Trip Start Nov 07, 2004
55Trip End May 20, 2005
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One of the best attractions are the Ooty Botanical Gardens. Set on the outskirts of town they are an immaculately landscaped and manicured series of lawns, pools and gardens. We hadn't realised quite how much we'd missed trees until getting here (coconut and banana trees excepted). At the other end of town is the boating lake (which one of us had missed more than the trees)
The recreational highlight of our trip so far has to be Ooty's aptly named theme park, "Jolly World". Sadly Jolly World was suffering from a power-cut at the time of our visit. This fact didn't seem to trouble the park attendants, and they felt it unneccesary to advise us of this when we paid our hefty 5 rupees for admission. The unforseen closure of the shooting gallery, and the absence of any bottles in the 'hoop-a-bottle' stall did little to dampen our enthusiasm. Being too big to go on the inflatable ship, and at risk of serious lacerations and tetanus from the antique slide, it really was a fun-packed three minutes. The day was rescued however when on leaving we stumbled upon 'Kart-Attack', with the surprising bonus of Go-Karts that actually went.
We had a genuine treat to look forward to today as we were booked on the narrow gauge train to take us down the mountain en route to Kerala. The train ride was everything we had romantically hoped an Indian train journey would be, right down to the steam engine. The views of tea plantations clinging to the hill sides and mist-shrouded waterfalls cutting through the valleys was magical. Our trip to Ooty was worth it for the train ride alone.
Caroline and Mark