The people and hotels of Coorg are known for their hospitality and warmth. There are a lot of options for luxury hotels like Orange County, Vivanta by Taj, The Tamara, Club Mahindra and Amanvana Resort. On the other hand, there are budget hotels aplenty, like Hotel Villa and Evergreen Coorg. All kinds of accommodations are available at this hill station. Home stays in coffee plantations are also a popular choice of lodging in this region.
We spent our first night at a small budget hotel called Bungalow Inn. Bed and breakfast- just what we needed! A decent hotel, with a very kind and hospitable staff; but I was pretty let down by the food. The next day, as we drove around Madikeri town, we came across the distinctive stony signboard of Vivanta by Taj, and were tempted to take a look inside. The Taj hotels somehow always get the perfect, most beautiful properties wherever they set up camp! Until we visited this location, surprisingly, I hadn't heard of this property at all. It was, by far, one of the most scenic, quiet and captivating locations I had ever been to.
Google "Places to see in Coorg"- and a list of websites will pop up; naming and describing each of the sights for you. As you all know, I'm not one to visit touristy places and noisy settings. No doubt, I do sometimes check out these tourist destinations (if I feel they're worth it), but I'm always craving for some place untouched!
Of course, in the over populated nation that we belong to, I won't possibly find an entirely untouched place; but something along those lines calls out to me. Mom and I visited the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery- the largest teaching centre of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. This was the first time I was entering a monastery, but the experience makes me want to go back every time I think about it. There were over 100 people in and around the monastery, but it was as quiet and still as the night, with only the gentle whispers of monks to be heard. I was thrilled watching them gracefully live everyday life. We also visited the "Golden Temple" nearby, and the Nunnery just next to the monastery. Oh, the silence!
Coorg has a moderate and pleasant climate throughout the year, with some naturally scenic surroundings. Summers tend to become slightly warmer than usual, however, the monsoons arrive rather early in the hills, and everything brightens up and blushes green! The winters begin in December, and this is the best time to visit the wonder of Coorg. Consequently, this also happens to be the time of year that most tourists bombard the place. The secret to avoiding too many tourists and travellers is to avoid visiting during the holidays (since it's usually a weekend getaway), and plan your journey for the months of October or November. Not too hot and neither too cold, just perfect!