I spent approximately 14 days in India, starting in the south in Bangalore, and at my friend's family home and now "Home Stay" (like what we call Air B & B), in a small village named, Ballupet. Siddhanta Manor is a plantation where my friend, Kokila's family, has grown coffee and black pepper for decades. The family home, which is very large and beautiful, is now a "Home Stay". During my several days there I learned all about growing and harvesting coffee and black pepper. And...I learned that family is everything in India, and I thank Kokila for sharing hers with me and our travel partner, Cynthia.
Descriptions of pictures:
#1 State Capitol Building in Bangalore.
#2 King's Summer House in Bangalore.
#3 Front of Siddanta Manor where I stayed in Ballupet.
#4 Welcoming front porch gate of Siddanta Manor.
#5 Front porch of Siddhanta Manor...it wraps all around the huge home.
#6 My new Indian family in Ballupet, the Mallikarjuna's.
#7 Coffee beans grow on large bushes on the plantation.
#8 Workers coming to the plantation to pick the coffee.
#9 Workers sweeping the coffee in piles after it's dried on the ground.
#10 Pile of coffee beans waiting to be bagged and weighed.
#11 Black pepper grows on vines up trees. After it's picked and dries, it turns black and wrinkles into peppercorns.
#12 Woman on plantation picking peppercorns.
#13 Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebidu not far from Ballupet. 12th century Hindu temple.
#14, 15 & 16 Detail of Hoysaleswara Temple
#17 Chennakeshava Temple, Belur. 12th century Hindu temple.
#18 Hindu Priest.
#19 Inside the courtyard of Chennakeshava Temple.
#20 Detail of Chennakeshava Temple.
#21 Morning coffee/family time at Siddanta Manor on last day before heading to Dehli.