Coorg is one of the famous destination in India. The beautiful Coorg is called as the Scotland of India. Coorg is a small hill station in kodagu district. We visited this place in month of June which is the best time to go there. Though a small place in Karnataka , it is filled with many beautiful spots and so we are sharing our travel journey through our blog Coorg-Madikeri-Kushalnagar.
Journey Towards Coorg
Our Flight was from Mumbai To Mangalore. It took around 1 and a half hour to reach Mangalore Airport. We had already booked a 15-seater car to travel from Mangalore to coorg. At first we visited the famous ice-cream parlor in Mangalore city, Pabbas. We tried their famous ice-cream called Gadbad and Tiramisu. Both were utterly delicious. After having delicious ice-creams in pabbas, we continued our journey towards Coorg.
The best route to visit Coorg is from Mangalore. The distance is about 150km away from Mangalore. The road trip was really very good. The Climate was extremely cool and we were really enjoying it. Small drops of rain was making the climate more awesome. The road of Coorg is full of turns and ghats. But our driver made sure that we feel safe during the whole journey.
It took around 3 hrs to reach Coorg. Around 5 in evening we reached Kushalnagar. We went straight towards the famous Golden Temple in Kushalnagar instead of our hotel because the temple closes by 6 pm.
Namdroling Monastery is one of the largest Buddhist Centre in India. It is located in kushalnagar. This Monastery is very famous in Kushalnagar. People from all over countries visit this place. People call this Monastery as The Golden Temple in kushalnagar. The Monastery was established in the early 1960’s.
Once you enter this place, you can see all the traditional Tibetan Buddhist paintings, statues etc. The Tibetan styled temples and the presence of monks makes this monastery very special. The Colorful and traditional architecture and the statues inside the temple look very charming. This place is very peaceful.
As a traveler (non-foreigners) you can stay at this monastery. You can check the details on this link— http://www.palyul.org/eng_resources_visit.htm
After spending some time in the monastery, we head back to our hotel and rested for some time.
Later, for dinner we went to a near by restaurant called Fish Curry Rice which was close to our hotel. We tried Chicken curry and rice and it was the best. The food here is quiet good. You can have the food at this restaurant, if you are in kushalnagar.
The dinner went well and we headed back to our hotel. Back in hotel, after spending some time together, we went to our rooms and rested for the day.
Road Trip To Mysore
Our second day of the trip was to visit Mysore. Mysore is very near from Kushalnagar. The distance from Kushalnagar to Mysore is 90kms. It takes 2 hrs to reach Mysore.
On our way to Mysore, we spotted an unknown but a place with a beautiful view. We took a break at this beautiful spot and enjoyed the view. These place was perfect to click pictures. The view was really very mesmerizing. After clicking lots of pictures we continued our journey towards Mysore.
After 2 hrs of our road trip , we reached Mysore. Mysore is a city of palaces and history. We Visited the 2 main attractions of Mysore. 1. Mysore Zoo 2. Mysore Palace. We have written our experiences of Mysore in our blog. You can check our experience in these blog- http://ourtravelstory.in/top-places-to-visit-in-mysore/ .
Our whole day was spend visiting the zoo and palace. We really enjoyed our trip to Mysore. After spending whole day in mysore, we made our way back to kushalnagar. Visiting Mysore was one of our best part of the trip. We were really happy to cover the best places in Mysore in one day.
Our Road trip to Mysore was a great experience. The third day of the trip was to visit places in Madikeri. Madikeri is the heart of Coorg. It has some Amazing places to see. We checked out from our hotel and after having break fast we made our way to our first spot of the day.
Dubare Elephant Camp
Dubare is one of the famous place in Coorg. It is just 20-25 minutes away from Kushalnagar. Dubare is known for the elephant camps which are situated on the banks of River Kaveri. This camp is on the opposite side of the river. There are boats which takes you to the elephant camp.
When you reach the camp, you can see elephants all over the place. The elephants are properly trained. The locals take care of these elephants. The tourists are allowed to bathe the elephant on the side of the river. They will take some charge to do this activity. Tourists are allowed to feed the elephants with food they provide. They don’t allow to ride on the elephants.
The elephant camp is really nice place to visit. After visiting the camp we made our way towards new spot in kushalnagar.
Harangi Dam is build across the tributary of river Cauvery. It is very close to kushalnagar at a distance of 9 km. The dam looks really beautiful during monsoons. We came by afternoon at these place. The gates through which the water is released was closed at that time. The atmosphere at this place is very relaxing.
The view of the reservoir is very delightful to see. The harangi reservoir is all covered with greenery. The gardens have became the ideal picnic spots here. Spending some time by relaxing and clicking pictures we made our way back to our car.
PS– We had some amazing lunch near the entrance of Harangi reservoir. The place was not any restaurant but a small shop who provided us with some good home-food. You can try them out.
We went to our hotel in Madikeri after visiting Harangi Reservoir. After check-in we freshen up a bit, and went to visit Abbey falls.
Abbey is one of the best waterfall in Coorg. It is very close to Madikeri. This waterfall is located inside the forest area between the coffee plantations. A small trek through stairs leads you to the waterfall.
The beauty of the waterfall is really very mesmerizing . Small drops of rain were making the atmosphere more pleasant. At the opposite side of waterfall there is a hanging bridge. The view from the bridge could have been better but unfortunately it was kept closed. The waterfall is usually very crowded during monsoons.
After spending some time at the waterfall we went back to our hotel. We were staying at Hotel Mayura Valley view. The view from our hotel was truly the best. Climate in Madikeri was all foggy. We were really lucky to get the best weather in Coorg.
Coorg is famous for Coffee and home made chocolates. There are many shops for coffee and spices in madikeri market where we shopped. After spending some amazing 3 days in Coorg we started our journey towards Mangalore. We really enjoyed our short trip to Coorg. All the beautiful spots in coorg makes it one of the best place to visit in India. Coorg gave us the best memories ever.
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