Q. Where is Coorg?
Ans. Coorg is midway between Mysore and the coastal town of Mangalore.
Q. What is the story about the Kodavu people’s descent?
Ans. It is said that part of Alexander’s army moved south along the coast. They settled here when they found that the return was not possible. They married among the locals. So they are said to be of Greek origin. Since they wear ‘Kuffia’ like the Arabs, they are said to be of Arab origin.
Q. What are some of the things you now know about
- the people of Coorg?
- the main crop of Coorg?
- the sports it offers to tourists?
- the animals you are likely to see in Coorg?
- its distance from Bangalore, and how to get there?
- The people of Coorg are of Greek or Arab origin.
- The main crop of Coorg is coffee.
- It offers sports like river rafting, canoeing, rappelling, rock climbing, and mountain biking, etc.
- The animals we are likely to see are macaques, squirrels, langurs, slender loris and elephants.
- The distance between Coorg and Banglore is about 280 km. One can reach Coorg by air, rail or road.
Q. Here are six sentences with some words in italics. Find phrases from the text that have the same meaning.
- During monsoons it rains so heavily that tourists do not visit Coorg. (Para 2)
- Some people say that Alexander’s army moved south along the coast and settled there. (para 3)
- The Coorg people are always ready to tell stories of their sons’ and fathers’ valour. (para 4)
- Even people who normally lead an easy and slow life get smitten by the high-energy adventure sports of Coorg. (para 6)
- The theory of the Arab origin is supported by the long coat with embroidered waist-belt they wear. (para 3)
- Macaques, Malabar squirrels observe you carefully from the tree canopy. (para 7)
- During the monsoons it pours enough to keep visitors away.
- As the story goes, Alexander’s army moved south along the coast and settled there.
- The Coorg people are more than willing to recount numerous stories of valour related to their sons and fathers.
- The most laidback people individuals become converts to the high energy sports of Coorg.
- The theory of the Arab origin draws support from the long coat with embroidered waist-belt they wear.
- Macaques, Malabar squirrels keep a watchful eye from the tree canopies.
Q. Which is a common collocation, and which one is odd? Strike out the odd sentence or phrase.
- How old are you? / How young are you?
- a pleasant person / a pleasant pillow
- How old are you?
- a pleasant person
Q. Here are some nouns from the text.
culture, monks, surprise, experience, weather, tradition
Work with a partner and discuss which of the nouns can collocate with which of the adjectives given below. The first one has been done for you.
unique, terrible, unforgettable, serious, ancient, wide, sudden
- culture: unique culture, ancient culture
- monks: serious monks, unique monks
- surprise: terrible surprise
- experience: unique experience, terrible experience, unforgettable experience, wide experience
- weather: terrible weather
- tradition: unique tradition, ancient tradition
Q. Complete the following phrases from the text. For each phrase, can you find at least one other word that you fit into the blank?
- tales of
- a piece of
- tales of valour
- coastal town
- a piece of heaven
- evergreen rainforests
- coffee plantations
- rope bridge
- wild elephants
- tales of bravery
- coastal city
- a piece of land
- evergreen fields
- tea plantations
- hanging bridge
- wild animals