Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass ...
Its about learning to dance in the rain!!!
There are many things in life that will catch your eye
but only a few will catch your heart... Pursue those

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

48hrs in heaven - Part 1: Drive to Emerald


Hubs woke me up early morning 7 o clock and that too on Saturday morning L such an evil thing to do right? On top of it, when I am trying to pull my blanket back he smiles and says “isn’t it too hot in Bangalore?” I started wondering wasn’t I feeling well or has he gone out of his mind this day. I thought either ways I have to visit doctor as this was the case but just before I dialed my family doctor for appointment, my Mr.Hubs grins saying “How about beating the heat? Surprise Surprise! Game for a drive to Ooooooty???”  Aahhhhh Sometimes this man makes me fall in love again and again!!!

Hurraaaaaaaaaaay zoom I was out of the bed with in a second, packed for 2 days and much before hubs could get ready I was out there taking our car from the garage!!! I just don’t want to take chance with my very busy hubs and don’t want his work to call him back and so zooooooom we were on the way to ooty.

On the way to Queen of hills…Misty weather, neat beautiful road, favorite song playing and my smart hubs beside me, what more can I ask for but life had much more to offer in next 48hrs.

As we cruised through thick forest, 36 hairpin curves and reached the top, all my excitement was gone, apart from drizzling rain nothing much I was impressed about being there as it was just another overly crowd hill station which smelled mostly of diesel and petrol instead of Eucalyptus. I was really sad but hubs whispered in my ear to wait for another 27km drive to a place called Emerald



I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it.
Rosalia de Castro … is right!!!


Ahhh with some hopes left I buckled my seat belt and started driving away from the buzzing ooty, gosh there I was totally awestruck by the beauty of the place I was in, beautiful tea plantations, streams by the roadside, cloud clad mountains and yes much awaited fragrance of Eucalyptus from the thick shola forest! And I was in Heaven that’s Emerald valley a small scenic place far away from usual tourist places of ooty. A little cute very English place Emerald, and across that was Red hill where we were supposed to go!



I could just not stop praising the beauty and getting lost in the mist. So many types of greens, Playful green of  tea plantation, Majestic green of thick forest and lush full naughty green of carrot farm, it was just so magical. And to add to this was the Beautiful majestic British Bungalow turned to resort in the lap of Red hills where we are going to spend next 48hrs of our life! So there I was with all adrenaline pumped in jumping around in the lap of Nilgiris.


Though we travel the world over to find the beauty, we must carry it back with us or we find it not.
So here I am loaded with beautiful experiences of that 48hrs in heaven and have carried it all the way back for you!

Coming up  J… When death roared… Part 2 of 48hrs in heaven

P.S: Since many want the details of this place ... here you go... http://redhill-resort.com/

32 comments:

arvind said...

Keep Sleeping.. and I wish your hubby keeps giving you such sweet surprises. God Bless you both.

Tarun Shetty said...

Nice to read.. Sparked my Imagination

Hari said...

Nice write up...nice pics...now i am also with you people in Emerald...waiting for next 48 hours :-)

Manohar said...

nice.. post more photos.

Nivedita Chirantan said...

ah the joy of good surprises :) nicely written.. saw your pics in FB.. beautiful

Uma said...

WOW, that sounds like a dream place..thanks for introducing it to us..
and what a lovely narration! I feel like packing my bags right away :-)
May I ask where were you put up? 'am looking for some off beat weekend locations.

Ramya said...

@Arvind: LOL hahaha yeaaaaaaahhhhhhh I wish to go back to sleep if every time I wake up to such surprises ;)

@Tarun: thanks buddy :D sail in your imagination ...

@Hari: yuppy yeah we have company lets get starteeeeeeeeedddddd

@Manohar: visit my FB for more snaps and post will follow with few snaps :D thanks buddy

Ramya said...

@Nivedidta Chirantan: Nivi thanks ;)awesome photographer comment on photos is a very big compliment :D thanks buddy!!! yessss filled with surprises :D

@Uma: oh sure dear, this is just too perfect for weekend and the host are very very friendly you must visit this place for lot of peace fun and adventure here is the website for the place we stayed www.redhill-resort.com

Abhijeet said...

I have been there, and you reminded the beauty of the place. Thanks you.. and nice to see the way you collected the every part of it. Enjoyyyy.

Ranjana said...

Post is amazing asusal but as I had mentioned before pics should be watermarked :)

Jenny said...

