I have always felt that the journey to your destination is as interesting as the destination itself. Of the many number of times we used to make the annual trip to my hometown, the 2 day train journey was what I looked forward to. We used to cover almost 4 states, so we got a good view of lush green paddy fields, hills, windmills, dams, rivers, towns, villages, etc. Sometimes the land would be barren for long, that had a beauty of its own.I missed having such trips these days. The last time I had such a train journey was 2 years ago. A flight journey can save you time, but it robs you of the experience of getting down for tea at certain junctions, of the smells, sights and sounds.
Many of you know how I was cribbing that I need a vacation.
At last, I had a 2 day vacation last weekend. A trip to Madikeri aka Mercara in Coorg. It is also known as the Scotland of India.
More than the hill station, I loved the roads which led to it. Open fields, rows and rows of greenery, interspersed with rain drops and sunlight. In one bend of the hill, we get to see mist, the other has sunlight streaming in, the next one has rain splattering our bus windows. The clouds play hide and seek with the capacity of a 2-year-old. Now here, the next minute over there. Some dense, some huge. It was as if we are moving through the clouds.
I have never visited any hill station during monsoon, so all this was new for me. You cannot survive without a jacket and an umbrella in this season, no matter even if you have to be out for only 5 minutes.
This is how the view was from our room at 1 in the noon.
The main city square has nothing different to offer apart from various spices. There are 3 main tourist attractions in Madikeri city. There were a couple of recommendations from our hotel manager, but the distance was more than 100km and we decided against visiting them.
The first place we went was to Omkareshwara temple. It was a Shiva temple where in an engagement was going on. All the beautiful ladies dressed up in traditional Coorgi style sarees made a nice picture. I was left gawking at a few 😛 I found the temple to be built-in Kerala style, but one thing which stood out was this:
Our next stop was Abbey falls, about which Zack was too excited to see. He had seen it 7 years ago and had turned as a tourist guide about the history and geography the waterfall. The land around the waterfall is privately owned and you have to pay a token fees of 10 rupees to enter. I was wondering how much money you need to have to own your own natural waterfall 😛
We could hear the sound of gushing water some 500m away. Monsoon had had its effects on the water, the sheer force and magnitude of water was so much that you could feel the water sprinkled on your face from the fence erected there.
Suddenly the clouds parted and the waterfall was bathed in sunlight.
This happened every 5 minutes and it was a treat to watch.
The last place which we visited was the Raja Seat. I actually insisted on seeing it twice. Why?
On the first day it looked like this:
I was awed, literally you have a feeling that you are on the top of the world. Wanting to experience it once more, we went again the next day.
The scene and weather had changed drastically!
On this bench, we stared faraway into the horizon, just soaking in the rain, light and chill.
I found this plant just when we were leaving a garden. The number of flowers was more than the total number of leaves put together.
Coorg is already popular during summers, but if you want to experience all kinds of weather in a day, monsoon will not disappoint you.