From Mysore we headed south and west toward the coast.
As our bus drove through the countryside we glimpsed more life of India.
This construction site made me nervous.
The drive took us through the Bandipur National Park. We were told we might see elephants…….
No such luck, just a buck!
We saw monkeys and butterflies while we waited to get through a check point on the far side of the park. We waited over an hour!
We stopped for lunch at the Wynberg resort. Cabins here are tucked into the woods. There’s even a cabin in a tree!
The main house is more modern. The food was all pretty spicy here.
This is also a spice plantation and the owner gave us a tour.
Banana, cocoa and pepper
There are tea plantations in this area also.
The Windflower Spa and Resort at Wayanad Hill Station was one of the most upscale hotels on our trip.
There were monkeys on the roof!
We could have used an extra day at this resort!
The next day we came down from the top of a mountain we didn’t even know we were on. There was a dense fog but that didn’t stop tourists from trying to see the view.
After a major traffic jam we eventually arrived at our next stop.
We spent two nights at the Kairali Ayurvedic Health Resort. The grounds were pretty and the cabins looked really cute. They were actually pretty old on the inside – a come down from the last hotel! But we enjoyed a needed day of rest … a vacation from our vacation. In the morning we attended a talk about ayurvedic medicine and had the afternoon to ourselves.
Then we were back on the road again….
One more stop – a school of traditional dance. Performers learn to move their eyes and the muscles in their faces to tell stories with their dances.
P. S. – Huge billboards are everywhere advertising the good life….
We never saw a neighborhood that looked like this.