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Two days trip to Coorg

April 8, 2017

I travelled to Coorg with my friend, Rohith. We both were planning for a trip from long time, probably from 1 year. Finally, we decided we will go to Coorg.

 

We booked a KSRTC Non-A/C sleeper from Bengaluru to Madikeri in 30th December 2016. The cost was approximately around Rs.500 to Rs.600 range. Some sites mention as Mercara Madikeri. You can try at Redbus/Abhibus or other travel sites. I was little confused in threse names Mercara /Madikeri/Coorg/Kodagu/etc. Mercara is English name for Madikeri. Madiker is a administrative town in Kodagu district. Coorg is another name for Kodagu. You can read entire history from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodagu_district.

 

Our bus boarding point was KSRTC Satellite bus stand. We both booked a cab reached boarding point 1 hour before and completed dinner there. Rohith is so fond of Tea. So, we had two cups of tea for each one of us.

 

Our bus approximately started at 10.00PM. Ours is upper berth. I couldn’t sleep because bus started swinging, not stable. It was there throughout journey. Rohith slept nicely without any trouble. Anyways, at around 4.30AM, our bus reached Madikeri bus stop. We got down from bus. It was so cool weather there. We had our sweatshirts on our bodies, even then it was so cool. We went inside bus depot and sat there. Rohith immediately went to Tea shop and ordered tea for both of us. I was shocked as I never had tea at that early morning 4.30AM, that too without brushing.  We couldn’t go to hotel although we booked because our booking is there from 12PM in the afternoon. So, we had to fresh-up and do daily things inside bus depot only. Rohith as usually took a tea and I also followed him.

Luckily, there were few people inside the depot at that time. We roamed and asked few people about the places and buses. We came to know that, buses will start at 6AM in the morning.  We decided we will complete our daily things till that time. We took rest  for sometime.

 

In our plan, we both decided that, first day, we need to trek, and second day, plan for sightseeing places.

We decided that we will go to  Tadiandamol peaks (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tadiandamol). This place was decided by my friend Rohith as it is 1748m ( highest peak in Coorg).

 

And yes, to our places, there is no KSRTC bus. Only private buses are there, So, we went to a stop, where all private buses are standing. Upon asking, we came to know that, there is only bus which will go to our destination, and it will come at 7AM. So, we waited in that cold weather. There is no clear light even at 7AM. It’s still cold weather.

 

Finally, our bus came. We boarded and our ticket price is Rs. 40 per head. We enjoyed the bus ride because of the ghat road. It has full of turns and steep. And driver was very good. It was of 2 hours journey with 1 breakfast break. Driver stopped at one small hotel. We had Poori there. Its was average food there. Bit oily. We packed some rice item from hotel. I forgot the name of that dish. fWe bought water bottle, few chocolate bars from a shop there. Our bus journey resumed.

After a total of 2 hours of journey, we reached our bus stop.  We got down from bus and walking towards the hills.

 

Beginning of Trek – 31st Dec  2016

 

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In the beginning, it was normal concrete road. We slowly started walking and taking photos with my camera.  The trek was awesome with beautiful trees, scenarios, etc. The big mistake we did was we were carrying all of our luggage to the trek. The trek totally consists of 7KM + 7KM. We started around at 9AM.  Rohith and me slowly started walking in the path. We enjoyed a lot. After 3KMs, we reached a halt, where police was standing to check. He took some Refundable advance. We need to submit if any plastic bottles are there with us. Then, we resume our journey after having some fruits, butter milk there. The trail started to become bit difficult. After sometime, I got tired and took rest many times. Even Rohith. Between, for relaxation, we had chocolates, fruits and took few photos with Tripod. We continued. In-between, few forest trees came. Small water path. Wow, awesome hills there. It was awesome experience. I can say, First of its kind in my life.  OK, We reached 90% of trek. But, last 10% was hardest I can say. We need to climb the hill which is straight steep, and it was slippery. With Rohith’s help, I climbed finally. We both reached peak of the hills. We were like, we achieved something. Woww. We relaxed sometime there and took some photos. We ate that rice item which we packed and started return journey. We reached approximate at 2PM there. Yes, we took more time to reach. Return journey was good except that 10% which was slippery. We took more than 30mins there while returning. We both got tired now.  After this, Rohith fell few times, I think he lost energy. No injuries though. We were in hurry as we knew that there is only one bus from Hill to Madikeri (where we booked our hotel) at 6PM. It’s already 4PM. We reached the Police halt, took our advance and stopped at some shop where Tea got served. We took some Coffee. Luckily, Auto facility is there from this tea shop. So, we took auto to the bus stop. After some time waiting inside bus stop, our same morning bus with same Driver and conductor came, we got into bus. We also slept inside the bus. But again, bus journey is awesome for two hours.  We reached Madikeri at 8.30. We don’t know where is our hotel. So, with the help of Google maps, we got our hotel and reached. We did freshen up and came outside for Dinner immediately. We went to small hotel there, we ordered Noodles, Some Fried Rice etc. We completed Dinner and roamed a bit, did some shopping there. I bought Coorg made chocolates, Rohith also took chocolates and other items. Finally, we went to hotel and slept nicely to end the year 2016 in a grand manner.

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We woke up and want to start our new year 2017 in good way. So, we started our journey again without late. We completed breakfast and were on roads at 9AM. We did take Kushalnagar KSRTC bus, and got down at Nisargadama. It was approximately 40mins journey. Nisargadama is small park where small water falls were there and Deer park is there. We did take few photos and spent some time in waters, and feeding to deers. After spending 1 hour, we started to Namroling Monastery.

We took auto from there and reached the Monastery. It was a good place with Lord Budha with other two persons statues were erected inside it. We spent some time there around 30mins and returned to Kushalnagar. We did lunch there. We went to bus stop and got into bus towards Madikeri. Then, we took auto towards Abbey falls. we spend some time there and reached Omkareshwar temple. After darshan of Lord Shiva, we went to Raja seat by walk. It is viewpoint for viewing sunset. It is a perfect place. We enjoyed there and relaxed a bit.  Finally, after sometime, we checkout our hotel and ordered noodles again at our favorite hotel and got into Bengaluru bus with lot of sweet memories.

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