Wish you a very Happy Independence Day. Hope you are enjoying your long weekend. Friday we had a small celebration in office. Like other the traditional way of celebrating Independence Day in office, it was ethnic day. The girls as usual decided to wear saree. I had this nice orange saree with me, which I had bought during my trip to Mumbai , so I thought of wearing that. Full patriotism you see. It has a beautiful pink blouse with heavy work, but sadly that isn’t ready yet. I don’t trust Bangalore tailors for blouses and have to go back to my Delhi tailor. By the way if you have any good tailor/boutique recommendation in bangalore, drop in your comment.
Morning I had an urgent meeting so I decided to get ready in office, post that. So here is my 5 mins OOTD. Hope you like my 5 mins make up look.
Last weekend I went for a lovely brunch at this place called “Yogisthaan Cafe”, located in Indiranagar, Bangalore. I just loved the place and hence wanted to share the experience and some pics with you all.
What I loved about the place is the beautiful ambiance. Sharing some pics below (all are taken from my phone) which will do all the talking. We sat there for hours, enjoying the lovely interiors and the lush greenery. The place has a very natural and Indian feel. The wooden benches, chairs with bells, charpai (cot), low floor bedding, hammock, books on yoga all adds to its charm. If you are lucky you can hear the cuckoo singing :). What more can you ask for :).
Having done my studies in South India(Bangalore), I had heard great reviews about this place and being a travel enthusiast wanted to go there so much. When I got a chance, I really enjoyed my experience there.
In South India almost all Hill Stations are same. It will have a Echo Point, a Point From where you can see the whole city and plains, few waterfalls, probably a sunrise/sunset point, some zoo. Kodai is almost similar except that there is this huge lovely lake within the city, where you can cycle around, which is simply beautiful and adds to your experience.
I have been to Ooty, Munnar, Wayanad(which is so not a hill station), Coorg, Chikmagalur but Kodai is my favorite. I had heard great things about Munnar too,but my experience was not so good. WHY??Weather. See weather is the most important thing while visiting any hill station in south India. You might not believe ,but these so called hill stations are actually little hot in summers. These are not the hill stations with snow clad mountains rather they offer you lush greenery and pleasant weather. I somehow prefer to visit them in starting of rainy season, unlike most people. I just love the blooming flowers, the washed out feel, clouds passing through you, the perfect chilly weather, enjoying those hot samosas, sipping a cuppa tea and taking a light walk around. This is my idea of holidaying 🙂
Kodai has a huge lake within the city and you can rent a bicycle and paddle around the lake. Not that typical rent a boat types. With the lake in between, you cycling around, enjoying the awesome weather the experience is quite great. I just loved it. If your timing is right, you can actually feel as if you are paddling among the clouds. Once you are done, you can enjoy the local home made chocolates or whatever you prefer, there are quite a lot of eating options around.
There is not much to do in the city, so a day or two is fine if you are planning to be only in Kodai. Apart from the lake, there’s Coakers Walk where you can take a walk along the hill side and enjoy the lovely sunset if sky is clear. Pine Forest is another place worth a dekho. Rest all places are just ok,s o don’t waste much time roaming around small places and getting bored. I would suggest that rather book a nice hotel, stay within the city, enjoy the rides along lake and just walk around the city and relax.
Hotel Villa Retreat is one very good option and has best scenic view to offer. While having breakfast in morning, I actually felt like having breakfast in lap of nature which was such and beautiful and refreshing feeling. My visit was to Kodaikanal wouldn’t have been perfect without the beautiful stay in Villa Retreat. The food was really yummy there, something that I had not expected from a tourist place. My Trip to Kodai was a wonderful, wonderful break from my regular 9-6 Work Routine.
Let’s Share : Been there? Liked it ? Have something to say? Know any other great hill station down south? Do share your views.