The Land of Coffee and Spices: Coorg

My husband’s love for coffee took us to a trip to Coorg (Madikeri)! Little did we realize that the aroma of coffee flowers invigorating our senses would be accompanied with innumerable refreshing experiences!


A panoramic view of Coorg

A dream destination in Karnataka, the entire vast of Coorg is carpeted in green; richly splashed with Bamboo, sandalwood, rosewood forests all around; flowing with streams and rivulets of Cauvery bending through twists and turns of the region; water falls, deep ravines, paddy fields, grassy downs, coffee bushes with white scented flowers; pepper, cardamom, oranges, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass, vanilla and all the exquisite blessings of mother nature.

For a weekend hideout, as we reached Madikeri cool and crisp air conditioned weather welcomed us. The best of the places to visit on a two day trip to Coorg that find mention in my list of places are;

DAY 1

Abbey waterfalls
We left early in the morning for Abbey water falls which is 7 Kms from the town of Madikeri. A 10 minutes’ walk through a naturally laid out private property, Abbey waterfalls is a beautiful waterfall around 7 Kilometers from Madikeri town. The road trip from Madikeri to Abbey waterfalls is a joy ride in itself as the road to drive on is freely interspersed with blessings of Mother Nature.
Enjoy the swelling water of the water falls from the hanging bridge located opposite to the falls itself. a number of steps have to be climbed down to reach the water falls.

TalaCauvery
A place of immense religious significance is Talacauvery, 44 Km from Madikeri; it is the birth place of river Cauvery. Talacauvery is situated on the slopes of the Brahamagiri hills at a height of 4187 ft. above sea level. Bhagamandeshwara temple is also located here. The place has a beautiful view of Coorg from here. It is extremely beautiful and picturesque especially during sunrise and sunset.


Talacauvery: The birth place of river Cauvery


TalaCauvery

Raja’s seat
Raja’s seat (Pergola) surrounded by the beautiful park, the toy train and children’s amusement area make the view of Raja’s seat beautiful. The legend goes that kings of Coorg spent their evenings with their consorts here.

The sunsets are exceptionally romantic and the seat gives a photographic view of the high mountains, lush green meadows, and wide expanse of paddy fields.

Madikeri fort
Madikeri or Mercara, main town of Coorg region was originally built as a mud structure and was rebuilt in stone by Tipu Sultan. The most attractive feature of the fort are the two life size elephants made of mortar at the entrance of the fort.

DAY 2

Nisargadhama
On day two, we left for Nisargadhama or the ecological park. For all the nature lovers and for all those who are looking for a romantic getaway away from the city crowds, Nisargadhama is an ecological park which is a true paradise as far as the natural beauty is concerned. Spread on a vast stretch of 64 acre island, it is accessible through a hanging bridge. It is an ecological park which caters for the fun and pleasure of all kinds of tourists.


Hanging bridge at Nisargdhama

Take a boat ride and wander through some scenic beauty on water. For those looking for extra-large fun, elephant back ride through the island would be perfect.


Boat ride in Nisargdhama

The treetop bamboo cottages are the most attractive feature of the island. There is also a guesthouse of the forest department within the island.

Take your lunch of local cuisine in the bamboo restaurant surrounded by tweeting birds and whispers of nature. An orchadium a small souvenir shop with handmade bamboo artifacts is also present here for those who want to take back memorabilia with them.

Nisargadhama is about 30 Kilometers from Madikeri.

Dubare forest
On the banks of river Cauvery, Dubare forest is a natural island of about 11-12 acres which is also an Elephant camp. You can catch elephants bathing in the river with the help of Mahaouts (trainers). Elephants are friendly and if you are feeling a bit adventurous then with a smile you can also help the mahaouts in their task.


Elephants bathing at Dubare Forest Camp

Dubare is an Elephant capturing and training camp run by the Forest Department, a task in which they are helped by the local tribesmen, The Kurubas.

You can stay in one of the cottages or guest houses run by the Forest Department and indulge yourself in various activities including bird watching, white water rafting, trekking, boating, fishing (with prior permission from the Forest Department) and camp fires.

With this we came to the end of our weekend hideout. A two day trip to Coorg is not satisfactory to explore the mesmerizing beauty of Coorg but still it was a perfect weekend getaway!

Author: Pooja S. Banerjee

A pharmacist by profession,Pooja has research experience in the field of herbal medicine and medicinal chemistry. She has also authored many International and National research and review papers in peer reviewed journals. Her passion for writing has made her foray into the world of medical writing. She writes travel blogs for creative satisfaction.

Comments

  1. Good info and good photos about Coorg, I never been to Coorg, but you brough it in my mind with your vivid description about Coorg.

  2. Subbu Narayanan says:

    A nice one.. Did you climb up to Talakauveri?
    One other memorable place I remember in Coorg is the Buddhist monastery in Kushalnagar. The vibrant interplay of red and gold along with kids with tonsured heads and red cloak is a sight to watch.

    Coorgis also love their pork and rum 🙂

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