I would be driving 2300km spanning 4 states in 3 days was definitely not something I had thought when we decided to leave for an impromptu trip to Kodaikanal from Hyderabad.
Day 1: Overnight drive from Hyderabad to Bangalore
We made frequent stops on the way to keep everyone awake after a tiring day in Hyderabad.
Day 2: Work from Bangalore and overnight drive to Kodaikanal
Reaching early morning, I took a nap and worked remotely before another drive, this time from Bangalore to Kodaikanal. This time we started with enough food to keep ourself awake through the journey!
Day 3: Kodaikanal
We started with lunch at Cloud Street — a warm cosy cafe with friendly staff who helped us plan the rest of our trip.
After the lunch, we headed to Kodaikanal lake. There isn’t anything exceptional about the lake except that you can rent bikes there at a cheap rate and bike around the city.
Renting bikes, we headed to Bear Shola Falls. There are sign-boards on the way to help with the navigation.
After biking for 2km, we reached Bear Shola falls, which is one of the hidden gem of Kodaikanal unlike Ooty lake and Silver Cascade Falls, which were full of tourists.
Leaving the bikes at the falls, we climbed up the rocks to explore further.
Day 4: Pine Forest and Berijam Lake
Drive to Bejiram Lake
Spending the day at Bejiram, we headed for Bangalore after lunch, where we stopped for a nap before continuting the drive to Hyderabad early morning next day.
Day 5: Drive to Hyderabad
It was Monday again and was time to get back to Hyderabad. Starting at 4am from Bangalore, I reached office just in time for lunch for another exciting week of engineering challenges and itinerary planning for the next weekend.