Monday, 22nd March - Dover, England
Tuesday, 23rd March - Benaulim, Goa
Wednesday, 24th March - Benaulim, Goa
Thursday, 25th March - Benaulim, Goa
Friday, 26th March - Hampi, Karnataka
Saturday, 27th March - Hampi, Karnataka
Sunday, 28th March - Hampi, Karnataka
Monday, 29th March - Hampi, Karnataka
Tuesday, 30th March - en route to Ooty
Wednesday 31st March
03:30 came and we jumped aboard the train that was to take us the two-hour trip to Metapulayam, from where we'd take the Nilgiri Mountain narrow gauge train up to Ooty. On arrival, we were told that the train had been cancelled as well so we yet again had to find alternatives to get us to the Hotel Darshan in Ooty.
We decided that a taxi was our best option. The road up the mountain, which rose to 3000ft above sea level, was a series of hairpin bends with huge drops to the side. Unbelievably it was incredibly busy with all number of transport types on the way. In places the road widened a little which only added to the already overtake-at-any-cost attitude which seemed to be the norm. At one stage a lorry was being overtaken by a bus which was being overtaken by a bike and all three being overtaken by us.
Eventually we arrived at the Hotel at about 8:30, I'm still not sure how but this was about 4hrs earlier than planned, very strange, but this is India and I expect stranger things will happen no doubt.
We were shown to our room, which was very nice with a large balcony area overlooking the lake. The temperature here had dropped to 22c on arrival and unbelievably we both had goosebumps. Shortly after we took what was meant to be a three-hour snooze, turned out to be six and a half hours but both of us needed it.
Took a little stroll into town to sort out Serena's mobile phone problems, they have very strange rulings over mobile use from state to state here and still she can receive messages but cannot send or phone.
Had some nice food in a Nepalese restaurant before walking back to the Hotel around 21:30. We had a quick coffee and took time to go through our photos we had taken along the way, then retired for the night.
Thursday, 1st April - Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Friday, 2nd April - Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Saturday, 3rd April - Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Sunday, 4th April - Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Monday, 5th April - Kollam, Kerala
Tuesday, 6th April - Houseboat, Kerala
Wednesday, 7th April - Houseboat, Kerala
Thursday, 8th April - boat to Alleppey
Friday, 9th April - Kochi, Kerala
Saturday, 10th April - Kochi, Kerala
Sunday, 11th April - Kochi, Kerala
Monday, 12th April - 2625 Kerala Express
Tuesday, 13th April - 2625 Kerala Express
Wednesday, 14th April - Friday, 16th April - Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Saturday, 16th April - Wednesday, 21st April - Ranthambore, Rajisthan
Thursday, 22nd April - Jaipur, Rajisthan
Friday, 23rd April - Jaipur, Rajisthan
Saturday, 24th April - Pushkar, Rajisthan
Sunday, 25th April - Pushkar, Rajisthan
Monday, 26th April - Pushkar, Rajisthan
Tuesday, 27th April - Delhi
Wednesday, 28th April - Delhi
Thursday, 29th April - Delhi
Friday, 30th April - back to England