Coffee, Tea Or Me?
National Geographic Traveller India|November 2018
Coffee, Tea Or Me?

At Wayanad’s Pepper Trail, One Can Find Tree Houses With A Side Of Birdsong; Coffee, Tea And Pepper Plantations; And Hearty Servings Of Kerala Puttu

Charukesi Ramadurai

It might seem like a strange thing to remember Coffee, Tea or Me?, a popular book about the lives of two American air hostesses while staying in a tree house 40 feet above the ground. But then, this long weekend away from Bangalore is in the midst of a lush estate in Wayanad, growing both tea and coffee. Of course, there is some land devoted to pepper in the sprawling 200 acres, but I decide to stick with the title of a somewhat salacious memoir.

Leaving our home early in the morning, my husband and I manage to navigate the urban traffic till Mysore without much trouble. The Wayanad region in the northeast of Kerala is close to two other state borders—Karnataka and Tamil Nadu—and is partly included in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. This means, once we cross the small towns of Nanjangud and Gundulpet, it is a charming drive through the seemingly endless trail of forests—Bandipur, Mudumalai, and Muthanga.

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November 2018