A 2-Day Trip To Coorg – Unconventional Attractions

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18th Jul 2015

Mallalli Falls

Photo of A 2-Day Trip To Coorg – Unconventional Attractions by Nithin S P

Anyone from Bengaluru, we think of Kodagu/Coorg at the first instinct if someone says "Let's plan for a weekend trip.."

It is obvious because Coorg is one of the most popular destination near Bengaluru known for its natural beauty & cool weather. It poses wide variety of options for all ages to trip here. Starting from water falls for playing to peaks (or hills) for trekking, temples for praying to view points for relaxing and rivers for rafting (adventure lovers).. It has everything to offer for everyone..!

I had been to Coorg earlier and its conventional to visit places like Raja seat, Abbey falls, Dubare elephant camp, Kushalnagar and Nisargadhama that are close by Madikeri taluk of Kodagu district. This time, as an unconventional trip we planned to explore the Somwarpet taluk of this district in mid of July.

Being monsoon, many suggested its not the right time to visit as it will be raining most of the time there. We being bachelors (boys alone) traveling, we didn't mind drenching in rain and visiting places and have an adventure packed in this visit. Based on that we planned to follow the below itinerary

Planned to start on Friday night from Bengaluru and cover the below

Day 1: Mallalli Falls, Mandalpatti (Mugilpete), Raja seat

Day 2: Bhagamandala, Talacauvery and Barapole river rafting

Day 1

Early in the morning after a rainy night

Photo of Somwarpet, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Shop near Mallalli falls

Photo of Somwarpet, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Found a small lodge/dormitory for fresh up after having a bed coffee in cold morning from a road side chai-wala. We had to pack up ourselves with sufficient fuel for a enthusiastic journey and hence had a local food in a small hotel and started towards Mallalli falls

By the time we reached Mallalli falls, it stated to rain and we had to take shelter at the available shop near the parking before we proceeded to walk down the route to view the gorgeous falls

Once, the rain slowed down we started to march down to view the rustic water falls

Mallalli Falls, Somwarpet

Photo of Mallalli Water Falls, Kumaralli, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Bit close up shot

Photo of Mallalli Water Falls, Kumaralli, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Heavy rain and adventurous down trek to reach the view point of the falls consumed most of our day 1 and had to reshuffle our visiting places which we did it during the lunch. Took some inputs form the local people there in the hotel. They suggested to skip visiting Mandalpatti (Mulgilpete) as that day being too foggy (or misty) and people cannot find the one who is in front of them also. This place is known for its classic views from the hill top (mainly visited for photography as it poses lot of photogenic localities)

As we were yet to find a room for overnight stay, we decided to move towards Madikeri and visit Raja Seat (we have lot of options to stay near this place and can get rooms easily unless it is long weekend)

This place is always crowded and bachelors can always cool their eyes and mind by moving around the entire place once slowly and gazing the beauties

View point - Can't view on that day due to fog

Photo of Raja's Seat, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Somehow could capture the view from Raja's seat

Photo of Raja's Seat, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Had a cool ice cream in that romantic weather and covered the entire place slowly and by then few of my friends went and confirmed the room for our stay.

Then, we planned to visit Omkareshwara temple which is nearby to Raja's Seat

Entrance view of the temple

Photo of Sri Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Opposite view - front of the temple entrance

Photo of Sri Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

After the temple visit we went for dinner and ended our first day in Coorg.

Day 2

We got ready and had a tea and biscuit (best combination and the routine breakfast during our college days) before we moved towards Bhagamandala

Group pic in front of Triveni sangama of rivers - Cauvery, Kannike and Sujyoti

Photo of Bhagamandala, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Bhagandeshwara temple

Photo of Bhagamandala, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

We visited the Bhagandeshwara temple after clicking few snaps and sprinkling the holy water @ the Triveni Sangama

Tasted all the items available (in the name of breaking the fast) in the hotel which is situated right diagonal to the temple. Its was light on pockets, tasty on the tongue and heavy on stomach

Talacauvery entrance arch - on a rainy day

Photo of Tala Kaveri Temple, Tala Kaveri, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Temples at Talacauvery

Photo of Tala Kaveri Temple, Tala Kaveri, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Beautifully maintained gardens on either sides of temple

Photo of Tala Kaveri Temple, Tala Kaveri, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Due to heavy rain at Talacauvery, we could not capture the starting point of Cauvery river.

Then we started towards last adventure of the weekend, Barapole white water river rafting

We had to contact people many times (had their numbers luckily) to reach the rafting place and found it bit difficult to locate it without contacting them, as google maps were not that extensively used by us to reach any unknown places then.

Finished our lunch on the way and reached the place for rafting finally by evening 4 pm.

Ready for adventure - White water rafting

Photo of Kodagu White Water Rafting, Theralu - Birunanai Road, T. Shettigeri, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

On your mark, get set, ready - Go

Photo of Kodagu White Water Rafting, Theralu - Birunanai Road, T. Shettigeri, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

Training session

Photo of Kodagu White Water Rafting, Theralu - Birunanai Road, T. Shettigeri, Karnataka, India by Nithin S P

"Due to heavy rain in last 48 hours, the water level has increased and is difficult to have 5 rapids which we generally make you to experience" one of the instructor explained while we were equipping ourselves for a ride

Is it considered safe? one of us questioned.

Even if you don't know swimming due to presence of life jackets which can float the human who is around 150 kilos and 2 trained instructors who accompany you, it is all safe.. one of the instructor assured us.

So, we finally agreed for lesser price since it  includes only 2 rapids during that session and started for rafting. Here it is known for white water rafting, due to heavy rains and new water, water seemed to be brown in colour during our visit

On the way back, we passed through the soothing tea estates that called us with open arms to halt our vehicle and pick up our cameras to capture some mesmerizing photos.

Group pic in tea estate

Photo of A 2-Day Trip To Coorg – Unconventional Attractions by Nithin S P

Scenic tea estates

Photo of A 2-Day Trip To Coorg – Unconventional Attractions by Nithin S P

Other side of tea estate

Photo of A 2-Day Trip To Coorg – Unconventional Attractions by Nithin S P

After this we relaxed back in the TT till the driver stopped for dinner on the way at a dabha. Then we returned back to our normal lives by early in the morning @ Bengaluru after a wonderful weekend in Coorg

How to reach

We hired a Tempo Traveler for this journey and its worth the penny. Covered around 1100 km's for the round trip. We went to Coorg via Mysore and returned in the same route dropping one of our friends at Mysore

Even though we have a large number of buses for traveling, it is suggested we hire our own vehicle so that we can cover more places or go at a leisurely pace.

Expenses:

Travel expenses include TT fare, driver bata, toll charges, parking charges. In addition, accommodation charges for night halt, fresh up in a hotel/dormitory. Food expenses depends on the food we eat, where we eat and how much we eat. Rafting expenses costed less due to reduction of rapids in our session, else it would cost around 1200 to 1500 per person.

Interested people can contact me for contacts for Rafting or can google it out and many contacts are available online.

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