Embarking on a journey from the bustling city of Bangalore to the tranquil hills of Coorg, I set out to immerse myself in the breathtaking beauty and serenity of this enchanting destination. Coorg, also known as Kodagu, is a picturesque hill station located in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, India. Join me as I share my travelogue, filled with stunning landscapes, aromatic coffee plantations, cascading waterfalls, and the warmth of Coorg’s rich cultural heritage.
Bangalore to coorg in self drive car rental
Day 1: Bangalore to Coorg
Departing from Bangalore in the early morning, I embarked on a scenic drive towards Coorg. The journey of approximately 250 kilometers took around 6 hours, passing through verdant countryside and small towns. The road itself was well-maintained, ensuring a smooth and enjoyable ride. As I entered the hilly terrains of Coorg, the air became cooler, and the surroundings transformed into a lush green paradise.
Arriving at my accommodation nestled amidst coffee plantations, I was greeted by the invigorating aroma of freshly brewed coffee. After settling in, I set out to explore the nearby attractions.
Dubare Elephant Camp and Abbey Falls
Day 2: Dubare Elephant Camp and Abbey Falls
The second day began with a visit to the Dubare Elephant Camp, a unique experience where I got to interact with elephants up close. From bathing and feeding these gentle giants to taking an elephant ride through the dense forests, it was an unforgettable encounter with nature.
In the afternoon, I ventured to Abbey Falls, a spectacular waterfall surrounded by dense foliage. The cascading water thundered down the rocks, creating a mesmerizing sight. I spent some time soaking in the tranquility of the surroundings and capturing the beauty of the falls through photographs.
Madikeri and Raja’s Seat
Day 3: Madikeri and Raja’s Seat
On the third day, I explored the quaint town of Madikeri, the district headquarters of Coorg. The town exuded a charming old-world vibe with its colonial architecture, bustling markets, and friendly locals. I visited the Madikeri Fort, a historical landmark that offers a glimpse into Coorg’s past.
Next, I made my way to Raja’s Seat, a popular sunset viewpoint. Perched atop a hill, this beautifully manicured garden provided a panoramic view of the mist-covered valleys and rolling hills. As the sun began to set, the sky transformed into a canvas of vibrant hues, casting a spellbinding glow over the landscape.
Coffee Plantation Tour and Namdroling Monastery
Day 4: Coffee Plantation Tour and Namdroling Monastery
Coorg is known for its vast coffee estates, and on the fourth day, I delved into the world of coffee plantations. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, I learned about the intricate process of coffee cultivation, from harvesting the ripe coffee cherries to the roasting and brewing techniques. The tour concluded with a delightful coffee tasting session, allowing me to savor the rich flavors of Coorg’s famous coffee.
In the afternoon, I visited the Namdroling Monastery, also known as the Golden Temple. This Tibetan Buddhist monastery is home to thousands of monks and exudes a tranquil ambiance. The intricate architecture, vibrant frescoes, and the presence of enormous golden statues left me in awe.
Talacauvery and Bhagamandala
Day 5: Talacauvery and Bhagamandala
On the final day, I set out to explore the spiritual side of Coorg by visiting Talacauvery and Bhagamandala. Talacauvery is considered the birthplace of the sacred River Cauvery, and the site holds immense religious significance. I climbed a flight of steps to reach the hilltop, where a small shrine marked the origin of the river. The panoramic views of the surrounding hills were breathtaking.
A short drive away, I reached Bhagamandala, the confluence of three rivers: Cauvery, Kannike, and Sujyoti. The temple complex dedicated to Lord Bhagandeshwara offered a serene atmosphere for introspection and prayers.
My journey from Bangalore to Coorg was a delightful escape into nature’s embrace. Coorg’s verdant landscapes, misty hills, aromatic coffee plantations, and cultural richness left an indelible impression on my heart. As I bid farewell to this enchanting hill station, I carried with me cherished memories, a rejuvenated spirit, and a desire to return someday to immerse myself in Coorg’s timeless allure.