Coorg

A popular tourist destination, Coorg is known for the hospitality of its people, pleasant climate, sprawling coffee plantations, aromatic pepper and spice plantations, lush green forests and misty hills. Coorg is accessible by road from Bengaluru and Mysore. An exhilarating place for nature lovers, they can enjoy the scenic beauty at Rajas Seat, Mandapatti view point and Madikeri Fort. Eco tourism enthusiasts would like to visit Nagarhole National Park, Dubare Elephant Camp, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and the magnificent Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls and Mallalli Falls. Honnamana Kere, Talakaveri and Brahmagiri peak, the river confluence and Sri Bhagandeswara temple at Bagamandala are sacred places also abundant in natural beauty.

Best time to visit: November to April
Languages spoken: Coorgi or Kodava language
Climate: Pleasant climate throughout the year
Holy places: Honnamana Kere, Talakaveri, Bagamandala – Temple and river confluence
Natural wonders: Abbey Falls, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Mallalli Falls, Nagarhole National Park, Iruppu Falls, Mandalpatti View point
Places to visit: Madikeri Fort, Dubare Elephant Camp

Temple Trails of Karnataka-Part 2-MULLAYANNAGIRI PEAK

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We were now off to Mullayanagiri, the highest peak in Karnataka with a height of 1,930 metres(6,330 feet). It is said to be the highest peak between the Himalayas and the Nilgiris. The route from Chikmagalur town to the peak is a thrilling drive with fantastic views all along the way.

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Thadiyandamol trek, Madikeri.

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We had booked a cozy and nice home stay in the heart of Madikeri and it dint take more than an hour and half for us to reach Kakabbe- the village from where our trek began. To reach Kakabbe isnt too tough because the localites guide you till the place, or even better, take a local bus from the Madikeri bus station till Kakabbe.

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Cool Coorg

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The return journeys, as always, make the heart heavy. This time my heart did put on a lot of weight. We decided to leave for Bangalore via a detour of ‘Talacauvery’. So we started very early on the next morning. Talacauvery, the source of the river Cauvery in the south was draped in a mystical legend.

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कुर्ग या कोडागु – स्कॉटलैंड ऑफ़ साउथ इंडिया

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कोडगु या कुर्ग  कर्णाटक प्रान्त का एक जिला है। इसका मुख्यालय मडिकेरी में है। पश्चिमी घाट पर स्थित पहाड़ों और घाटियों का प्रदेश कुर्ग दक्षिण भारत का एक प्रमुख पर्यटक स्‍थल है। यह खूबसूरत पर्वतीय स्‍थल समुद्र तल से 1525 मीटर की ऊंचाई पर है। यहां की यात्रा एक न भूलने वाला अनुभव है। कुर्ग के पहाड़, हरे-भरे जंगल, चाय और कॉफी के बागान मन को लुभाते हैं। कावेरी नदी का उदगम स्‍थान कुर्ग अपनी प्राकृतिक खूबसूरती के अलावा रिवर राफ्टिंग, हाइकिंग, क्रॉस कंट्री और ट्रेल्‍स के लिए भी मशहूर है।

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COORG DELIGHTS-DUBARE, MADIKERI AND MYSORE

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We reached Dubare Forest Camp at 4.30 PM. All our tiredness from the ride vanished at the sight of the serenely flowing Cauvery and the joyous screams of the people frolicking in it. Even before our car halted at the parking area, my first impulse was to rush out and throw myself into the river. But my wife calmed me down and reminded that we had a lot of time in our hands. As soon as we got out of our car, we were swarmed by the locals advertising their boating and rafting rides.

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Coorgi Delights – Talacauvery and Bhagamandala

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Every visitors’ must-see destination in Coorg is Talacauvery and that is where we were first heading to. It is the birthplace of River Cauvery and is 48 kms from Madikeri Town. I had hoped to start around 7.30 Am to reach the place early and enjoy the surroundings before the rush started. But since Madam had overslept(!)our start got delayed by an hour. We stacked up on some snacks and cool drinks before we left Madikeri.

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