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Wayanad - The Shangri-la of South India

What a wonderful three days we had, from January 27th to 29th, in the quaint village of Koilery, near Manathavadi in #Wayanad! I still reminisce about our waking up to misty mornings and the sounds of birds, peering out of our rooms with shawls wrapped around us to keep out the morning chill...

Here, Jalaja enjoys dawn in Wayanad with #SaveAGram farm owner Rijesh taking a picture of her as I take a picture of them!

Sipping our coffee, we walk past the plants from which the beans themselves were picked! Returning, we are welcomed by a hot water bucket bath and then a delightful Malayalee breakfast of puttu*, kadala, pappadam, bananas and another round of fragrant coffee. *Puttu is a steamed rice cake, layered with coconut, typical in Kerala (but also found in Sri Lanka). Kadala are the black garbanzo beans from which the savoury curry that goes along with the puttu is prepared. ***

The day before we had visited the ancient temple of Tirunelli, with the gorgeous Vishnu stone deity covered in sandal paste, dark kohl drawn around his eyes and a smile on his face.

Above is a photo of Tirunelli temple, ancient and in some ruin, but with a palpable energy inside that perhaps comes from centuries of chanting and offering oblations in Sanskrit. ***

Post breakfast, we decided to take Jalaja to the famous