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Trip to Ooty in 1995

Going through my photo albums, I found old pictures of a trip I went in 1995, during my college days with classmates. It was a 4-day trip to Ooty and Bangalore, we went by train from Chennai to Mettupalayam and from there we took the famous Nilgiri Mountain Railway, which in 2005 was awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On return, we went to Coonor, then went by a private bus to Bangalore from where we caught another train to Chennai.

Going through the 1995 photos, I recollected my trips to Ooty after the 1995 trip. In the last decade, I have been twice to Ooty Hills, once in 2015 and another in 2019 as an invited guest of Sterling Holidays. I realise a lot has changed in Ooty, it has become more crowded & touristy, but all is not bad – the infrastructure, roads, facilities, hotels are more and better; it appears more cleaner too.

Here are some photos from the 1995 trip:

Nilgiri Mountain Railway from Mettupalayam to Ooty in 1995
Nilgiri Mountain Railway from Mettupalayam to Ooty in 1995
Ooty Hillside in 1995
Ooty Hillside in 1995
A friendly scuffle I had with my buddy
A friendly scuffle I had with my buddy
Venkatarangan - Ooty Lake in 1995
Venkatarangan – Ooty Lake in 1995
Cycling with my classmates around ooty lake in 1995
Cycling with my classmates around Ooty lake in 1995
Boating with classmates in Ooty lake in 1995
Boating with friends in Ooty lake in 1995
View of Ooty lake in 1995
View of Ooty lake in 1995
9th Mile Ooty in 1995 - a popular film shooting spot
9th Mile Ooty in 1995 – a popular film shooting spot
Sim's Park, Coonoor in 1995
Sim’s Park, Coonoor in 1995
Beautiful flowers in Sim's Park, Coonoor in 1995
Beautiful flowers in Sim’s Park, Coonoor in 1995
Venkatarangan posing for a picture in Sim's Park, Coonoor in 1995
Venkatarangan posing for a picture in Sim’s Park, Coonoor in 1995
Venkatarangan Thirumalai in front of Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore in 1995
Venkatarangan Thirumalai in front of Vidhana Soudha, Bangalore in 1995

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