Ooty is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills. Quite famous for its picturesque locations, tea estates, chocolates and eucalyptus oils, Ooty is a great weekend getaway for Bangaloreans. I was there for an extended weekend (3 days 2 nights) and I had a blast. Ofcourse, the one thing you should know about me is that I have very low threshold when it comes to being able to withstand cold. I wore my jackets all throughout. Bangalore has spoiled me further – now even a 13-14 degree makes me chilly. And I claim that I am from Delhi. Delhi folks would probably disown me if they read this. But what can I do?
Travel: We drove down to Ooty. The drive from Bangalore to Ooty is beautiful especially if you are taking the Kanakpura road instead of Mysore road. The Bandipur forest that comes enroute to Ooty is a treat to eyes that are so used to being in the cemented jungle. And when you think that you have come very near your destination you are met with the 36 hair pin bend route. Yes, 36 hair pin bend!! But don’t let that scare you. The 36 hair pin bends are marked and have convex mirrors that let you see the traffic on the other side with ease. So all in all the drive was fun!
Resort: We stayed at Fernhill Sterling Resorts. They are located very close to Fern Hill Palace. The staff was courteous. We did have to wait a while for our room to get ready even though we were there after the check-in time. We spent this time checking the resort out and then also finished our lunch before we could finally settle in our room. But once in the room, we could not complain. Spacious and cozy. And our balcony had a great view. The staff also helped us plan our sight seeing tour for the next day. The food at the resort was OK. My suggestion is to always order ala-carte. The buffet was somewhat disappointing. The resort had planned a bonfire but for the 2 nights we were there – they did not light it up because of the slow drizzle. I feel that a bonfire with some music would have been a perfect closing for a great day.
Activities: There are a few things that you must do when you are in Ooty and travelling via the toy train to Coonoor is one of them. The hour long train journey is worth every second. Beautiful landscape. My tip when you are travelling from Ooty to Coonoor via the train is to find a seat on the right side. You will thank me later 🙂 And if you are in Coonoor then you must do an SRK pose in the tea estate. You should also buy and eat A LOT of homemade chocolates in Ooty. Amongst other attractions are a visit to Pykada lake and Ooty sight seeing.
We had a great time in and around Ooty and if you are in Bangalore and have not ticked Ooty off your must travel to list, you have missed on something. Strangely, Ooty was also AB and my first hill-station visit in the last 4.5 years. We hope to be able to cross a lot of other hill-stations off our list in the future.