Next morning, we woke up on time, had breakfast, wore some comfy clothes and stepped out for a full-day sightseeing tour of Coorg.
We first visited the Dubare Elephant Camp which we were told allowed entry only till 11:00 AM in the morning. We did manage to reach the place at 10:00 AM but, alas. There was a LONG queue waiting to be transported to the camp. We stood an hour in the queue waiting for our turn but were disappointed as we were asked to return (as the entry timing got over). However, we did make it to the camp during the next visiting hours (4:30 PM). So make sure you reach the spot early. After paying a nominal entry fee followed by a fun boat ride to the camp, you get not just an up-close view of the elephants but can also pay a small amount to bathe and feed them, take pictures and get blessings from the magnificent yet humble creatures (all under proper supervision of caretakers). Since the queue is generally a little longer than you expect, don’t forget to carry your umbrella, sunnies and some water/snacks.
Our next destination was the Bylakuppe Tibetan Monastery (which comprises the Namdroling Monastery and the Golden Temple). In case you’re looking for some peace in chaos, you must visit the place. I’m sure you’ll love the vibrance and colours in and around the temple. The sound of gongs and the smell of incense sticks fill the place with positive energy and also makes it an ideal spot for meditation. Don’t forget to pick reasonable souvenirs from the shops located in the vicinity of the monastery.
After lunch, we went shopping. Coorg is famous for its chocolates, coffee, spices and honey. You must visit one of the local shops (there are countless stores across the city that sell these items at decent rates) to buy some home-made chocolates, instant/filter coffee and pure honey.
We then sat down at a local café, enjoyed some filter coffee and snacks and decided to call it a day!