I had visited Ooty along with my friends, when I was in college during my under graduation. It was during the semester holidays that we visited this enchanting hill station which was also called as the Queen of hills. We had just five days, and so we neatly charted an agenda of places that should be visited during our stay there. We also reviewed some Ooty hotels and booked a perfect one that fitted our budget like a glove! We were happy that our plans turned out well. It was great to drive across the hairpin bends. On reaching the hill top, I took photographs of the scenic beauty that unraveled before us.
The next day, we trekked to the Doddabetta Peak. It was a great experience as we witnessed lush greenery everywhere. What added to the adventure and thrill was that our guide asked us to be careful since it was a forest reserve and wildlife can appear anytime out of the blue! One of my friends had leech bites on his legs. We sprinkled salt water and the leeches fell out. To make light of the situation we pacified him by saying that a leech bite gave a person a stronger heart and he was going to live several years more than us with a stronger heart! We had booked our accommodations online in Astoria Residency, one of the two star hotels in Ooty.
The hotel, by no means looked like a budget hotel as it had all the amenities of a luxury hotel. The rooms were well-maintained and tidy and the staffs were very friendly. As we were a group of 5, we chose two Classic Suites. The rooms were well-equipped with a telephone, mini bar, and refrigerator. We hosted a video-conference with our parents that night. The high-speed Internet made us feel like we were speaking to our parents directly. It was a lovely stay in the hill station, and what I can't forget is- the homemade chocolates that we had in the shops near the Botanical Garden and the tea that was served in the hotel. The mesmerizing nature, the long drives through the hills , photography sessions and the bungee jumping episode still stays etched in my memory.