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    Default Exploring South India - Part 2

    Trip : Hyderabad - > Ooty - > Kodaikanal - > Munnar - > Calicut - > Mangalore - > Bangalore - > Hyderabad

    Me & my friend decided to ride to the South once again in the month of June, 2015.

    I could not pen down the travelog as I was all caught up with career and stuff.

    As always, the main agenda of the trip was to have maximum fun and adventure at minimalistic cost . I will keep the writing part to the minimalistic and let the photos speak the story, more because it has been quite some time and I have managed to forget the small little details of the trip

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    Rest of the log after the approval of the log.

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    Default Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

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    Default Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

    Better late than never!

    Superb pics

    Please post more!
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    Default Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by The Monk View Post
    Travelogue Approved

    Nice! Bring it on
    Thanks for the approval

    Quote Originally Posted by i22 View Post
    Better late than never!

    Superb pics

    Please post more!
    Haha .. well said. Thanks man.

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    HYDERABAD - OOTY (900 kms)


    So we started :

    It was 1st of June, we started at around 5 pm. Plan was to start from Hyderabad and reach Ooty without a stay in a lodge (Money saving ).

    My friend and me sourced saddle bags for the trip and like every newbie, overloaded the bags. Too much of everything. Bikes looked like donkeys with load on their backs .

    The ride from Hyd - Ooty had to be totally boring and uneventful till Bangaluru atleast, thanks to long straight 4 - 6 laned highways with heavy crosswinds and my puny 125cc Commuter - all wrong combo. And as expected could not sleep during the day due to excitement and while clock struck 1, I started getting sleep shocks.

    Keeping safety into concern, parked the bikes in a deserted Bus stop and slept for 1-2 hrs. That was a much needed power nap. By 6 am we crossed Bangaluru and stopped by a small beautiful restaurant and enjoyed lip smacking south Indian breakfast. GAME OVER. The heavy breakfast made things worse. I Can't explain that SLEEP ATTACK!! .. I remember I just could not hold the handle straight even for 50 meters.

    It was a gentle reminder that we have pushed our exhausted brains way too far. Finally a Cafe Coffee Day by the highway (between Bang & Mysuru) saved us. We stopped by, used the loo and had awesome coffee and just died on the table. We came back to our senses 2 hours later. Those were the most amazing 2 hours of sleep.

    From there on, the journey became super exciting ... Mysuru - bandipur - 36 hairpin bend road - Ooty ... we had done this before already so was a cake walk but we totally enjoyed it in the amazing weather.

    We checked in our favourite lodge - Divine Highland in Ooty. This time they charged just 500 bucks per day.

    Let the pics talk the rest :

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    Our machines loaded up

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    The bus stop where we slept for a few hours. The coziest bed I have ever slept on.

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    The small restaurant where we had a heavy breakfast

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    The coffee we had before we dosed off

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    Karnataka - TamilNadu border ... the gate behind me separates the two states

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    Thats how Ooty looked from a distance of 30 kms

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    Thats not fog, those are clouds in the background

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    My riding partner Harish with his machine

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    A view from our lodge

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    Thats Divine Highland

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    Default Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

    Quote Originally Posted by bobisbacktorock View Post


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    Thats how Ooty looked from a distance of 30 kms
    Roads like these

    I feel tempted now, especially with the better season/climate approaching!

    Superb pics
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    Quote Originally Posted by i22 View Post
    Roads like these

    I feel tempted now, especially with the better season/climate approaching!

    Superb pics
    The roads were indeed tempting.

    Thanks ... Glad you liked the pics

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    Day 3 - Ooty : Chal bhai dekhte aas paas kya hai Ooty me.

    After a long nice sleep, got up to see a cloudy weather in Ooty. Got ready and started off for sight seeing. Wanted to visit all the "places to visit" in and around Ooty except Emrald lake as that was already done during our last trip.

    Botanical Garden, Dodabetta Peak, Pykara waterfalls etc

    Best thing about Ooty is everything around Ooty is beautiful, you just need to travel and get lost in the Nilgiris. The weather kept changing and we faced heavy downpour.

    In the evening rode to Conoor in search of good dinner, but returned back dissapointed. Nest day we had to leave so packed up our stuff and kept everything ready for the next day.

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    Default Re: Exploring South India - Part 2

    Superb clicks again! 👍
    Greenery all around is always such a pleasant sight

    Curious to know about the camera used

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    Quote Originally Posted by i22 View Post
    Superb clicks again! 👍
    Greenery all around is always such a pleasant sight

    Curious to know about the camera used
    Thanks again

    Cam is Olympus 8 MP point and shoot and a Samsung point nd shoot (WB250F) and some pics taken with Samsung Core dual sim phone.

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