Besides being an IT hub, Bengaluru is known for its proximity to some wonderful attractions such as Coorg, Mysore, and Ooty. This article is for anyone planning a trip to Coorg for one or two days.
Banglore has a good network of buses and we caught one in the evening to Majestic (Bus Stand) for our onward journey to Coorg. The bus departs at 10:30 PM and arrives early morning at Coorg. Our Hotel was Prashanti Resorts, a decent place for family stay.I was meeting my friends Prasenjit and Vrinda for the first time in Banglore after their wedding. It was quite clear that we were going to go for an outing, just didn’t know where. After some discussions, we decided to visit Coorg. Prasenjit and I made some quick arrangements and booked the bus tickets and Hotel accommodation while Vrinda slept.
Prashanti Resort is 5KM from the Madikeri. The place where the Bus dropped us. Madikeri, is also the central point for all the tourist attractions. Since we went unplanned, we ended up seeing most of the places around which took us two complete days.
We reached Madikeri at 6:30 in the morning when it was still chilly and got an auto ride for Rs.70 to our Hotel (Prashanti Resorts). Like a good salesman, the auto driver gave us his number for any sight-seeing. Talacauvery, Abbey Falls, Raja’s Tomb, Raja Seat.
After a fresh n up, we enquired about the places to see and checked the taxi fares as well. A quick call to the auto driver revealed that the taxi charge is Rs.1500 compared to Rs.1800 quoted by the Hotel. We booked the taxi for the day and went out with the following plan:
Morning – Complete the visit to Talacauvery (The origin of River Cauvery) by afternoon.
Afternoon – Halt by a Coffee Estate for a Coffee
Evening – Visit Abbey Falls
Evening – Visit Raja’s Tomb & Raja’s Seat before sun set
On the way to Talacauvery is Triveni Sangam, the meeting point of (Cauvery, Kannike, Sujyothi) Rivers. Talacauvery is a must watch if you are travelling to Coorg. The place is the origin point of River Cauvery(Kaveri), located on the Brahmagiri hill. You will have to climb 407 steps bare feet to get a good view from the hill top. You may also take a holy dip in the waters here. Don’t forget to throw a coin in the Wishing well.
Head back by afternoon for the remaining for Abbey Falls. Stop by a Coffee Estate for some Coffee and wine shopping.
Day – 2
Abbey Falls is an average waterfall in terms of size. A short walk will take you can at the Abbey Falls. Spend 30 minutes maximum and then proceed for Raja’s Tomb (Park) and Raja’s Seat (Sunset Point) before heading back to the Hotel.
Dubare, Nisargadhama, Golden Temple (Monastery), Omkareshwar Temple.
Next morning, we headed to Dubare. This is a very good place, especially if you have not seen Elephants from close distance. A boat takes you near the Elephants; you can bathe, feed, and ride the Elephants here for a nominal charge.
Next place to visit is a Bamboo forest (Nisargadhama). Frankly, the place is too small to be called a forest. Boating is done in a small, pond like water body. If you are spending just a day at Coorg, I recommend that you skip this attraction and focus solely on Talacauvery and Dubare. In the evening, please do visit the Golden Temple(Monastery) which is very peaceful and beautiful.
Good to Know:
- Home stays are available from Rs.1500 onwards.
- Full Day Taxi charges – Rs1500 for Indica and Rs.2500 for Innova.
- Coorg is famous for Chocolates, Coffee, Wines, and Honey
- Tibetean market near the Golden temple is interesting. Check it out!
- If you are short of time – Visit Dubare & Talacauvery which are in opposite direction and skip all other attractions.
- Book online on KSRTC website for Volvo buses. The private buses are not punctual and not worthy of amount paid to them.
- Read the reviews to make the selection for a good and affordable accommodation.
- Do not book the taxi from the Hotels as they charge an additional Rs.300. Instead, call a taxi directly.