The Coorg Tour
Seated amidst the lovely tranquil hills of the Western Ghats is the district of Coorg (called Kodagu locally), one of the top tourist destinations of Karnataka. The lush green plantations, deep valleys and the beautiful water falls is a sight to behold and is one of the most serene sights. See the amazing waterfalls at Iruppu, Chelavara and Abbey and pray at Bhagamandala, one of the two Brahma temples in India. Enroute visit the Tibetan monastery at Bylakuppe, the elephant camp at Dubare the delta Nisargadhama. At Madikeri see the unique Mercara fort, Rajas seat park, the waterfalls, the Bhagamandala temple and then go to Talacauvery, where the river Cauvery has its source.
In every walk in with nature one receives far more than he seeks.John Muir
- Destination: Karnataka
- Location: Coorg or Kodagu
- Google Map Co-ordinates: 12.4244° N, 75.7382° E
- Nearest City (Airport): Mangalore
- Nearest City (Railway Station): Mysore
- Duration: 3D/2N, 4D/3N, On request
- Dates: On request
- Price: On request
Around 85 kms from Mysore is the monastery in Bylakuppe, one of its kind in the world, where Tibetan monks reside. The Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery that houses Tibetan refugees has a massive monastic temple, the Padmasambhava Buddhist Vihara,inaugurated by the Dalai Lama. The architecture of the temple in Buddhist style, the massive area for rituals, the paintings, the murals and the imposing temple will make you at peace with yourself. . An inevitable part of any Buddhist temple is a prayer wheel. Here you will find as many as 1,300 small prayer wheels and 19 large ones. Turning the wheels that contain prayer scrolls in a clockwise direction is considered as effective as chanting prayers. The monastery offers structured course in Buddhist teachings. Savour the thukpas, noodles or the yummy momos along with different flavours of tea including the popular salt-butter tea.
Halt at the elephant training camp at Dubare, a historically important camp. The tourists are provided an “intimate moment with elephants”, and a trained naturalist explain the various aspects of Elephant history, ecology and biology. The visitor can not only observe and learn but also participate in various activities involving Elephants. You will leave the camp becoming more sensitive to the plight of the elephant.
Visit the man made island of Nisargadhama, one of the very famous picnic spots in South India. The 64-acre island, surrounded by the Cauvery River has a lush foliage of thick bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees has lovely river-side cottages.
Reach the headquarters of Coorg district, Madikeri. Start with Rajas Seat Park, which the kings used to visit to enjoy the beautiful scenic beauty around. The sunset and sunrise make for a mesmerizing view which is worth capturing in your cameras. Visit Mercara Fort, one of the most famous tourist places in Madikeri. The Fort is a unique in that it houses among other structures a temple, an Anglican Church, a prison and a museum. It has beautiful architectural designs. The land of coffee, apart from having great landscapes to trek, you can see amazing waterfalls like the Abbey Falls, Chelevara Falls, and the Iruppu Falls.
Proceed to Talacauvery from where the river Cauvery originates. You will be stunned to see how the origin is a small feed, which then Mother Nature transforms into a great river.
The unique Tibetan monastery at Bylakuppe that accommodates thousands of Tibetan refugees has a calm and composed atmosphere that will transport you into a different world. The Buddha statues, the paintings, the archtitecture has an innate uniqueness that can be very rarely seen at any tourist spot. The fragrance of the mixture of flames, flowers and incense sticks will make the divinity alive within you.
The elephant camp at Dubare will teach you a lot about the life of elephants. It will make you more sensitive towards not only elephants but all other animals.
Nisargadhama (Natures abode) as the name suggest will take you back into the laps of the pure and sacrosanct Mother Earth.
Madikeri, one of the most famous tourist places of South India, known for its hills, rains and coffee plantations will enthrall you with its people, the food and of course the monuments. It has Rajas Seat Park, Mercara Fort, Omkareshwara Temple, the numerous waterfalls, and the great trekking routes. The Kodavas (natives of Coorg) are one of the few group of people in the country who can still keep a licensed rifle. As a tradition, they still serve the armed forces and have had a number of hockey players who have represented the country. Do not miss to have the delectable Pandi Curry (Pork Curry), the Emperor of Kodava Cuisine.
Talacauvery, next to the breathtaking Brahmagiri Hills, is the place of origin of the mighty Cauvery River. It is near to the Bhagamandala temple, one where prayers for ancestors are done. Do check on the curse of Alamellamma wherein the story of why there are sands near the origin of the river, there is a lot of sand, will leave you stunned.
Thirunelli: On the side of the Brahmagiri hills in Wayanad lay an ancient temple, dedicated to Lord Maha Vishnu, the Thirunelli temple. The temple, surrounded by beautiful hills and forests, is located 32 km away from Mananthavady. The temple is also known as Sahyamala Kshetram and Kashi of South.
For the dead, Hindus do a puja every year. This is basically to appease the departed soul. Its believed that once the pooja is done in Thirunelli, it’s the final one and need not be done every year.
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- Guided tours with transportation.
- All applicable government taxes, toll fees, parking charges, etc.
- Entry tickets to monuments, parks.
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