The summer stories shared by our students are so full of excitement and fun. From trips to summer camps, our students have made the best way of the time available to relax, rejuvenate and return to school for a new term with full vigor. Here is an account of a trip to Nilgiris by Ria Monnappa K, Grade 5 that will make you pack your bags and head for a vacation.

“On 18th April my parents cast their vote and at around 10 a.m we started our trip to Nilgiris.  On our way, we stopped at Ingu Thengu for breakfast. I enjoyed the open dosa with butter there. All through the journey, we listened to lovely Bollywood music. We stopped for a while at a pit stop nearing Malavalli to drink tender coconut water and sugarcane juice. The drive was very scenic and we kept clicking pictures. Meanwhile, it was time for lunch, and we stopped near Chamrajnagar at a military hotel.

The drive on the hills of Nilgiris was beautiful and even before we know we reached our destination Ketti which is 20 kms from Coonoor around 8 p.m. Upon reaching the homestay (CAMARAA), we were welcomed with a hot cup of coffee as the weather was cold. We soon freshened up and played some board games (Ludo/chess/snake & ladder) with my aunt and uncle. We were all too tired by then and retired for the day after a good dinner.

The next morning 19th April we all woke up early to see the natural beauty and took some pictures with family. We had our breakfast and then went sightseeing in Ooty with my family. We spent a couple of hours in the botanical garden, had the Ooty carrots and then a sumptuous meal at junior kuppana and head back to our homestay. We again played the board games with everyone and enjoyed the evening chit chatting.

Our caretakers, Viji, and Daniel were very helpful and treated us like their family. Miriam and Ambareen aunty were the perfect host and ensured every moment that our stay was comfortable.
The next morning on 20th April, we packed our bags and started from Ketti to Coonoor to have lunch at my parent’s favorite place at the hilltop called 180Mciver, which is also a home that is featured in quite a lot of Bollywood movies and advertisements. The famous Bollywood movie Kapoor & sons was also shot in the same place. My grandparents, uncle, and aunty loved the place too.

Spending time with family is what I love to do during the summer vacation….”

By: Ria Monnappa K Grade 5, Ekya School JP Nagar

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