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Jun 03, 2007 11:15 AM 7253 Views
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If you are looking forward to vacation where you can wake up to the chirruping of birds, the fragrance of flowers, the sound of rain drizzling at your window panes, clean crisp breeze, a sense of great joy , away from the maddening crowd, then coorg is the place to be.COORG-wonder why not much has been written about this beautfiul and rich hill staion.We started early one morning , all loaded up in our scorpio. The heat , the traffic and the mundane affairs of city life were just getting too much and every one needed a short but much needed break. TO break away into the green pastures, clean pure breeze and lovely morning fragrances.It seemed like a balm to soothe the senses. BUt we were very apprehensive , as the heavens were pouring down and it seemed foolishness to think of even going to a hill station.

IT would probably be raining cats and dogs and we would be stuck all day in the hotel. But we needed to go somewhere and Coorg, had recenetly been in the news so we decided to pay a visit.And what a memorable visit it turned out to be!After a long but picturisque journey, as we meandered our way through the roads getting a glimpse of the rustic life, which is so true to India, we finally reached Medikari and it was night fall.Of course we stopped at Cafe Coffee Daya few kilometers out of Bangalore (near MAddur) and had some iced coffee, cakes and there was as adjoining restraunt that served you motuthwatering vadas and idlis and dosas.

The kids had lots of fun streching their legs at the play area which had slides and swings and merry go rounds.THey even climed the tree which had a huge trunk.On reaching Coorg we enquired about a good hotel and somebody told us about a place called Club Mahindra . Club Mahindra was a whole lot better than we expected . It has been opened recently in Coorg.Its a **three star hotelso its in top shape and one of Club Mahindra;s finest resorts is in Coorg.The studio apartment cost us around 3000rs per night, inclusive of breakfast. The apartement had additional facility of a microwave, to warm our left over food, and an e ectric jug to make tea or milk. Now that was very sweet of them.The best part was standing in the balcony .One could hear the raindrops falling on trees and the tip tip sound resonated everywhere.Since it was the monsoon everything was at its greenest and so clean and fresh.Next morning after a sumptuous breakfast we started on our tour of Coorg, and and the first spot we went to was Dubare elephant camp.

Since to river was full , at its maximum we had to cross it in a boat and what a thrilling boat ride it was. The elphant camp is just amazing for wild life lovers. Wecould bathe , feed and take a ride on the elephants. the baby elehants were so cute and it was lovey watching them take a shower with their own trunks.Almost felt like joining them.Our next stop was Abbey falls. Since it had started raining, we rented some umrellas and had to go down many slippery steps until we reached a huge gushing sound. The abbey falls had still not come into full view.aAter taking a few turns the sound grew louder and right their in all its monsoon glory was the Abbey falls.Because of the monsoons the water was cascading down at full speedand creating a lovely mist and spray. I almost let my umbrealla blow away in the wind.Abbey falls was just magnificent and worth going to inspiting of tte widing steps and the rain.

Next morning we were all very excited as Coorg was turning out to be better than expected.Once again after a breakfast that left no room for lunch, we stepped into the scorpio and decided to visit the resrvoir.It was green, quiet and very peacful sonce we were the only people at the reservoir.Its surprising how untouched the beauty of Coorg is.The reservoir was our last stop and we had to rush intoMadekeri town for some late lunch. Surprisingly the mile long walk at the reservoir had left the kids hungry.I noticed that there were not that many taxis or autos in Coorg.Also I noticed the Coorgo style of werainga sari. It is worn in totaly different way and the coorgis are known for their dressing style.But the peopleare simple, hardworking and friendly.

There wer e quiet a few nice restraunts and shops nearby.WE could not visit the famous Rajas Seat , Medikari fortwhere the rajas used to resideand even the old Tibetan monastry which seemed shrouded in mystery.We also have to visit the fishing camp at Valnoor and the Kabini river Lodge that brought you close to wild life.HTere were so many places still lefet to cover that a secondvisit is a msut.And that I would not mind at all!

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