Coorg,Coffee & Cauvery- a complete travel guide

‘Coorg-the Scotland of India’,this phrase is enough to attract any travellers mind & I was no more exception.

Coorg will indeed do a justice if you want to visit a peaceful and adventurous holiday destination at the same time.

So here is my complete travel guide.

1. How to reach Coorg?

Coorg a.k.a kodagu is an isolated place having no direct access of train, flight and 4 wheelers.

The nearest railway stations are Mysore (100 Kms) and Manglore (130 Kms). From there,you can either book a taxi or catch local KSRTC

My tip- 

It’s better to book a taxi because bus will take more time to reach and also the ride would more comfortable. It’ll cost you around 2700 INR from Manglore and around 6000 INR from Bengaluru to reach Madikeri (the main city of coorg district). If you are visiting with 3-4 people then it’s affordable.

2. How to travel around?

You can either hire an auto (to travel within small area) or a taxi (to travel long distance locations). The cost of hiring a taxi would be somewhere around 1400 INR per day. The taxi can be booked at taxi stand which is very near to the central bus stand.

My tip-

Make sure you bargain hard while booking a taxi or an auto. Always enquire the rates from multiple taxi providers.

3. Places to visit

Day 1.

On day 1 you can travel on your own and visit following destination because these places are very near to each other and can be covered by walking.

a.Madikeri fort

b. Raja’s seat

c. Onkareshwar temple

Day 2.

a. Dubare elephant camp

b. Cauvery nisargdhama

c. Bylakuppe monastery

d. Abbey falls

Day 3.

Places to cover

a. Bhagamandala

b. Triveni sangama

c. Talacauvery

My tip-

a. Make sure your stay is for minimum 3 days so that you can cover many places.

b. Make sure your stay is at Madikeri (main city of coorg district),so that you can have more accomodation options.

4. What to do at Coorg?

a. Visit all the places mentioned above.

b. Buy some homemade chocolate, coffee, spices, fruit wine and local honey from local shops. And don’t forget to bargain.

c. Try some local coorgi dish at hotel Coorg Cuisine and also visit Ambika upahar udipi hotel for pure vegetarian south Indian food.

d. Visit local coffee and spices plantation. Visiting here is free but If you want to have detailed info about it,you can hire a guide at 150 INR.

e. And last but not the least,drink as many cups of coffee as you can😉

Some important contacts-

Contact number of taxi driver for a ride from Manglore to madikeri- +918618698055

Contact number of a hotel (sunway holiday Inn), we had an amazing stay at- Miss Sabitha Vijay-082771 32353

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A day in Kolhapur

Vijay misal @Rajarampuri lane no.6

Dawangiri loni dosa

Egg platter
Rautwadi falls

Nonveg platter

Kolhapur, the place where I spent most beautiful 4 years of my engineering life.
one needs to visit this historic city of western Maharashtra region once in a lifetime for its awesome authentic Kolhapur food specially non veg dishes, the famous mahalaxmi temple, jotiba,panhala fort,new palace of chhatrapati shahu maharaj,rankala lake which is a marine drive of Kolhapur and many places near city such as gaganbawda,narsoba chi wadi,kanerimath etc.
This city is getaway for many famous places like Goa,sawantwadi,konkan,karnataka.
After completing my degree in food technology  and after almost like 2 years later I again got the chance to visit this amazing city.
Kolhapur city is connected very well by bus,train and air. NH4 is the main highway that connects to this city from Pune,mumbai and banglore.

Kolhapur is the last terminus on its route and is very well connected by Mumbai,pune,delhi,ahmedabad,banglore,hyderabad cities.
One can visit this city in one day only covering famous and most important places.
Best way to travel the city is to arrive early in the morning so that you can get the whole day to stroll around the city.
Almost all people first go to mahalaxmi temple which is near from the station. Local buses or KMT buses take you there and the frequency of bus is very good. The temple is well maintained and it is said that one who visits balaji temple of tirupathy has to visit mahalaxmi temple.
The temple has its own dharamshala which provide living accommodation at low prices.
If u are in Kolhapur you must have to start your day with red hot spicy lip smacking Kolhapuri misal pav followed by hot piping tea.
After temple visit you can go to jotiba temple who is known as the brother of mahalaxmi Devi which is 18 km from the main city on ratnagiri highway. Frequent ST buses are available from Kolhapur bus stand for jotiba.
It is also known as wadi ratnagiri. Jotiba is situated on mountain and you can enjoy ghat area while travelling to this temple.
As you done with jotiba,next you can go to panhala fort which is around 5 km from jotiba on the same route. Panhala is a famous hill station and it is said that chhatrapati Shivaji maharaj had stayed here. As u reach the fort u will see many food stalls here and u can have jhunka bhagkar which includes pithla,jowar bhakri,thecha/kharda,raw onion and curd costing around 25 rs only.
After visiting panhala u can again come to main city and have  rest in your hotel room or u can again directly go towards mahalaxmi temple area for most famous rajabhau bhel which opens at 4 pm.
The bhel stall is near from temple at khasbaag maidan which is basically a kushti maidan. This one bhel is good enough to satisfy your hunger. You can also have dawangiri Loni dosa,chinese,chaat items around this khaugalli area.
You can also do shopping near temple  area at mahadwaar road. You can buy famous kolhapuri chappal,saaj,thushi etc.
At night you can go to restaurant to experience typical kolhapuri food either veg or non veg.

