The countryside of Karnataka is blessed with varied topographies - ranging from lush coffee plantations to beaches of Gokarna to the mind-boggling carvings on ancient temples of Hampi. There is something for every type of traveler - add on it the amazing weather all year around making it one memorable road trip.
Itinerary for the Road Trip
We had only three days, so we decided to take two separate routes for Coorg -
Day 1 Drive to Madekeri
Route :Bangalore - Kunigal - Channarayapattana - Holenarsipur - Ramanathapura - Kushalnagar - Madikeri
Day 2 - Explore Coorg
Day 3 - Drive back to Bangalore via Nagarhole National park
Route : Madikeri- Virajpet - Gonikoppal -Srimangala - Nagarhole - Hunsur - Mandya - Ramnagara - Bangalore
The drive from Bangalore via the Hassan road is smooth as this highway is mostly empty and on both sides you have the scenic views of paddy fields, thatched roofs, cows grazing aimlessly in the fields and yellow flowers lined beautifully at both sides of the road. There are plenty of eateries on the highway until you reach Channarayapatna after which it is difficult to find a pit stop.
As we had started early, we decided to go to our homestay via the town of Bylakuppe - which is surprisingly a huge Tibetan Settlement. We decided to drive through the town leisurely and we were not disappointed - small pretty houses running cafes and cake shops inside, fluttering prayer flags, narrow village roads with fields on both sides and view of Madikeri mountains far across - it was a sight to behold.
There are two monasteries in Bylakuppe, more popular being the Namdroling Monastery also known as the Golden Temple among the locals and a much quieter Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. When we went, it was prayer time and hundreds of monks were sitting in the prayer hall reciting -the sound of which reverberated through the hall which was both divine and peaceful. The best way to explore this idyllic town is on foot – from exotic temples to shopping complexes, Tibetan cuisine to monks, everything about this place is picturesque.