"My all girls solo trip to COORG, SCOTLAND of Karnataka, India"

17th Jul 2018

It was till Tuesday, just 2 days before my sister's birthday, we were in dilemma to execute our plan of going solely without any of our men with us. Actually it was all a three girls tour plan...Already we were not firm with our trip, another thing that came as a barrier was the bus ticket booking and hotel booking. It was seemingly like the trip was not meant for us but my sweet husband that day itself, thinking of our happiness, booked bus tickets and a good decent hotel room for us through online booking service. So, by the night we got all geared up and packed for our trip scheduled for next day morning.

Now, on Wednesday morning our journey started from the KSRTC bus stand at around 10:00 AM. The Bangalore highway route was already known to me as I had already commuted many through there to Bangalore. And 'Coorg' locally called as 'Madikeri' that comes under Kodagu district lies in between Mangalore and Bangalore. So, our journey became comfortable and super fun altogether. The sight seeing through the bus was very attracting and inviting and as we were almost reaching there, the excitement levels raised more and more.

Now, after a 3 n 1/2 hours journey we finally reached Madikeri at around 01:30 PM. All we wanted is to reach our hotel room first and easily we could reach our destination ' Hotel Vasathi' at Block No.11, Industrial Area, Near Pathrika Bhavan, Madikeri. Actually, we called the reception number - 094830 94614 which was sent to my phone while online booking and asked for directions, so got the place easily. After taking a 2 hours rest and finishing lunch in our hotel room, we booked a cab for 1st day sight seeing from the hotel reception for Rs. 630/- for four spots. The price was reasonable as the four spots were around the city limits. The places included the great Abbey falls, Madikeri fort and museum, Raja's tomb and Raja's seat. Actually, the ancient Omkareshwar temple was also in the list but because of heavy rains, tourist visit was blocked for that day as the lake inside the temple was over flowing. So, we planned to visit that on next day. We could finish our sight seeing easily by 06:30 PM. We took 1 hour rest and again got decked up to explore the city market and having our dinner in a good restaurant outside. Well, my daughter is a big chocolate lover and to her delight there were chocolates all over in the market like she got in Ooty. The chocolates are quite famous there, named as Coorg chocolates which you may find in other shops outside Coorg also. The next must buy is the Coorg coffee that has an amazing taste and aroma.

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We went to Spicy treat India, a non-vegetarian restaurant, located opposite to Monappa motors. We had chicken soup, fish chilly and fish fingers. All tasted good as were recommended in online reviews. Other good eateries to try out are Abeo's Kitchen in School road and Taste of Coorg at CMC building. We finished our food and went back to our hotel. There we took lots of selfies and pictures and by 10:30 PM we slept as our next day journey was scheduled for 09:00 AM sharp.

So, our next day started with a stomach filling South-Indian breakfast at the hotel restaurant that included lip-smacking masala dose, vada, idli and sambar . Then we moved to our cab that we were required to book a day before itself for Rs. 1300/- for 3 spots. The charges were double than previous as the 2 spots were around 30 to 36 kilometres away from Madikeri city centre. First we finished with the Omkareshwar Temple then we headed towards visiting Kaveri Nisarga Dhama Forest Park and Namdroling Monestry { A Tibetian settlement in Karnataka and a must visit place}. The route to the places also gets through by 'Chikliholey' reservoir and forest reserve. As, the spot was not in our itinerary, we made ourselves happy with the stories told by our driver about the reserve forest area. He also told the reserve area specializes in elephant protection and is linked to the Dubbare forest reserve. We could finish our tour by 01:30 PM and reached exactly after 1 and 1/2 hours, at around 03:00PM to Madikeri. There we had our last afternoon meal of the trip at Udupi the veg restaurant near KSRTC bus stand. We ordered a North - Indian thali, a veg dum biryani and a vanilla milk shake. The food was so delicious and satisfying that we were planning to order again but as we were in a rush to catch our buses, we could not do it. Then we reached the bus stand and caught our respective buses to Mangalore and Bangalore. I am still not satisfied with my trip as we could not visit the Dubbare elephant camp, Mandalpatti trek and Thalacauvery. Also, being a travel enthusiast I never settle for once.

Note: The best season for visiting Coorg is around rainy season to winter season. That is the best time to embrace the beauty of waterfalls surrounding the place.

Disclaimer: The description of places and thoughts in the article is solely travel experience of the author and has nothing to do with any particular website.

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