You know how its a tradition that when you are in college you at least go for one trip with friends ? Coorg was our destination. A two nights and three days plan is optimal to pack in the itinerary of your interest. 
The easiest way to reach Kodagu (Coorg) is from Mysore (by air or train) .
For the road lovers , coorg is well connected by roads to all major cities  : 120 km from Mysore, 135 km from Mangalore & 250 km from Bengaluru. 

This place is great for:
Nature lovers , Thrill seeking adventurers, A quite weekend getaway etc.

This place is at its best between October and April .

Me and my friends reached mysore from chennai (Via train) and booked a cab from there to go till coorg ( you can also take the bus ). On the way we saw  The Namdroling monastry a.k.a The golden temple which is near Kushalnagar .That area has the second largest tibetan settlement outside tibet. The temple is magnificent and the Buddha statues are made of gold and the murals on the wall are a delight to watch.

Tip : Spend some time with the locals and the students there for a better insight into their culture. Its good fun !






Farther into the journey ,we reached Nisargadhama, a wildlife sanctuary on its own, is a tourist spot visited by number of tourists and ideal for picnics and honeymoon tours . It is an island in the hub of the river Kaveri connected by a rope bridge.
This offers the wonderful scene of deers, elephants, peacocks and also has tree houses to give you a clear view of the landscape. One can experience a ride on the elephant and move around this place . They also provide accommodation for the tourists at affordable rates.



Once we reached coorg , the first thing we saw was the Abbey falls . We went in the evening so it was even better as it got colder . Though there is a protective fence ,we can enter the shallow points of the waterfall but be VERY VERY careful as the slope is slippery and covered with moss. Beware of leeches too.



As the sun was setting we hurried to our next item on the plan known as  Raja's seat (literally meaning the King's seat) where one can see the sun disappearing into the horizon and rising from it. This is called so because the Coorg Rajas came with their consorts to enjoy nature here apparently . It is maintained as a park now.It closes at around 6:30 p.m so make sure you catch it before that .This can be quite a treat for the morning lovers .



Finally , around 8:30 P.M in the night that day we reached Evergreen County near Virajpet where we were put up . 
We couldn't see much as it was dark but we were surely shocked .We thought it would be like one of those cool resorts where we could relax and laze around all day . Instead it was almost like a sneak peak into Tarzan times.
We had barbecue dinner and lantern walk through the coffee estate . It was the spookiest thing we had done with howling dogs and 110 year old abandoned haunted house.




The next day we were greeted with authentic coorg cuisine.It was nice and different. Later that day we set out for a small trek into their private waterfall. Boyyyyy ! We had company :D and slimy ones ...LEEECCHEESS !
They were one BIG problem we faced as they got on almost anywhere ad everywhere on us and thankfully we were prepared with the necessary medication so we were safe . But it was worth all that ..every bit of it ! ..The water was AMAZING .

Pic not available ! :/ 

If you are in and around virajpet and have to find nice place to eat , Then hit this restaurant called The flavors of India. It offers  nice ambiance on a hilltop and good food too .

The day we left , we went white water rafting !  Unfortunately when we went the water flow wasn't enough that we could do rapid white water rafting .So we went for still water rafting .It comes to 100/- per person .


 This marked the end of our trip and we headed back to mysore with sand in our pants and fresh memories in our hearts . We visited the palace and the local malls and took a train back to chennai .

A well cherished holiday indeed . 


Swetha Soundararajan




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09/03/2013

Very nice writeup with great details Swetha. Keep traveling keep inking your experiences with us.


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Mohit Sinha



09/03/2013

Well written dude ! Looks like I did miss something !


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