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As Ernest Hemingway said, “It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end.”

After this amazing road trip - from the plateau of Andhra Pradesh to the meadows of Karnataka, up the rolling blue hills of the Nilgiris and winding around the majestic Western Ghats and back - we emphatically agree!

Ours was an information age Indian Arranged Marriage. We’re both from Orissa, met each other via BharatMatrimony and got married on the 5th of May 2013 with all the traditions and rituals observed.

When we’d met for the first time, way back in 2012, I’d mentioned an obsession with long drives. And that’s how Ranbir decided to take me on the longest drive ever for our honeymoon – an eight-day road trip!

Supriti and Ranbir

Honeymoon highlights
We drove from Hyderabad to Mysore; Mysore to Bandipur ; Bandipur to Ooty ; Ooty to Munnar ; Munnar to Bangalore ; Bangalore to Hyderabad.

We would highly recommend these two hotels. They were our overall favourites.

The Royal Orchid Heritage Hotel of Mysore:
The hotel literally overlooked the entire Brindavan Gardens. The hotel has a heritage feel to it. Our room had a giant four-poster bed, high ceilings and incredible views. There were swans in the gardens outside and every evening, as the lighted fountains went up, we’d just stand at the hotel patio mesmerized.

Supriti and Ranbir

The Blackberry Resorts,Munnar:
If you want to de-stress, there is no better place. It’s far from the madding crowd, in the lap of acres of tea estate. The entire property is calm and soothing and there’s a huge variety of flora and fauna to interest you. The view from the resort’s restaurant is enchanting! Our favourite was to watch the clouds rolling into the hills. It eased away all the tiredness of the long drives and while Ooty was still freezing in May, Munnar was pleasant and we didn’t need warm clothes even in the night.

Supriti and Ranbir

Most memorable moments
We had so many amazing moments:
- Suddenly coming across large sunflower farms, giant windmills, beautiful small streams, unexplored villages.
- The adventure of navigating those 36 hairpin bends on the way to Ooty.
- The tall eucalyptus trees that welcomed us to the hills, the horse farms , the sudden drop in temperature.
- In Ooty we liked the Cine Shooting Point and Pykara Falls.
- Munnar was a beautiful detox. The best part is it’s full of unexplored natural beauty, not very crowded and not as commercial as Ooty. It’s like a painting, almost too beautiful to be real. We’re definitely going to go back to Munnar.
- In Mysore we saw the Brindavan Gardens and The Mysore Palace. The best time to visit the gardens is in the evening. We went to the palace at noon and I’d recommend going at another time because it was hot and crowded and we cut our visit short. We did buy some really awesome Mysore Sandal soap and silk saris.

Supriti and Ranbir

Supriti and Ranbir

Supriti and Ranbir

Supriti and Ranbir

Best meals
Our most memorable meals were at the Taj Savoy and Blackberry Resorts. Their buffets were incredible. The Taj Savoy had a wide spread of food from all over India. The Blackberry Resort concentrated on traditional, regional food and we loved both!

Advice for the couples
If you’re taking a road trip, plan to do most of your travel by day and rest and relax in the evening and night. Take breaks when you feel tired. Get out of the car every 3 or 4 hours and do some stretching or grab some tea from a roadside stall. (Take some Red Bull. It may give you wings when you’re fading.) Road trips are for people who love driving, exploring unexplored parts of our incredible country, being with people you love and traveling in a whole different way!

Getting lost is common on road trips but the happiness when you find your way out and have explored the unexplored - that’s what makes it all so memorable!!!!!

Where They Stayed
The Royal Orchid Heritage Hotel, Mysore
The Blackberry Resorts, Munnar

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