Let's Go, Let's Go, LET'S GOOOO..... to Coorg
Trip Start Jan 01, 2011
17Trip End May 22, 2011
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some super nice hotel
First, we went to a Hindu temple, just to look around. Jacob wanted us to see more of how praying and worshipping in the Hindu religion is like, but we really didn’t get to see it, as there were only about 4 people there when we went. Either way, the place was beautiful, as all the Hindu temples I’ve seen are. After this, we got to go see the famous Abbi Falls of Coorg. This was an amazingly beautiful waterfall, deep into the woods of the mountainous area we were in. Oh yeah, and Coorg is not the actual town we were in (I’m not actually sure of that name), it is just the region of the state of Karnataka that we were in. This area is set into the mountain range of the Western Ghats, and is mainly woodland area, with much wildlife roaming freely throughout. So, Abbi Falls is located within as one of the most popular waterfall areas to visit. It was absolutely beautiful… the only thing that bothered me is that literally EVERYONE wanted photos with us (and it was mainly men there). I don’t mind taking photos every once in awhile, but here, we literally had to say no, or we would start a streak and everyone, even the people that weren’t asking already, would have wanted a photo then.
So anyway, the next day we had to pack up and meet for another huge breakfast in the morning, and go back towards Bangalore. We first stopped at this elephant refuge place, where they took in elephants from either circuses or the wild that were unable to thrive on their own. They give them a place to live freely, feed them, bathe them in the river, etc. So, I got to see elephants for the first time in India!! It was crazy to be able to touch them; their skin is so different from ours. It was almost as if they were hundreds of years older because their skin was so much more wrinkled than my skin. Which I suppose makes sense, because of the terrain that they live in. But either way, I thought it was pretty crazy to finally be able to touch an elephant. We also got to ride the elephants. I was excited until I actually got onto it, and realized how painful it must be for the elephant to have six humans sitting on top of its back. I’m not sure how elephants normally walk… but it was walking so awkwardly, that I felt terrible that I was sitting on it. I am going to look up whether or not it hurts elephants to ride on a certain part of their back, and if so I’m not doing it again. It was a cool experience… but I just felt absolutely terrible for the elephant by the time we were done with our short ride around the park. When leaving this park, we had to back across a river, but instead of taking the boat, one of the other girls and I decided to walk across, because there were a ton of rocks, and a bunch of the Indians were doing it, so we figured we’d be able to make it. It took us probably at least 20 minutes to cross, as it was crowded and a lot more difficult than the Indians made it look. It was definitely worth it though, I loved trying to figure out which way to turn that would make it the easiest to stay on the rock path, and also almost fell in a few times. Thankfully I didn’t though, as I had my camera and my phone on me.
After we left the elephant park, we headed closer to Mysore, and stopped at an area that was made into a town and a huge monastery for Tibetan refugees. The government of India has leased out miles of land to these Tibetans, and they built a town, and the monastery where Buddhist monks study and live. We spent a couple hours in the monastery, and it was by far one of the best religious places I have been to yet while in India. There were about four temples, all of which were exquisitely decorated and built. I was astonished by some of the architecture and all of the bright, vivid colors that designed the entire interior. I think it’s amazing that although Tibet is technically under control of China, that there are so many Tibetans living so free here in India. I’m not sure how the Indians feel about it though, as it seems many of these Tibetan areas are very well-off financially. Although yes, they still strive to make a living by selling what they can and making handicrafts as one of the main ways to make money… the Tibetan monasteries that I have seen so far are definitely much more rich than much of other parts of India I have seen. I’ll have to try speaking to some of my Indian friends soon about this aspect, to try to get their perspective of how they feel about all these Tibetan refugees in their country… especially when it comes to the foreign aid that they get as well… because it is and has been a much bigger international issue than the poor people living in the slums of India.
Anywho, I suppose I should tell you the reason why this blog is called what it's called. So, since this trip was coordinated by our school.... our program advisor, Jacob, was with us for the entirety of the trip as he planned it. He is seriously one of the coolest Indians I've met... he is such a nice guy... but he was getting on our nerves every time that he said "let's go, let's go, let's goooo!!" Haha, we would be running later than was scheduled all the time (mostly because of Jacob), and we'd all be sitting on the buses already or at least standing outside of them waiting for him, and he'd come yelling that. It's kinda funny, as we kept making fun of him the entire time for it, and screaming it at him too... but basically that's the gist of it... one of those "you'd have to have been there" type of stores. But, it still fit for the title of this post.
Not sure of anything else to talk about really about this trip... except that I had an awesome time, and can't wait to go back to be in the mountains again. I love the crisp, clean, cool air, and of course the views, compared to back home in Bangalore.
Until next time....
~We Only Part, to Meet Again~