Monsoons in Bangalore is always extended and gets monotonous .So when it rained very heavily on a friday , I decided to travel out of the city and without any bookings , took a night bus from Majestic on our way to Kodaikanal.
Bangalore has very good bus services to many tourist destination and Kodai is one among that.The journey will take you to a place called Dindigal downhill where the bus halts for breakfast and then a one hr uphill climb to arrive at the queen of the southern hill station.
This being my second trip to kodai but first for my husband , I became the unsaid guide .Like most tourists after finding a good place to stay and freshening up we headed to the lake and spent a good laid back time cycling around , spotting Rekha’s ( the filmstar) house and eating kababs .
However the next day we had planned a trek up the mountain roads which was not one of the popular tourist spots but nature at its best. We travelled by a shared cab till a point and then walked and trekked on mountain roads .These mountains are a part of the western ghats and at that height always have a misty look . Here one could walk on winding hilly roads , drink from a stream of water flowing out of Gundar falls , try to spot the Berjam lake and capture the beautiful city from top , sit and laze the whole day with not a single soul in sight save the cows or monkeys and breathe the purest air.
We walked almost half a day and by lunch time were totally famished but little did we know that lunch at that isolated place is only by the kindness of the village folks who allow tourists to pay and eat a simple yet sumptuous lunch at their houses. This though a way of earning money is not their only source of livelihood , farming being the primary .
So on a cold september afternoon two hungry souls savoured a plate full of hot rice , sambar and some veggies amidst the Kodai hills , the simplicity of which touched our heart and has remained memorable ever since.