Mandal Patti: I do not prefer is describing the historical background of the place because that you can google (that will also save my typing). Overall, a place worth a visit.
Some important points to remember:
ü You can go till a specific point in your car/ other vehicle but from there you have to book a jeep that takes you 5 km ahead. The standard fare for the jeep is Rs. 750-800 (one jeep, irrespective of number of people). The jeep drivers tend to ask more money, so BARGAIN
ü Wear comfortable clothes
ü You can carry your cell phones/ camera
ü Carry cash because after enjoying the place you will feel the urge of having tea/ something hot and the small canteen situated there, will come to your rescue
ü Carry scarf (or something to cover your mouth and face) and shades. You will be exposed to high levels of dust during the jeep ride
The place is worth a visit.
We were done for the day and since it had become very dark, we decided to go back to our place of stay. Lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in any hotel in Coorg. Being North Indian, we opted for North Indian curries and Chapatis.