What They Don't Tell You About Coorg!

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Okay. So first things first. I made this plan because tickets to Bangalore were dirt cheap around that time. And because someone said there's nothing to do in Coorg. So why did I choose it? Because I thought let's see what it's like to be in a lush green place with nothing to do.

Tip one: Try this trip when the tickets are at a good price.

The next idea was to drive from Bangalore to Coorg to enjoy the drive. Hired a ZoomCar. Not in great condition but no complaints there. Bangalore's (sorry, I prefer calling it Bangalore still, just love the sound of the word) weather without a doubt made life easier. When you are from Delhi, you appreciate any place with atleast pleasant climate if nothing more.

This is what you get when you plan fly to any place in India during Monsoons. @shrutibadyal

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The next thing we are greeted by is the breeze in Bangalore. wha

This is what the weather looked like on the day we arrived. @shrutibadyal

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Within minutes the car was there at the airport and then began the journey. Now two mistakes I made.

One: Didn't take the route that goes straight to Coorg.

Two: Relied on GPS.

Tip Two: Ask a local or the car hire company to give you proper directions to Coorg from Bangalore. Otherwise, you will take more than two hours to leave the city.

After a lot of struggle, finally after a long struggle.

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Tip 3: Always Follow SH 8, Hassan-Periyapatna Rd and SH 91 to NH275 in Kushalnagar.

That's another mistake I made, to not follow it. I kept looking for NH 44 and that go me in the middle of nowhere. Apparently, there's a straight route that goes from Bangalore Airport to this highway. Check it out before you get on the main road.

Rice Paddies all along. Beautiful Views.

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If you've been to Kerela, I won't promise these are the best nature views but for someone from New Delhi, this is heaven. The journey to Coorg was painful initially but once I got a glimpse of these, it was worth the trouble.

So here's the second thing I did right. I didn't book a place in the heart of Madikeri, instead stayed at the Amanvana Resort with Kauveri flowing literally in its backyard.

Little reading nook beside the river.

Photo of Amanvana Resort, Coorg, Baichanalli, Karnataka, India by shruti badyal

Imagine walking next to this every morning, just next to your door.

Photo of Amanvana Resort, Coorg, Baichanalli, Karnataka, India by shruti badyal

The interesting part is, the place has separate bungalows that pretty much serve families, couples and solo travellers alike. Don't expect anything fancy.

Bungalows at the resort.

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Well, technically, if you want to wake up to the view of the valley then this would not be a great option. But if you are looking for something serene and cosy, this one is the best you will find in the price range.

The next two days were spent lounging around and relaxing.

Then I decided to step out and explore Coorg a bit. Guess what! There's nothing really to do there. You can go for small treks, Elephant camps and all that jazz but trust me, you don't want to do it once you step in Coorg. The town is dead mostly by 8 pm and you want to stay indoor gazing at the stars and relaxing.

So, someone suggested I should visit Talakaveri for religious reasons as that's where river Kaveri originated. Well, I'm not the kind to be interested in temples. But then, I was asked to visit it for the drive if nothing else.

And that was the best trip I ever had. I will let the pictures say the rest.

You will be amazed to the see beauty of this place. @shrutibadyal

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The drive to Talacauvery.

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There are mushroom farms along the way that you must not miss.

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When we were close and regretted not staying in the hills.

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That's just the journey by the way. And when you reach the top of this little hill, this is what you get

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And the temple is nothing short of pretty. It's simple. Ancient and the little town from the temple is a story in itself. r

The small village is home to only three priests' families (as told to by the priest at the temple).

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Entrance to the temple. You can't click beyond this point. @shrutibadyal

Photo of Talacauvery Road, Jakkur Layout, Byatarayanapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by shruti badyal

View from the roof of the temple. @shrutibadyal

Photo of Talacauvery Road, Jakkur Layout, Byatarayanapura, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India by shruti badyal

The fog made it beautiful. On the way back, the driver decided to take me out for lunch at the local bazaar and definitely you can't miss the silk sarees when you are in Coorg.

But even better, buy the Coorg special banana silk sarees here.

The Abby Falls are quite a hit but again, the journey will take your breath away.

No great shots can really tell you how amazing the falls are.

Photo of Abbi Falls, Hebbettageri, Coorg, Karnataka, India by shruti badyal

But here's what caught my eye more than the falls did.

The roots of these trees were telling a different story. @shrutibadyal

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The bridge was closed for reconstruction. But Oh, you beauty! (@shrutibadyal)

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And needless to say, I decided to see nothing else. Nature gave me company and I soaked it in as much as I could. It's not a place where you go to roam around or look at too much. It's a place where beauty of God soaks you in, you just have to know how to surrender.

Go. Surrender to nature. The calm will annoy the restless mind but you will soon realise how much you needed it.

Hope you enjoyed the blog!

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3 Comment(s)
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Mon 05 08 17, 10:18 · Reply · Report
very nice experience!.. i am planning to visit there in june first week.. please tell me is it a good time to visit? i am from delhi too.
Tue 04 25 17, 13:03 · Reply (1) · Report
I'd suggest go in July/August. It's better. It would be too hot around this time.
Wed 05 10 17, 00:08 · Report
Nice. Around what time did you visit Coorg? the lush greenery and scenic beauty tells it will be after monsoons.
Thu 03 23 17, 01:36 · Reply · Report