Coorg- Waterfalls, Treks, Monastery & More

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Photo of Coorg- Waterfalls, Treks, Monastery & More by Sharayu Bafna

For a long time my family was planning for a vacation not longer than 4 days. But we couldn't decide on any place as everybody had their own travel bugs. My brother didn't want more of traveling, I wanted to go to the mountains. My parents just wanted some place nice and quiet. So Finally, we settled on Coorg!!

Photo of Coorg- Waterfalls, Treks, Monastery & More by Sharayu Bafna
Photo of Coorg- Waterfalls, Treks, Monastery & More by Sharayu Bafna

How to get there-

We took a flight till Bangalore as the bookings were done 2 months prior the airfare wasn't expensive. We had already booked a SUV for our round trip from Bangalore to Coorg and also for the places that we were going to visit in Coorg and on our way to the Destination. The distance from Bangalore to Coorg is 260km that would take 6 hours to reach, approximately.

Where to stay-

Machaan, Casiita Resort, Orange county, Amanvana spa resort, Windflower Spa resort, Porcupine Castle are some of the best places to stay in Coorg. But my parents decided to ditch the quintessential luxury and chose a Homestay over it. (You can check the following link to find the best homestays in Coorg)

https://www.tripoto.com/trip/best-homestays-in-coorg

Places to binge-

Beans and Brews Cafe (Here at the Cafe they actually explained us the whole process of picking up the right coffee beans to making the perfect cup of coffee), The fort Mercara, Zaffron by Le Coorg, Sri Ambika Upahar, AnnaPurna Veg Restaurant were the places that I really enjoyed my food at.

Places to visit-

Dubare is known for it's elephant camp, a forest call situated on the banks of river Kaveri in district Kodagu. It's an important base for the Karnataka's Forest Department's Elephants.

Photo of Dubare Elephant Camp, Nanjarayapatna, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna

Abbey falls is in Kodagu, 8kms away from Madikeri. The River is a part of the early reaches of the river Kaveri. The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations.

Photo of Abbey Falls Madkeri, Hoskeri, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna

Madikeri Fort also called as Mercara Fort was first founded by Mudduraja in 17th century. It was later rebuilt and restructured by Tipu Sultan. The fort also has a museum showcasing some of the artifacts belonging to Mudduraja to Tipu Sultan to British (Photography isn't allowed). The palace inside the fort is now a DC office.

Photo of Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna
Photo of Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna
Photo of Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna
Photo of Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna

Raja's seat is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial fountains. Raja Garden was a favorite spot of the Kings of Kodagu who used to watch the sun set and Spend time with their queens. Till date, this place is associated with the Kings who loved to spend their time here.

Photo of Raja's Seat, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna
Photo of Raja's Seat, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna
Photo of Raja's Seat, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna
Photo of Raja's Seat, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna

This is located 25-30 kms away from Madikeri town. It's a lush green mesmerizing place and the perfect place for trekking. The best way to reach Mandalpatti is via Abbey falls junction. A Jeep ride to Mandalpatti is recommended as the ride is bumpy, no buses go there. It's a great off-roading experience. It's a famous Jeep drive spot. The ride will take you 1500 RS for 5-6 people.

Photo of Mandalpatti Peak, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna

It is considered to be the source of River Kaveri, located by Brahmagiri hill. It's 48 kms from Madikeri.

Photo of Tala Kaveri, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna

This monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingmapa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. It's home to 5000 monks and nuns renowned as a center for the pure upholding of the teachings of Buddha.

Photo of Namdroling Monastery, Tibetan Golden Temple, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna
Photo of Namdroling Monastery, Tibetan Golden Temple, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India by Sharayu Bafna

Truly, One state many worlds!

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