Wednesday, 1 January 2014

A Short and Sweet Trip to Ooty

Drinking "Garam garam chai" in winter is a top of the world feeling

This winter break my maternal uncle, aunt and cousins, Gauri and Raghav from Dubai, visited India and we had the opportunity to travel together for a short holiday to Wellington near Ooty in Tamil Nadu. My other maternal uncle who is a Pediatrician in the Indian Armed Forces is posted at the Military Hospital,Madras Regimental Center -Wellington.

We visited Mysore for a day on Dec 25th to attend a family get together and from there we proceeded in a TATA Sumo to Wellington on Dec 26th.

We drove through Bandipur Tiger Reserve in Karnataka and Madhumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu. 

We were fortunate to have spotted a herd of Deer, Langur Monkeys and Peacocks. The drive uphill was a little tiring as it took nearly 6 hours.

But as soon as we reached Wellington and saw my little cousin Advait dancing with joy on seeing us, we forgot our tedious journey. 

The next day Dec 27th, we set for a sight seeing trip to Ooty. This was my third trip to Ooty and I was a little bored initially. 

We drove to Doddabetta which is the highest peak in South India located at 8650 feet above sea level in the Nilgiris Hills. 

The highlight of the Ooty tour was visiting the highest elevated Tea factory in South India, for the first time. A walk inside the tea factory gave us a glimpse of the machinery used and the process of preparing the tea powder from the tea leaves. We were given some hot masala chai as a sample. On the same premises, there was a small homemade chocolate making unit with a sales counter that sold varieties of yummy chocolates. We bought a few delicious varieties and relished munching them. 

Then we proceeded  to visit the indoor "Thread Garden" which is made up of sixty million meters of thread and is located opposite Ooty lake. It is indeed a very creative and innovative place.

We took a break for lunch and lastly visited the famous Botanical Garden.

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip with my three cousins, parents, uncles and aunts. This was a memorable vacation for me.

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