We are just back from 4 days bike trip to Coorg from Bangalore, starting from 1st November to 4th November 2018. Travelling to any new destinations, we both invest some time to know the places, temple histories, places to see around, good restaurants and good accommodations. So, I have compiled all the blog articles that I read which talk about Coorg travel, Trekking in Coorg, Homestays, Coffee plantation experiences and much more. And I shared my travel experience in Madikeri Coorg, at the end of this article.
About Coorg -Kodagu, also known as Coorg, is a rural district in the southwest Indian state of Karnataka. In the area’s north, Madikeri Fort has 2 life-size elephant statues at its entrance, plus a Gothic-style church with a museum on its grounds. Nearby, the Hindu Omkareshwara Temple dates back to the 19th century. Farther north are the domed Raja’s Tomb, a burial place of Kodava kings, and cascading Abbi Falls. (Source Wikipedia)
Part I: 7 Real life Traveler’s experience on Trekking in Coorg
This is an interesting travel article where every bit of trek to Tadiandamol, Coorg is explained. I loved the way the author narrated her story from start to end of the trekking at Coorg with a group of 15 members. She narrated that how she had a difficult time trekking without proper shoes, lack of water and food supply and unforgettable experience when the team saw a snake in the trails. It was quite an article with many pics.
But, no much information on where she camped (if any), transportation and accommodation details. All I learnt from her article is I would need good supportive shoes, food and water supply and team coordination as I might get split up on the way up.
So, overall this article is helpful for travellers interested in Coorg one day trip and trekking in Coorg.
This article caught my interest because the author traveled by bike to Coorg from Bangalore, and shared his both bike ride and trek experience to Mandalapatti. Our extensive Bike ride experiences have taught us many lessons – one of them is “be prepared for any sudden deviation in the plan at any point in time”.
I was not surprised when the author mentioned that they could not go trek on the planned day due to bike ride delay. I could very well relate to our bike ride experiences, where many things went wrong in our bike travel, one of them is in Dubare Elephant Camp.
It is an interesting article to see his pics of his bike ride, trekking and camping in Coorg.
This is another useful and descriptive article on one-day trekking in Coorg from Bangalore. If you are looking for a guide on one-day trek guide to tadiandamol from Bangalore, this article explains it all. From her trek experience I understood, they returned on the same day to Bangalore – accommodation details also provided. She has carried her food and water supply, so no complaints on those. Overall it seems to be a pleasant experience. Pics say it all.
Yet another descriptive article on one day trek to Tadiandamol, Coorg from Bangalore. I liked the way the author first experienced trekking in rain and kayaking. And her trip ended at Golden temple in Nisargadama. In her words, it is “soul-satisfying experience”. If you are looking for a one-day trek in Coorg or planning to book one-day trekking to Coorg via Thrillophilia, this article would be useful. And useful for travelers looking for Coorg one day trip from Bangalore, especially for trekking plans.
Even though the author has not gone any trekking in her Coorg trip, I listed this article for the information, “do’s and dont’s” from her 3 days and 2 nights travel plan. She has covered Mysore and Coorg in 3 days, spending 12k on budget. Overall, this is a very useful article for someone who is planning to couple 2 places (Mysore and Coorg) in one trip and how you can make maximum out of the trip sightseeing many places. Like her, we too did stay in Mysore on day-1, roamed around the cleanest city in the evening, headed to Coorg on day-2. If you are looking for one day trip to Coorg from Mysore, I would suggest following this article, pick the places from her article which would fit your plan (Just saying 🙂 )
This is the best Nishani Motte trek (Coorg) blog article I have come across. Author has captured some breathtaking pics in his Nishani Motte Trek, Coorg and shared his 2 days homestay and trekking at Coorg.
You can follow his article if you are planning to go trek to Nishani Motte, I would too in future inspired his very own words in the article,
“If you want to experience wilderness in its rawest form, trails which are crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, fulfilling, leading to the most amazing views and experiences, Nishani Motte gives you that Thrilling Experience ! !”.
Am sure you would fall in love with his words and photography. Also you will know all details like Nishani motte from coorg, best place to stay in Coorg etc.,
This author has written general guidance about –1. Tadiandamol trek 2. Bramagiri Trek 3. Galibeedu Trek and the best season to travel and trekking in Coorg. Wish he had written more about the trekking places in Coorg and added few more pics to narrate the experience. Not much you can learn from his article, but it was in my research list, so sharing with the readers here.
