I did a trip to Coorg for the first time along with my wife and cousins. Since I’m a true backpacker, I always prefer to travel by public transport or the cheapest mode available. We took an early morning 6 AM bus from Mysore Intercity bus stand to Madikeri. There are buses every 15 minutes from 4:30 AM. The buses in Karnataka are convenient and fast too. The ticket cost is around Rs. 115 one way.
We reached Kushal Nagar at around 8:30 AM which is 22 kms before Madikeri. We got down here in order to visit the Golden Temple and Dubare Elephant camp first before heading to Madikeri where we had booked a homestay.
We first had breakfast near the bus stand. It was a Kerala restaurant where we had Rice Pooris, Dosai, Lemon Tea and Coffee.
Dubare Elephant Camp: We hired a car for Rs. 800 to take us to Dubare Elephant Camp and Golden Temple, Bylakuppe. Dubare camp is 12 kms from Kushal Nagar. Unfortunately, the camp was closed due to some fire incident.
Golden Temple, Bylakuppe: It was Tibetan New Year so there were traditional dance performances, huge crowd and lots of food as well.
Time for some momos!!! 🙂
We took a bus from Kushal nagar to Madikeri. We had booked this homestay Eshwari Inn Homestay thru GoiBibo. We got a great deal at Rs. 3000 for two night for 4 of us. An entire 2 bhk house for ourselves.
Mr. Lohith, the owner was quite helpful in getting us food from hotel.
Raja Seat: We wanted to take walk around the town to get the local experience so we started walking towards Raja seat (View point for Sunset).
Shops to purchase Spices, Chocolates: Coorg Greens ahead of the bus stand. You get amazing Chocolates at Choci Coorg shop. Flavours like Paan, Coffee splash, Almond drops etc.
Buy authentic filter coffee powder at Ganesh Coffee (opp. to Private bus stand). One kg costs only Rs. 280. 80:20 Coffee and Chicory mix.
Next day we had breakfast at a very small eatery called Krishna Bhavan. Hot Idli, Vada Sambhar, Coffee, Poori etc. This place is very small and its near Choice restaurant. Authentic food.
Abbey Falls & Talacauvery: We hired a car for Rs. 1600 to take us to these two places. You can bargain a bit with the taxi driver.
Walk to Abbey falls is through a coffee plantation. Don’t expect any coffee smell :P. The greenery is very beautiful.
Talacauvery: Birth place of river Cauvery. It is 45 kms from Madikeri. On the way you can visit Bhagamandala Shiva Temple and Triveni Sangam.
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