What is Coorg ?
You feel every breath you take in such a wonderful weather. You will love the smell of coffee plantations on the roads. You get magnificent energy and confidence to do anything in Life.
Coorg was a simply a Life Changing Experience for me.
Coorg – The Scotland of India
Day 1 : 1st July 2017 : Pune – Bangalore – Started for Coorg – Coorg Sightseeing
We booked Pune-Bangalore Indigo Flight on 00.45 & reached Bangalore on 2.15. After collecting luggage we went to ZoomCar (Swift VDI) parking which was booked on 3.30
We started for Coorg(Kodagu) right on 4.00 AM and crossed the Bangalore City which is almost 28 kms from Kempegowda International Airport (Bangalore).
The route was silent due to dawn. Halted on 7.00 AM on Mysore Road for Tea & Snacks but we got Tea & Chips.
On 8.00 AM we had Paddu (Appe in Maharashtra), Idli at Kadamba Restaurant on Mysore Highway.
Finally, we entered into Ghat section of Coorg. Let me tell you; Coorg(Kodagu) is a district place & there is main town which is Madikeri which was almost 30 kms ghat section.
The route was scenic and weather was cool.
Someone said that;
“The journey is much more beautiful than destination.”
The coffee plantations will make you fresh if you are a Coffee Lover. Café Coffee Day Owner Siddhartha & TATA Group owned more part of Coorg Coffee Plantations. You can see sign boards on the road.
The roads & the coffee plantations will make you feel great.
I had found this Tourist Attraction board which will help you in many ways.
We reached Madikeri town around 12.30 PM. We were searching for the room and the Coorg Regency had good rooms & budget friendly too.
We got rooms for 2800 INR for four person for two days.
700 INR only for two days was worth it. You can use this card for future bookings.
After check-in we went to Lunch at Hotel Sri Shanti Sagar (Pure Veg) infront of Madikeri Fort. Food quality was good but not budget friendly. Overall the ambience, quality was good.
We returned to Hotel Room & Slept till 4.00 PM.
Everybody got ready by 5.00 PM and we went to Raja Seat.
We had coffee at Lavazza Coffe House. It was fantastic. Madhu Somanna (Retired Army Officer was the owner of Shop). You can call him on 09880381831 for Jungle Stay Resorts and Spices, Coffee Beans or for tourist attractions.
1. Raja Seat Coorg
“Tourist visits Raja Seat for watching Sunset which is popular with valley views, a train & musical fountain shows.”
Entry for Indians is for 10 INR per person.
As I entred clicked this photo :
The amazing view with perfect climate was making this place awesome.
Fog with cool weather making everything pleasant.
After clicking many photos we went outside and had Bhel & Chat and booked tickes of Toy – Train.
It was a nice train ride around 1.5 kms.
2. Omkareshwara Temple
Omkareshwara temple is a prominent Hindu temple to the god Shiva with 4 minarets, a dome & a fish-filled pond which was built by Linga Rajendra II in 1820 dedicated to Lord Shiva. This ancient temple is spiritual place with quite atmosphere.
Everyone of us was feeling positive energy. And that was perfect end of the day.
Day 2 : 2nd July 2017 : Coorg Sightseeing
We woke up in the morning and started for Dubare Elephant Camp on 10.00 Am after having heavy breakfast in Madikeri City as Idli-Sambhar, Masala Dosa, Cut Dosa. Food was delicious.
3. Dubare Elephant Camp
Dubare Elephant camp is 36 kms from Madikeri Town.
You will experience this amazing view with ghat section.
Finally we reached Dubare Elephant Camp on 12.00 PM.
It is a Jungle camp offering elephant bathing, feeding & riding experiences & rafting on the Kaveri River.
Unfortunately, it was closed. But luckily we have seen this view
These are the timings for doing activities :
Kaveri Nisargadhama is an island of 64 acres formed by river Kaveri near Kushalnagara in the district of Kodagu, Karnataka.
