Hello to all the readers! Been a little long since my last travel blog.
Travel makes you rewind, meet new people, different cultures and off course lots of fun!
This time it was with family. A much needed break from routine, We planned on a road trip. Drive from Bangalore to Coorg was a pleasant one and took about 5 hrs to reach since we took breaks in between. We had our breakfast at Kamat Lokaruchi on the Bangalore – Mysore Highway. This is one iconic place which is mostly visited on the way or during long drives.
Either side of roads we could see the city melting into fields and plantations, which were so soothing and refreshing.
Coorg is one beautiful place with lot to offer. There are varieties of accommodation options, this time we decided on taking an Air BnB. We booked this beautiful home-stay called The Mango Tree in Siddapura. The ambience was absolutely amazing. Perfect for a weekend getaway. We wanted a home far from home and it was absolutely fitting the category.
The owners of this pretty place are very sweet and have maintained the space very well. It was a 3 BHK home with functioning kitchen. It is located in a place where groceries and other items are available at walking distance.
We reached here by noon and were totally happy with the look and feel of the place. We were very hungry already and headed out to eat. Since Siddapura is a small place not many restaurant options are available. Very close to the home-stay was a restaurant called Cofiya. Decent place with good food. I decided to have a South Indian Thali and it tasted good.
The quantity was quite heavy for me but a satisfying meal. If you are planning to stay in this home-stay then this would be one of the ideal and decent restaurant to try on. Google maps can guide you to this place.
We headed back to home-stay, relaxed for a while and headed to Dubare Elephant Camp. I had this place on my checklist since long time but never could make it. This time we finally went there with lot of expectations. But unfortunately dint meet much of it. The place is not that greatly maintained and not much organised. However there were few highlights. Distance from Initial Board to the destination is a kilometer or more. You can walk or Jeep and Rickshaws are available to take you there. We reached this place pretty late around 4 pm. Elephant Bath session is one of the main tourist attraction of this place, were in you can interact with them and give them bath too. This happens in Morning and we missed the session as we went in evening.
We have to trek across the river to reach the spot where Elephants are kept. This was good fun 🙂 There are Boat facilities available but we decided to trek. It was absolutely beautiful, Sunset made it even more serene. Elephants are such Majestic animals! We had to rush back as the sun was down and also was the closing time. It was a different kind of experience, wish we could have come in morning to interact with them.
On our way back to homestay we picked up some groceries for night. Cooked some simple homely food, played some indoor card games and called it night. It was little cold during night and thankfully we had weather checked prior to our visit and made necessary arrangements.
Next Morning we parcelled some breakfast from a near by hotel and started packing our luggage. We checked out by 11am, entirely happy about the place and the way they have maintained it. One glitch was that they had Wifi but it was down due to some issue.
We then moved towards Kushalnagar, on the way we made a quick stop at the Hanging bridge which is close to Nisarga Dhama. It was very good. View from top of the bridge over looking River Cauvery was an absolute bliss!
Few more clicks of this place..
Finally made it to Kushalnagar post lunch to visit the Golden Temple. This would be my third visit till date but every time I go it gives a new depth. We were lucky this time to witness some rituals happening with the monks reciting their hymns. The atmosphere gave a positive vibe which was so peaceful. It was serene to witness the scene.
We left Coorg on such a beautiful note. We had one more place to visit on our way back, Channapatna! It on the Mysore-Bangalore highway. This place is known for Wooden toys and is famously called as “Toys City”. There are lot of shops which sell these toys and I managed to capture few glimpses 🙂
It was a short trip but had great time with good company. A much needed break from routine!
Hope you had a good read 🙂 Please leave a comment below. We will be back with more such travel stories and adventures and yeah do subscribe us 🙂
You can check their website for more details about the home-stay. It was our first experience with AirBnB and it turned out to be a good one!
Travel, Capture, Live in the moment !!!