For veg u can go to hotel gokul,hotel rajpurush

Which are near station area or u can try hotels like khavaiya,hotel prarthana etc near temple area at laxmipuri road. Khawaiya hotel is famous for its delicious veg unlimited  thali.
For non veg option u can try hotel paatlacha wada and hotel daulat which are famous for their non veg delicacy including tambda pandhara rassa.
After having tummy full u can return to your hotel and next day can visit kanerimath, narsobachi wadi,rautwadi waterfall etc.and then head back to home. 😊

Gwalior tour,India

Gwalior fort

Samosa with alu sabzi
Sun temple
Poha @ agarwal poha bhandar
View from top of the fort

​Travelling to gwalior was always on my bucket list because of the rich history it has got.
Finally the day arrived on 23 January. Me along with my 3 friends started the journey by boarding Lashkar express at kalyan station around 5 pm.
Indian railway has never disappointed me as it gives wonderful experiences throughout the journey. The route was mumbai-bhusawal-itarasi-bhopal-gwalior.
We enjoyed a lot during the journey n having famous delicacies we found on almost every station. As we reached Bhopal station we all could feel unbearable cold literally shivering us to die.
The temperature was around 3°c and was decreasing gradually. We had so called ‘bade adrak ki chai’ at Bhopal station😀. We reached at gwalior station around 11 am.
We had already booked our room in hotel DM.We got refreshed and left to explore the city.
Gwalior fort the most popular,well built and one of the most attractive forts in India was the place we visited first.
On our way to fort we had wonderful lunch at chotiwala hotel near station. The hotel is a must try for vegetarian people.
To visit this monument we have to buy tickets costing around 10 rs. We hired a guide to know the history of the  fort in detail. He charged 300 rs.which is very common fees.
Fort interior n exterior both were very impressive and so was the history we got to know from guide.
There are more places to see on fort such as saas bahu Mandir,teli ka Mandir,a gurdwara which we visited on same day.
While returning from fort around 6 pm we saw lighting in the middle of the city. on enquiry we found that it was gwalior ka mela which happens once in a year.
So we decided to go there. 

It was amazing and fun to visit the mela. Many rides,eating options were available there. The crowd was really enjoying so were we.
We then had our dinner at chawla hotel again near station and went back to our hotel. Around 12 in the midnight we decided to explore the night life of the city,but there was nothing we could see.we went to station area,had hot piping tea in 3°c temperature n came back again. 

We woke up around 8 am. The place where v were heading to was Agarwal poha Bhandar which is famous for its mouth watering poha delicacy.
The poha was too delicious and is the best I have ever had till date to be honest. We also had samosa and aloo ki sabzi combo and gajar halwa. On our way to hotel we visited grave of Rani Laxmibai and went back to hotel.
After getting refreshed we checked out and left for sun temple which is a replica of konark sun temple in orissa. The temple is well carved and maintained. It is said that the first ray of sun falls on the surya deva idol in the temple.
We then visited jai vilas palace. Entry pass to this palace is 100 rs excluding mobile and camera. So better while travelling in a group,take 1 camera with you to capture the beauty of the palace. We hired a guide there for 300 rs. He told us all the related theories and stories about the palace. The palace is really huge and well maintained.
We came back to middle of the city again to had our lunch at nearby hotel and left for gwalior zoo named as Rajiv Gandhi Prani Sangrahalay. Entry fees is 20 rs.
The main attraction of the zoo is white tiger which are 3 in number there. The zoo is very big and is in the middle of the city just on the way of gwalior fort.
We had our return train on same day at 6 pm to Mumbai.so we were in a hurry to catch the train on time. At last v bought some gwalior ki famous Gajak which is almost like sesame seed chikki.
Visiting gwalior was always my dream n I am glad that I could visit this wonderful city with my best friends.