I like how the Kal Bangala (Stone Bungalow) in Ooty still stands out quite starkly among all the tiny houses even today. It was the first and biggest house in all of Ooty which sits pretty on an acre of land bought from the Todas (the local tribal community) for 1 rupee, and built by the then Governor of Madras John Sullivan, back during the British Raj (Circa 1820s).
Even today, the house is one of the remnants of the more glamorous side of the British Raj in India. This house, and the beautiful weather of this quaint little hill station made it one of the favorite destinations of the European elite. Now long after they have left, its is one of the favorite road trip destinations for the rest of us.
If it was good enough for the Monarchy, its good enough for me 😉
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Riddle: What does the city girl who works a fairly stressful job in a big city where even ones daily commute requires no less preparation than going to war most need on a getaway?
Answer – A lot of green, no other sounds other than birds, and hills that nearly kiss the blue skies.
The Ooty Tea Plantations are famous, and one of my favorite quaint little towns in the south. When the city makes you feel ragged with its cold indifference or brutal harshness, get into a car and drive to the neighborhood hill station, even if its just for a weekend. Your soul will thank you for it.
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On top of the highest peak in my favorite town, a view that took my breath away. Doddabetta is a tourist favorite (unfortunately), which makes it super crowded, so it is recommended that you pick an off season to visit. If you’re ever in South India, Ooty is a must visit town. It still has an old world colonial charm that very few places still have.
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The quaint little town of Ooty has always been a family favorite for our annual vacations, I have so many fond memories of riding the toy train, running around the botanical garden, horse-riding, stuffing my face with the yummy home made chocolates and the smell of eucalyptus that seems to wash over the entire town.
This year, it was a bit different because I went there for a music festival with a few friends, a road trip and four days of “going mad” as the festival intended for us. Staying in a tent, spending many hours of the night by a bonfire, listening to quirky talented bands live, eating, drinking and driving around the scenic town, but best of all, it was spending time with friends as mad as they come. In one line, it was a holiday worth writing about.
Leaving the city and driving through a small town… You can almost feel the time slowing down..
If superstitions are to be believed, Spotting an elephant during a long distance journey brings luck and prosperity.. And we were lucky enough to spot 3 during our trip.. 😀
The camp site, surprisingly very warm during the supremely cold nights.
While descending the hill and getting back to our busy reality…
After four days of nature, fun and friends, I’ve come back with a holiday hangover and planning my next holiday..
Until next time…