Driving from Guruvayur to Bengaluru, I halted overnight in Coonoor. The distance of 235 kilometres can be covered in about 7 hours.
You start with narrow roads and heavy traffic in Guruvayur and all the way up to Thrissur before you hit the 4-lane National Highway 544. Drive up to Coimbatore and take a left towards the Nilgiris.
I deviated from the regular route and opted to take the first available left at the western end of Coimbatore. It took me through the city traffic, which was very heavy.
It was dark by the time I reached the Nilgiris. Driving up to Coonoor is a delight. I definitely want to do this again, in the day time.
I chose to stay at the Taj. I have always wanted to stay in this property of the Taj. It’s a very nice-looking place, very unlike a property in the city.
The location and layout of the rooms are very pretty to look at. The accommodation comprises a sitout and the bedroom.
Only a few rooms have a fireplace. So, if you want one, better call in advance and say so.
The bathroom is so spacious that you could fit a 1BHK of Mumbai and have some space left over for a garden.
I think this is one of those places every easy-going person must visit. You could stay here for up to a week. They have some games and a small collection of books. Bring your children along. They will enjoy the open spaces.
I left the next morning, to resume my journey, wondering when I can return for a longer stay.
Ooty – 20 km
Coimbatore – 70 km
Mysuru – 145 km
Kochi – 280 km
Bengaluru – 300 km
Chennai – 545 km
Stopped for snacks in Coonoor