An educational tour is a part of practical learning, where learning happens by observation. Students see real objects, people and places. They can talk to people, ask them whatever they like. They learn to live in groups and face different situation. They can experience new things.
Our principal’s belief in learning by observation initiated a short trip to the Coorg hill station during the Diwali vacation. It was in the last week of October when thirty-two students from standards five, six and seven of Vidya Vikas Academy along with seven teachers and two tour guides left for Coorg. The entire journey from Goa to Coorg was enjoyable.
We reached Mangalore at 9 a.m. We rested for a while in Mangalore. We reached Coorg at 12 noon the same day. The weather was cool and pleasant.
After resting for a while we went sightseeing. We visited Raja’s Seat, took a ride on a toy train and saw the sunset.
The next day we went to the ‘Dubare Elephant Camp’ where we enjoyed a boat ride and saw elephants at close-quarters. We also visited Nisargadhama and the Tibetan Monastery. Students shopped at the Tibetan market.
On day three, we went to Mandalpatty. A ride through a rugged terrain took us to the hill top where we enjoyed a breathtaking view of the landscape. Then we visited Abbey Falls.
Later in the evening students were taken to shop for honey, spices and coffee.
On the fourth day, after breakfast, we took a ride to Tal Cauvery and Brahmagiri hills. In the evening we visited a coffee and cardamom plantation.
These moments were unforgettable for us. The beauty of the Coorg hills has left a lasting imprint on our mind.