Coorg which is also called the Scotland of India is a nature’s delight about 275 kms from the bustling city of Bangalore. It is one of the best destinations near Bangalore to take a break away from the city life and relax in one of the resorts surrounded either by coffee plantation or a rice field. The city has some amazing attractions, however, it is mainly the weather and scenic beauty which win over and make your stay in Coorg memorable. Enroute to Coorg, just about 20 kms before you hit the city, there is a Buddhisht Monastery at Bylakuppe called Namdroling Monastery. It has an enchanting statue of Buddha – one of the best statues I have come across in India. The statue stands out from others because of the precisely portrayed emotions, which very well reflect the characteristics we associate with Buddha (like composure, peace, mindfulness). Besides this, its huge size and vibrant colors impart an amazing energy to the place. It’s something that I wouldn’t have liked to miss. You can spend a lot of time here, but if you are going on a short visit here, I think two hours should be a decent enough time for this place.
We immediately hurried to our next stop which was Dubare Elephant Safari, as we had heard that the white water rafting activity continues only up to 5:30 pm. We made it on time, but consider yourself lucky if you get good flow of water, because then only you get to do white water rafting. Otherwise you get to do only still water rafting which may be a little disappointing for an adventure enthusiast. You will find lots of elephants there and can even bathe them if you go around 6:00 am in the morning. There are some amazing waterfalls in and around Coorg offering breathtaking views. The two falls that I like are: Abbi Falls, Iruppu Falls. You will have to enjoy Abbi’s beauty from a designated spot only, however at Iruppu you can indulge in bathing in open and playing with water. The private waterfall at misty woods resort is also an excellent place, if you do not want to share space with thousands of other people.
The plan was to drive directly to Misty woods resort from Abbi falls; however we took a detour to Mandalpatti as many locals had given us positive reviews about it. Mandalpatti is a scenic spot at a hill top, the route to which though beautiful had very steep slopes and some stretches were really dangerous. We had to rent a Mahindra Jeep to take care of the dangerous road and leave our vehicle behind, at the hill base. The local drivers, however, seem to have mastered the art of driving on such root and we felt completely safe. We loved the journey and were hoping that destination would be even better. However, it was very unfortunate that it started raining all of a sudden and we found ourselves in misty clouds as we moved up. To our disappointment, nothing was visible in that misty weather. While returning we got lucky and the weather became sunny. It was a relief to see some beautiful sights from the top of the hill. So if you are adventure freak, this place is good for you. It might also be a good idea to track here. Just make sure you are going when the weather is at its best.
We also roamed around in the Medikeri, the main town of Coorg, and the market to see if we could buy some local products. I found the dry fruits really cheap there, for e.g., in Bangalore Pistachios are about Rs. 1000/kg, however in Coorg I could get it only at 500/kg. Since I was worried about the quality, I didn’t buy a lot of stuff. Once I tried, I realized that the quality was absolutely fantastic. If I will get another chance to go there, I will definitely buy lot of these things. The places around Medikeri are even more beautiful. For e.g., you will be stunned by the beautiful rice fields on the way to Virajpet. While returning from Virajpet to Bangalore, you can see the Irrupu water fall, which is on way to Mysore. It’s a beautiful sight, however expect it to be really crowded on weekends.
In essence, Coorg is a wonderful destination to enjoy the scenic beauty and rejuvenate yourself in the lap of the nature, away from the hectic city life. However, you need to be careful in the selection of hotel. The right hotel can make it a memorable stay and I will highly recommend Misty Woods Resort (no promotion intended). Travel Tips: You can reach there by train or bus from Bangalore. However, I would recommend that you take a vehicle from Bangalore itself as the places you would like to stay or should stay at are far away from town and isolated. You will really benefit if you had a vehicle with you. Food: Raintree is a good restaurant in Medikeri, if you are in or around the town or otherwise most of the restaurants at hotel or resorts will serve you deliciously cooked food of many kinds.