It is approx 30 kms from Madikeri & 2 kms from Khushalnagara.
There are many shops & food stalls on entrance where one can shop for Bags, Sandals, Antique articles, keychains.
Food items like Coffee, spices etc.
We purchased entry ticket for Nisargadhama which was INR 10 per person.
As we entered, we seen the hanging bridge over there and after crossing that bridge there was a huge area having bamboo trees, wooden seats, playing area for children.
The path was very amazing. I heard the sound of River flowing which was pleasant and making my mind calm. That’s what all the therapy you need from Nature. Deer Park was there.
After that we went to Nisargadhama Market for refreshments. Sugar-juice & Bhel was good and Coffee was awesome. Then we decided to return to Madikeri cause we planne for Abbey Waterfall which is 8 kms from Town.
5. Abbey Falls – The Enchanting Waterfall
Abbey Waterfalls is on western ghats and is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. A hanging bridge constructed just opposite the falls but right now it is not in use.
It feels great to constantly see towards the falls. You can’t divert your mind to see this amazing place. It was something like meditation for me.
So, we headed for Dinner at Hotel Green Highland for Food. Food was okay not delicious.
After that we went to Club Mahindra Resort, Coorg for enquiring rates and all. That place was situated in fog and the ambience, Rooms, everything was just perfect over there. If you plan to visit coorg with no budget restrictions Club Mahindra will be one of the best option.
Then we headed to room and slept.
Day 3 : 3rd July 2017 – Coorg Sightseeing – Shravanbelgola – Bangalore – Pune
We woke up early in the morning and did check out at 8.30 AM & went to Café Lavazza and buyed Coffee, green tea for Family & Friends.
We started on 9.30 from Madikeri for Namdroling Monastery (Golden Temple).
We halted at UDUPI VEG for breakfast. Restaurant near Nisargadhama. Best place for breakfast. Simply delicious food and budget friendly too.
These are some breathtaking views on the roads.
And this one too..
6. Namdroling Monastery (Golden Temple)
The Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery (or Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargye Ling) is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. Located in Bylakuppe, part of the Mysuru district of the state of Karnataka, the monastery is home to a sangha community of over five thousand lamas (both monks and nuns), a religious college (or shedra) and hospital.
We reached at this holy place on 12.00 PM. Worshiping was going on that time hence No Entry for anyone inside the mandir besides Monks & Dharmagurus. That place made us quite. This type of architecture I have never ever seen till date.
I always try to figure out old things & their structure that makes me think about vast history of India as well as other countries.
Then, we started for Shravanbelgola (Baahubali Bhagwan Statue) which is 104 kms from Narmodroling Monastery. The route was too scenic and we enjoyed every bit of it.
The coconut trees on highways making that view and atmosphere pleasant.
We reached Shravanbelgola on 4.00 PM.
7. Sharavanbelgola – Bahubali Bhagwan
Shravanbelgola is famous for Gomateshwara / Baahubali Bhagwan Monolithic Statue which is 57ft high carved in granite stone.
There are two hills which are Chandragiri & Vindhyagiri.
Vindhyagiri (Bada Pahad) is highest than Chandragiri.
There are about 615 steps to reach at the top. We drunk Coconut water for energy while climbing. As soon as the rain started we took halt cause the steps became slippery.
And finally we reached on the top.
The view from top was marvellous.
So, finally we seen the Huge statue of Baahubali Bhagwan
Bahubali Bhagwan Monolithic Statue 57ft carved in Granite is considered as one of the great sculpture in Jainism
We did Darshan and in one hour. Till 5.00 PM we started for Bangalore as we had flight to Pune on 11.30 PM.
Sharavanbelgola to Bangalore is about 140 kms via National highway.
You can get best driving experience.
We had dinner at MacDonalds near Bangalore Airport.
We reached on 9.30 at airport. Drop-off the Zoom Car and went to departure gate.
Finally, reached pune on 1.00 AM.
Thank you for reading amigos!