We headed to Coorg from Msyore. The drive from Mysore to Coorg was enchanting. There were plantations on both sides of the roads - stretches of coffee, bamboo and pepper plantations.
We visited the Namdroling Monastery at Bylekuppe. The gilded statues of Buddha in the Golden temple were simply awesome. The quietness in the campus brought a sense of calm and peace. Apparently this is the largest Tibetan civilization outside of Tibet. It was interesting to see the monks dressed in maroon robes go about with their life on the campus. I bought some interesting bags from the Tibetan market.
The best part about the Coorg trip was some really interesting things that I did for the first time.
- We put up at one of the home-stays at Coorg - a different quirky experience.
- I tasted some Manglorean specialities for breakfast - puttu, kori roti et al
- I plucked coffee (and ate the fruit too :P). Contrary to the bitterness associated with coffee, its fruit is really sweet.
- I sat around a camp fire that we set up ourselves and gazed at the stars endlessly.
- I got the water to boil using firewood every morning. Geysers have taken over today... but the firewood heating experience was one of its kind.
- I saw the sun set from Raja's Seat and captured every bit of it on camera. On hindsight, I find it quite funny how we urbans stare with mouths wide open and cameras on focus at a sight as routine as a sun set!!! In a way it reflects how we take things around for granted. The sun sets everyday and looks just as awesome everyday... we just don't take the time out to catch a glimpse!
- I saw a bamboo forest – a place called Nisargadhama with an enchanting hanging bridge over the Cauvery.
- I climbed up a tree house at Nisargadhama. Exciting!
- The trip was good fun except for the dearth of good vegetarian hotels around and the heat during the day. Never expected it to be so warm at Coorg in the month of January. Global warming to blame?? Where have the environmental warriors gone??? :(
Overall the whole Coorg/ Mysore trip was good fun, a nice break and just another reason to blog :)