Planter's Diary


December 23rd, 2013 by Ganesh H. R.

It’s Harvest Time!

Each year, the months of Nov, Dec and Jan sees the paddy harvest season come alive in Coorg. All the labourers get together, use a ‘kokkekathi’ (a particular type of knife) and wearing a plantation dress code – a full sleeve shirt, an apron and a gunny sack around themselves, begin harvesting the paddy.  

paddy harvest, Coorg

A Woman Harvesting Paddy at Coorg…

The labourers leave the harvest in the paddy field for two days in order that the paddy dries up properly. After this time, they bundle up the paddy, take it to the place where the paddy is segregated from the hay and place the same in a triangular shaped lawn in the direction that the wind blows.

The wind carries the dust and the paddy falls in the centre of the lawn. The labourers then collect the paddy, place it in a gunny sack and store it. The hay is also collected (which contains the left over paddy). The buffaloes walk on this. The remaining paddy comes out of the hay and bundles are made out of it. These bundles are used to feed buffaloes and cows. Paddy straw is also used to build the roofs of homes in Coorg.

Ever witnesses paddy being harvested at Coorg?

Paddy Harvest in Orange County, Coorg

Guests Harvest Paddy at Orange County, Coorg

It’s Harvest Time!
Ganesh H. R.
How often do you encounter someone who has a live birdsong for a mobile ring tone? How much rarer to meet someone who can imitate bird calls and insect sounds so convincingly that you are hard pressed to tell the difference between original and copy? Meet Ganesh, our resident Naturalist. Let him take you on a tour of our plantation animatedly explaining the hallmarks of Arabica and Robusta coffees, the subtle dynamics of pepper harvesting, the traces left by foraging wild elephants and boars, while, in between, calling out to a swallow in his own brand of bird language. "Enchantment unlimited", is how we would be prone to put it!

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