By Ravi Kumar Sharma
The perks of staying in Bangalore is not just confined to be blessed by the amazing weather, getting to stay in the IT hub of the country, and leisure around the beautiful gardens which the city proudly boasts of, but also multitude of places that are accessible around the city which are perfect for weekend getaways for the city dwellers.
Whether you are an adventure lover, traveller, or nature
Coorg is a hill town in south-western Karnataka, situated on the eastern slopes of Western Ghats, and is about 240 kms from Bangalore. I visited Coorg with a bunch of friends in the month of November’14, when the weather remains cool and pleasant. We planned the trip considering the best time to visit Coorg is during the months of October to March. It took us around 4 hours to reach the first destination- Nisargadhama forest- which left us mesmerized. We were captivated by the picturesque view of the small island formed by River Cauvery, and this great start led us to believe that Coorg has a lot to offer. And we were proved right at every destination as we moved ahead. The misty hills, lush teakwood and sandalwood forests, and acres of tea and coffee plantations of Kodagu are, in a word, stunning. Coorg, also known as “The Scotland of India”, has many places that one should not miss visiting, which include – Abbey falls – the waterfalls favourite among the selfie-clicking masses. In the evening, we visited Raja Seat – which is the scenic vantage point, serene and lush green and offers a not-to-be-missed Sunset view. Coorg is a relatively small town, which shuts down early and the evenings are utilized for shopping rather than exploring places. No-one who visits Coorg forgets bringing back home-made chocolates parcelled for friends and family from a wide variety available at each and every corner of the place. Coffee and dry fruits are also mostly bought by the tourists visiting the place. We started early morning the next day to reach Iruppu falls, where you can actually stand under the falls! The place is calm and beautiful, where one can get peaceful walk through the forest and get good view of the hill ranges from the top. Getting back from there, our next stop was Dubare Reserve Forest & Elephant Camp which offers sightings of wild Asiatic elephants and other wildlife species. This place is flocked by many tourists, mostly college and school trip students and offers various activities like trekking, elephant rides, fishing, and river rafting. Planning a short trip to Coorg, itinerary needs to be made keeping in mind the time required to travel from one sight to another as most of the places to visit in Coorg are not very near to each other.
With this, we decided to bid adieu to this majestic place and head back home. Not to miss, we planned to visit Namdroling Buddhist Monastery on our way back in the evening. The Architecture is fantastic and ‘The Big Buddha Statue’ is mesmerizing. The place is calm and serene, the Hymns being recited makes it ethereal. Continuing our travel after spending some quiet time in the monastery, and with a short halt later for dinner in Mysore, we managed to reach Bangalore late at night with pocketful of memories, experiences and lots of chocolates! 🙂