In India we have strategic planning around traveling. During summer we flock to the hill stations while winter we crowd the sea facing resorts & monsoon is a time we prefer to stay at home. Who travels in the Rain ? Only if you wish to experience its true beauty visit "Cherrapunji of South India".
I drive through Western Ghatsmagine fresh air. Misty hairpin bends. Lush green paddy fields or moss covered old trees. Where else can you enjoy rain if not here? Few kilometers before you reach your destination you lose your mobile network (unless its BSNL) and it stays that way till you decide to trace your way back. What a Blessing! A serene quaint dreamy village tucked in the rain forest of Western Ghats. Welcome to Agumbe!
Traveling is not ticking check boxes next to tourist spots. It is to explore & expect the unexpected. I had no detailed itinerary except that I wanted to enjoy few days of raining Bliss and of course experience "Doddamane". Anyone recall Malgudi Days & Swamy ? Well this is the house where 26 episodes of the famous TV series from 80's was shot. This was none other than Swamy's house. So I surely had my interests up humming "ta na na na na na".
"Doddamane" is run by 85year old Kasturi akka and the 5th generation family. If you want to stay you need to call in advance and inform them due to high demand. 125 years old house minus all modern amenities but with an unmatchable experience. You get transported in time from the moment you enter the front porch and step on the red oxide floor surrounded with solid wooden pilars. Take a walk, chat up with Kasturi Akka & stay back for breakfast,lunch or dinner served on plantain leaf. I had all three & that was the best South Indian food that I have ever had in my life. A family that welcomes you to their household, takes you inside their kitchen, serves you food & demands that no food should be wasted. True Indian culture that has lost its way in the modern millennium. Wondering how much it costs ? Well here all is not about money and they happily accept whatever you give them happily !