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A Journey through South India - Travel Diary

From the towering Adiyogi statue in Coimbatore to the bustling streets of Bangalore, my recent trip to South India was nothing short of remarkable. The journey took me through a picturesque landscape, filled with scenic spots, heritage sites, and wildlife sanctuaries.

Starting from Coimbatore, I made my way to Ooty, a quaint hill station in Tamil Nadu. The first stop was at the Fernhill Royal Palace (rumoured to be haunted,) a majestic summer retreat that once belonged to the King of Mysore. The palace, surrounded by sprawling gardens, has an aura of old-world charm and sophistication.

The next leg of the journey was on the famous toy train from Ooty to Coonoor. The train ride takes you through winding tracks that cut through the rolling hills and tea plantations. From Coonoor, we headed to the Wellington Gymkhana Club, a colonial-era club that offers stunning views of the golf course and the valley beyond. It was the perfect spot for a refreshing beer. For lunch, we stopped at La Belle Vie, a charming restaurant that serves up some of the best French cuisine in the region.

The highlight of the trip was the visit to Kabini, a wildlife sanctuary situated on the banks of the Kabini river. The Serai resort, where we stayed, was an oasis of luxury and comfort in the midst of the jungle. The wildlife safaris were the main attraction, and we had the opportunity to witness some rare and exciting sightings. My personal favourite was the elephant couple, gracefully walking towards the river for a drink of water. It was a magical moment that I will never forget.

The last stop on the trip was Bangalore, and that part of the trip consisted of only two things, shopping and dining! We spent exploring some of the city's finest establishments, such as the Bangalore Club and the Bowring Institute.

My journey through South India was an unforgettable experience, filled with beauty, adventure, and surprises. It's a destination that should be on every traveler's list, and I can't wait to go back and explore more of this fascinating region.

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