Travel Destination VIII: Coorg and Mysore, India

Detachment from work is essential to rejuvenate your inner-self every now and then. We planned a 3 day travel to the beautiful adjoining places of Bengaluru.

Coorg

It takes 5 hours of drive from Bengaluru to reach the “Scotland of India”. We booked a villa called Leisure Vacations CopperHill Villa to stay rather than a hotel. It was very well furnished with option of tasty food.

  • Golden Temple: Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery is a extremely beautiful Buddhist Monastery situated in Bylakuppe. Bylakuppe is the second largest settlement of Tibetan in India after Dharamshala.IMG_5410
  • Raja’s Seat: It is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial fountains. It also makes for an excellent spot for sightseeing as one can appreciate the beauty of Coorg with a single view.

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  • Abbey Falls: Abbey Falls is situated amidst coffee plantations.  The misty water of the falls joins the river Kaveri, providing for a gratifying view.IMG_5277
  • Dubare: Dubare is renowned for its elephant camp, a forest camp on the banks of the river Kaveri. It is an important base for the Forest Department for elephants of Karnataka.

Mysore

Next morning, we left for Mysore, which takes around 2.5 hours from Coorg. We booked our stay at Country Inn & Suites , which has great amenities.

  • Infosys Campus: Mysore campus of the information technology giant Infosys also makes for a exceptional tourist place (provided you are known to current employee). Its Italian architecture, luxurious amenities and enchanting theatre provide for an extraordinary experience.

     

  • Chamundi Hills:  Chamundeshwari Temple is situated atop Chamundi Hills.  The hills also features an ancient stairway of 1,008 steps that leads to summit. A gigantic statue of bull Nandi is located approximately halfway to the summit.IMG_5302
  • Karanji Lake: The lake is surrounded by a nature park consisting of a butterfly park and a walk-through aviary. There are also a number of peacocks dancing away in this area.
  • Mysore Palace: Palace of Mysore is a historical palace, which was official residence and seat of the royal family of Mysore. It houses two durbar halls and incorporates an array of courtyards, gardens, and buildings.IMG_5413
  • St. Philomena’s Cathedral: Known for its different architecture, it is one of the tallest churches in Asia. It has been molded in the shape of a cross. It’s interiors holds collection of unique religious artifacts.IMG_5409

As I returned to my daily chores, my mind still wandered among beauty of Coorg and majesty of Mysore.

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Short story 5: A little more faith

So, you do not speak much? Her strict teacher asked in a plain tone. She nodded her head, realized she has still not spoken, then quickly said “Yes”.

The teacher gave a taunting smile before handing out the checked test paper muttering “If this is the best you could do.”

She was not sure whether he was talking about her paper or her personality.

It has been many years since that day. She is still not sure whether she can do better than being quiet.

When the interviewer asked a question to be answered in a minute, she took only 15 seconds, an uneasy silence followed. She pushed herself to fill the remaining 45 seconds.

When her best friend chirped what else did you do over weekend, she was taken aback because that’s what she meant when she said she went shopping.

When her fiance asked her what else does she like doing in her free time, she revisited what she has already told him million of times but she could not fill enough sentences for telling so.

As the same school invited her to deliver a 1 hour long speech on how to be successful, she felt the same as she has felt years ago. Maybe she needs to speak more.

Nah, faith has carried her so far, she called the school to reduce her time of speech to 20 minutes.

Travel Destination VII: Mumbai, India

It is not fashionable to go to prominent cities for a vacation in your own country. But, it so happened as I wanted to meet my friend and had some free time.

I found Mumbai to be both lively and beautiful, maybe because I did not have to travel by local trains during peak hours. The city is far ahead of metros and other Tier I cities in terms of infrastructure and culture.

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