Coorg produces some of the best coffee in the world. The region is dotted with several coffee plantations. No wonder, then, that it accounts for about one-third of the country’s coffee production.
Among the several coffee plantations that dot Coorg, lies a lone tea plantation in the whole of Coorg- the Glenlorna plantation. The latter is located in Hudikere, about 30 kilometers from Virajpet. The first tea bush was planted here way back in 1914- and it blossoms till date! The Glenlorna plantation was named after its founder’s (a British ‘sahib‘) two children- son Glen and daughter Lorna. If you are here in the early hours of the morning, you can watch women nipping off ‘two leaves and a bud’ with their nimble hands and tossing them over their shoulders into baskets slung along their backs.
A little farther down the Glenlorna plantation lies the Barapole River. The latter runs along for 5 kilometers. If you too, like me, happen to be here at the onset of the monsoons, you should try your hand at white water rafting. The rapids, here, are graded between 2 to 4 (in terms of the difficulty in manouvering through them).
A bout of white water rafting on the Barapole River is best rounded off with a steaming cup of tea. While sipping a steaming cup of deliciously flavoured by cardamom, I chose to follow the advice of Thich Nhat Hanh; a monk from Vietnam on how to savor a cup of tea. According to him, “You must be completely aware in the present to enjoy tea, for only in the awareness of the present can your hands feel the pleasant warmth of the cup. And only in the present can you savour the aroma, taste the sweetness and appreciate the delicacy. If you’re ruminating about the past or worrying about the future, you’ll completely miss the experience of enjoying that cup of tea. You look down at the cup and the tea will have vanished.”