Deepshree wanted to celebrate my birthday outside Bangalore. Also, she had been wanting to go to Coorg for the last 3 years. So, on the eve of my birthday in 2017, we both decided to go to Coorg.
I booked our hotel in Taj, Medikere. We started from Bangalore at around 6 AM. The roads were empty and we soon reached Kengeri. Here we faced a massive traffic jam. It took us nearly 2 hours to cross Kengeri. Then, the road was empty again. We stopped at Kamat Lokaruchi to have breakfast. There I logged into my Trading Account and sold shares of National Aluminium. I made around Rs. 75,000.
Then, we continued our journey till we reached Mysore. Here, the road is very tricky. With a lot of difficulty, we found the road going to Kushalnagar. But once on that road, we had no issues. This is a straight road right upto Kushalnagar. However, this is a single road and there are lots of humps on this road. At Kushalnagar, we took some time to find the diversion to Medikere. But once we found it, it was a straight road from there on.
Medikere is the district headquarter of Coorg. On reaching Medikere, we had to search for the Taj Hotel. Fortunately, Taj has put guides all along the road from Medikere town till the hotel.
We reached our hotel by around 3 PM.
Taj hotel is one corner of the town very far from the main township. The locale around the hotel is a hill with narrow roads and steep climbs. Nevertheless, it is a very good hotel. The rooms are all cottages made of wood. There is air-conditioners in most of the rooms. However, there was no need for air-conditioner for us. It is quite a difficult climb to move from one part of the hotel to another. The hotel has jeeps and battery driven carts which can be used to move around the hotel.
Our room was huge with separate bedroom and living room and dressing area and toilet.
The lobby of the hotel is very beautiful and it faces the hill and looks beautiful.
There are huge gardens all around and they are very well maintained.
After relaxing a bit, we joined the nature walk program offered by the hotel. It cost us Rs. 900 per person. However, we loved it. Our guide took us for a walk in the adjoining forest for around 3 hours. We saw a lot of different types of trees and of course coffee plantation. We also visited on family in the village who were drying the coffee beans.
We were quite tired after the walk. We relaxed a bit. Then we had dinner and came back to the room and slept.
Next day, we booked a car from the hotel to take us around. We first went to Talakaveri. This is the birth place of River Kaveri.
On the way to Talakaveri, we stopped at Triveni sangam, place where River Kaveri joins with 2 of its tributaries. There is beautiful temple at this place. Many people take bath at this spot.
From Talakaveri, we drove down to Kushalnagar. It took about 2 hours. We had lunch at Kushalnagar. Then, we first went to Namdroling Monastry. It is a buddhist monastry maintained by Tibetians.
Then we went to Dubare Elephant Resort. It took about 40 minutes from the Namdroling Monastry. There are supposed to a lot of Elephants here. However, we could only see 2 of them.
We bought non-alcoholic wines from here. There are lots of shops selling this speciality of Coorg. We bought one Chilli Wine and one Apple Wine.
Then, we came back to Medikere. We went for shopping. We first stopped at a Saree Emporium. Here, Deepshree bought 2 silk sarees. Then, we went into the town. Here we bought coffee, home made chocolates and some spices. Then, we came back to the hotel. We straight went and had dinner. Today, we ordered a-la-carte.
Next morning, after breakfast, we started for Bangalore at around 10 AM. We drove down to Mysore passing Kushalnagar. We stopped at Maddur. There is nice food court here. We had lunch and started once again towards Bangalore.
We reached home at around 7 PM.