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: