Twice before on visits to the south of India I had intended to travel on the Nilgiri Mountain Railway, but each time had to change plans because of flooding and washed out roads, and the second time, owing to Ian’s sickness.
So it was third time lucky last November when we drove from Kannur and headed for the mountains. It was quite a climb. Many of the rural mountain roads are constantly in need of repair, no doubt because of the ferocious monsoon rains, so progress was slow. I can remember thinking, after the umpteenth hairpin bend, that we couldn’t possibly climb any higher, but still we went up. Our destination was Udagamandalam, or Ooty as it’s better known. Ooty was a British hill station and its altitude gave relief from the heat and humidity down on the coast.
This photo was taken when we called at the station to book our tickets for the following day and it shows the charming balcony at the end of one of the railway coaches on this narrow gauge line.