09 Jan My Leisure Vacation at Coorg – Part 2!!
Well, to start off, this is the continuation to my initial post (My Leisure Vacation at Coorg Evergreen County!!). Unlike other couples, we had been thoughtful of a Honey-moon Trip and that had finally leaded in choosing our paradise as Coorg – The Kashmir of South India. In my previous post I had given a detailed info about the place which had opted to start off the lovely moments and this is all about discovering the magical city which is located in Karnataka, State of India.
Coorg is one of the most well-heeled peak stations in Karnataka. With its natural glory and striking attractive environment, Coorg has the superior place among the peak stations in India. Considering History, Coorg was redefined label of Krodhadesa which means the Land of Anger.
Coorg does always be in the unchanged temperature, ranging in between 15 to 20 degree Celsius. We packed ourselves and inquired the Resort staff where to start off with. Taking there references into mind (they being locales, and know much better) we had finalized few major spots that include:-
- Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement, The Namdroling Monastery
- Harangi Dam
- Dubare Elephant Camp
- Cavery Nisargadhama
- Chelavara Falls
Day – 1
We started our drive pretty earlier, due to signal problem we were unable to use G-Maps and had asking the people who’re on the way. Coorg is frosty, but rather amusing. We headed via Talakaveri Rd travelling around 50mins; we reached our first spot i.e. Chelavara Falls.
Chelavara Falls is a usual waterfall molded by small torrent, a branch of Kaveri close to Cheyyandane village. We parked our car near forest gushes and the falls was visible after walking a few meters. After getting off the vehicle, one needs to go through a Scenic and a narrow path leading to it. One cannot reach the base of the falls as it is restricted for safety concerns. The path is bit steep might be a task for the elderly and old. The view is amazing and small water falls through air, it’s just another lovely waterfall in luxurious greenery. Only in the monsoon it is in the full flow. One would sense awestruck by the tininess of its beauty hit by the sound of water in the heart of a serene forest.
(Recommendation: – Not recommended for elderly people, carry enough water, snacks & carry a jacket.)
After capturing few pics, we headed towards Cauvery Nisargadhama.
It’s a beautiful drive, due to less traffic and its greener attraction, time just sailed and in a couple of hours we reached Cauvery Nisargadhama.
Nisargadhama is an island formed by river cauvery. It’s more famous as a one day stop for picnic outings. People adore its dense bamboo woods, sandalwood and teak trees & river-side cottages.
It can be accessed by walking through a hanging passage. Elephant rides, boating, deer park, children’s park and orchidarium are other charms. Due to bad weather conditions we decided not to go for boating, and the time was up.
We left for the day back to our resort, due to poor street lights and unavailability of location boards we rolled for few extra hours. As soon as reaching our resort, took a hot shower and left to sleep with some cool memories and planning for the next day.
Day – 2
Due to last night’s rain and icy environment we were unable to wake up from the bed and were hiding inside the blankets. After having a strong tea filling the fuels for ourselves we routed to Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement, The Namdroling Monastery.
The Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery is one of the largest teaching center of Tibetan Buddhism. Also known as Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargyeling (“Namdroling Monastery” in short ). Every day Namdroling monastery at Bylakuppe greets hundreds of tourists, equally from India as well as abroad to experience the traditions and adore their grounds, temples and absorbed atmosphere.
The Golden Temple compound is massive and it houses 40 feet high golden images of Guru Padmasambhava (AKA Guru Rinpoche), Buddha Sakyamuni and Amitayus.
The temple tower is extremely rich. The outside walls bordering the entrance are decorated with enormous colorful paintings. The doors are red in color having huge gold doorbells and a thick woven rope with fringes dangling from it. The walls are decorated with lively paintings representing supernatural being from Tibetan Buddhist folklore. It’s a calm and majestic place, bounded by its designed gardens.
They offer Prayers at 1 PM and it is a pleasing experience to lookout the prayer. We tried to take photos and speak to the students, but they just excused themselves.
Inside the campus there are few stalls handled by the students selling some traditional ornaments and handy stuffs.
After having a look at that, we started to move on to our next point, i.e. Harangi Dam.
We landed their pretty sooner making us feel It’s was somewhat near to the Monastery ( maybe it’s just a thought as we had quick nap in the car due to tiredness, because of hot weather there).
Harangi dam as well creates an attention-grabbing visit. It looks like a giant water fall!!!! The dam has been constructed across the offshoot of River Cauvery. It is one of the common picnic plugs with hypnotic natural scenery in addition to undisturbed atmosphere. It’s moderately fewer packed and thus is perfect for those eyeing for some privacy and isolated time with the environment. It has a beautiful garden, including some rare species of herbs.
(Advice to Authorities:-Government must keep an eye on the maintenance part of the Dam.)
The Dubare Elephant Camp is an Amazing place to interact with the elephants. It’s a chance to get to be familiar with these hulks. We Rolled up our jackets and pitched towards elephant training session – observing elephants being provided a scrub-bath in the river. As soon as the bath is ready, cram how elephant food is set and how they’re nourished. Trainers will also reveal how elephants follow instructions and how they performed during their former role in charting tasks. You can also take a fifteen-minute elephant outing in to the Dubare Reserve Forest (Highly recommended).
After an elephant outing we packed ourselves back to resort. Due to unavailability of Paid Leaves, and work load, we left this amazing forest with some memorable feelings.
Foggy mounts, swanky jungle, tea and coffee estate, red woods, rolling paths and awe-inspiring sights have made Coorg an impressive break from our daily routine.
Will miss this Heaven for now & needy to catch it in the month of March!!