If you are wondering what these words mean, think about what South Indians and Brazil have in common. The palpable sense of being in the clouds is something I have always dreamt of. When dreams come true, it gives you a feeling which cannot be expressed in words. But let me attempt to share with you that experience.
Coorg (Kodagu) is one of the most beautiful hill stations of southern India which is also called land of coffee, honey, spices and the Cauvery. Thalacauvery in Coorg is the source of the river Kaveri / Cauvery and is surrounded by green mountains. The red, orange, yellow and blue wavelength of the sky which can be viewed from the top of the mountain presents the most stupendous view.
Back to Madikeri in the afternoon and I had lunch at a restaurant ‘The Raintree’. For those who have a sweet tooth, a bowl of Elaneer Payasam at Raintree restaurant will surely entice you.
The next place to go was closer to Madikeri and after another drive through the mountainous region brought me to the Abbi Falls. The Abbi waterfall in this allured hill station pours crystal white water. Surrounded by the hills and the forest greenery the waterfall will make you fall in love with this place. I was welcomed by the rains on reaching the Abbi Falls. They say it rains almost every day in Coorg.
I spent the evening at Raja’s seat (King’s throne) which was once upon a time an official sunset point for the Kings. The perfect day ended with perfect dinner at The Vivanta by Taj that offered our taste buds an authentic Mangalorean fish curry.
India is the birthplace of four world’s major religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. The calm and serene Monastery and the Golden temple (The Namdroling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery and Golden Temple) has a 60 feet tall golden Buddha statue (statue is made of copper and plated with gold). There are colourful paintings on the walls of this Tibetan Monastery depicting angels and demons from Buddhist mythology.
If you are a coffee fanatic then the aroma of fresh coffee ground at Ganesh Coffee Shop will surely lure you. Indian cuisine is incomplete without spices and Coorg offers you fresh spices at the prices which you will not imagine in your city. Homemade mouth melting chocolates from Coorg Green shop in Madikeri must not be missed.
Driving in mountains is a wonderful experience but the south Indian mountains had something special to offer. While travelling to and from Coorg by road, FM Radio channel playing Kannada music was my only mate. To my surprise I have been humming Kannada songs which I don’t comprehend at all. Plantations of coffee surround you everywhere but you can also see Coconut, Bananas and rice.
While I did my best to cover Coorg in a day and a half, however I missed going to Dubare where early morning the Elephants take bath and you can actually splash some water with them. Most places in Coorg are in a distance of about 30 – 50 kilometers and so advance planning will surely help you make the most of your trip.
If you are still wondering about the title… I was confronted by these options at the Ganesh Coffee shop… the kind shop owner Mr. Raju helped me understand that Pure Coffee is finely ground coffee, Chicory Mix Filter Coffee is more coarse granules used to make the lovely filter coffee, Arabica and Robusta are stronger versions of coffee for the hard-core.
Wishing you and your family Eid Mubarak 🙂
Cheers – Lubna