Part II: Homestay and Travel Experiences in Coorg
Dev, a solo blogger has written about his travel experience in Kabbinakad, Coorg, 30kms from Madikeri. I absolutely loved the way he has written about Homestay experience, Coorg nature, birdwatching, trekking in Coorg and coffee plantation. He also has shared some tips for readers who are planning for travel to Kabbinakad, Coorg. I personally loved this article, the way the author had a good time, making me want to go Kabbinakad trek badly. Next time, definitely next time.
This blogger has written about all the fun activities in Coorg one could do while staying there, including Puthari Festival celebrated towards the end of the year. If you are looking for the list of fun activities and sightseeing places in Coorg, this article is very descriptive and useful. This is also a useful guide for travellers to explore Coorg places in one day.
Rachel Jones, an American blogger has good experience travelling India and has written a detailed article “ 11 Kick-ass things to do in Coorg” and I absolutely loved reading it. During her stay in Coorg, she has tried all the activities from trekking to Tadiandamol to eating in Bylakuppe Tibetian restaurant to exploring coffee plantations to you name it all, she has done it and makes me feel jealous with all the pics she has shared. Make sure to check her article, you nomads.
A well-written article about homestays, activities you could do in Coorg for first-time travelers. He has even shared contact numbers for the Homestay he stayed in Coorg and shared all the wildlife experience in detail. Good one, I liked all those butterfly and wild life pics.
Once again a very descriptive article on Coorg travel and activities with additional information on the history of the places he has explored. Also, he has compared Coorg with all the other places he has travelled, sure he had traveled a lot and knows more about history and architectures. A very lengthy article, much patience required, but a useful one.
Yet another descriptive article on Coorg stay, travel experiences and much more with google maps, homestay details and lots of pics of the places he has visited. A very useful article indeed.
Part III: Famous travel bloggers articles on Coorg
- Shivya Nath– About Coffee and conversations in Coorg
I adore this author and admire her guts who has been solo travelling the world since 2006. She is not a regular traveler who does regular things as many others do. I think that’s the reason became very famous – for her guts and solo travelling. She is unique in choosing the places and has a different view in writing her experiences. I am her follower, click the above link to read her experience in Coorg.
- Lakshmi Sharath – Again huge fan of her blog, yet another famous blogger in the travel industry. She has few articles written on Coorg stay, following are the links
- Mridula Trivedi – Beautiful Memories of Coorg
The very short and simple article shared by famous travel blogger Mridula Trivedi, sharing her travel memories from Talakaveri to Coorg.
If you are planning for one-day trekking to Coorg or few days vacations to Coorg, all the above articles will provide you with some useful information. If I have missed something and you think some articles might interest the public, feel free to share in the comment box below.
Part IV: 4 days Road Trip Travel Plan From Bangalore To Coorg
Since 2016, travelling to Coorg has been in our bucket list and had plans to travel there by bus. Now that we are super confident with numerous bike trips in 2017, we decided to travel to Coorg by motorbike itself. We can easily ride 200kms to 250kms in a day, anything more distance needs careful planning and scheduling the trip. Once we have covered the 410kms distance in one day, from Bangalore to Kumbakonam TamilNadu, reaching the distance in midnight only exhausted and worn out. Never repeated the same mistake to date. So, this time we decided to stay in Mysore, take rest and head to Coorg next day.
Throughout the journey we traveled by our bike, with the help of google maps we enjoyed going all the places discussed below.
This is how we spent our 4 days of a bike ride to Madikeri, Coorg.
Day 1: Travel by Bike 150kms from Home, Bangalore to Mysuru, stay the night and relax.
Day 2: From Mysuru to Dubare Elephant Camp, Cover Tibetian temple and have lunch in Cauvery Nisargadama. Finally, reach Madikeri, Coorg, stay at Coorg International Hotel.
Day 3: Sightseeing in Coorg
Day 4: Return to Bangalore from Coorg
My 2 days in Coorg And Why Didn’t We Go Trekking:
Some people travel for adventure, some travel to experience the place and culture, some travel for passion and make living, some travel to relax and get away from regular life, some travel for creating memories and experiences –We travel so we could ride the motorbike to the destinations and cherish the whole experience.
So our prime aim is to ride a bike and enjoy the experience on different roads riding to different places.
