I did a trip to Coorg for the first time along with my wife and cousins. Since I'm a true backpacker, I always prefer to travel by public transport or the cheapest mode available. We took an early morning 6 AM bus from Mysore Intercity bus stand to Madikeri. There are buses every 15 minutes from 4:30 AM. The buses in Karnataka are convenient and fast too. The ticket cost is around Rs. 115 one way.
We reached Kushal Nagar at around 8:30 AM which is 22 kms before Madikeri. We got down here in order to visit the Golden Temple and Dubare Elephant camp first before heading to Madikeri where we had booked a homestay.