Sunday, December 6, 2009

Kodai Kronicles / When Pigs Fly Part II




This post is incredibly late but better late than never I guess. As mentioned in a previous post (Look at Part I of this series) the swine flu holidays saw Kriti, Tuhina and me head over to Chennai. From there we proceeded to the scenic hill station of Kodaikanal. One train journey and a rickety bus ride later we reached Kodaikanal. To get there by train, you will have to catch one to Kodai Road then a cab/bus to Kodaikanal.

Kodaikanal is gorgeous and clean, unlike its ill fated cousin - Ooty. No paper bags in this place and the locals are scrupulous about keeping it clean. Clearly, this is my sort of place. The focal point of the city is the lake. It's not huge but its charming and cycling around the lake was my favourite activity of all. It's fun and healthy! There are cycles to accommodate everyone's needs (including a double cycle which is quite fun). It's around 20 bucks for the hour and the ride around the lake is totally worth it. I also recommend the chilli bajjis sold in mobile carts around the lake - yumm. The one incredibly annoying thing about the lake is the number of newly weds on their honeymoon – nauseatingly in love, making dopey eyes at each other and joint at the hip (Barf! Barf!).

We stayed at Highland Resorts which is at a higher altitude than the main town. We had a beautiful balcony and a small patch of garden all to ourselves and the view was magical. In the nights we just sat at the edge of the garden and watched the twinkling lights in far away mountains.

Home made chocolates are cheap and aplenty here.
Plain, dark, cashew encrusted, butterscotch flavoured - the list is endless. We ate copious amounts of this chocolate throughout the trip and brought back even more for family and friends. Kodaikanal also houses the famous Kodai International School. Students from all over the world flock here and the buildings alone are worth it. It’s huge and built in stone and is straight out of an English story book. Opposite this is an eclectically designed café and pizza place where we spent many an hour gazing dreamily at the school (If only law school were there!!).

Our other great culinary find in Kodai was P.T. Road. It has a host of Tibetan restaurants which serve excellent food for moderate rates (keep in mind it's a tourist place so everything is always a little pricey). We had thupkas, momos and noodles of all varieties and it was tasty and authentic (the potato cheese momos were my personal favourite). You will find a motley crowd in this place including Buddhist monks, French ladies with LOUD red hair and the ubiquitous western tourist who looks like he has never seen a shaving kit and is carrying his whole life in a backpack. This road also houses PotLuck which is a quaint little café serving pancakes, sandwiches and other light food. Definitely sit here and watch the world go by 

Being the masochists that we are, we also signed up for various treks. As is obvious by the amount we eat, we are not in peak physical condition. The treks are hard but incredibly fun and the scenic beauty leaves you awestruck. We trekked to the top of a mountain and the view from the there was something else. We also went to the Devil’s Peak which is a narrow ledge with a fall of monstrous proportions onto hard, solid rock (I don’t even want to think
about how many feet that would have been). I was the only one who managed to walk till the edge despite dire warnings and repeated calls from Kriti and Tuhi. It’s incredibly dangerous but so exhilarating. For the first time I understood why people risk their lives in adventure sports. Of course, that might have been a little too much adventure for my frail heart and I am going to stick to solid ground for sometime now.

The three days in Kodai just flew by and soon we found ourselves heading back to the train station in Kodai Road (in a cab that cost us very very little thanks to my amazing bargaining skills and some emotional blackmail). If you’re looking for a nice pretty hill station in the South, then Kodai and Munnar head my list. If you are going there and want some more info (which this ridiculously long post does not contain), then feel free to ask.

P.S – I have received requests from a number of you to add pictures to my blog. While I haven’t been entirely sold on that idea before, I have added some here since this is one post which I think would be incomplete without it.

13 comments:

Shruti said...

The pictures are not uploading :( I promise to crack this puzzle soon though.

vikramhegde said...

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Shruti said...

thanks :)

Hari said...

Brought back memories. I went to live in Madurai and used to visit Kodai often.

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Deanne Rodrigues said...

Hey there, great blog. I travel to Kodai this Monday. Am an absolute foodie, please recommend any other food options(non veg). i know youve mentioned a few anything more ?. Please write in to deanne.rodrigues@gmail.com

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