Working in a digital agency, sometimes you don’t realise how your days/weeks pass-by and it’s more so when you are managing your own business. A couple of months into the regular regime, I knew that my soul needed a break! That’s when we started planning for our next vacation. Being in Delhi, North has always been accessible so we wanted to explore a bit of South India. Having visited Kerala in 2011, we were looking to visit a new destination. After a bit of looking-up, the thought of going to Coorg and Mysore came to our minds.
So we started with our plan and the idea was to get the basic elements of our trip right:
Number of Days: We holidayed for 4N/5Days. Spent 3 nights in Kushalnagar near Coorg and 1N in Mysore.
Flight: We booked our flight tickets with Indigo Airlines a couple of months in advance.
Where to Stay? (Hotel or Home-stay) We opted for the Eco Habitat home-stay at Kushalnagar and the experience was brilliant. Post our vacations, we have realised that nothing can beat the experience of a home-stay if chosen correctly. In Mysore, we stayed at The Ginger Hotel and got a good deal from goibibo.com.
Food: Karnataka has a lot to offer in food. It’s not just about the Dosas and Vadas. It’s a heaven for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians 🙂
What to do? Coorg and nearby areas have plenty of options. It depends on what you are comfortable with. There are places for trekking, rafting, river sight-seeing, you could see the waterfalls and of-course the usual ones such as visit the temples, heritage sites etc.
How to go? This isn’t a million dollar question as you would be traveling via cab if you’re like me and are coming all the way from Delhi. I evaluated a couple of cab/taxi services and finalised Taxiforsure.com. What an experience it was & the driver was a rockstar. He was very helpful despite the language barrier and went a long way in assisting us and clicked a lot of our trip pictures.
Here is a photo-story of what we did & the places we visited during our stay in Kushalnagar/Coorg. The pics have been taking using an iPhone 5 and Nikon DSLR camera. That’s why you would see a difference in the quality/type of images.
The taxi from taxiforsure.com was right on time and we got an instant buzz the moment we touched down at the Bengaluru airport.
1. Stay in a Home-Stay
The charm, the aura and the surroundings of a home-stay are really very special. Coorg has plenty of options for home-stays. We stayed at Eco Habitat in Kushalnagar which is slightly off Coorg but a fantastic property and well connected.
2. Visit the Dubare Elephant Camp
3. Chikli Dam, 3km from Eco Habitat
4. Visit the Golden Temple, Coorg
Located at about 30 minutes from the Eco Habitat, Bylakuppe is a Tibetan Refugee settlement, the magnificent Monastery in Kodagu state. You would see Tibetan refugee monks, their families and the golden statues of Buddha and other gods across the Namdroling Monastery.
5. Don’t Miss out on Abbey Falls, Madikeri
6. Go for the Jungle Trek in the Western Ghats
With lush green jungles & waterfalls all around, Coorg is a heaven for those who love trekking. We trekked right after the monsoons and there were leeches who greeted us, but the breathtaking views and the scenic waterfalls didn’t dampen our spirit.
Go for the Jodhpala jeep trek, 12km of Madikeri as we did with the help of local ex-army man, Ravi. He took his 4 wheel drive Bolero in the narrow lanes of the jungle and made it an experience of a life time. On our way up the hill, we met a local family and were treated with limejuice and Upmas.
7. Adore the Mountain View at Raja’s Seat, Madikeri
Raja’s Seat (Seat of the King) is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial fountains and was a favourite of the king during ancient times. It is a popular tourist spot in Coorg and you would see large groups of youngsters out here at any time during the day. The garden offers breath-taking views of low rise mountains and you can spend hours here adoring the sunset.
Special Tip: Just before you enter the Raja’s Seat garden you can take a ride on the toy-train for 10 bucks. It’s good fun and will revive the memories of child in you 🙂
8. Experience the Natural Beauty of Coorg
9. Grab a Copy of Short Escapes from Bengaluru
This is what I did in Coorg 🙂 Came back from a wonderful vacation recently? Do share your experience in comments while I pen down my next post on Mysore.