Coorg Travel, Kodagu district – 26 March 2017 – Part 3

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Continues from Post 2

Summary: Bike trek, OFF Roading, and Photography at Mandalpetti

Next morning we woke up at 4:30 am early morning and by 5:30 am we checked out from lodge and started for Mandalpatti.

The road was very beautiful.

The Bike trek and OFF Roading was really adventurous. We took an alternative off road to Mandalpatti after Madikeri.

Some OFF Roading picks I would like to show off 😛 :D.

After OFF Roading, we reached the peak.

And then I unleashed the Photographer within me.

And then we started OFF for Bangalore by 1:30 pm.

We reached Bangalore by 6:00 pm.

This ends up the journey to Coorg.

Coorg Travel, Kodagu district – 25 March 2017 – Part 2

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Summary : Dubare Elephant Camp and Golden Temple

Next after entering the Coorg, we were very hungry. We had Puri-Sabji and Tea. And we had limited time and hence we decided to first visit Dubare Elephant Camp.

Entrance fee at Dubare is 20rs per head and no fees for DSLR. The place opened at like 10 o’clock so we did some wierd stunts in parking with bikes. [ Shivam knows how to do 0  😉 with his Pulsar, but RE Himalayan was too heavy much lengthy to do 0. ]

There is a path through water body with very little water and stones to walk through to reach entrance of the camp.

After entering camp :

Getting elephants in mood to take bath and start bathing activity:

And a few videos I was able to do….

Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg – Video 1

Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg – Video 2

Bathing elephant. [ Fees rs 100. ]

Other than this famous attractions:

  • There was a training place for wild elephants in the area behind the water body

  • A wild elephant

And then after we went on and left from elephant camp. We were riding overnight and hence decided to get a stay and rest for a while.

We got a stay in Kushalnagar in a lodge. We wanted to go for a home-stay but they were non-reasonable and expensive and not negotiating on a fair price.

Lodge was a good stay and hence we got a room and a terrace.

In the evening we went out for Golden Temple ( Tibetan Monastery ). We had snacks nearby and then started for the temple.

The golden Buddha idol:

And “Deep”s:

After this, we went to local market to checkout local and famous stuff. A person told us that Coorg is famous for Non-veg and Alcohol :D.

We went to a shop and tasted non-alcoholic home-made wines of flavour: Banana, Cashew, Grapes, Gooseberry ( Amla ), dates and many more.

After this we get our dinner parcel and sat on terrace chit-chatting. The dinner under open sky and a perfect eminence was just wonderful! Veg Food was not good 🙁

And wrapping up with final episode.

Coorg Travel, Kodagu district – 24, 25th March 2017 – Part 1

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Some basic details about Coorg are here:
  • Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodagu_district
  • Official Site: http://www.coorg.com

How did the plan come up?

We started the trip from Bangalore on 24th March 2017, Friday night. As we planned, we started off from our place ( BTM Layout Stage 1 ) by 11:30 pm.

We took the following route to Coorg:

It was a good 227kms road journey. We had 2 bikes,

Royal Enfield Himalayan – Rented from WickedRides, Jayanagar, Bangalore

Pulsar 180 – Owned by Shivam

On the way:

  • We stopped for Tea twice.
  • It was not tiring journey as the climate was cool.
  • We lost each other somewhere near Bilikere [ Took us 1 hr to sync up again. 😀 ]
  • There was a lot of fog on the way near the river crossing at Hunsur. It was a stretch of 20KMS and visibility was hardly 2meters. We followed only strips on road to continue through.

And…

We finally approached the Coorg and the entry through the forest area was awesome.

Glimpse :

We could hardly see anything but decided to wait out in the roads to let time pass. This is in midst of forest way to Coorg. [ Picture above ]

And finally after some light has started to spread, the view and atmosphere was blissful

and we took an alternate route ahead through woods (Picture below) ,  I would not suggest this if you’re going alone. If you get forest officials on the way, you may invite trouble for yourself! But we went anyways…

Continuing ahead and with more morning light spreading, this started to get more pleasant:

And this is the point we hit Coorg finally.

Next episode here.