My love towards hill stations made me plan a trip to this beautiful hill station, Ooty also called as Udagamandalam meaning "House of Mountains" and described as "Queen of Hill Stations".

How to Reach:
Air: Nearest airport is Coimbatore, around 100Kms
Train: Mettupalaiyam which is 40km from Ooty is connectedi to Coimbatore and Chennai. Nearest main railway station is Coimbatore.
Road: Regular bus and cab services available from Coimbatore and Mettupalaiyam.

Booked flight and cab in advance. An R&D for couple of hours a week before, resulted in choosing Pavan travels which I feel is offering best service at a reasonable cost.They quoted 8,500 all inclusive for 6Days/5Nights and 800 free KMs and they didn't ask for any advance payment, not a bad deal compared to others. Well, the cost would have gone up by now due to fuel price hikes. 

With all the excitement, couldn't sleep well the night before, woke up early by 5.00 Am, it was raining cats and dogs so was concerned of any delay or cancellation of flight, a quick call to the customer care yielded no relief, I was told "we don't have any info as of now, will intimate you if there is any". So made up my mind to prepare for the worst. By 7.30 Am, we were ready and the rain stopped! Cab to airport was on time and reached airport by 8.15 carrying mixed feelings - excitement and anxiety. Took the boarding pass and boarded the flight by 8.45 am. The flight started on time and landed in Coimbatore on time by 10.30 am!

Mr Shiva, the cab driver who was waiting for us, greeted us and helped us to settle the luggage in cab. We didn't had breakfast in the morning and were hungry, so decided to go through the Coimbatore town for breakfast which turned out to brunch later! Started from Coimbatore town at around 12.00 pm, once we are out of the town, I fell asleep due to drowsiness caused by heavy breakfast and previous sleepless night. Meanwhile, wife enjoyed watching a comedy movie from the DVD collection that we carried along with us. When I woke up and opened my eyes, I wondered if we are passing the trees or the trees running around us..!! The views enroute were picturesque and the climate was pleasant. we reached Ooty at around 3.30 pm, searched for accommodation and finalized Hotel Lakeview.

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