Last weekend, I escaped the hustle and bustle of Bangalore city life for the beautiful hills and coffee plantations of Coorg, a region in southern India famous for its picturesque scenery.
With 2 new friends from Bangalore and Thomas, a new Leave UR Mark intern, we drove 8 hours to Honey Valley Homestay, a charming plantation homestay tucked away in the middle of nature.
For two days and two nights, we spent our time hiking the many trails around the plantation, eating hearty homemade Coorgi food and having the most interesting conversations with other backpackers at the guesthouse. The isolated location of Honey Valley Homestay attracted a nature-loving crowd of well-traveled foreigners. Many were in India to perfect their yoga and meditation practice, many had already traveled to other obscure parts of India and the world, and all of them had fascinating travel stories, backgrounds and experiences.
For me, it was a wonderful weekend escape from urban life. I detoxed over 3 beautiful hikes and spent the evenings chatting with new friends and fellow travelers. Although it wasn’t the season to visit Coorg (it is at its loveliest after the monsoons), Honey Valley Homestay made this weekend a very memorable one.