Road Less Travelled

Travel junkie….the new in word… the new in thing to do now a days, is to travel to the most touristy places, come back and post your pictures on all possible social media sites and then wait……wait for  how many likes you are going to get…the number of likes is going to decide whether the travel plan was a hit or a flop!!!

Whether we like it or not, whether we accept it or not but most of us have become too dependent on what others think of us … To me travel is something that gives me wings to soar high! Because while you are travelling everyday is unexpected….no matter how much you plan your travel still each day will come up with varied shades and hues that you were not expecting or were not prepared for… and that to me is the most beautiful experience.

So while most of us like to plan our travel(of course it includes me too)  For example – where to go, which season to go in and what all to do there etc…and yess all of this is very important in ensuring a good trip .But my recent escape introduced me to a different kind of travel…a different exploration…

So in the middle of heavy work and usual corporate snarls suddenly i realized that the coming weekend is not an ordinary one..its a LONG weekend ( read fri-sat-sun off :)) At that impulse i started to book my ticket to Banglore and thought to drive it down to Coorg from there. Coorg is a beautiful, rich in flora district, situated in western Ghats of southern Karnataka. While i was booking my ticket, a colleague of mine saw it and asked me if she could also join..well why not..more the merrier!!!

Now, if you go by google and other people who love to start any conversation with a piece of advice and end it with another…April was not a very good month to visit Coorg since it was expected to be quite hot and we were told that we are going to have a tough time dealing with the heat and rather we must plan our visit to Coorg during monsoon to enjoy the natural beauty.

Well, like always i let people say whatever makes them happy and follow my own gut…within couple of days we were in Banglore, we hired a car and zoomed towards Coorg. No matter how much we pretend we do not care of what other people say but somewhere those comments linger on your mind…so similarly i was also fearing that the trip might just turn out to be a downer…but by now i have mastered the art of pushing the fear based negative thoughts away the moment they try to barge into my quite, peaceful mind (it always helps…trust me)

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In few hours as soon as we hit Coorg, suddenly the blazing Sun somber down and cool, fresh breeze started to play with my hair and rub me on my cheeks.  With such a lovely welcome the sensation that the trip is going to be one of the most enjoyable once started to crept in me 🙂

The fear of scorching heat melt down in the stunning fragrance of coffee flowers that were in full bloom, along with various kinds of bougainvillea and hundreds of other wild flowers all dressed at their best, smiling,glowing  and dancing as if it was all a part of big festivity going on! While driving down on those smooth roads of Coorg, we realized that we were witnessing the Master craftsman at his best…There were stretches with enchanting greens of tall trees giving shade to coffee plants and then there were stretches blooming with all possible shades of colors and filling the nostrils with mixed aroma of various wild flowers.

And weather seemed to be smiling at us with a little drizzle. So we not only enjoyed the cool breeze but also during our stay witnessed the famous misty mornings and chilly evenings of Coorg making everything more scenic… and since we were told we would experience none of this due to the weather, all of this seemed as if mother nature was being extra kind to us by letting us have the best of everything 🙂

 

We used our two days getting to know the cute baby elephants at Dobare elephant camp and visiting Nagarhole national sanctuary.  I always feel that sanctuaries give humans a chance to witness and be a part of nature’s plan as one… with all her other elements, the trees,animals,water…the sound each one of them makes. Observe them closely and you will find the rythem in everything once inside a sanctuary. It seems they all are breathing in tandem  and joining in that rythem is my most spectacular experience/feeling of Nagarhole sanctuary.

 

 

Coorg turned out to be a super success and we came back with packets of fresh coffee, organic masalas and bag full of stories to share 🙂 So,may be its not that bad to at times not follow the guidelines and try and flow opposite to the current…While my first such chance turned out to be quite a booty…but well it might just be beginner’s luck ;)….Next time may be it wont be as smooth but i am sure i still will have stories to share 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Road Less Travelled

  1. We started our trip in October and went to all the big sites in the “off-season’ and we had such a great time! I love travelling ” against the current” because visiting smaller places or going in the off-season is so much calmer (and cheaper!) The more I travel, the more I want to go where other people aren’t!

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