|View of Ooty city center from top of Mahindra Resort - The Derby Green|
|Bus stand and race course - with Resort buildings in foreground|
Starting from the first evening, the initial reception was a little delayed. The people vacating rooms may have left late, or the team was not able to handle all such rooms – this caused a delay in check-in for us. We even decided to go to a hotel to have some food, as we were famished. They suggested Hotel Nahar in the center of the city, which has couple of Pure Vegetarian restaurants. We finished our tiffin-cum-dinner in the late evening and returned for check-in. We settled in to the room and watched some programs on the Cable TV. Our son enjoyed a bit of games in the games room. Chess, TT, Carroms, PS2, Wii were all available, other than art-classes.
|Pykara Lake boating - very low water levels|
|Extra scaffolding leading down to the low water levels|
|Ooty Botanical Gardens|
|Inside the Glass house|
|Rose Garden - some different roses|
We had lunch at the small vegetarian north-Indian restaurant outside Sims Park then headed to the heart of city. We tried to shop for some trinkets and souvenirs, but found nothing of interest. We bought home made chocolates & some bakery items from an old shop before heading to the station. At the station, we found the first class waiting room locked & met the Station master. It seems it is kept locked until someone asks for it to be opened. We found that the room was OK, but the attached toilet was dirty. We complained and got it cleaned quite quickly. While we waited it started pouring heavily. It was quite a heavy rain and it stopped just before the train was to leave Coonoor for Ooty.
We had the first row seats and had a great view of the path ahead. The engines are attached to the rear and the conductor was in front of us signaling to the rear-engine. The train trip was really beautify, especially as the weather was cool. There was mist in some areas and some of the mountains were covered by clouds. It was really beautiful to enjoy the curves, the tunnels, the scenery and nature from the first row seats. After we reached Ooty, we walked back to our resort as it is half-kilometer away only. After spending further time in the resort, we left for Chennai the next noon. We took a stop over at Salem, just like we had done on the trip from Chennai to Ooty, before reaching Chennai the day after.
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