Waking up in the woods - Coorg Diaries

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1st Jul 2017

Coorg Diaries

Photo of Waking up in the woods - Coorg Diaries by Arunraj Rajendran
Day 1

Being an entrepreneur is not as easy as it sounds, I had hectic days for past few months, and I badly wanted to take a break. But in your early days of the startup, you reinvest all your funds, and you hardly take something for yourself.

Everyone loves traveling, but unfortunately, traveling doesn't come for free. Luckily it came for me through StayOnSkill – a platform which connects travelers with fantastic home-stays for free in exchange of skill.

From the busy traffic days of Bangalore to exotic Coorg. Hardly there are days when you wake up to bird’s humming rather than your irritating alarm. A refreshing day!

The Foot Hill Camp

Photo of The Foothill Camp, Kushalnagar, Karnataka, India by Arunraj Rajendran

The Foot Hill Camp

Photo of Waking up in the woods - Coorg Diaries by Arunraj Rajendran

I stayed in The Foot Hill Camp in Coorg and with a fantastic host Ashith. The agenda I had in my mind was to explore the locales of Coorg, click few photographs, experience the authentic Coorg food and apparently, the Coorg Coffee.

Ashith is very familiar with the locals, and he helped me plan my day. I took an Avenger Cruise for rent, to explore the place. The climate was so beautiful, and with the Avenger Cruise, you could imagine how awesome it would have been to experience the curves of Coorg hills. Words can’t explain the beauty of Coorg, here are few pics from my trip to Raja Seat – Abbey falls – Mandalpatti.

Raja Seat, Madikeri

Photo of Raja Seat Mantapa, Madikeri, Karnataka, India by Arunraj Rajendran

Mandalpatti, Coorg.

Photo of Mandalpatti, Hammiyala, Karnataka, India by Arunraj Rajendran

Abbey Falls, Coorg

Photo of Abbi Falls, Hebbettageri, Karnataka, India by Arunraj Rajendran

P.S - If you want to try authentic Coorg food – Coorg Cuisine at Madikeri is your ultimate destination.

I came back in the evening, and Ashith has already decorated the place with lanterns and campfire. The best part of being a solo traveler is that you get a chance to get connected to strangers. I meet these awesome students from Christ College and gang of techies from Bangalore. Being an introvert, I have no idea, how I got connected instantly to those people. We enjoyed the night with the campfire until our rain gods hated us. The amazing chicken and pork prepared at The Foot Hill Camp coupled of drinks, dance and DJ gave a perfect closure for the day.

Ashith setting up Campfire.

Photo of The Foothill Camp, Kushalnagar, Karnataka, India by Arunraj Rajendran

Next day, I woke up early as I wanted to get few clicks of birds. But I was unlucky, as a photographer you know that every day is not your day. Still, I managed to get one,

Photo of Waking up in the woods - Coorg Diaries by Arunraj Rajendran
Day 2

I had an awesome breakfast with coffee. The agenda was to visit Nisargadhama, which was 6-7 km from the place I stayed, lunch at Fish Curry Rice, visit Harangi Backwaters, coffee at Coffee Cup and get to sunset view point.

It’s been almost 7-8 yrs since I rode a bicycle and I wanted to take up cycle for the day. I took Ashith’s bike, and after riding hardly 500m, I realized I made a mistake. I have no stamina to ride a cycle as I use to ride in my school days – thanks to modernization, and likes of Ola and Uber. But I had no choice, and it took me almost 2 hrs to reach 7km.

If you love Kerala style fish curry, do visit Fish Curry Rice, its bit on an expensive side, but worth trying once.

Unfortunately, Coffee Cup was closed, and I couldn't taste the famous coffee joint in Coorg.

Harangi Backwaters is a beautiful calm place to spend time with loved ones or friends.

I struggled my way to ride back to the tent, and then we went to an excellent sunset view point. You can't find that place in Google, thanks to Ashith. You can literally see the place lighting up with sun rays on a lakeside; it was such a fairy tale view.

Photo of Harangi Backwaters Road, Gadinad Forest, Karnataka, India by Arunraj Rajendran

Sunset view point.

Photo of Kushalnagar, Karnataka, India by Arunraj Rajendran

Sunset view point.

Photo of Kushalnagar, Karnataka, India by Arunraj Rajendran

Bridge over a lake - sunset view point

Photo of Kushalnagar, Karnataka, India by Arunraj Rajendran

My verdict on Coorg and The Foot Hill Camp.

Coorg is a fantastic place, with awesome food. Do explore the local food, coffee, homemade chocolates, homemade wine. A bicycle is the best mode to visit short distance place; else you can rent a bike/car depending upon your gang size.

Must visit places - Raja Seat, Abbey Falls, Golden Temple, Nisargadama, Mandalpatti, Omkareshwara temple, Mallali falls, Somwarpet, Harangi Backwaters, etc.

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The Foot Hill Camp is one of the best homestays I have ever experienced; you will love their food and Ashith’s hospitality. I have never seen a host checking if we reached safely back to our place. It's definitely the most recommended place in Coorg. You can book at - https://www.airbnb.co.in/rooms/10912075

Photo of The Foothill Camp, Kushalnagar, Karnataka, India by Arunraj Rajendran
Photo of The Foothill Camp, Kushalnagar, Karnataka, India by Arunraj Rajendran

And yeah, if you love traveling and want to travel for free, do check out Stay On Skill.

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Thanks Arunraj for such an informative article. The images are very beautiful, and the foothill camp seems like a definitive place to stay during a visit to Coorg.
Wed 07 12 17, 10:43 · Reply · Report