Roadtrippin' in Karnataka: Coorg, Mangalore, Chikmagalur

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Road trips are amazing. Period. Obviously the people you're going with and the places you're heading to and the weather and this and that and lots of other things are important but those aside, road trips are amazing.

Look at media these days, worshipping the concept and everything hippie. But one of the reasons why a road trip might be something you need is because it is the best way to have a 'me time' with a 'them time' without compromising on either me or them. Pretty cool? Let's move on.

So I took this big, fat Karnataka road trip with 5 other members of my family in December of 2016. And man, oh man... Did we not know what we were in for.

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Things about roadtrippin' that no one tells you about or shows in movies:

1. A road trip should have a limited, handalable, not-gonna-drive you insane distance.

Lesson: plan a road trip where you're gonna be on a road for say 2-3 days or a day more. Not like 8-9 days. Road sickness is a thing, I tell ya.

That's what it's going to feel like and not half as sexy. Image taken from the Instagram account of @elsietousse

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2. Like how people tell you that you're gonna feel like peeing when you're on road? No. Just no. That's really not how our bladder works. Drink according to the climate you're in but yes, do consider your bladder as well.

Lesson: too much water just like at home, will make you pee more. Too less water, like at home, is gonna get you dehydrated. Even more so when you're on the road. So drink water absolutely normally.

That's pretty much gonna be you then. Image taken from the Instagram account of @koi_somewhere_koichi

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3. Try and space out the places you'd like to visit with the amount of time you have in hand.

Lesson: too many cooks spoil the broth? Too many places especially in a small amount of time, exhaust you.

Too much in a small space. Image taken from the Instagram account of @mystifits

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4. Your power bank is going to be your best friend. Really, mark my words.

Lesson: just what I wrote above.

That's you, my friend. Without that powerbank, that's pretty much you. Image taken from the Instagram account of @camper.lifestyle

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5. Piling up on junk, after junk, after junk, after junk might seem cool. Only it isn't. A bad stroke of gastritis is what you're gonna be hovering around with.

Lesson: watch what enters your mouth, buddy.

That's how you'll feel when some real good food's around. Not charming, no. Image taken from the Instagram account of @itsyagirlanj

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Heading straight to the road trip that was, it went in this order:

1. Coorg: This is where we began our road trippin'. Coorg is heaven and it really is. It usually rains in Coorg however, we went in December and didn't catch the showers but this place is anything but a haven for anyone looking for a getaway. We were really excited for Coorg and we spent about 3 and a half days there. Here are my recommends: Raja's seat but preferably in the early morning or evening, Abbey falls, Iruppu falls, Mallali falls, Nagerhole national park, Dubare elephant camp, Brahmagiri hill, etc.

Something I must add is that, there is much more to Coorg than what you'll get to know by simply visiting the common tourist attractions because you will realize that most places that you're stopping by, aren't even there on any website.

That is where we stayed. It was a christian retreat home and it sure made our hearts hallelujah.

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Raja's seat

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Outside the Talcauvery temple

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Greens around the falls

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You'll find this lushness everywhere there. Literally.

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Abbey Falls

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That's how you go to the Dubare Elephant Camp

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At the Dubare Elephant Camp

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Mothers of elephants

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2. Mangalore:I am not a fan as such of places where the weather isn't cold, not even in winter but Mangalore stole my heart. I do imagine myself here. We were in Mangalore for 4 days, Christmas being one of the days and the city just transforms. Mangalore is an otherwise calm and serene city with the obvious tourist attractions, plenty of them but it has a life that you'll only get glimpses of if you don't look enough.

St. Aloysius's Chapel, Milagres Church, Kadri Manjunath Temple, Aloyseum, Sultan battery, Mangaladevi temple, Panambur beach, Someshwar beach, Ullal beach, Kadri park, Someshwara beach, Venkataramana temple, St. Mary's island, etc.

We were in Mangalore for 4 days and despite traveling through and through from morn to dawn, we didn't quite cover up everything in the city but yes, we did cover most of it, of which we are quite proud, and there are so many things that an enthusiastic tourer can only remember and not recall enough.

Selathur, Mangalore. Image taken from the Instagram account of @Shahafaz

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Please do make your Mangalore trip a lot about them fishes. Image taken from the Instagram account of @edwardyubaroo

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Do your temples right. Kadri Temple. Image taken from the Instagram account of @chets_shriyan

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You HAVE to eat at Machali. This is the prawn masala, my absolute favorite. Image taken from the Instagram account of @vickys_machali

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Ullal beach and the ladies.

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Malpe beach before heading for St. Mary's island

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3. Chikmagalur: By the time we arrived in Chikmagalur, I swear to the Lord, we were worn out. We were battered as we very enthusiastically tried covering up everything both Coorg and Mangalore had to offer and they did have to offer us quite much. At the first glance, Chikmagalur was a quaint, small town with not something exciting happening. Suited us well but what really stood out was the kindness and hospitality of people. I recommend this place if you were looking to getaway.

You see the Baba Budangiri, Kudremukha, Sringere, Mullayanagere, Kalasa etc. Odd but interesting was the amount of bananas we saw on our way through the town.

Mullayanagiri. Image taken from the Instagram account of @syamkrs

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Coffee berries in a farm. Image taken from the Instagram account of @leannepaispinto

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Kudremukh national park. Image taken from the Instagram account of @little_detours

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All about the forests and the pepper vines in this one. Image taken from the Instagram account of @seechetnac

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Kudremukh, you pretty thing. Image taken from the Instagram account of @thegreatindianbackpacker

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Baba Budangiri. Image taken from the Instagram account of @timeless__captures

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Karnataka is heaven, she sure is. It's the one state you can keep coming back over and over because she never runs out of what she offers.

Backpack or road trip here. You're not going to regret.

Happy travels!