As a kid, I used to hear a lots of people talking about Scotland as their dream destination and that added to my curiosity about Scotland. Afterwards When I shifted to Bangalore, I heard about Coorg-the scotland of India.And that moment I thought why not to explore our own land before going for scotland or Europe trip. This was my second visit to Coorg as I couldn’t explore much on first trip , it being a official trip. So, just take your cup of coffee, sit back and relax as I take you through the lanes of Coorg. BTW, I asked for coffee because Coorg is famous for Coffee plantation.
Coorg, also known as Kodagu lies in the western ghats of southwestern karnataka. Coorg is a district which has 4 major places Madikeri, Kushalnagar, Virajpet, Somwarpet. Other than its hills and coffee, Coorg is best known for Talakavery, the origin of river Cauvery.
We left at around 5:00 am for a 3 day trip because we didn’t wanted to waste 2 hrs in Bangalore traffic.Though it was early morning but the roadside hotels were ready with their breakfast items. We took our first break at Ramnagar and the second at Hunsur. We reached Madikeri , which is approx 265 km from Bangalore at around 12:30 pm. the weather was really pleasant, not too hot ..not too cold..just perfect!` after having a home lunch , we decided to take some rest. then we went for some fishing at the stream inside the resort, after having a fun time at fishing,we headed to Raja’s seat at around 5:00 pm and enjoyed watching the lush green view from the view point. We waited till 7:00 pm for the musical fountain show. Then we did some shopping which mainly consisted of spices and chocolates.We had our dinner at a nearby hotel and we headed back to our hotel.
Day 2 was going to be really exciting as we decided to explore the wildlife of Nagarhole. There were few more sightseeing places near Madikeri like Abbey fall, Madikeri fort, Sree Kanchi temple etc but we decided to skip that as we had already covered that in our last trip.We checked out from our hotel after having breakfast and headed towards Nagarhole. And Gosh! that was a roadtrip to remember for a lifetime. The scenic view from Madikeri to Kutta was really mesmerizing.The tall trees..the red soil..red fruit …coffee plantation and those cool breezes…everything was adding to that unforgettable experience.Our second stay was a beautiful cottage near Irpu fall set in the foothills of Brahmagiri.After having a delicious lunch, we headed to nagarhole National Park which was at a distance of 10 Km from our resort. Being Sunday, it was a bit crowded but we managed to get our Safari ticket. the safari started at around 3:30 pm and ended at 5:00. Though we enjoyed the safari but was a bit disappointed too to not spot any tiger. After coming back, we enjoyed a nice evening walk near the resort and slept early after having a sumptuous dinner.
It was the last day of the trip so we got up early to make the most of it.After having breakfast, we headed to Iruppu falls, which was just 5 mins away from our stay. The fall was at a distance of arrpx 1 km from the entrance. As we entered, we were welcomed by chirping birds and entertaining monkeys. as it was a weekday and early morning , so we realized that we were the only one inside the fall premises. we had to trek through a hilly path to reach the falls and a lot many times we felt unsafe being the lone trekker in a jungle like environment. That’s why we left early, though we were bit scared but at the same time we were totally smitten by this experience. It gave us the experience of being in a forest. And then we checked out from our resort at 11:00 am and returned to Bangalore via Nagarhole. It was a different experience in all to drive through the Jungle. So, while returning we took two breaks again , first at Hunsur and the second one at Channapatna because we wanted to get our hands on some wooden toys from Channapatna. And thus it was end of our memorable trip.
PS: we skipped visiting Namdroling Monastery as we thought of visiting it while returning but since we planned for Nagarhole so we couldn’t . Also we have already visited it in our last trip. So , in case you want to follow our itinerary, you can visit it while going. The Namdroling Nyingma Monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world and is a must Visit in Coorg Trip.
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