Dubare Elephant Camp
This elephant camp has about 30- 40 elephants which are bought for bathing to the river in the morning. This is when you can take turns to wash and brush these elephants and jumbos and also click photos with them. The only criterial is that you need to reach the spot before 9:30 AM in the morning or after 5:00 PM in the evening. These are the time when you get this place a little less crowded as otherwise the queue is usually too long to end.
Madikeri Golden Temple
Madikeri is 135KM from Mysore. One of the best roads for a drive in India. Road with trees on both sides, cool breeze and few shops in between for a pit stop. Our first stop was famous "Golden Temple" in Kushal Nagar. Also known as "Namdroling monastery", it's a huge area and a neat place.
After having lunch, we visited this beautiful garden which offers a pleasant spectacle of refreshing layers of greenery, chain of high and low-rise-mountains attired with mist. This lovely spot was a favorite place of recreation for the Rajas(Kings) and hence was permanently associated with them. It is built on a high level ground with a commanding view of the cliffs and valleys to the west.After spending two hours at Raja’s Seat we got back to the hotel.
4] Gowri NivasAn old ancestral property which has been transformed into a Homestay is within walking distance of Raja's Seat - one of the main attractions of Madikeri. There are four uniquely decorated guest rooms- two rooms and two cottages. The cottage rooms are much quieter and have beautiful porches to unwind and relax. The hosts aim to provide a luxurious stay at an affordable price. There’s also a perfect picnic spot 40 kilometers from Madikeri, an estate owned by the hosts at the foothills of Tadiyendamol (Coorg's highest peak).Where: New extension, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201Price: 3956/-
Buy authentic filter coffee powder at Ganesh Coffee (opp. to Private bus stand). One kg costs only Rs. 280. 80:20 Coffee and Chicory mix.Next day we had breakfast at a very small eatery called Krishna Bhavan. Hot Idli, Vada Sambhar, Coffee, Poori etc. This place is very small and its near Choice restaurant. Authentic food.