Actually we "had" some plans atleast. We decided that we should be starting on 10th May 2008 and it should be around one week vacation plan. And we decided this by 1st week of May itself. So we had enough time to look out for destinations etc. Ooty was always in our mind. But Suparna got some feedback that this is the "season" time in Ooty and it might be difficult to get acco there at this time. So we had our plan B as well - may be visting Shillong etc.
After a frantic search, we got atleast one hotel which was still having rooms at that point of time. So we booked Preethi Classic Towers for 3 days at Ooty. Later we found that this was one of the best of the lot - we just luckily made it.
So we need flight tickets to Bangalore. And its 7th May already. Air Deccan obliged and we now had a "plan" in place to spend the summer (i mean one week of this summer) in Ooty. Somewhere in between, while surfing through the net (or while having those coffee breaks), Suparna learnt Kodaikanal is even a better place to visit. So we added it to our itinerary. Oh, it was Anindita who actually suggested this - thanks to her. Mysore comes on the way to Ooty. So we included it as well. And being one of the laziest couple on earth, we thought it would be too much of travel on a single day - so lets stay a night at Mysore before starting off for Ooty.
So our plan looks like this as of now:
Day 1: Reach Blore - take rest - meet old buddies - visit MG Road - night stay at Blore
Day2: Start off in the late night (I mean 630AM) for Mysore - visit Mysore Palace - night stay at Mysore
Day3: Push off for Ooty - take rest at Ooty (I cant go for outing on the same day man..I am on a vacation).
Day 4: Roam around Ooty - night stay at Ooty
Day 5: Go to Coonoor - have tea - night stay at Ooty
Day 6: Start for Kodaikanal - take rest - night stay at Kodai
Day 7: Roam around Kodaikanal
Day 8: Return to Blore - get the flight back to Kolkata - ahh, am home mom.
Abhishek knew Babu beforehand and suggested he would be one of the better cabbies. So we went for his Konkan Travels wala Indica. He was charging Rs. 5.25/= per km (a minimum of 250 km per day). Having no idea of the prevailing rate, we never even thought about it and stratightaway agreed.
So guys, we are in Bangalore today (yeah its already 10th May) and we need to get really early tomorrow to start off.
Ohh btw, while in the long flight from Kolkata to Bangalore, we were going through an old copy of "Bhraman Shongi" and there we found out Shrabanabelgola might be a good place to visit on the way to Mysore. So Shrabanabelgola is on our itinerary as well.