Homestay in Coorg

“And this is exactly why we drag you along , in every trip of ours..” my  mom started .   As  right as she was , at that moment   my mind wandered  through the lush  green cover that surrounded  us from all sides , as we spiralled  upwards the Western ghats.  Coorg  doesn’t fall in the regular tourist’s travel  itinerary ,  and I simply cannot imagine why.

Its  a true-blue traveller’s  paradise with something that caters to every  kinds of tourists and travelers , be it  a zillion  trek routes with resplendent waterfalls and  forests, wildlife sanctuaries  , forest camps  to a plethora   of temples,  churches , mosque, monastery for the  ones seeking spiritual   relevance.  City slickers   looking for a quick getaway   can  easily reach the distict headquarters of Coorg( otherwise known as Kodagu) , Madikeri which   is 255kms from Bangalore , can be reached by Air ( 135km  from Mangalore), rail (nearest station Mysore 120km).

Once you reach Madikeri,  its better to  handpick  the trek routes  which are on offer.Located 35kms from Madikeri , is the second highest peak of Karnataka, Thadiandamol. Bit  tough  for  even the seasoned trekkers , once you reach the   top , just soak in the  scintillating scenics, catch your  breath,  head to the Nalaknad  palace through the  serpentine  path, where they maintain a bee population. The Pushpagiri  trek  takes  you atop Kumara Parvatha  amidst  dense forests.

Make sure you are there to witness the 200feet  Mallali Falls dancing through your way. Considered a haven for wildlife enthusiast , the Brahmagiri trek   packs along the Brahmagiri Wldlife Sanctuary .  Be sure to keep your eyes strained for the elephants  in their natural  habitat and   stare at the magnificent  Irruppu falls.  The underdog of all the trek routes along this region has to be Nishani Motte, earlier used as signaling posts. As you  tread  along the  Coffee plantation, don’t forget to  take  look over  , and let the view of the surrounding ranges take your breath away! Votecad and  Gonikoppal  provide perfect   camping sites with adventure sports  and coffee plantationsand with  Abbey falls,  Barapole river, Chelavara falls, Harangi dam  , the list is endless. Nagarhole National Park  and Dubare Elephant Camp should be enough to satiate the wildlife cravings.

If you have had your fill of nature , take a spiritual journey  through Omkareshwar temple, Talacauvery, Bhagamandala, Golden temple, Bylekuppe in Namdroling Monastery, Gaddige.  And If you still have a day or two left , take  a lazy walk around the city around Madikeri Fort, Raja’s seat gardens or pack a picnic basket to Cavery Nishargadhama island .This should be enough to refresh you  and get you going   for another 6-8months for sure! Till next time…


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