Roadtrip to Mercara (Madikeri)

Tripoto
27th Dec 2015
Photo of by The Wandering Wolf

I don't know neither how Scotland looks like nor how it feels like, but after taking a trip to the Scotland of India aka Madikeri I feel Actual Scotland might be similar to it.

After having a BBQ night out, Group of 6 having a reunion, the very next morning we drove to Madikeri from mlore on our Scorpio. Long drive with loud music and a smooth like butter road, what more do you want to spend Christmas holidays. 

Photo of Roadtrip to Mercara (Madikeri) 1/2 by The Wandering Wolf 

The roads are curved here and there and be prepared to see some rains showering from the passing buses.Route: go via Puttur, sulya..Google maps will do the trick.

We booked ourselves a room at hotel town gate, they charged us 1200 per room. It's located right in the town, newly constructed. Facilities provided were good. Even the staff were good. 

Well since our first visit would be Mandalpatti, so we headed towards it. I suggest don't use Google maps for this, since the short route shown would pass through the interiors of the town, better take the main road, it's good. But the interior route did give us a beautiful view of the valley

When we reached, just the glimpse of the place gave me goosebumps, it looked like a hill in the golf course. I couldn't wait anymore just to check it out. But my excitement went puff just like that, coz of some arrogant drivers over there. So instead going in jeep, we decided to do trekking. It sounded fun, and it was indeed very fun. We dint go to end of the mandalpatti, but the view on the way were more than enough to quench my thirst.

The next stop was Abbi falls. The routes are well Marked so that you couldn't get lost, still use the GPS. Well finding a parking spot, would be bit difficult but don't worry, you'll get it anyways. Roads are very narrow and some idiots would park their vehicles on the road itself, making it difficult to drive, so don't be one among those.

The falls is good, but very crowded. It was like come, take a picture and go. No matter what, neither you could take a dip in it, nor enjoy the beauty of the falls. It was so crowded that, I could hear only clicks of the picture being taken and not of the waterfall...

Disappointed; from here we drove all the way to Kushalnagar to see the Tibetan Colony and the famous golden temple. But by the time we reached it was shut. Another disappointed. So to relax we kinda took a stroll in the Tibetan market. It was good. Monks everywhere. It doesn't even seem like you are in India at all, its a different country within a country..

Next morning we drove towards Raja Seat garden. We did miss the sunrise but the foggy view of the valley was mesmerizing. There wasn't much to do, so we just sat in the garden for a few mins and headed back home saying bye to Madikeri.

Overall the trip was very good, hoping to go back again, but it was well spent time with friends...

Tips:

  • Stop at kalladka and have a special Kalladka Tea over therePhoto of Roadtrip to Mercara (Madikeri) 2/2 by The Wandering Wolf
  • Timings for the Golden temple: 9 to 6
  • Start sightseeing from Kushalnagar, coz there are many and drive from madikeri to kushalnagar is approx 1 hour.

What you witness here is something worth the visit... The Breathtaking view of the hill and a wind that can make the gravity under your feet go undependable... and not to forget about the weather that's so cool. There are jeeps that take you to the end point, but since drivers are kinda rude, so be prepared for it., they would charge 1000 bucks for a trip.

Photo of Mandalpatti, Hammiyala, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Mandalpatti, Hammiyala, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Mandalpatti, Hammiyala, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Mandalpatti, Hammiyala, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf

What do you except at a waterfall? Basically you'll find a beautiful waterfall here to see and not to forget the coffee plantations on either side of the walking trail to the falls, as the falls is situated in a private property. There's a bridge on opposite side of the falls from where you get a best frameable picture of the waterfall, unfortunately it's being closed for unknown reasons.

Photo of Abbi Falls, Hebbettageri, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Abbi Falls, Hebbettageri, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Situated in the heart of the Town, basically a garden but a spectacular view of the hill. Ideal time to visit would be to watch the sunset. For relaxing you got a beautiful garden and kids could enjoy in the toy train.
Photo of Raja Seat Mantapa, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf
Photo of Madikeri, Karnataka, India by The Wandering Wolf