Hotel Spring Valley
Travel Blogs from Kodaikanal
... to Kodai, a more laid back town than the others. Again, more great driving roads and views and another spectacular sunrise and sunset combo. This time I had a room perched on the edge of the hill looking right out across the plains below. I could have spent a week just sat outside me room marvelling at the views!
Not much to say here, simply a night stop on the journey that was turning out to be more spectacular the expected.
... in. It was freezing, but we slept until 2pm. Shane had a trapped nerve in his leg from the cramped bus journeys and we vowed never to travel by bus at night again! On our way out for a juice we asked at reception when our room would be ready - they said fifteen minutes. However when we returned an hour later they took us our room which hadn't been cleaned from the last guests and stank of urine! After our room had been cleaned ...
During the time of the British Raj, many of the white-faced foreigners in South India struggled a little with the heat. To solve this problem they found the nearest big hill and built a small town (or hill station) to provide a little relief from the hot sun. Kodaikanal is one such place, and, as a white-faced foreigner, what a relief! it is amazing what a couple of kilometers of altitude can do.
... extra – that’s less than 1p per kilo.
So no wonder the picker we photographed earlier looked so chuffed when we gave her 10 rupees. That kind of experience is becoming rather common but it always makes us appreciate everything we have back home – we are yet to become complacent.
We were making good onward progress when Manesh pulled over and pointed through the trees. On the other side ...
... Andrew took to lying on the luggage rack above us! It was hot, tiring and packed with people staring at us, as well as being pretty delayed. Inevitably by the time we arrived all we wanted to do was find a place to dump our bags and have a shower. Typically however the first place we went to had no rooms available and the one that did had the worst bathroom I have been in since we came away. We vowed to stay the one night and then ...
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