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Old 2nd January 2014, 20:03   #1
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Default Taking a cute hatch out of its comfort zone: Hyderabad > Mysore > Ooty > Coonoor

Preface
12 Months, and not a single planned vacation, sounds like the perfect recipe to start a world war at home. We were desperate for a long leave from work, but project commitments kept both of us glued to our cubicles.

Then all of a sudden, our projects were completed before time and our leaves for the last week of the year got approved.

With less than 5 days to plan for the trip, we looked at various options for a 6 day vacation.

1. Goa (Been there so many times, but always a new experience)
2. Coorg (Heard/Seen/Wanted to go there)
3. Bangkok/Phuket
4. Darjeeling
5. Conoor/Ooty (we had seen some pictures of these places from our friends trip and wanted to visit the mountains)

After a lot of researching and budget analysis we zeroed in on Conoor/Ooty for 2 primary reasons.

1. Closest place from Hyderabad to enjoy the winter chill
2. Spices (both of us are avid weekend chefs and we love the authentic spices from down south)

With the destination decided we set out and made our reservations for Day-2 and Day-3 at Gudallur. (this was the only reservation we made)

Primary driver - Yours truly
Back up driver - Missus truly
The machine - 2012 Brio

Trip Prep
As per our calculations, the trip would be within 2000 kms, so checked the engine oil, looked good, felt and smelt good. Checked the air filter, was dirty, so picked up a replacement one over the counter from Sundaram Honda.(read more about it here (CCI vs Car Manufacturers : Restricting over-the-counter sales of spare parts)) Got the tyre pressure checked, cleaned the car interiors and loaded my driving music collection on the USB. Ready to roll!!

On a side note : I was quite surprised that the only spares i was carrying was a spare key and spare headlamp bulbs, quite in contrast to the elaborate process of packing the toolkit/cables/lubes that i have do on my thunderbird. Honda = peace of mind.

The itinerary

1. Day 1 - 26th Dec - Hyd - Mysore
2. Day 2 - 27th Dec - Mysore (sight seeing) > Gudallur
3. Day 3 - 28th Dec - Gudallur > Bandipur > Mudumalli (Sightseeing)
4. Day 4 - 29th Dec - Gudallur > Pykara > off the map places > Ooty
5. Day 5 - 30th Dec - Ooty (Sight seeing) > Conoor > Ooty (Shopping)
6. Day 6 - 31st Dec - Ooty > Mysore (Shopping) > Bangalore
7. Day 7 - 1st Jan - Bangalore > Hyderabad


Now i will let the pictures do the talking..

Day 1 and Day 2
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Default Re: Taking a cute hatch out of its comfort zone: Hyderabad > Mysore > Ooty > Coonoor

adityasiera: Can you please add other details such as the journey time, road conditions, where did you stay etc. it will be very useful as I am also planning a drive to Mysore this weekend.
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adityasiera: Can you please add other details such as the journey time, road conditions, where did you stay etc. it will be very useful as I am also planning a drive to Mysore this weekend.
Veknki - I will add all such details and 2nd set of pictures in a couple of days. I have been swamped with work and never got time to finish the log.

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