It's always very interesting planning trips with a bunch of people you meet for the first time you board the bus to your final destination. That pretty much summarizes this mini getaway for me. A day after my 22nd birthday, I took off with a crazy set of people (whom I now call friends), to Coorg.
Coorg (also called Kodagu) is a beautiful town in the south-western Ghats of Karnataka - the state that I (
think am sure) I belong to. It is known for its pork chops, coffee beans, fruity wine and hiking trails (see how I put the food first?).
We stayed in a lovely farmhouse, literally. With the help of the house keeper, we (kinda) took care of 10 cows, 6 turkeys, a dozen chickens, 5 pigs and 3 emus. Yes. Emus. It was a beautiful house with a gorgeous view to wake up to. Some of my cute friends slept out in the porch because of how wonderfully pleasant the weather was. So, May is a really good time to go there! We woke up to freshly brewed coffee and slept to mango wine. Our days and nights were filled with music, inappropriate dancing and lots and lots of hiking. From driving through pretty small town roads to pretty much the roughest trails, I think it's safe to say that we had a pretty good time on our little adventure.
On our way to Mandalpatti, we deviated to a little stream that was secluded from the main trail, away from all the bustling jeeps and down a little hill. Needless to say, we had the time of our lives, dancing to kannada music we didn't understand on the radio, drinking chilled beer by chilling it in the little stream that was flowing by. It's in moments like these that I think that quotes really fit in, you know? I can think of one from The Perks of Being A Wallflower. Really famous, probably overrated - but it fits perfectly.
"I swear in that moment, we were infinite."
At Mandalpatti, a cute little family that lived on the top of the hill cooked for us, including the only vegetarian (me) and thats how we made some more friends on the way. Meet Gagan, Gautham and Reetu. Their parents cooked for us on wood fire and clay pots while we hiked up the hills. They were such cute kids, smiling coyly behind the kitchen curtain. It was quite a task for me to get them in this picture!
The day after, we went on another trek. We bought our own vegetables and meat from the market and grilled them in the forest right by our driver's in-laws' house. They were kind enough to give us the spices to cook the vegetables with!
This trail was a little bit tricky cause the forest was completely wet with dew, and filled with leeches. Needless to say, we got through the tough parts with a lot of high knee jumping and descended with blood soaked socks.
Our driver took us up to the top, to see the view of the entire village in that area. It wasn't a good time of the year to visit the waterfalls as there was practically no water falling.
Coorg was one of my favourite trips because it came in the light of my 22nd birthday, I got to meet new people who are a bunch of crazy friends specially since I was extremely apprehensive about going on a trip with people I don't know.
I think we need to get out of our comfort zone more, cause as they say, that's where the magic happens.