Monday, November 05, 2007

Coorg

I wanted to visit Coorg (aka Scotland of India) for a long time. Finally I made it with a 3-day trip. For this trip I made self-arrangements for stay and commute (Guys, if you want to know the contacts, get in touch).

Stay:
Home stay @ Temple view estate
(The ideal choice will be a nice home stay in a reclusive coffee estate. But there are plenty in Coorg in various tariff ranges)
The host were very cordial and friendly. They served us a very sumptuous breakfast and dinner.

Commute:
Indica
(It is better to have a car at your disposal)

Route:
From Bangalore - Mercara is around 250kms.
Bangalore - Srirangapatna - Ranganthittu - Hunsur - Mercara
I stayed in Biramada (near Ammathi). So I took a diversion after Hunsur that takes me to Virajpet.
Places to see:
Coorg is a district and there are lot of places to see. Mercara is the capital.

Mercara:
  1. Abby Falls
  2. Raja Seat
KushalNagar:
  1. Nisargadhama is place where cauvery forks and rejoins to create a small island with bamboo forest
  2. Golden Temple - It is in Tibet settlement area. The temple has a 62ft Buddha statue covered with gold plates.
  3. Harangi Dam - Huge dam with a span of ~2500m across cauvery. This has very nice view.
Dubare:
Dubare Elephant camp is place where the elephants are tammed and trained. You have to cross the wild cauvery river to reach the camp.

Ranganthittu Bird Sanctuary:
En route you can spare some time to do bird watching

More info:
TravelCoorg
CoorgTourism

Photos: (Canon PS A720 IS)


Estate house @ Temple View Estate


Withering flower @ Temple View estate


Flora @ Temple View estate


Flora @ Temple View estate


Pepper Plant @ Temple View Estate


Rain drops @ Temple View Estate


Rain drops @ Temple View Estate


Dew drops @ Temple View Estate


Coffee estate @ Temple View Estate


Coffee Estate @ Temple View Estate


Estate @ Temple View Estate


Private road at the estate


Coffee beans @ Temple View Estate


Raja Seat


Sun Set @ Raja Seat


Panaromic view @ Raja Seat


Dry Tree @ Raja Seat


Abby Falls


Abby Falls


Abby Falls (increased Shutter lag)


Big spider @ Abby falls


Another one @ abby falls


bamboo forests @ Nisarghadhama


Hanging bridge @ Nisarghadhama



Cauvery @ Nisarghadhamma


Harangi dam gates (closed)


Harangi Dam from longshot


Golden temple tower


Golden temple entrance


Buddha @ Golden Temple


Cauvery @ Dubare


Cauvery @ Dubare


Dubare Elephant camp


Cauvery @ Dubare


Birds @ Ranganthittu


Birds @ Ranganthittu


Lily @ Ranganthittu


Birds @ Ranganthittu

6 comments:

scrap book... said...

Nice pics as usual mate.
I have done some 10 odd trips to Coorg, still seeing these photos make me long for another trip.
:)

Happy Touring
N

Arunkumar said...

nice snaps da lord.. rain drops snaps are eye-catching..

guess u did a lot of homework(as usual) for the trip and am sure u had a gr8 one what with those 2 places (abby falls and raja seat) looking so romantic :)

Canon looks to be a super buy for you !!! Gr8 going da...

Mirage said...

As arun mentioned, pictures look awesome. u should try the boathouse in kerala backwaters. heard that's a lot of fun and a good romantic getaway!

Rajakumar said...

@@arun,
Somehow everything was in place this time. This was apt time to visit coorg. Got to enjoy the good climate and lush green surroundings.

@@palani,

I had already been to munnar, chirai and cochin. Didn't try houseboat, but should do it sometime.

Anonymous said...

nice pictures.done justice to corg.visit the jade near nagarahole sanctuary for a truly different experience.thier site is www.thejadecoorg.com

Miltan said...

Thanks for sharing your experience. I was also planning to visit Coorg this october. How about staying in Nisargadhama ? We will be a 6 people group [family with a 4yr kid]. Do you think that Nisargadhama would be a good option ? Also if we get in Nisargadhama, where should I keep my car ? It's a Qualis.