Also, a disadvantage with riding a bike for such long hours is that we cannot do any sports activities or any physical activities which demand more energy (unless we choose to stay in one place for a very long time). That’s the reason even though I read all the articles and collated all the info, we did not plan to go trekking in Coorg.
All we do is relax at the end of a bike ride, and head to explore the city where we stay.
Mostly we go sightseeing the famous places and chill in restaurants, eat the local cuisine and enjoy the vacation.
So with that clarity, we planned one and only activity apart from our regular leisure and sightseeing activity – Spend time with Elephants in Dubare Elephant Camp. It did not go well as we planned, read my travel disappointment story in Dubare elephant camp here.
In the above link, I have given some very detail you need to know about Dubare elephant camp activities, timings, entry fee and rafting.
Disappointment aside, we had a good time – visiting Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple (also Cauvery Nisargadama), riding around the places near Madikeri (mainly Raja’s seat and Abbey falls), enjoying local food and coffee, clicking lots of pics and making memories. Here are the pics.
And neither did we buy Coorg spices nor Coorg coffee because we are limited by luggage space, would love to buy some in our next trip. We use travel “Saddle Bags” like in the pic below and a tank bag – so we can travel freely without any pain of carrying backpacks the whole time.
Whenever we travel with these Bike saddle bags, We fill enough our water bottles, pack some healthy snacks along with our clothes. We keep first aids, power banks, hand sanitizers, coolers and scarfs to protect from pollution and dust are kept in our fuel tank bag for easy access.
If we are not travelling with these saddle bags, that means we are on short trip / one day trip to near by places in Bangalore – We carry a hiking backpack, small enough to wear it for a long time, nut big enough to fit in 1 liter water bottles and snacks.
We always make sure to wear comfortable clothes (also good looking for taking pics) for long hour bike ride – he wears sweat pants with pockets, I wear very comfortable jeggings almost on all rides. This Fratini Jeggings– Color Black is what I have worn most for more than 2 yrs bike travel, it still stays brand new. It is always on demand in Amazon, you could buy directly from the store or any other shopping websites.
Since it doesn’t have pocket, I always carry sling bag – good size to keep mobile phones (very essential for google maps), coolers (need them for sunny ride), and Money (you know its very essential).
Now you can plan for Coorg places to visit in one day or two days with the help of the above article links.
If you are from Mysore, or you think you could couple yet another place in your Mysore trip, I would recommend Nisargadama and Coorg. These are the best places to visit near Mysore for one day trip as a couple or with family.
Trekking Places in Coorg:
- Nishani Motte Trek
- Tadiandamol Trek
- Kabbinakad Trek
- Bramagiri Trek
- Galibeedu Trek.
Places To See in Coorg:
- Abbey Falls, Madikeri
- Iruppu Water falls, Bramagiri.
- White River Rafting, Barapole river
- Tadiandamole Peak
- Iruppu Falls
- Omkareswara Temple
- Madikere Fort
- Honey Valley – Nilakandi Falls
- Bird Watching
- Spice and Coffee plantations.
Places To see On the way back to Bangalore:
- Dubare Elephant Camp – Elephant Safari and Elephant bathing, wild life photography, River rafting
- Nisargadama Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery)
- Nagarhole National Park (Wildlife safari at 6am to 8am, so you need to be there by 5.45 am atleast)
- Talakadu (Origin of Talakaveri, Play in the river, Visit famous ancient temples being buried under sand)
- Somanathapura – Chennakesave temple (Ancient Hoysala Architecture under Archaeology department)
- Mysore (Famous Tourist destination – Mysore Zoo, Palace, Sri Chamundeswari hills, Brindavan garden, Tippu Sultan Fort etc.,)
- Srirangapatna – Sri ranganathar Temple.
- Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary
Restaurants To Eat in Coorg /Nearby Coorg:
We enjoyed eating in small – family run restaurant, meals with decent price in Madikeri.
On the way back from Coorg, we had fish curry rice in Fish curry rice restaurant near Nisargadama.
Also we enjoyed good restaurant options once we reached Mysore.
Otherwise readers can go by the ratings in https://www.tripadvisor.in/Restaurants-g503697-Kodagu_Coorg_Karnataka.html
We are planning a trip exclusively for trekking in Coorg, will soon write my experiences here. Meantime, share your pics (social media links) and write your experiences about your travel to Coorg in the comment box below.