Ooty to Mysore, and Everything in Between!

Road trips are the only form of safe travel right now that excludes the risk of catching the virus in the airplane, or any other leg of the travel. Though a lot of the places still might not be open due to the safety concern, what you can do for sure is drive around and gaze at the wondrous scenery from the safety of your own vehicle.

Recently, Mridula and Anand Maloo, along with their children Devanshi and Saakshi took a road trip to Ooty and Mysore. The family had a lot of fun, and definitely recommend this trip to others, especially since there isn’t much to do right now.

They left from Bangalore in the morning, and drove up to the Mudumalai National Park, Wildlife Sanctuary, and Tiger Reserve. Driving through the park was an epic adventure in itself, and they spotted all kinds of animals, from peacocks and monkeys to elephants and dears, but sadly, no tigers themselves! Having gone through the park, they reached Ooty and checked into Sinclairs Retreat, a beautiful little hillside resort overlooking the entire Ooty Valley. After freshening up and lunch, the family headed to Botanical Gardens in the evening – the perfect time to visit. After taking in the beautiful plants and greenery, and buying cute little knickknacks from the roadside toy vendors, they then headed to a Chocolate Museum. Built in a quaint little hut, the place had a history of chocolate, and some delicious chocolaty goodies to try at the end of the tour. The family then headed home where they had dinner and retired for the night.

The next day, they all headed down to Ooty Lake, and then the Lake Park where they enjoyed boating, sightseeing, and took a lot of pictures! After the adventurous boating, they drove around the scenic hills of Ooty and indulged in some sightseeing at the top of a hill! Then, they drove up to Savoy, Ooty - IHCL SeleQtions – an 1829 landmark hidden in the misty hills, where they had high tea, and took some more pictures!

On the third day of their trip, the family visited the coldest place in Ooty – Doddabetta Peak, the tallest mountain in the Nilgiri. They climbed to the top of the peak, and marvelled at the stunning view before them – Ooty, in all its glory, through the clouds. On their way down, they did some shopping at the market next to the hill. The bazaar was filled with everything from toys and clothes like mufflers and hat, to handmade souvenirs and delicious local dishes.

After such an eventful and chilly morning, they headed to the mesmerising Brindavan Gardens, where they enjoyed the scenery, and then stayed till dark, when the stunning musical fountain show happens. The illumination was spectacular, and lit up the entire park area, as the water danced to the tunes of the melodious music. Departing from Ooty, the family got in their car and headed on to Mysore, where they checked in to the Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel at night.

After a good night’s rest, the last day of their trip found them fresh and awake for excitement, ready for the next adventure. They swum in the clear blue water of the Palace’s pool, and then after getting ready, they excitedly hopped on to a horse drawn carriage that took them for a round around the palace. Since their appetite of animals was not full after the tiger-less tiger reserve, they all visited the Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens next, where they gazed in wonder at all kinds of animals and birds! They ended their trip on a high note, indulging in adventure sports! The parents watched fondly as their two daughters raced each other on ATVs. Driving back home gave them a sad sorrow, but many memories of an incredible trip with their family.       – Devanshi