In Karnataka lies this beauty of a city called Coorg. Enjoyed a 3 day vacation with friends. The idea when visiting Coorg is that you first find a Home Stay, it actually means you stay at someone’s home, except that you pay for it. Browsed through my contacts and my friend suggested that we visit this beautiful home in the middle of a jungle. This is where we stayed.
Yellow Gate Homestay – the hosts are a very friendly middle aged couple, very hospitable. Uncle especially has many stories and experiences to share. Aunt was magical with her Kodava cuisine.
Coorg is a 6 hour drive from Bangalore, we were a group of 6 and decided to travel by renting a self drive car. I was always keen on going on a long drive in a beast of a vehicle. As a group we decided to get a XUV 500 from Voler. I was astonished by the way this machine could rip on the highway. Mahindra really knows how to make a Crossover Utility Vehicle.
We decided to leave Bangalore by about 9 AM and reached Coorg by 3 PM. We took Tumkur road to take a turn near Nelamangala. As we approached Coorg, we were welcomed by this tropical forest.
Staying in Bangalore, I could get a welcome of concrete replacing the trees. For a city dweller, this is the closest we could get to nature. How wondrous if we could stay at a home like this. That person must be blessed by the almighty himself. You wake up everyday to this. What else could one ask for.
A 10 Km drive from here would take us to Yellowgate Home Stay. The stay cost us Rs 1000 per person, it includes stay with Breakfast and Dinner. It was a fair deal for us as we were not looking for anything luxurious. The door of the Home stay opens to this view:
Since we traveled during the day on Saturday, we decided to stay put. We enjoyed the view, each other’s company, good food and lots of laugh. The hosts also would talk to us and suggest which are the places to visit, as most of us had been to Coorg, it was a wish that we visit places where regular tourists don’t visit. For the evening we were accompanied by the hosts and their 3 Dogs.
A wise, old and golden retriever.
An Indian bred dog. Again, very wise, calm and loving. He could solely take you on a trek to a nearby hill. All you have to do is follow his lead.
The 3rd one is a small Lhasa Apso, not very friendly. Does not mean he will bite, it is just that it does not want you to take him for granted, to maintain the doggie lable, it would growl and scare you. Could not get a picture of it 🙂
It was a long night, actually we stayed up the whole night. Just talking and sipping a peg or 2 (not exaggerating).
Day 2 was all about driving through the greenery. On the way to a friend’s place we found a water-body this beautiful. This place is near Murnad. Shallow water, clean and not crowded. When we visited, there were kids who were playing in the water.
My friend’s place at Balmuri, again, it was in the middle of a coffee estate. Nature all over, even if we accidentally click a photo, you will just find lush greenery everywhere. This is the house in the making.
Spent a good 2 to 3 hours here and then decided to visit the legendary Raja seat. The story behind Raja’s seat is that the Kings and Queens of Kodagu would visit Raja’s seat to view the Sunrise and Sunset. The place was filled with people in the evening to witness the Sunset. Although we could not get a clear picture of the Sunset as the sky was cloudy, I just could get a glimpse of the Sun hiding behind a cloud.
We decided to call it a day and head back to the warm home stay. Again for a adventurous night with friends and many other things. Our hosts decided to light a camp fire for us.
On such travels, your mind gets to think clear and get out of the stress caused by the materialistic world. At many instances I felt that my life is meant to be close to this nature and not in this chaotic concrete jungle (read Bangalore). How I wish I could be a permanent resident at a place so peaceful in Coorg. With many such thoughts and bonding over friendship, it was end of day 2.
Day 3 and last day at Coorg. Our plan of the day was to visit Mandalpatti, pastoral landmark to view the Sunrise and Sunset. The peak is located at a height of 1600m. It is situated 18 kms away from Madikeri. One can take an early morning Jeep ride to the hill-top viewpoint. It is a tricky ride, 4*4 drive is mandatory.
Coorg is the unsung hero in Karnataka. This city not only contributes towards tourism but is also a proud Indian child who sends many soldiers to the borders. I just wish that the governments realize how precious this city is for this country. Through the stories read and understood, I come to an understanding that the Kodagu district is running on its own without much help from the governments.
I am coming back soon, Kodagu. A destination now close to my heart.