There's a lot of coffee in Coorg
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Kodagu - Coorg - is a beautiful area of country in the Western Ghats about 100km west of Mysore. We stayed at the Palace Estate, a "homestay". The Appenandra family are a traditional Codava (Coorgi) family and have been landowners here for generations. Below the house is the Nalaknod Palace, a mini-palace, home to the last traditional raja of Coorg before the Brits kicked him out in 1834. Recently restored, but unguarded, we could walk around at will. All around the house, which is set in beautiful gardens, is a coffee estate. For a few days at the end of each March, the coffee flowers - bright white petals in blooms maybe 2 inches across. It's flowering now, and the scent is sweet and heavy and almost overpowering.
From the house, which is about 1000m up, you look out east over rolling misty hills. Behind, west, is Tadiandamol Mountain, highest in the region at over 1700m. We left at 8.00am to trek up. Birdsong, butterflies and the sound of bees accompanied us to the summit, reached at 11.00am, where a group of young Indian men, weekending from Bangalore and walking ahead of us, were sitting listening to loud music. We descended a bit to commune with nature, and admire the fantastic views in all directions. We got back for a lovely lunch by 1.30. The home-cooked traditional food has been great and the company - a mix of Indians, Aussies, Germans and Brits - good. It's been a lovely place to relax before final shopping in Bangalore and the 11 hour flight home.