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Happened to meet some of the old boys recently and decided to do an impromptu trip to Coorg. So with a few t-shirts, a jacket and fully loaded camera we headed out of Bangalore at about 11.30pm on friday nite as we had a lot of miles to cover. We had two designated drivers on our way up while the other two slept and switched roles the next day.

Coorg mountain range

Coorg mountain range

With a brief stop for pepsi and french fries at the new 24hr Mc Donalds on the Mysore highway, we were back on the road. After having to take a few U turns on the outer ring rd in Mysore we were finally back on Hunsur rd towards Madikeri (We took the mysore ring rd as its dangerous to take the Srirangapatna to Hunsur rd shortcut at nite). This road is in excellent condition upto Kushal nagar after which we had to navigate thru the pot holes until we reached Madikeri at 5am. We decided to move on to our first destination Talacauvery and reached the mist covered peak by 6.

Talacauvery Entrance early morning

Talacauvery entrance early morning

View from the pond at Talacauvery

View from the pond at Talacauvery

With constant drizzle and mist covering this whole place, we didn’t have much choice but to sit inside the car and wait for the temple gates to open. By 7.30am we had freshened up and ready to enter the temple to offer a brief prayer to the river Cauvery in its purest form.

Abbe Falls in Madikeri, Coorg

Abbe Falls in Madikeri, Coorg

We soon got back to the nearest town Bhagamandala for some hot breakfast and managed to find this small hotel which served hot iddli’s and puri’s. After a hot cup of coffee in the freezing temperature we returned towards Madikeri town and continued towards Abbe falls which is about 7kms beyond. With the heavy downpour this waterfall was quite full and made for a good photo opportunity.

After some more hot tea at a local stall we got back to Madikeri town for a proper meal at the Mayura Valley View hotel but without the view as it was completely covered by mist. We had a sumptuous meal at this restaurant which is currently under renovation and continued on our journey towards Somwarpet. The road became narrow as we went past Somwarpet towards Shanthalli and Kundhalli to reach our destination the Palli Hill Homestay.

This is a 40 yr old traditional coorgi house which is slightly renovated with attached bathrooms for 2 of their bedrooms and is used to host travelers looking for a homely experience. The friendly owner stays at another property within the same compound and is always available. Our one nite stay here was really special with awesome home cooked food and the company of this coorgi family.

Mallahalli Falls, Coorg

Mallahalli Falls, Coorg

Another view of the majestic Mallahalli falls in Coorg

Another view of the majestic Mallahalli falls in Coorg

Early next morning after a wonderful breakfast, we decided to visit the not so famous Mallahalli Falls which is about 3kms from this homestay. Our poor WagonR managed to get us half way after which we had to trek to this falls due to its terrain. After trekkin for 1.5kms we came to a clearing from where we could see this majestic falls and its tremendous flow for almost 2 – 3 kms downstream. We just sat there in the rain appreciating this view until a few leeches attacked us. Another quick photo session and we began our journey back to our car.

Hot lunch awaited us back at the homestay but our car had taken a hit on the gear shaft which was stuck only in 1st gear. So we quickly packed our bellies, thanked our hosts and headed towards Somwarpet slowly. This was another adventure in the making as most of the repair shops were shut being a Sunday.

Nati koli (Local chicken) take shelter in the rain at a village near Somwarpet

Nati koli (Local chicken) take shelter in the rain at a village near Somwarpet

Guess we got lucky that weekend and found this workshop who stayed open just for us and got us back on the road after 5 hrs of grueling repairs. We had to be back in Blr before 4am as one of us had an early morning flight to catch. So with a solid dinner at Kushal Nagar it was non stop driving until we reached home by 2am. We learnt quite a few lessons in this trip but overall we have a lot more memories to cherish.

Quick Facts:

Route – Bangalore – Mysore – Periyapatna – Bylekuppe – Koppa – Kushal Nagara – Cauvery Nishadharma – Hosakote – Suntikoppa – Madikeri- Abey Falls-(40) Bhagamandala – Talacauvery – (48) Madikeri – (40) Somwarpet – (8kms) – Palli Hill Stay – (41kms) Kushalnagar – Hunsur – Srirangapatna – Bangalore

Distance Covered – 730kms

Average Mileage – 14.5kms/ltr (even after driving in 1st gear for 30kms)

Fuel used – 50 ltrs

No of days – 3 nights & 2 days

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It was a trip to a home stay at Srimangala (close to Iruppu falls), Coorg. We were travelling through the beautiful Nagarahole forest (Rajiv Gandhi National Park) and though we did not venture into the forest and kept pretty much to the motorable road – we did have hopes of sighting one of those big cats that had eluded us on our earlier trip to Bandipur!

About 10 odd kilometers into the park and surprise! We got to see a pair of sparkling eyes. But alas! it was a rather shy Indian Giant Squirrel also known as the Malabar Squirrel. (http://www.thewebsiteofeverything.com/weblog/pivot/entry.php?id=311 & http://www.care4nature.org/wildindia/squirrel.htm ) These animals are actually equally rare to spot and I was glad that I was able to click them before they disappeared in to the high canopy of the forest.

Giant Malabar Squirrel at Nagarhole forest

Giant Malabar Squirrel at Nagarhole forest

These beautiful squirrels grow up to 3 feet in length –and just their tails are around 2 feet long. They can leap a distance of about 6 meters or more. We spent a cool 10 minutes seeing them scampering around displaying their agility. It wasn’t a Tiger but it was sure a treat.

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The rest of the drive was uneventful and we sighted nothing but some Spotted Deer and a lone Bison at a considerable distance –in fact some of us even ended up debating whether it was a buffalo or a bison 🙂

We finally reached the beautiful home stay at Srimangala that was our destination and were treated to a sumptuous coorgi meal (chicken curry, poputtu, nuputtu, mango curry, mutton dry etc) prepared by the couple who owned the place. The heavy meal, the lovely misty weather and the sight of the snug bamboo cottages had us heading straight for an afternoon siesta snuggled under the warm blankets.

The evening started with some piping hot coffee and we took some time taking in the beautiful scenery that lay in front of our cottages. The temperature had dipped further with a light spell of rain and the owners lit us a nice toasty bonfire – absolutely ideal for a relaxing evening with friends!

The next day we rose nice and early to explore the estate. A view point with bamboo benches amidst a canopy of trees seemed just right for a romantic rendezvous – and this inspired one of our pals to spend the better part of the morning sitting there under an umbrella, engaged in a marathon phone conversation with his fiancée.

Iruppu Falls in South Coorg

Iruppu Falls in South Coorg

The rest of us were a bit more adventurous and tried our hand at rafting in the small lake nearby. A visit to the famous Iruppu falls post another scrumptious meal wrapped up the trip.

Typical Coorgi Home

Typical Coorgi Home

The weekend was a complete stress buster and couldn’t have gone better. In fact, my 2 year old enjoyed the experience so much that she didn’t want to go back to Bangalore 🙂 – and neither did we!

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