Mar 22, 2009

Chalo Coorg!

The Coorg part of the trip we made... read on...

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 :)

9 comments:

rajiv March 23, 2009 at 5:28 PM  

hi kiddo,
good observations.......... yeah coorg was always pleasant but has become very warm over the last 15 years............suggest you go to south coorg next time during october......... post monsoon......
rajiv

Prasita March 24, 2009 at 9:06 AM  

Coorg was a great experience for me too, we had been there for a friends wedding. One of my best trips. I agree with you on the Veg food :)

Amit Gokhale March 24, 2009 at 9:16 PM  

Hey.. thats great..
even I have heard abt Coorg's beauty.. hopefully will visit there soon..

nsiyer March 26, 2009 at 9:08 PM  

Priya, I love Coorg and the coffee there. Coorgi women are also very beautiful. I have visited Coorg five times. Nice that you are back and roaring again.

Vikram March 31, 2009 at 9:42 PM  

Never been to Coorg but I am curious about the Tibetan settlement thing. I am sure it is Dharmashala, but I could be wrong.
The other thing this entire thing about the environment is a concept to help firms sell carbon credits and thats just my opinion

nsiyer April 6, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

Where are you Priya?

priya April 11, 2009 at 11:50 PM  

@rajiv

south coorg it is the next time :)

thanx for dropping by and leaving your comment

@prasi

glad you liked the post and coorg too... i read your post on the coorg visit... guess we saw almost the same things there... i missed out the omkareshwara temple in my post... we paid a late evening visit to the temple... a nice calm place... liked it.

priya April 11, 2009 at 11:56 PM  

@amit

you should make a trip... and if ur a monsoon person... guess you should make it there during the rains... you'll love it...

@iyer sir

good to see your comment... you're correct about coorg and the women there too... i have some really close frens from coorg... and i vouch for both those comments :)

was away for a while after that initial roar... now am back with a bang... :)

priya April 12, 2009 at 12:01 AM  

@vikram

thanx for leaving your comment... dharmashala is not the one i went to was namdroling monastery... hav heard about dharmashala too... not sure if its the same though...

@iyer sir...

am back :)

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