Here I come again to do good to mankind ;) ok ok enough of this crap and here I go...
A lot of crazy things happened...workplace shift , close friends left the country , few people whom I had not met at all for ages and to top it all lotsa workkkkkk :(
All this and more just got the actual "Pavi" awayyyyy from herself...It was high time I treated myself to a cool and relaxing retreat :)
Ping came the idea , why not pool in a few people and plan a trip to a Cool and Relaxing place not very farway from Blore but yet no less in beauty :)
Ting came the answer and this time it was "Cooooooooooorg"
The best thing about this trip was it was 8 people and belive it or not it was an "All Girls" trip ;) hehhee... a lotta people raised their brow when they gotto know bout this trip and yes we had a few canditates(read : guys) applying to join this gang too ;)
All bookings were made and first time we were gonna try out a "Home Stay" concept during the trip.
Home Stays are huge bungalows whose one part is given out for tourists to use and the people who own this bungalow also arrange the food and transport for these tourists.
It is kind of a costly affair but the comfort and luxury that it provides is worth all the money :)
Started off during the late hours of Friday to Coorg via Mysore and the journey was filled with the "I hate my manager" and "I hate my work" talks and all girls freaking out about the fact that we all are worth something much better than what we actually have ;) hahaha
Since we had a nice weekend ahead we decided to take a good night's nap and slept thru the rest of the journey :)
We were awakened by the sudden voice of Manasa who said hey girls "Virajpet".. I was still living my dream and I thought wow my dreams are close to reality ;) then came a "thud!!" and that was one heavy bag which was being lifted down to the seat in front of me ;) ... it was at this point that I realized that Dreams can never come close to Reality ;) hehehe... me and my stupid brains..
It was too early to be true.. it was 4:30AM dammit :( I have never seen this time in my entire life i guess...but then if u want some u need to lose some ;)
We got down and Virajpet and waled a little to settle down at a nearby "BATA" showroom whose doors were expectedly closed :)
The Home stay driver came in some time in "Red Omni" and packed us all off towards the
"Marcad Estate HomeStay" :) Here begins our journeyyyyyy !!!!!!! :)
Owing to the fact that we reached there during the wee hours of the morning we couldnt see much since Mr Sun also closed his eyes for a few hours before he could be wide awake :)
We were welcomed by Mr Swaroop whose only "voice" i could recognize..He showed us our way to the many rooms and we virtually split ourselves into those rooms and after short discussions
of wht time to again see each other's face we went to get the "power sleep"
I was in a woody room :) yesss it was made of wooden floors and slopy wooden ceiling..the other parts of the room were modern and luxurious... these were the last few minutes which my eye saw before getting into the "thoughtless, dreamless" sleep :)
In a few hours I was woken up by the girls screaming out loud...
Paviiiii r u gonna get ready or nottttttttttttttt !!!!
I suddenly jerked outta the bed and quickly finished up everything and got full jing jang ready to strt off the exciting trip that we had planned for :)
A lovely "Coorgie Breakfast" which was Cocunut Idli , Aloo Sabji , Bread Butter , Tea was placed at the Dining Table and friendly Lady "Reshma" got this all made for us :)
We all were very excited about the breakfast itself coz this kind of hospitality got us all really happy coz normally we dont get treated this way... hehehe
After a few discussions with "Swaroop" about our trip plan we made a very comprehensive , time saving and all-location touch route plan and started off !!
When we stepped outside the bungalow we had our first few beautiful glimpses of the Coffee Estate which was spread in front of us with narrow and high trees that dotted the entire estate :)
There were beautiful carnations , hibiscus flowers lacing the entire house too :)
Breathing the air filled with the mixed smell of coffee and fresh dew was enough to take me to
a trance state !! :)
Then we girls strtd off in our cars towards the set route of Dubbare-Nisargadama-Khushalnagar-AbbeyFalls-Omkareshwara Temple-Raja Seat and back to Virajpet :)
This route gave us the sights of Canopy-roads , Beautiful Coffee estates , Lush green fields , cute little bridges crossing over small streams ,Placid lakes , Lotus lakes , Smell of freshly ground Spices and Smiling faces !!!
As a part of this entire day we Boated across River Cauvery , Saw Elephants playing Footbal , Crossed a Hanging-Swaying Bridge, Climbed a tree house , Posed on a Monkey Ladder , Got caught between Bamboo Trees , Did revolutions around 14 Stupas , Heard to Buddhist Lessons ,Enjoyed the spray of fresh water from a waterfall,Sipped on Hot Chai with Spicy Bhel Puri , freaked out at a bunch of uncultured baays from down south ,Shopped for Tea Leaves , Spices and Chocolates ,Danced around a lonely tree , Twisted to the tunes of a Musical Fountain , Relaxed with a cup of chai and hot pakoda , Sang out loud through the thick and dense jungles ,Saw a snake cross the road and quickly climb a tree and a few of us also got talking about life and all it has to give :)
This ended the 14 Hr journey of Coorg that we had :)
We felt that we were out for 2 days coz we had utilized every minute that was given to us that day and boyyyyy did we have fun or what ??????
After munching on the great food prepared by "Reshma" we went back to our room and started the usual pulling each other's legs as we munched on Chips and Pepsi...Played a few rounds of Crazy Card Games , played some newly invented games and then decided to retire for the day :)
The next day was called the "Relaxing Day" of our trip coz we all decided to get up whenever we wanted and have breakfast and so what we feel like :)
This gave me the liberty to get up at normal-human time and get ready at leisure :)
The next morning I quickly escaped from my room to shoot !!! hehehe dont get startled I meant i went out with my Camera :) I started using all kindsa modes and started taking some nice pics when nature was at her best :) I felt Nature was posing for me all the whileeeeeeeeee :) hehehe
Then after another sumptuous breakfast we all set out towards the nearby lake and a walk through the coffee estate :)
The walk was "damn cute" in my words coz we were just given one instruction and that was to look for a red arrow which points towards the lake !!! andddddddddd as Murphy's Law has it... we missed it and went thru the wrong roads :)
Then when a few brains strd working they instructed us to retrace our steps back and get searching for the red arrow :) We finally found it and then raced through the road towards the beautifulllllllll lake that lay at peace at the end :)
The entire scene looked too beautiful and this view i call as "The Click of the Trip" view !! We took our usual pose maarifying clicks and then got back trekking towards the Estate Bungalow :)
This walk got us all a lil more than hungry and we all happily had food and started packing to say "Bye-Bye" to Coooorg :)
Our friendly drivers came to pick us up and they diligently dropped us off at the Bus Stand and we bid "Adieu" to the wonderful and scenic place Coorg at this point !!
All in all a great experience , different setting and a real refreshing trip for me !!
In short it was a Thanda Thanda Cool Cool Experience !!!! You better get there to know what i'm actually talkin about :)
So what r u waiting for... pack your bags and leave the townnnnnnnn !!! :)