It was 5.45AM when we started from Bangalore. We took the Bangalore- Tumkur-Hassan-Belur route to reach Chickmaglur. Our first halt was at 8.30 AM at CCDay, to wake ourselves up with a cup of hot and steaming Cafe latte. Our second halt was at good old “Kamat Upchar” for a quick brunch of Vada and Butter Dosa. We reached Chickmaglur at around 12.00 noon. We had booked our stay with a Woodway Homestay. Last one hour of the drive through the coffee plantation was very scenic and refreshing.
Woodway Homestay at its first look gave us a feeling of Home away from Home. We were greeted by a very warm and friendly staff. They ushered us into a very cozy and comfortable room. Woodway Homestay is a very well decorated house with a lot of attention given to detailing. We had a quick shower and hurried to the dining area for the lunch. The lunch was a home cooked meal of rice, chicken and veg curries and fried fish as a bonus for the non veggies.
After our coffee break at 4.00, we decided to burn some calories by taking up a cycling tour around the home stay. With birds chirping & a gentle breeze we pedaled through the exotic nature cherishing the good old times we had spent with each other. We remembered the fun times we had in our college, the innumerable V Days and the stupid promises we made on our so called Anniversaries. We laughed at all our silly tussles which we had over the years.
We continued to relive our past by taking a drive down the village of Malandur to watch the sunset. Hand in hand we watched the sun go down & made a silent promise to be with each other forever. We continued our romantic saga under the twinkling stars by the bonfire.
We woke up late on “V Day” & decided to simply laze around on the hammock. We spent a chunk of time chit chatting and day dreaming. Later in the morning, we decided to take the coffee plantation tour. The Homestay caretaker, Santosh took us around the coffee plantation explaining in detail about the entire coffee harvesting activity. It was quite a learning experience for us.
We finally bid adieu to this homely place at 12.00PM. During the trip we rediscovered each other and realized how special and important we were for each other’s existence. With the peace treaty signed successfully on 14th Feb 2010, we reached home at 7.30PM.