Recently we had a chance to travel to Coorg, a picturesque hill station in the Western Ghats of south western Karnataka. We did a road trip directly from Chennai via Bangalore and it took around 12 hours with all the breaks. The stay was fantastic in Hotel Coorg International with both breakfast and dinner buffets and a beautiful pool to chill out. The most fascinating place in Coorg is the Thalakaveri where the river Kaveri originates. One gets a fascinating panoramic view of the lush green Western ghats and the architectural temples nearby. Madikeri is the capital of the district and Raja’s seat park is a popular touristic spot. A pleasant spectacle of refreshing layers of greenery, chain of high and low rise mountains attired with mist.
Abbey falls is a scenic waterfall around 5kms from Madikeri which was a treat to watch. The best part of driving to Coorg is without the hairpin bends and you are still at around 1,170 m above the mean sea level. The food in this place is simply amazing: Kadumbuttu and pandi curry is a local dish of Coorg and the Sambhar, Dosas are simply mouth watery. The Tibetan Buddhist Golden temple on the foothills of Coorg in Kushalnagara is worth visiting and a huge Tibetan refugee settlement. Dubare is an elephant capturing and training camp on the bank of river Kaveri. Anish loved this place and we did elephant bathing here. All in all, a great place to hang out during summer and its worth to cover Mysore and Ooty nearby.
Sathish Kumar S