Kodaikanal, popularly referred to as Princess of Hill Station, is located in Dindigul District, Tamil Nadu, India. The etymology section in wikipedia on Kodaikanal provides some interesting insights into the name, one of which I have given as the title of the blog.
The place is picturesque & climate is superb. When we went the climate on the plains was mildly oppressive in terms of heat, there it was refreshingly cooooollllll in the daytime & cccccooooooollllllllllllldddddddddddd in at night & early mornings.
The place is filled with flowers & fruits. Mangoes, plums, pears, carrots, cauliflower, cabbage, etc are available on sale en route, but please be careful to examine them properly before purchasing.
I am not boring too much with text, I guess this time around let the pics do the talking.
Flowers always have a magic about them. There are a lot of them in Kodaikanal & you can see them sway in the breeze. Just gaze at them on a silent morning & you will understand what’s the big deal about meditation.
Even though I started my blog a few months ago, i never did anything further on it. Well now i have something to share which would be worth your time.
Yesterday (26 Mar 2016), I made a quick solo visit to Ooty (Ootcamund or Udagamangalam). Well what’s so great about it? Well nothing much, but just thought i will share my experience with you – to bore you or to enlighten you!!
Rather than the place it was the mode of travel that I would like to share with you. I managed to fulfil my long cherished dream of taking the Toy Train or Nilgiri Mountain Railway – something that has been classified as a world heritige by the UNESCO.
The trip as such was hectic – catching the train was not an easy ball game. I barely managed to get in. I caught the Nilagiri Express (train no.12671 ) from Coimbatore Junction (CBE) to Metupalayam (MTP) at 530am. The Nilagiri Mountain Railway starts from MTP at 710am. At MTP i had my grand realisation, if you have not reserved your seats then to get one, you have to stand in a queue till 7am. The Station Master comes & checks the availablity of seats & then issues tokens. If you manage to get a token, then you need to race down to the ticket counter to get a ticket which cost Rs.15 (Roughly US$0.25, if you assume US$1 = INR60.00 exchange rate).
Then starts the beautiful trip which takes roughly around 5hrs to chug the train up the mountain to Ooty station. The trip involves around 4 pitstops to fill water for the steam & this is the highlight of the trip, since all these places are picturesque & gives one ample time to click to one’s hearts content.
The journey may be tiring at times, because the train moves at relaxed trot of 10kmph at most times.So I would suggest you be prepared with sufficent fluids & eatables. But please don’t litter the serene beauty of the Queen. Carry small litter bags. You can see the effects of unresponsible tourism all around, lets pledge not to contribute to the mess even if we don’t want to dirty our hands to clean it.
One very important thing that can be noticed is the dedication of the staff to the Indian Railways staff to the safety angle. The train is constantly monitored at every pit stop.
train safety checking by engineer
i guess this would be ok for now. Thank you for the honest feedbacks.
am not sure when am going to get my first reader, but well i guess someone would stop by sometime. well am banker by profession. i recently took to photography & i do love writing. so this attempt. please do provide your honest feedback.