We set off for Ooty. The distance to Ooty is 30kms from Masinagudi through some breathtaking lush green forests and steep 36 hair pin bends. The hair pin bends are in quick succession and pretty tough, though we had done this trip many times, we appreciated the fact that the roads had been improved and the signage good. When we were 5kms from Ooty, it started to rain and the mist rolled in as if by magic and the road became invisible. We crawled forward till we straightened out at Ooty and breathed a sigh of relief. We stopped at Charing Cross and picked up some famous home made chocolates at King Star, where else? – he’s been around since 1942! And then continued on to our resort – Club Mahindra Derby Green – which was the erstwhile Ooty Dasaprakash Hotel. The renovated hotel is lovely and affords a superb view of the Ooty Race Course. The honking of the buses at the Ooty bus stand is irritating when you are outside but inside the rooms, it’s blissfully quiet. The rooms are in typical English cottage style complete with white painted picket fence divider; a heater which was much appreciated as the temperature dipped at night to 13 deg. Relaxed in the resort and enjoyed the bonfire in the evening. Lovely resort and in true CM tradition of hospitality and comfort.
Certainly recommend you stay here.
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