Sometimes you seek happiness in the most unpredictable manner of the life. When you’re sure that nothing is going right but it comes and hit you like a wave in the ocean.
So was my trip to the District of the Coorg.
I Started my journey really early early in the morning, almost 6 clock in the morning. I just had two days so I wanted to optimize it to the fullest and from Bangalore it’s almost 5 hours drive.
From those of you who are not so familiar with the Coorg let me brief you.
Kodagu is an administrative district in Karnataka, India. Before 1956 it was an administratively separate Coorg State, at which point it was merged into an enlarged Mysore State. It occupies an area of 4,102 square kilometres (1,584 sq mi) in the Western Ghats of southwestern Karnataka.
It’s a beautiful terrain submerged in the most authentic and natural beauty one could ever think of with most amazing combination of flora and fauna.
Since British time onward people have been coming here to get indulge in it’s beauty.
After a hectic drive for almost 5 hours where we only stopped only once for the breakfast and pee break and rest I slept off (I love traveling but I hate car journeys. I don’t know why particularly but generally while i’m in the car I try to spend most of my time sleeping off.) I reached Madikeri .
It’s a small soothing hill station which is also a head quarter for the district of Coorg. Most of the tourist who tend to visit Coorg come here only for staying because it has most number of hotels and other accommodation facilities available at really affordable rate.
My first impression was huge number of coffee and spice shop. Since Coorg is famous for it’s coffee and spices plantation, you will find lots of shops for these. Everyday I need at least a cup of coffee as a fuel to kick start my metabolisms, so I was aroused by it’s fragrance particularly.
After finding a right hotel and getting fresh I took my bag and started my wandering trip.
One thing which I would like to share with my fellow readers is that whenever you’re about to explore the city you’re in, always ask at the reception of your hotel about some of the places to visit in the town and some really good spot to eat. They are in this business only so they will guide you the best.
They told me visit the fort and Abbi falls which are major spot here and for the shopping you can visit the main market
After few minutes walk from my room I reached the main market. It was near the bus stop only. Buses were coming from all the major part of the Karnataka as well as Kerala and Tamil Nadu so reaching here is not a big issue.
Market was like any other Indian Bazaar with almost all kind of goods selling, but less crowded. As I mentioned earlier the main attraction of the market was Coffee and Spices shops located ever now and there.
I went to few of the shops and did shopping at very minimal rate. As I was getting deep into the market I was seeing what this city is actually about. It’s essence and diversity was drifting me. Some houses seems older than 50 years and some were new only.
After a while I found a really cozy cafe with really simple and beautiful architecture. It was apparently little far from the main market.
The waiter was really friendly and cooperative and recommended me with one Banana Sweet and to flush it down a hot cup of Coffee.
I’m not much of a sweet tooth in general but to my surprise I really like the banana sweet. It was Chrisp and little tangy from outside and sweet from inside with some stuffing of the coconut and the coffee was also exceptionally good which I was expecting it to be like.
After having some other things also to satisfy my appetite I started moving towards Abbey falls.
It’s little hard to get a sharing vehicle in Madikeri so people are always recommended to take there own vehicle or else take a Taxi. You can also inquire about the commercial taxi services available. Depending upon your destination there rate may vary.
I took a taxi from bus stand. After 30 min drive on zig zag road I finally reached the spot.
One thing that really mesmerized me about the coorg was it’s natural beauty. Doesn’t matter where you go, you will find amazing view of it’s natural habitat, where you can’t stop yourself from appreciating it. That soothing smell of coffee plantation is always there in the air.
Unlike other waterfall in India Abbey Falls is one of those Water fall which are yet not invaded by we humans. It’s beauty and the essence is still flourishing without much a do. May be because it’s isolated location in the Jungle itself. Yes you get me right Abbey Falls is located right inside the Jungle.