Coorg & Kodaikanal without tourists through my lens #westernghatsinphotos

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17th Oct 2018

A lone house somewhere in the ghats

Photo of Coorg & Kodaikanal without tourists through my lens #westernghatsinphotos by Raviteja Govindaraju

My birthday this year fell during Dusserah vacation and I decided to take a short vacation with family to the western ghats. When we were debating between Coorg and Kodaikanal, I suggested why not both! :) Bangalore -> Coorg -> Kodaikanal -> Bangalore was our plan forming a nice triangular route on the map.

Coorg

Day 1

I booked a nice and cozy airbnb in Virajpet, Coorg and totally recommend this place to anyone planning a visit there.

Setup outside our room in our Airbnb

Photo of Virajpet, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju

Beautiful views from Raja's seat view point in Madikeri

Photo of Raja's Seat, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Raja's Seat, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju

View of the view point :)

Photo of Raja's Seat, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Iruppu Waterfall, Kurchi, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Iruppu Waterfall, Kurchi, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Iruppu Waterfall, Kurchi, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Abbey Falls Madkeri, Hoskeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Abbey Falls Madkeri, Hoskeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Day 2

Our host took us for a ride to their coffee estate in his Jeep. It was a huge and beautiful estate amidst the western ghats and I couldn't stop to take pics even while our host was being a helpful guide in explaining the coffee beans extraction process.

A picture-perfect scenery from our host's coffee estate

Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju

Coffee beans!

Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju

View of a hill from the estate

Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Raviteja Govindaraju

Kodaikanal

We moved to Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu for the second half of our trip. It was way too crowded for our liking (probably because of the vacation). So, I tried my best to take pictures without tourists by visiting at odd times :) Take a look...

Day 3
Photo of Kodaikanal Lake, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu by Raviteja Govindaraju

Kodaikanal lake's true beauty is revealed in the mornings when the mist flows over the still water and a variety of birds keep chirping

Photo of Kodaikanal Lake, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu by Raviteja Govindaraju

The perfect reflection

Photo of Kodaikanal Lake, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu by Raviteja Govindaraju

Bryant park is home to some beautiful flowers

Photo of Bryant Park, Lower Shola Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Bryant Park, Lower Shola Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Bryant Park, Lower Shola Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Bryant Park, Lower Shola Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Raviteja Govindaraju

I went to Kodaikanal with one goal in mind - To capture Nilkurunji, the flower that blossoms only once in every 12 years and 2018 happens to be one! I came to know that a few of them can be found in Coaker's walk. So, I went there again on Day 4.

Photo of Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Photo of Coaker's Walk, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Day 4
Photo of Kodaikanal Pine Forest, Kodaikanal Ghat Road, Shenbaganur, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Raviteja Govindaraju

Freshly plucked fruits for sale in Kodaikanal!

Photo of Pillar Rocks Road, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India by Raviteja Govindaraju

View point from Guna Caves

Photo of Guna Caves, Pillar Rocks Road, Tamil Nadu, India by Raviteja Govindaraju
Day 5
A timelapse video taken while we were climbing down from Kodaikanal :)
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