A Guide to Coorg’s offbeat gems

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Often referred to as the Scotland of India, Coorg is the jewel in the crown of Karnataka’s tourist’s destinations. One of the first options that will pop into your mind as a winter destination, Coorg envelopes the beauty of the Western Ghats in all its resplendent glory and does not fail to entice you. Every nook and corner of Coorg has something to uncover and the place will make sure you come back for more. Apart from the popular Abbey Falls. Talakaveri, Iruppu Falls, Raja Seat, and coffee plantations, Coorg has some unexplored places that you might want to tick off the list on your next visit. Hidden in the hills of Coorg and hemmed in its beauty are some astounding sights that will stare right back at you. So, get ready to enjoy your rendezvous with nature and leave aside those busy schedules, meetings and the mundane routine to explore the haven of nature.

Hidden treasures:

Coorg is not just about mountain peaks, Abbey Falls and coffee plantations. There is a lot more than you can explore in this place. Here is a list of places that you might want to add on to your itinerary to experience its different side.

·Kotebetta

Situated about 22 km from Madikeri, Kotebetta is a forested mountain and the third highest peak in Coorg. The walking trail is a mud path through coffee plantations and the peak is at a height of 1500 meters. There is a Shiva temple visited by priests and the place is surrounded by a soul-stirring silence that makes you feel calm and peaceful.

·Chelavara Falls

The walk through the lush greenery near Cheyyadane village to reach the Chelavara Falls is sure to leave you mesmerized. Located near the Chomakund hill, these falls are slightly taller than the Abbey falls and you can have a wonderful time playing in the water. Not visited by many tourists, the place is calm and quiet amidst scenic beauty. You could visit it and have a mini-picnic if you are going as a group.

Nalknad Palace

An unexplored monument, the Nalknad Palace is situated at the foothills of Tadiandanol. Built by the Haleri king, Chikka Veerarajendra, the palace was the last refuge of the king, who incidentally was the last king of the dynasty too. The palace has wonderful architecture and houses some ancient paintings and is located about 45 km from Madikeri.

Honnamana Kere

Nature lovers can spend hours at Honnamere Kere and the lake enveloped by beautiful landscapes. The temple of the goddess Honnamma is also a sacred place for Hindus.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

If you visit the Iruppu falls at the foothills of the Brahmagiri Hills, then the sanctuary is a trek from there. Nestled in the border of Coorg and Wayanad, the sanctuary is home to many wildlife species.

Kumara Parvatha

Also known as Pushpagiri, Kumara Parvatha offers breathtaking views of the Western Ghats. A trek will take you to the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.

Harangi Backwaters

Located at a distance of 30 km from Madikeri, this place is surrounded by several resorts and home stays. Perfect locale to spend with family and friends, the backwaters at the foothills of the Western Ghats offer a serene and enchanting getaway.

Dubare

The elephants for the Mysore Dusshera festival are trained at the camp here at Dubare and animal lovers get a fantastic opportunity to see the tusked mammal up, close and personal.

Mallahalli Falls

Slightly far from Madikeri in the Northern region of Coorg is the Mallahalli Falls. Nature freaks can feast on the cascading plunge of waters and soak up the nature surrounding them.

Chiklihole Reservoir

A secluded reservoir and dam in Kushalnagar with walkways amidst panoramic views of mountains and water. The access road is through a dense forest which makes for a good walk in the woods.

How to reach Coorg from Bangalore:

You can easily reach Coorg from Bangalore via a cab using online booking facilities. Book a Bangalore to Coorg car rental with a driver through Savaari. Savaari offers exceptional service with a transparent billing system, good deals, customer friendly chauffers and zero cancellation fees on all their bookings. If you are traveling as a group of 5 or more, get an Innova on rent in Bangalore and affordable prices make it an attractive trip to embark on. Our cars are in impeccable condition and our experienced drivers have good knowledge about the routes. We offer prompt service and guarantee a pleasant journey to all our passengers.

Distance and time taken:

If one plans on booking a cab to Coorgthen your journey time will vary depending on where you start your journey at Bangalore. The average distance from Mysore to Bangalore is 240 km and takes about 5 hours.

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