I completed my plus two from G.V.H.S.S for girls, nadakkavu. Those days were some of the most exquisite days of my life. One of the happy moments that are still fresh in memories is that of our two-day trip to Ooty - ‘the queen of hills’. Both the teachers & the students put
their best hand forward to make the trip exciting. We started our journey in two buses on a cold December morning. All of us were loaded with bags and cameras. When the bus started, we waved goodbye to our parents who had came to see off us. Soon our bus was filled with music & our bus became a ‘dance floor’. Everyone flowed along with the rhythms.
At noon, we had our lunch from a forest on our way. We sat in the ground without roofs over our heads. We were in the cradle of nature. The sights around were so awesome, I clicked my camera many times. We saw many tea plantations, lush green forests & like as we got closer to our destination. We had to go through 14 hairpin bends to reach Ooty- one of the popular hill stations of India. With lots of fun and entertainment, we reached our restaurant cum lodging. All our stomachs were crying for food. The cold wind that swept inside the bus, penetrated through our bones. Soon we were stuffed with ear-mufflers, sweaters, scarf, etc. After having food, we soon went to our rooms & slept like a log.
Next morning when I got up & looked through the window, I felt as if clouds had come to earth. Our mouths were emitting smoke!! After having breakfast, we took some photos from outside the lodging. Those moments are vivid in my memories. Before long, we boarded the bus to be off for Ooty Lake.
When we reached the lake, there were many tourists like us. Year after year, the no. Of tourists coming to ooty to escape from the heat of life and earth is increasing. Ooty Lake is an artificial lake made by John Sullivan, first collector of ooty. Boating through the lake is very popular. The Boat house established alongside the lake, offers boating facilities. Many of my friends & teachers had pleasure trips across the lake via speed boats & paddleboats. A mini garden has also been constructed here & it had an amusement park too. The cool breeze gently touched us. We walked through the park to see the beauty of the place.
Returning from there, we took a trip to Coonoor in a toy train. All of us rushed to get a place near the window. The ride
to Coonoor was a treasure for our eyes. The views through the forests & plantations were breath taking.After returning from the trip, we reached the restaurant, had lunch, packed our bags & headed towards one of the most popular attractions of Ooty- Botanical garden. Botanical garden is situated in Udaghamandalam. The garden has around 1000s of species. Botanical garden is maintained by the Horticulture department of govt.of Tamilnadu. The garden is so magnificent that we will appreciate the efforts put in maintaining the garden. There is a fossilized tree trunk in the garden which is 20 million years old. We felt like we were walking through a green carpet that covers the whole garden.
The breeze had the smell & taste of nature. We spent some wonderful moments exploring the garden. I should say that ¾ camera was filled with the lovely sights of the garden.
Getting out of the garden, we went around in search of some shopping centers. As Ooty is known for its homemade chocolates, I bought some. Plastic bags were completely banned there & shopkeepers used recycled papers or cloth bags. After having dinner and stepping back to the bus, all were gloomy and tired as well. By dawn we reached from where we started, safe and sound.
Enjoy the sight and sounds of Ootty. - Pooja Prakash