Grandma turned 75 and we choose Coorg for the celebrations.
Coorg the Scotland of South India is definitely worthy a weekend visit. Just about 6 hours drive from Bangalore Madkeri is definitely one of every ones favourite hill stations. Madkeri has plenty of Home stays. Booking in advance becomes mandatory when planning a weekend outing.
4 must visits below:
Golden Temple Coorg
Located at about 6 kms from Bayalukoppa is a Tibetan Refugee settlement, the magnificent Monastery in Coorg district. You would see Tibetan refugee monks, kids playing and the golden statues of Buddha.
2. Spend an evening at Raja seat
Raja’s Seat (Seat of the King) is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial fountains and was a favourite of the king during ancient times. Enjoy the colours of the sky while the sun sets followed by the musical fountains.
Special Tip Not to Miss: Ride the Baba Saheb Express (toy train) for 10 bucks. It’s good fun and will revive the memories of child in you :)
3. Experience the beauty of Coorg all through your stay. Watch out around for the mesmerising scenes.
Tip : Keep your camera handy
4. Mandalapatti AKA Mugilupete -
Trek up the top to view the beautiful scenes all through the way.
About 5 kms before the place you could park your cars and take the special jeeps to reach the top. These Jeep rides are slightly expensive mostly because of the steep narrow curves. Jeep could cost upto Rs 800.
This would definitely be one of the best highlights of your tour. A visit here could take upto 3 hours.
5. Dubare Elephant Camp
The elephant camp is open for limited hours in morning and evening only. A boat ride would take you to the bank across the river to watch feed ride the elephants.
Rafting is indeed a must do while here.
Special tips :
Avoid visits during Dusshara as Madkeri host its special celebrations which may restrict your free movement in and out of the city during certain hours of the day (this is done to avoid traffic in the city)