Love waking up to the smell of coffee and looking forward to a relaxed weekend? Then the place that you must head to this weekend is Coorg .A two hour drive from Mysore, this idyllic hill station has more to offer than just picture post-card perfect sights.
When you arrive in Coorg the first thing that strikes you is the aura of tranquility that envelopes this place. But it’s not just natural beauty that draws one to this place. One of the places that you must visit during your trip here is the Dubbare Elephant Camp. This is mainly an elephant capturing and training camp of the forest department, at the edge of Dubbare forest, by this river Kaveri. Spread over vast lands, this place gives you a day in the life of a tusker. For the adventurous ones, there is also the option of helping the caretakers bathe and feed the elephants. The tour of this camp is completed with an elephant ride around the premises.
Well it’s not just nature that Coorg has to offer for the discerning traveler; the holiday spot has its share of historical and cultural sports too. The Raja’s Seat, which was where the Kings spent their evenings, offers a spectacular view of the sunset. Thala Kaveri is the points of origin of one of the seven sacred rivers in India. It is situated in the Brahmagiri hills, about 4500 ft above sea level. This place is marked by a fork from where the river emerges as a small perennial spring, but flows underground again to emerge a short distance away. The river, which seems relatively calm, is seen bursting with all her energy at this point.
Situated at the Tibetian settlement of Bylakuppe, this monastery houses three majestic 60 foot tall idols of Buddha, Padmasambhava and Amitayush, richly coated with gold. The Tibetan refugees that fled to India resettled in this 30,000 acres of land at Bylakuppe in the Coorg district of Karnataka.
Coorg is famous for the spices that grow here, and a walk along the spice route is a definite must. Rope in the services of a local guide who can take you through the plantations where you will be able to see the spices in different stages of production.
While other hill stations in the country are inundated with resorts of every kind, Coorg has sought to retain a kind of old world charm and a taste of authenticity by offering tourists the option of home stay with Kodava families where they can have a taste of local hospitality. Club Mahindra resorts in Kodava Vallery is a picturesque place which has introduced the concept of gourmet weekends. Under this scheme an elaborate spread comprising global cuisine is planned, spread over two days. Some of the things under this include a Greek dinner with a wine tasting session, authentic Kodava food, donut breakfast, etc. What make this concept more interesting is the various workshops conducted by the resort, olive oil benefits, chocolate marking and more, which the tourists can participate in.
And by the end of your weekend you will realise that it is the heady combination of cuisine, coffee and culture is what makes this Scotland of India a delightful place that you want to keep coming back to.
- The nearest airports are Mangalore (136km) and Bangalore (260km).
- The nearest railway stations are Mysore (120km) and Mangalore (136km).
- Byroad it is seven hours from Bangalore to Madikeri.
- Places to see- Abbey Falls, Brahmagiri hills and Nagarhole Park.
- Carry lights woolen clothing for the evenings.
- Coorg is famous for spices like white pepper, cloves, cardamom and others.