Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sisterhood of Travelling Umbrellas!

When three chuddy buddy women decide to go on a vacation to coffee country, three things are bound to be there…gossip, shopping and pictures (tonnes of them). We had a fabulous trip, the highlights of which are listed below!! 

  •  The super spirited language students from EFLU who travelled with us. Within the first half hour of the journey we got chatting and giggling enough to annoy our neighbours.
  • The ‘no English, no Hindi only Kannada’ auto that we rode in to the bus stop. We were not sure we liked him till he voluntarily took us to a tiffin centre and let me have my morning cup of coffee!
  • Venkata in Sankata, I think I have the worst luck with bus-movies. One of Sandalwood’s very forgettable offerings.
  •  Mysore Palace; the Kushti Akhada and the Wedding hall especially, made me want to live in those times.
  • Brindavan Gardens; full of lovers holding hands, sharing umbrellas and mirchi bajjis. Was a really picturesque bus ride though.
  •  One of my favourite parts of the trip; the bus ride to Kushalnagar. A really empty, clean bus, fantastic roads, a gentle drizzle, Antakshari, goofing around with the bus driver. Have new respect for KSRTC.
  •  Ismail (if i remember correctly), the friendly neighbourhood spice vendor. His wares were as delightful as he was. Locally grown Cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper, tea, coffee and honey; fragrant and fabulous.
  •  Bylekuppe; watching a shy young Tibetan monk squirm in his seat, trying in vain to concentrate on the prayer being conducted.
  •  Dubare Forest Reserve; our close encounter with the mighty elephant, the gentle giants who stole our hearts.
  • Prasanna ; the auto driver who took us to Dubare; he also took us down memory lane with Bollywood songs from the 90s. Such a sweet, good natured guy, we have his phone number if anyone is planning to hit Coorg in the near future.
  •  The mighty Kaveri in all her fury, cascading down a hill, to become the glorious Abby falls. We could not take our eyes off her, and try as we might, we could not take a picture that did justice to her splendor.
  •  Madikeri; with the rain as our constant companion, we walked the narrow streets, got laughed at by auto wallahs, shopped in the tiny stores, rode a toy train and went to a view point with no view at all.
  • Returning to Namma Bengaluru in the wee hours of the morning and trying to find a place to crash; something I never ever want to do again.
  • Shopping our hearts out in Bengaluru, cherishing the lack of rains and relishing the good food.


Srinidhi said...

First things first, I love the title. I am a tad jealous. The trip sounds fantastic!!!! :D

I love how you write. As always funny and spirited. :D

The connect with nature seems to have been totally awesome!! :D

Keep travelling mama :*

Towards Harmony said...

I just read an article about how media can't portray women having fun.

Reading this just after and confirms my belief that media does everything it can do please patriarchy.

Cause Women can have kickass fun, arrive in wee hours of the morning, make do with sidey hotels and have an amazing time!

So GLAD you had a blast! Your post makes me drool for a COORG holiday!

Shikha Mantri said...

I so love this blog !! So brings alive our trip :)... Its amazing how can bring out the intricate details !! The parts i really liked are - " no English , no Hindi , only Kannada" "the view point with no view " !! Thanks so much for inking the trip :).. There could have been no better way !! Ummmaaah !!

Kushang Moorthy said...

Happy to see you had a great time love.. hope you will be doing many more such trip with your friends :)

shuuuu said...

:D:D:D COOORG... FRIENDS and FOOOODDDD ....also Elephants .. sounds like the perfect trip to me ... Mittu i am serious just become a travel writer... Condenast and Lonely planet would kill to have you on board

Monica said...

Looks like you really had a lot of fun there! I envy your visit to Dubare Forest Reserve,an encounter with elephants is what I am planning for a long time now. Congrats for a great trip Sisterhood of Travelling Umbrellas!

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