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 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;
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!