The very thought of getting away from the workplace inspires you for a quick escape from your mundane life, again with my colleagues
took a short weekend break to coorg…..
Coorg is a stone throw away place for people in Bangalore and Mysore, since we are from Chennai needed a little planning for advance booking
train tickets and accomudations, as-usual we do quite some research to ensure we get a decent stay at the best price.
We browsed a lot and setteled with “Valley Dew Homestay” which needed advance booking, although skeptical the place was looking picturisqu
I didn’t want to overload and planed the trip to be light on travel, we really wanted to chill out and relax maximum
Nov -02 – Journey to Mysore
-03 – Visited
Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery (Tibetian Golden Temple)
Check in home-stay
-04 – Visited
Chiklihole Reservoir and dam
-05 – Visited
Dubare Elephant Camp
Check-out and Pack-up
After reaching Mysore, we quickly checked for a restraunt to refresh and have breakfast before boarding a bus to Kushalnagar
Tibetian monastry in Kushalnagar is a worthy visit and we had momo’s, hakka noodles as quick snack skipping lunch before moving
to Nisargadhama in Madikeri
We found Nisargdhama to be boring, this place is like a park where you have a lonely stroll with your girlfriend but not with friends,
but still we covered the entire place, meanwhile I called-up the resort guy for a pickup from Madikeri
The resort we booked is way interior completely isolated, the enroute is ir-regular road filled with rocky debris which a 4×4 or
suv can cover comfortably, all other hatchback will keep hitting the ground, but I must say the resort is beautifull surrounded by
lush green valley and fields, we reached around 8/9pm quickly took a bath and refreshed for dinner.
a hall, varadah + additional room with 6 beds was quite spacious. Owner of the resort is wealthy with 4 hills plantation, resort
has its own private waterfall. I’m very impresed with the resort that I’d recomend it for sure and would too like to visit again.
If you have any speacial order you need to inform a day before so they can buy all the necessary provisions, food was cooked and tasty
spent some time with the camp fire burning before hitting the bed.
I woke up 1st to the sounds of waterfall and chirpy birds, the morning view was refreshing with the fog settling just above the fields,
quickly pushed everyone to start early so we can visit as much places we can, took the same 4×4, the drive from our
resort till triveni sangam was beautifull, scenic, at times the mist reduced the visibility to 30mtr, our 1st place to stop was
triveni sangam, took bath and walked our way to Bagamandala Temple.
The ascend starts from here to reach talacauvery (origin of the river), the winding road took us via numerous plantations and offered
incredible view of the valley, the time was 10am when we reached, talacauvery is a worshipped place where everyone can had a few
drops of water from the source and sprinkle on your head, believed for cleansing you off from the sins giving a sense of spirituality.
you can see a well like structure with full of coins which is one of the source for river Cauvery
I once visited coorg district for a trek to bramhagiri (proper trek), there is a well built steps which takes you to one of the
bramhagiri peaks which is above talacauvery, this too offers a splendid view but this day it was covered with mist and continously
drizzling, still we waited hoping the mist would clear but it didn’t, we started our descent….
The elephant camp on the bank of south cauvery surrounded by forest, you can see elephant bath, feed and a possible safari
There is also an option for rafting but not sure about its experience, the water is not fierce.
We spent some time crossing the river and watching elephant bathe and feeding and returened back to the jeep to visit Chiklihole Reservoir
We returned to the resort by late evening and checked on the waterfall inside our resort, Melvin got one leech bite and was
screaming :), running away to check on himself for any more leeches.
We spent our evening near the campfire and had our dinner when it started to rain, everyone got inside the blanket with pleasant
thoughts about our day.
Woke up late, had breakfast, settled bills, packed and out of the resort to madikeri to do some shopping on spices and coffee, since
took bus to mysore and then visited the famous “Mysore Palace” for a light show before taking our train back to chennai.