‘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
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.
Make sure you bargain hard while booking a taxi or an auto. Always enquire the rates from multiple taxi providers.
3. Places to visit
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.
b. Raja’s seat
c. Onkareshwar temple
b. Cauvery nisargdhama
c. Bylakuppe monastery
d. Abbey falls
Places to cover
b. Triveni sangama
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