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Weekend getaway-Coorg

15 Apr

I am the type of person who will read travel adventures and go “ohh I must go there or do that” and then slip back into my work-home routine.Holidays are spent lying prostrate on the bed with the thumb twiddling the TV remote. So for a change this weekend I hauled my behind to go to Coorg or Madikeri.

No. of days=3

Kms covered=approx. 800Kms

Places covered=Bangalore-Srirangapatnam-Bylakuppe-Madikeri-Talacauvery-Dubare-Nisargadhama

Cost=Indica A/c car at Rs5.50/km so that you can stop en route and the driver would generally know what is where. Stay at Coorg can be cheap or expensive with rates from Rs300 per night lodges to Rs.7.5K per night Mahindra Holidays/Orange County.

Highlights:

Day 1

1. Historical city of Srirangapatnam having

  • 1000 year old Sri Ranganatha Temple (could do with some maintenance)
  • Tipu’ s death spot
  • Tipu’s mosque (we missed this)
  • Tipu’s summer palace called Dariya Daulat built in 1784.

2.Bylakuppe

  • This is a Tibetan settlement
  • Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastry with jawdropping paint work and golden statues of Buddha.
  • Tibetan market and momos.
Golden statue of Buddha at Tibetan monastry

Golden statue of Buddha at Tibetan monastry

intricate paintings on monastry walls

intricate paintings on monastry walls

3. Madekeri/Coorg

  • We reached around 10pm and struggled to find a decent accomodation hence recommend pre-booking on long weekends or holidays.
  • Hotels, resorts and homestay are available hence you can stay as per your budget.

Day 2

  • Rajaseat-time to visit is morning as in the evening it can give Andheri station a run for its money in terms of crowd.
  • Abbey Falls-maybe it was the wrong time of the year but there wasnt much water falling here, although travel guides have pics like these,what we saw was this.
Abbi Falls

Abbi Falls

  • Talacauvery-the place of origin of Cauvery. This is primarily a religious place.I expected a stream or a geyser but it turned out to be a pond with a temple attached. When we reached here the clouds had descended on the place and we literally had a walk in the clouds!There is also a 215 step climb to a viewpoint which we huffed and puffed to have our heads in the clouds literally!
Talacauvery-head in the clouds

Talacauvery-head in the clouds

Day 3

4. Dubare

  • It is an elephant sanctuary by the Cauvery river. This is a forest department owned camp where wild elephants are captured, tamed and bred.Arrive at 8.30am and you can watch elephnat feeding and bathing and you can enjoy elephant rides till 12 pm. We arrived at 12.30pm,sigh!and could only see the magnificent beasts behind wooden cages.
  • There is also river rafting and motor boat crossing available for the river although in this weather crossing it on foot jumping from stone to stone was more fun. This was personally my best point in the trip-to cross cauvery on foot.
Dubare-Cauvery crossing

Dubare-Cauvery crossing

5.Nisargadhama

  • This is a picnic spot having rabbits, deers, elephants. 2 things to watch out
    • a hanging bridge
    • elephant ride
Feeding the deer

Feeding the deer

Places we couldnt see, mostly because of our time mismanagement-Nagarhole National Park and Mysore. Nagarhole would take upto a day to cover and have planned to return to Mysore during Dussera when it becomes the place to be!

Hope this travelogue will be first of many.

All pics by WSW on her cybershot,bina credit diye photo chepne wale tera muuh kala.

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21 Comments

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21 responses to “Weekend getaway-Coorg

  1. arpz

    April 15, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    u came to blore and u din meet the newly wed .. sigh

     
    • WSW

      May 31, 2009 at 8:33 pm

      still very much in namma bluru.

       
  2. Mumbai Diva

    April 15, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    hmmm. you’re not going to believe this but EVERY wednesday i sit in front of the comp ( in the office!) googling away for weekend getaways. Trust me I can rattle off the tariffs of practically every hotel/resort around bombay. I never go!.

    Am now planning to go out on that 1st may long weekend. I will go. I will go. I will go…….

     
    • WSW

      May 31, 2009 at 8:35 pm

      u shud…i did the same thing..make plans..check the rates…and then went to coorg totally unplanned..we couldnt even find a place to stay..but it happened so keep the trust 🙂

       
  3. Solilo

    April 16, 2009 at 1:49 pm

    I have been to Srirangapatnam and our guide claimed to be Tipu Sultan’s distant relative 😀

    Beautiful Coorg! Have always wanted to visit the place. So serene. Similar to Ooty?

     
    • WSW

      May 31, 2009 at 8:35 pm

      🙂

      Never been to Ooty so dont know.

       
  4. Kanupriya

    April 16, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Hey, even we had been there & the pics never matched the actual place at all. But overall we had a great time as we were in a group. Out of all places, we liked Nisargadham & Bylakkupe the most.
    BTW loved the last line of your post 😀

     
    • WSW

      May 31, 2009 at 8:39 pm

      yeah..its quite good!

       
  5. Neo Kluber

    April 17, 2009 at 4:02 am

    I was half way through uploading all your images to my Orkut and but had to stop when I saw the last line, hehe! Nice to see your travel blog. It’s so great that you’re able to make such trips. I spent Easter hols in front of TV and the one in May is turning out to be a working day for me:( Do travel a lot and publish on your blog for us!

     
    • WSW

      May 31, 2009 at 8:40 pm

      guessing ur in europe..so are practically living my dream

       
  6. Ava

    April 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    I have heard its a beautiful place. Good thing you went. Me too spend the movies fiddling with remotes or lying around reading books ! Kya faltu life hai !

     
    • WSW

      May 31, 2009 at 8:40 pm

      ya i spend almost all my weekends watching crappy reality tv..this was a good change

       
  7. Ava

    April 19, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    oops i meant me too spend the holidays fiddling with remotes.

     
  8. AB

    April 20, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Nice Pics 😛

     
  9. arpz

    May 4, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    When do thy return back? The earth hath lost its glory, the clouds hang dark and low, the air hath turned musty here in the blogosphere without thou.

     
    • WSW

      May 31, 2009 at 8:41 pm

      look whose talking…ms.disappearing act herself…ab tum bhi kuch likh hi do

       
  10. arpz

    May 4, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    “without thou” should it have been without thee?

    anyways, bhavanaon ko samjho, kuch likho.

     
  11. Pesto Sauce

    May 5, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    Cool..I have heard Srirangapatnam to be scenic place, been there when I was a kid

    And also heard about Coorg, its females, drinking etc

     
    • WSW

      May 31, 2009 at 8:42 pm

      females?drinking? maybe thats why all those “madekeri aunty” searches land on my site..hmph!

       
  12. Mumbai Diva

    May 12, 2009 at 1:23 am

    errr…where’s you?

     
    • WSW

      May 31, 2009 at 8:45 pm

      back now 🙂

       

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