More Coffee Plantations

Trip Start Mar 06, 2006
Trip End Dec 22, 2006

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Friday, December 1, 2006

We had a quick stop in Mysore where we celebrated Jo's 29th (wow, how old is that?!!) in fine style: we had a suite at Bombay Tiffany's, which sounds super posh but really wasn't, but the room had a couch (hence, "suite") which was ...erm ...nice; and we had an afternoon in the garden of a posh hotel drinking a few beers and eating tandoori chicken. It's quite difficult to celebrate when everyday you eat out and stay in hotels. I know, a tough life!
Anyway, Mysore didn't really float our boat. We're a bit tired of seeing sights and are much more in the mood of enjoying the natural beauty and just kicking back, so another Indian city doesn't fit the bill. So, we headed back into the coffee and banana plantations into the Wayanad district. We stayed with a super friendly family (Jonny, Ancie, Anju and Babu) at the Hilyia plantation. We had a massive room which had the luxury of a shower that was positioned in a cubicle, rather than over the bog - magic! Like on the previous plantation, there was a lot of eating and relaxing involved. Here they had a tree house down by the river, where it was great to just sit and watch the wild life do it's thing. They also had a badmin net which meant evening tournaments with Babu, Vincent (a dutch guy who arrived at the same time, but who's volunteering there to irrigate) and ourselves.
We took one day trip out to a local island where we wanded about and got at one with nature, but the highlight of the 3 days there was an impromtu safari that Jonny suggeted at 10.30 at night. We had just finished dinner when he told us to come and look for elephants. We looked at one another, not sure whether it wa a joke, but the following 2 1/2 hr we spent racing around the back lanes looking for the pachyderms. Well, we found a few wild ox, then plenty of dear but things got more intereting when we got out the car and traipsed through a clearing to get a sight of a big male's behind! Apparently, he was a bit narked and being the smart boy that he undoubtedly was, he was off into the trees. Fortunately, we caught up with him (in the car this time) at the side of the road and got a great sighting.
We had a great time here, and the hospitality of the family was fantastic - this was our first stop in Kerala state and it certainly bode well for the coming few weeks.
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