“Go where you feel most alive” ..
The “Scotland of India” really invited us and helped build the intention to travel to a place which made us feel “alive”. Clearing the air, the “us” refers to me and my brothers. Yes, we did that epic sibling trip and furthermore you are going to learn about our charming experience at a place which is nestled in the lap of nature in the state of Karnataka.
The touchdown at Mangalore was the most beautiful sight we’d ever seen. Mangalore airport is on the top of a hill with two table top runways, so along with the typical airplane touch down anxiety, there was also an excitement of witnessing this crazy breathtaking location. And ofcourse the cloud gazing was quite an adventure too all because i was not bored at all and my soul was literally flying through the clouds and kissed by the sun.
So, not drifting away we welcomed ourselves to Mangalore with a lavish South Indian breakfast and then started our journey to Coorg. Those grey clouds overhead were a sign of heavy rains and eventually it did rain. So, on the the first day at Coorg we explored “Raja’s Seat” which is a garden of seasonal flowers located on a high level ground with a commanding view over the valley and cliffs. The first night at Coorg was cold and we ended up making it cozy with some Hot Lemon Tea which is a staple beverage of Coorg.
The second day at this charming place and not anticipating how much more beauty was in store, we explored the Omkeshwara Temple, Abbey Falls, Mandalapatti, the Spice Market and lastly the Beeticad Estate’s Coffee and Pepper plantations.
Abbey Falls was quite a spectacular scene to behold. The magnificent waterfall cascading down from 70 feet is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. This waterfall gave out a hip happy and soulful feeling.
Mandalpatti was a perfectly fascinating experience. To get to Mandalpatti, we had to take an off road jeep ride which was completely enthralling. This off road journey was completely worth for the view that was coming our way. It was an amphitheater view of the cliffs from the top and the calmness that was there made us forget what city life is.
Later that afternoon, we treated ourselves with authentic traditional Coorg food at “Coorg Cuisine” because as a part of every travel itinerary trying traditional food of every place we go to is a must hence this. The food did good justice to our taste buds and we came out happier than ever. After that we shopped for Pepper and Cloves at the Spice Market and then leading our way to the Beeticad Estate. Here, we did a tour of the entire estate amongst the coffee and pepper plantations.
Coffee Arabica Plant(left). Coffee Estate, Beeticad (right)
On the third day, we visited the Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe (a place in the district of Mysore).
Since we were visiting the Tibetan Monastery, we had to try the Tibetan food at a place called “Potala Kitchen” where we had the experience of one of the best Tibetan food and come on, who isn’t happy with good food around? After a good lunch we visited the Namdroling Monastery which is a house to upto 5000 lamas (monks and nuns) and also the largest teaching center to the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.
So that was quite what we did in Coorg. Now certainly everyone travels to places with a reason, for some it is rejuvenation, for some just pure leisure, for some it could be work. Well, for me it was rejuvenation and that I could learn something from this trip. So, what did I learn?
- Find your wild, embrace it, love it and let it kill you.
- Gazing at nature, clouds and all the beautiful things in life is never a waste of time. Except food because you got to eat it.
- To achieve complete ecstasy in life you have to travel to the summit even if it is at the cost of your time and energy because who would know maybe that is where you would find your wild. JUST KEEP GOING!
- Maybe you have not been everywhere but it should always be on your list.
- Lastly, I traveled with all of my heart, it did leave me speechless but here I am, a storyteller, narrating each moment word by word.
Adventures and traveling is the best way to learn and trust me you won’t be able to get enough of it.