The second day we drove to Mercara (Madikeri). It was a delightful drive through the many coffee plantations and lush mountains to Mercara.
|Picture perfect - Coorg|
Once in Mercara we parked on the main road and lunched at the Coorg Cuisine as suggested by Kaveri. Lovely Coorg food.
We walked up and down a bit the curving, sloping road and picked up stuff you'd pick up in Coorg - spices, honey etc.
|A map of the place - courtesy Brig Ponappa|
Then we hopped on to the car and headed to Kushalanagar, some 40 kms away. It started raining and that made the drive so much more magical.
|Another lovely road|
Kushalnagar is where the Buddhist Golden temple in the Tibetan settlement is located. It's a twin town for Bylakuppe - though they are situated in different districts despite being only 6 kms away. What's with me and the Tibetan settlements I wonder.
The drive back home through the plantations also took me close to Dubare, the elephant camp where one can go and feed and bathe elephants. But I did not stop and instead headed straight back home.
|The gulmohur tree|
|Drive back on a nice village road|
The return journey was beautiful too with a light rain in the hills and some Beatles on the car stereo. I spotted this lovely gulmohur tree and stopped and got a picture. What's with me and gulmohur trees?
First gulmohur in my front yard has flowered for the first time. I will learn to value it.
And jacaranda trees and those ones that bloom in yellow. Lovely.
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