Indian, Persian or Greek..?
Shot on way to Madikeri, this old man happily smoking and was more happy to pose for a shot. He puffed, and puffed and puffed, until I kept him shooting. The Kodagu ( Coorg ) region has low lying hills which is usually cool and dry except the monsoon seasons, makes it a fantastic area for trecking, bird-watching and genarally refreshing the soul. The climate is best to grow coffee, and this is from where India's best coffee come from. The people here are called Kodagas, believed to be descendants migrating Persians and KURDS or Greeks. It dates back to time when Alexander had visited India. Some from their army had settled here. Thus, the tribe gets its name as "Kodava" from the local word meaning 'blessed by mother Cauvery' and the region is called Kodagu or Koorg. There are about 1000 clans of Kodags in region and they meet every year for an annual festival in hills. With passage of time the region has been also manifested by Kannadas and Mallyalis.Share
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