Nahar's Residency Hotel
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... and villages we didn't stop in. At one point one of the group, an Israeli women, lead us off into a village to admire the Pongal artwork out the front of the houses. I was thinking our guide wasn't taking us in because the villagers didn't want him to, but they were pleased we were there and allowed us to photograph the art as one guy proudly told us his daughter had made the patterns. Pongal is kinda like the Tamil Nadu new year and the ...
... other locals and flashlight scouring the dark forest. We actually found a number of wild elephants. A small pack at a watering hole and a baby that was trying to make a fight for our jeep, while minutes later the mama was lumbering up the hill after. The forest was so beautiful as the light seeped out and dusk became dark and the sky became riddled with stars and planets and Orion lept out at me as a familiar friend.
My favorite part of the weekend was sunrise. I ...
... travelling at an average of 10 km/hr no drafts. Ostensibly for safety reasons.
Eventually we all find our seats, which are quite tiny but not too bad for me. Off we go and expect to reach Coonoor in just over 3 hrs. Temperature is hot and atmosphere humid. Travelling so slow, you do get to see some beautiful vistas: mainly down valleys and up into the mountains.
We stop twice on the way to Coonoor. Mainly to allow the train to fill up with water. ...
... the alpha male – carefully stepping over the bushes to reach the next batch of weeds. He was tiptoeing through them like a ballet dancer en pointe! (Maybe he was worried about the vipers)
I forgot to say, that all the men (with the exception of Philip ) went into Coimbatore to play cricket, so it was just the women, Philip, our driver and the housekeeper Dhas who witnessed The Invasion of the Tea Field. I came inside for coffee ...
So onwards down South and my aims was to visit the beautiful british colonial hill station called Ooty which had a toy train, spice gardens and similarities to Englands lake distrcit.
Our first stop however was Coimbatore which is where the sleeper bus took us and from there we went straight to Ooty. We arrived in the cold, rainy and wet hilly mountains in ...