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June 3, 2009 9 comments

As the saying goes “big surprises come in a small package”, came my way was a weekend trip to the Coorg valley, the second one!

To be frank, I did not have much expectation as I had already been to this place with a few of my closest friends. But this time I was able to catch the glimpse of a few corners of earth embraced in the enchanting beauty and purity of Mother Nature, which we happened to miss the first time.

The group: Suresh, Praveena, Mintee, Swati, Santosh, Anurag, Sameer, Ramesh (Driver).

Transport: Tata Sumo.

On Friday evening we left Bangalore for one our colleague’s wedding in Iritty, some where in Western Ghats, Kerala. After attending the wedding on Saturday morning, which I guess was just another reason for a weekend getaway :D, we stomped off to Madikeri. I must admit, the drive to Madikeri via Virajpet was memorable. Roads between the lush greenery were just re-energizing.

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The places that we visited this time, apart from the ones that we covered on our first visit (see previous weblog : https://myjotter.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/coorg-–-a-journey-to-the-scotland-of-india/ ), includes Talakaveri and Dubare.

If with a bunch of friends, a ‘home-stay’ in and around Madikeri would be more fun than staying in a hotel in the crowded city center. Ofcourse, the former can be a bit expensive(1500-3000 Rs/day). We reached Madikeri town around 9PM, not a really nice time to be in the city, unless you have your accommodation booked in advance.

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'home-stay' morning stroll

We tried all possible numbers of all possible hotels in and around Madikeri town but in vain. All we could get were a few places far from the city and charges, insane! Exhausted after a day’s travel, we all were hungry and in desperate need of a good sleep. Our cab driver, Ramesh, told us that he knew a ‘home-stay’ close by. Although we had left hopes of finding a good place to stay, we gave it a shot. To our surprise and good fortune, it finally worked out! 😀 It was a really nice, warm, comfortable and cozy place, situated at New Extension, Madikeri(Around 2 Kms from Madikeri town). They charge around 1500/day, which I would say, is a sweetheart deal for the place. The expressions on our faces had it all. We were so much happy and relieved. Thanks to Ramesh, we were all saved!

One Sincere advice– Anybody visiting Coorg on a weekend, please have your stay booked in advance.

After a good night’s sleep, and a scrumptious breakfast in a near by Rajeshwari canteen, we left for Talakaveri.

Talakaveri

About 50 KMs from Madikeri is the supposed origin of river Kaveri. The temple here is called Thalakaveri and is a beautiful setting to start your day with. A small temple tank offers the location for religious rituals and a stoned flight of steps leads to the spot where Rishis are said to have meditated in the past. Though nothing of great significance or grandeur exists here today, the place is well worth a visit to enjoy the setting.

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Apart from the myth that the holy waters wash your sins off, there was something for everyone, something unexpected, something enchanting.

There was a 500 step steep ascent from the Talakaveri temple. We started climbing the steps having no idea where it lead to. But Finally the effort was paid off. This is the place where you can get one of the best views of the Coorg valley, midst the clouds, surrounded by lush greenery.. Voila!! indeed an entreat to the mind, body and soul.

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Midst the clouds-talakaveri

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By noon we climbed down, quenched our thirsts with a glass of fresh buttermilk and rolled on to Dubare.

Note: If you are planning to visit Talakaveri and return by noon, do carry some food along as you might not find any eateries on the way from Madikeri to Talakaveri and vice versa.

Dubare

Dubare is a forest area, amidst the thriving greenery of Coorg on the banks of river Kaveri, in between Kushalnagar and Siddapur, wherein an elephant training camp of the Forest Department of Coorg is present. This area is populated by the Kurbas, the local tribals. During the period of Maharaja of Mysore, the Dubare reserve forest was used to train the elephants for the impressive Mysore Dussehra festival.

Dubare

Apart from the elephant camp, Dubare has other attractions like rafting, fishing etc, which we did not indulge in, due to lack of time. To reach the elephant camp one has to cross this tributary of river Cauvery by ferry or by walk through the shallow waters, which I believe was more fun 😀

If you are really interested to see elephants, the best time to visit Dubare is before 2 PM. The clean and clear water would tempt anybody to have a dip in it, so did we!

The Finish

After a refreshing time spent at Dubare, we finally realized it was time for us to get going. Coorg certainly is a nature lover’s paradise. With a heavy heart, we drove to Kushal Nagar, had an awesome dinner and headed back to Bangalore. Roads from kushal Nagar to Bangalore are pretty good and are very much suitable for a night journey. We reached Bangalore around 1AM. It was time to wrap up these fond memories and put an end to one of the most beautiful trips that I have had.

Hope this article, in addition to the previous weblog, will be of some use to the folks looking forward to have a wonderful time at Coorg.

Miscellaneous:

Abbey Falls

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Dubare

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For still there are so many things that I have never seen,

In every wood, in every Spring, there is a different green.

– J.R.R Tolkien, “The Lord of the Rings”

References/Credits:

https://myjotter.wordpress.com/2008/10/05/coorg-–-a-journey-to-the-scotland-of-india/ – posted by Rahul


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