Sunday, December 1, 2013

Road trip to Coorg (Madikeri) - A Photo Essay

Way back in April 2013 I had made a trip to Coorg. We had explored various weekend gateway options like Goa, Pondicherry, Ooty etc... and finally decided on Coorg. We decided to drive to Coorg from Bangalore. Since the we wanted to come back to Bangalore the next day, we decided to cover as many places as we can on the way to Coorg.

First stop was the Tibetan colony which falls somewhere in between Mysore and Coorg. It is a great place to see the Tibetan culture, custom and architecture in close proximity.  The central monastery is an amazing place to be in. As soon as you enter it, you will find that this place is so serene and peaceful and it feels as if time has slowed down. There are few shops around where you can buy mementos.

Next stop was Dubare. Dubare is known for its elephant camp and is situated at the bank of  river Kaveri. During peak monsoon when the river level is high, one can also take a boat ride in the river. Its a nice place to spend couple of hours.

We also visited Kanive bridge, which came somewhere on route to Nisargadhama . Kanive bridge is a simple suspension bridge across the Kaveri river.

After spending few minutes at the bridge and taking few photograph we moved along to visit our next stop. Nisargadhama is a a nice picnic spot. Though the park is not that great, it has few bamboo machans and provision for elephant ride. Better buy the ticket for elephant ride from the park entrance it self. The best part of this park is the river that flows behind the park where one can hire pedal boat and take a small ride in the river.

Finally we reached our our hotel (home stay actually). It was a lovely place surrounded by trees.

After a bit of rest and refreshments we headed to Raja Seat. Its a fantastic place which has a nice garden and gives a panoramic view of the valley. By this time, thick mist had set in which gave even better feel of this place. Seeing the sun go down behind the horizon from here is an amazing experience.

Now it was time to head back to our hotel where we had one more surprise waiting. The hotel guys had provision of a camp fire, so we decided to do one. Though campfire in summer was not very enjoyable but we still had fun playing around it.

It was finally time to retreat to bed after a long and exciting day.

Day 2
There was not much to do in the morning so most of us lazed around the hotel. After having a heavy breakfast we checked out from the hotel and left for Bangalore. The plan was to visit Abbey falls and then also visit Mysore zoo on the way.

Abbey falls is situated inside a coffee plantation. A 10 minute walk through the plantation brought us to Abeey falls. However I was bit disappointed seeing it. It was not majestic, probably because we had visited during summer. I am sure the view will be breathtaking if visited after monsoon.

  After visiting Abbey falls we drove back to Bangalore and visited Mysore zoo on the way. Over all it proved to be a nice trip, though I would surely like to come back during winter season.

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