Wow Ramya! Hoe sweet of Param to suprise you like that. You are one lucky girl. Touch wood :-))))

And the clips are just breath taking. Lovely. And that cottage , wow oh wow. Surely itmust have been 48 hours in heaven!!

I so love these imprmtu trips. In this case impromptu for you, but Param planned this well! Too good :-))))))) Glad you had this off :-))

Ramya said...

@Jenny: Heyyyyy Jen thanks a lot for such wonderful wishes for us both :D
hehehe yes it was really a wonderful surprise ... and see if you come down to bangalore we will surely plan such surprise for you also :D

And the compliments for clips goes to Param my photographer lol :D

Rahul_Honeywell said...

Wow!! you are too good and must say lucky wife :)

Nilanjana Bose said...

Very well described, Ramya! Too good the way you've differentiated between the greens of tea plantation and forests, thoroughly enjoyed reading

Murthy said...

Super!!! No words to describe the beauty of this place :)

Ellen said...

Indeed such a lovely place! :-) You have written well bout your journey and have formed wonderful images of the place or places. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.

Blessings to you both.

Bikramjit said...

36 hairpin bends .. WERE you counting them .. :)

some beautiful pictures , oooh I wish to go there myself sometime

death roared oops cant wait to read that one now

Bikram's

Ramya said...

@Ranju: Lol bhava free kodtvada snaps :D so he said no watermark! thanks sweety.

@Rahul: hahaha yes ;) I am very lucky, thanks buddy

@Abhijeet: Yes Abhi this place is heavenly :D

Ramya said...

@Murthy: yeah :) its just magical.

@Ellen: Hey thanks a lot for your wishes... :D will share more pictures and stories of this place

@Bikram: Oh yes 36 hairpin bends from Masingudi to Ooty 29km path! it was just awesome!!! yes please hold on for Part 2!!! :D

KParthasarathi said...

Beautiful sceneries and lovely resort.Looking forward to the second part of the nicely written post

Ramya said...

@KP: heyyyyyyyyyyy KP sure soon will post the second part :D

Bharath Kumar said...

GOOD BETTER BEST

gopinath said...

Been to ooty couple of times but didnt know about it. Seems to be a lovely place. It was very nice of u to explain the journey with pics. It reminded me of nainital and raniketh. Lovely blog. Will wait for part2 to know more of ur 48hrs in heaven.

Raj said...

Now you kindled so much curiosity and then you put up the notice: Part 2 coming! Not fair really. You both seem to have had a wonderful vacation. The photos look splendid and would entice anybody to make the trip right away. Really looking forward to reading about the details of the trip and how death could roar!! ;)

P.S: I could believe everything else in this post! But you getting up and getting ready in a jiffy (you made it sound like 2 minutes as if you are making Maggi Noodles :P) before your hubs could get ready, seems a bit of a stretch to me!! :P Okay okay.. agreed. Whatever u say!

Rahul Bhatia said...

That was a dream holiday and now wait eagerly for the mystery to unfold, Ramya:)

Found In Folsom said...

Awesome Ramya...that was a beautiful post with beautiful pics...Wants me to go there now itself. Hope you go on to many more trips like that..your hubby is sweet..:) Waiting for the next part

Ramya said...

@Bharath: Thanksssssss :D

@Rahul Sir: hehehe Yes will be posting Part 2 soon :D thanks a lot

@FIF: Hehehhe thanks for your wishes :D wish it comes true lol :D yes buddy you should visit this place :D

Ramya said...

@Raj: I tried so many thing but nothing worked to keep the readers hooked ;) so how is this ideaaaaaa????
Lol

Hello you know just say trip and see the ;) instant noodle boiling!!! what ma you!!! silly question asking and doubting che!!!

And yes Part 2 will be put up nowwwwww

Aseem Puri said...

Hubby did a big surprise, all the praise for nature nothing for him, and moreover his appointment was being fixed with doc... :D :P Poor Hubby :(

Ramya said...

@Aseem: Ahaaaaaaaaa so much support for my hubs!!! hmmm yes ofcourse all praise to him only baba :D is the best of nature ;) isnt it

saradha said...

AWESOME Writting :):) :) I feel like i had been there all through the journey :) :) :) Simpy superb narration .. Cant wait for Part 2 .. Post it sooooooooon please :)

Ashwini C N said...

A Surprise is always nice, specially from a special person :-).
And, that cottage is simply awesome :-)