed. We had to accommodate Pykara and the 9th mile shooting spot which we couldn’t visit that day in our trip itinerary.
Before I go, here is someone whom I met on the way.
On that bombshell, see you all later!
To be contd…
The logo has been taken from one of the free logo creating websites. Can’t recollect their name, but credits of the logo to them. Since I’m not using them for any commercial purposes, I didn’t choose to donate/pay for their advanced services.