After what seemed like forever, a couple of my girlfriends and I decided to take a short break from the monotony of our daily routines and take off for a short-and-sweet vacation. Since we live in Bangalore, a number of lucrative options were at our disposal, but we finally decided to pay a visit to the verdant beauty of Coorg.
Located at a distance of 265 kilometers from Bangalore, Coorg or ‘Kodagu’ is a quaint hill city which is unpretentious yet endearing in its presence. Since we were in no mood to lug our belongings and ourselves on and off of buses, we decided to hire a cab for the journey. We started early in the morning of a Saturday, and had a detailed plan of dos and don’ts laid out for the weekend. Singing, sleeping and eating our time away, soon enough we reached the first destination on our checklist - Dobare Elephant Camp!
Dobare is an elephant conservatory and training camp, where you can discover the elephant lover in you. Perhaps the most famous activity offered here is the bathing of elephants, where tourists can go ahead and have this once in a lifetime experience. But before that, you need to reach the camp area, which in itself is an adventure of a kind! Dobare is structured in such a way that in order to reach the elephants, you have to make your way through precarious rocks protruding through the connecting water. In an ultimate test of balance (and failing), we finally reached the camp entrance and made our way towards the elephant bathing area.