“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…