Located in Karnataka?s verdant Coorg district, Virajpet is about 35 km from the district headquarters Madikeri and is equally mesmerizing. As the plains give way to the hills and the road begins to curve upwards, the wide vistas of forested slopes and valleys act as a soothing balm. It is a lovely mix that catches the eye on either side of the road. There are thick jungles, paddy fields, and coffee plantations interspersed with pepper and cardamom plants. In between are little streams and rivulets, the occasional waterfall during the monsoons, and then there is the river Cauvery, revered by the Kodavas. Round a bend over a hill Virajpet suddenly comes into view and it is almost like a picture postcard. There are rows of houses broken by patches of greenery amidst which rises the pale blue spire of the St Anne?s Church.
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