Is it necessary that you have to live in a tent to be called a nature lover? You might learn from this post that you don’t have to slum it out to experience living in a forest.
I am a total city girl but when it comes to a holiday that doesn’t involve shopping I don’t wish to enter any concrete structure. My ideal holiday always involves the sea but then I did get really lucky this holiday with River Kaveri in my backyard and the sounds of the water gushing in the backdrop of a forest. It looked nothing less than a picture from a story book.
‘A rabbit hole for the sole’ is what I read first when I entered Amanvana Spa Resort at Kushalnagar in Coorg. It felt like it rung a bell in my head but I wasn’t too sure of what it was then. So, I just carried on with exploring the new found wonderland (Alice in Wonderland!?)
If a picture speaks a thousand words then a video tells you a whole new story!
WATCH my Coorg Vlog for a real time experience of my little getaway to Coorg. From our 15 hour road trip from Pune, an open bathroom experience, spa indulgence, a river walk & the coffee plantation tour (with lots of new facts about coffee)
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For the rest of you who haven’t visited Coorg ever and are already fascinated by it, keep reading to get all the details to plan a Trip to Coorg!
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Coorg Wow! Where?
Unlike what I presumed, Coorg is not a city it’s actually a district in Karnataka, known to the locals as Kodagu district. The capital town of Coorg is Madikeri and the other famous towns in Coorg are: Kushalanagar, Virajpet and Somwarpet.
Finding your way to Coorg?
Being a pretty hill station tucked away in Karnataka this place obviously doesn’t have an airport or railway station.
Mysore is the closest city to Coorg whether you are flying in or going by rail to Mysore. The big city closest to Coorg is Bangalore.
There are also buses that ply from both Bangalore and Mysore directly to Coorg.
We drove down from Pune to Coorg covering a distance of 900 kms approx in 15.5 hours (with a total of 1 hour halt in total) thanks to my brother and father’s undying love to drive (and a little credit to the ladies patience)
Pack your bag right for Coorg!
- A light cardigan or a jacket is good enough for an average temperature of 15°C. The days aren’t sweltering hot & you can even roam around in your shorts.
- Running shoes and trekking clothes will definitely be of use incase you impulsively decide to go for a small trek!
- Lots of mosquito repellent considering all the foliage in Coorg.
- We did a river walk and the most essential thing was waterproof footwear or at least a sandal with a backstrap (here is where you will love that pair of Crocs the most)
- Extra sets of clothes for those who plan to visit the Abbey Falls or go for the River Rafting.
Best thing to eat in Coorg?
If it’s food you talk about in Coorg then the Coorgis will first show off with their pork dishes followed by seafood. The Pandhi Kari (pork curry) is famous and a must-try. Pork being the highlight in Coorg our chef at the Resort quickly prepared us a Pork Chilly specially on demand. We also had the Kohli Kari (chicken curry) and thanks to the local spices and Coorgi preparation we have something new to add to our palette. If you are a vegetarian, need not worry because their pulaos taste fab with the special aromatic touch of the Coorgi spices.
Coorg locals are all about rice and infact they even make bread from rice (which is also a must try) called- Aaki Oti
Where to stay in Coorg?
You can be completely one with nature and live in tents or live in a coffee plantation itself (although you might want to know that it doesn’t mean you will be surrounded by the aroma of coffee). Homestays are the most popular option when it comes to spending a few nights in Coorg. For those who want a real cozy bed, a pool to dip in and room service then opt for a resort in Coorg! The resort are all very naturesque and they let you experience luxury in the lap of nature.
Online there are a ton of options but I obviously would recommend Amanvana Spa Resort as I experienced it first hand! I’ve also heard the Tata Coffee Plantation makes for a good stay (rather basic stay in terms of the rooms) along with Old Kent (premium plantation bungalows)! I was also suggested ‘Silver Brook Estate‘ which is a guesthouse amidst coffee and pepper plantations. Ofcourse the most luxurious of them all is the Orange County resort.
How to spend your time in Coorg?
They say two days are enough to see Coorg! But if you want to have a blissful slow paced holiday and experience all of Coorg then I would say even four days are good! We literally spent two whole days at just our resort and yet found it less. Our main outdoor activity of seeing a Coffee plantation was also arranged by our Resort which normally doesn’t take more than an hour.
A very unique thing we did was an eight island river walk. Take a look at it in my Coorg Vlog attached above. FYI a river bed always has pebbles and rocks and it actually is a little bit more difficult to walk in a river than the sea considering there is gradient in a river stream too.
Here is a list of things you can do in Coorg-
- Duh! Visit a Coffee Plantation.
- Dubare Elephant Camp: here you can bathe and feed elephants too, but make sure to go there in the morning itself to be able to carry out those activities.
- River Rafting on the river Kaveri. The best time is around the monsoon season.
- Iruppu Waterfalls and Abbey Waterfalls.
- If you want a cultural change & wish to admire some Tibetan architecture, then head to the Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery) at Bylakuppe (the second largest Tibetan settlement in India).
- For you adventure lovers, go Trek up the Brahmagiri Peak to be rewarded by a beautiful scenic view.
- Witness a breathtaking sunset at Raja’s seat in Madikeri itself.
- Make Nisargadhama home for atleast a night, stay in bamboo tree houses, enjoy elephant rides and boating on the river side.
Taking back gifts from Coorg?
Coorg is known for its coffee, tea & spices. Pick up lots of these to distribute to your friends and family after your trip to give them a ‘taste’ of Coorg too😉
Attached below are some gorgeous captures from my stay at the Amanvana Spa Resort.
If I’ve managed to tempt you to make a trip to Coorg then I’ll consider this a good travel post! But would love to see your comments below🙂
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