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Kodaikanal is one among those places which will wash your spirit clean. It is known for its greenery surrounded with rocks, woods, serene lakes and fresh air. Kodaikanal is also referred to as "The Princess of hill stations”. The word Kodaikanal can be split into two words 'kodai' and 'kanal' which in Tamil language means 'gift'and'forest'rendering kodaikanal as 'Gift of the forest'. As we set out to explore the hills of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, we start our journey from Bangalore, the state capital of Karnataka. Over a period of six days we traverse through both the states, exploring three different hill towns, namely Mysore in Karnataka and Ooty and Kodaikanal in Tamil Nadu. We visit the popular tourist spots in all of these places and make the most of the journey by being a part of local experiences and enjoying local cuisines.
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We begin our holiday to Karnataka and Tamil Nadu as we arrive in Bangalore, where we are greeted by a local representative. We straightaway leave for Mysore, which is at a distance of 143 Km from Bangalore and it takes approximately 3 hours to complete the journey. After reaching Mysore we head to the hotel, complete the check in formalities and freshen up. Post this, we head out to explore the City of Palaces – Mysore, officially called Mysuru. The most popular tourist spot in Mysore is the Mysore Palace and it is a treat to the eyes to watch it well-lit post sundown. We also visit other notable spots like the Chamundi Hills and the Brindavan Gardens. After spending the day exploring the place we come back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
We start the day of our holiday by proceeding to another popular hill town, Kodaikanal. We have breakfast at the hotel and head out to cover a distance of about 330 Km. The journey can take between six and eight hours, depending on the traffic. Kodaikanal in Tamil means the Gift of the Forest, and it is often referred to as the Princess of Hill Stations. It was established in the year 1845 and is situated at an elevation of 6998 feet. It sits on a plateau on upper Palani Hills, with the Kodaikanal Lake at its heart. We can spend the evening at leisure, exploring the town on our own, before returning to the hotel for an overnight stay.
We start day three with a delicious breakfast at the hotel, before proceeding to explore the beautiful town of Kodaikanal. The entire day is packed, and we start by visiting Bryant Park situated on the eastern side of the Kodai Lake. It is home to a variety of plants and shrubs. It is a popular picnic spot and lies close to the Coaker’s Walk which is a kilometer-long manmade walking plaza built on the mountains. Other places that we visit include the Pillar Rock, Suicide Point, and the manmade star-shaped lake spread over 60 acres. We come back to the hotel after spending an entire day exploring this beautiful hill town. the place, we return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
As we continue exploring the hills of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, we proceed to our next destination, Ooty, located in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu. The distance from Kodaikanal to Ooty is 250 Km and the journey takes 5 to 6 hours to complete. We visit Ooty by afternoon and upon arrival check in to the hotel. Ooty is a popular hill town and attracts a number of tourists throughout the year. Its official name is Udagamandalam and it is situated within the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It has been blessed with abundant natural beauty and is home to a number of parks, lakes and forests. It is also known for the cultural influences of the various tribes that have inhabited the land way before the arrival of the British. We spend the evening exploring the place at a leisurely pace and then return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Today, we continue to explore the hill town of Ooty. We have breakfast at the hotel and set out to visit the many parks and gardens located in the city. We visit the Ooty Botanical Gardens, which have been around since 1847. It is a well maintained and lush area spread over a 22-acre area. Every year in May, the Botanical Garden hosts a flower show. Another site that we visit today is the Government Rose Garden, the largest of its kind in the country. The garden boasts the largest collection of roses in India. Next, we visit the famous Ooty Lake, constructed in 1824. The lake also offers boating, making it a very popular tourist attraction. Deer Park located on the edge of the Ooty Lake is also a part of our day’s itinerary. It is one of the highest zoos in India and is home to a number of deer species. We also pay a visit to Doddabetta, the highest peak in the Nilgiris, affording breathtaking views of the surroundings. Another place that we visit is the Tribal Museum, home to rare photographs and artefacts of various tribal groups who have lived in the area. After spending the day exploring the place, we return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
Today our holiday comes to an end as we drive from Ooty to Coimbatore to resume our journey back home.