Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling !

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25th Jul 2014
Photo of Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling ! by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling ! by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling ! by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling ! by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling ! by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling ! by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling ! by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling ! by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling ! by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling ! by Sagnik Basu
Photo of Calm, Serene and Divine: Coorg Calling ! by Sagnik Basu

Honestly?

Cheap, quick, diverse and refreshing.

Coorg is old school weekend getaway.

But Coorg with its natural beauty, the people, the culture and the food has gained its reputation throughout the globe. I came to know about the place being nicknamed as the 'Scotland of India' from a Spanish tourist traveling with me. Coorg homes several communities with diverse ethnic origins. Coorgies or Kodavas are the main ethnic community though.

This district is the reflects the beauty of the Western Ghats in every way possible way. Calm, serene and divine are the words which completely would round of my Coorg getaway.

Coorg is no nonsense bliss.

Go and dip your toe!

If one believes that certain places on earth are sacred, surely this is one of them. A 60-ft golden statue of the Buddha, to be precise, flanked by two equally impressive figures. The entrance to the Main temple complex has a huge photo of one of the leaders/head-monk at the top of a prayer hall. The Main prayer hall (on the left of the previous prayer hall) offers the travelers a peek into what Buddhism is all about with Buddha and other statues towering over 60 feet and prayer mats laid out uniformly in front to seat the monks. We chose to spend a weekend in Coorg because it promised wild elephants, monsoon soaked views of lush hills and valleys, and a home stay on a coffee plantation. Yet right there on the main road was an elaborate gateway beckoning us into the settlement. It was like entering another world. The road to the temple passes restaurants advertising Tibetan food, a shop selling prayer flags, the Tibetan Career Institute, a school, etc. The sight of monks walking in a row along the road or drinking tea at Café Tibet was priceless. Feeling totally detached from the hurly burly of the Indian market just outside the settlement, we reached the monastery. Even its elaborate entrance and large courtyard filled with Tibetan children didn't prepare me for the first glimpse of the inner sanctum, with the three giant statues seemingly lit up from within and rows of seating mats laid in neat rows in front of them. Hindus, Muslims, others-- we all stood silently and in awe.
Photo of Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India by Sagnik Basu
Talakaveri: Kaveri (River Cauvery) as a talab(pond). On the slopes of the Brahmagiri mountain ranges at an altitude of 1276 m above the sea level, it is believed that this place is the origin of the holy River Cauvery. River Cauvery, considered among Sapta Sindhu or seven holy rivers, is the Ganges of South India. A small square tank, the holy pond, called Cauvery Kundike or Brahma Kundike, which is the Ugama Sthana or the birth place of River Cauvery. Here, River Cauvery emerges as a perennial spring and disappears underground. River Cauvery again surfaces at Nagathirtha near Bhagamandala and joins with Kannike and Sujyoti at Triveni Sangam and meets the Bay of Bengal after her sojourn of 800 km through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. There is also a small shrine dedicated to Lord Vinayaka at the premises of this temple.
Photo of Talakaveri, Karnataka, India by Sagnik Basu
A pleasing woodland area renowned for its elephant training camp. The Dubare Elephant Camp is a must-experience for the elephant lover in you. Karnataka's history with elephants, goes a long way back and currently the state's Forest Department has about 150 elephants in various camps. It is positioned on the banks of the river Cauvery stuck between Siddapur and Kushalnagar. Throughout the rule of former Maharaja of Mysore, this terrain was utilized to prepare elephants for the Mysore Dussehra festival. The place owing to its awe-inspiring luxuriant exquisiteness is also a favorite destination for lovers of natures.River rafting at Dubare is on the outstanding brook Cauvery. The watercourse is extensive and the rapids here are not more, making rafting all the more effortless. There are two rafting alternatives accessible for the rafters—8.5 km run and 12 km run. The longer run widely depends on the level of water.
Photo of Dubare Elephant Camp, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Sagnik Basu
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Beautiful Sagnik.. Even I visited Coorg a while ago.. Last weekend I went to Udupi.. May be you should try Udupi now. See my blog.. :)
Mon 01 04 16, 05:57 · Reply (1) · Report
tell me about coorg
Tue 03 20 18, 04:19 · Report