Thursday, 28 January 2016

Coorg. (Karnataka Journals, Part 3)

          Coorg was the most awesome place. It was the highlight of the trip. We had two entire days to enjoy the beauty of this hill station. We covered four spots and they were really the best ones! On day one, we went to Dubare Elephant Camp, Abbi falls and Raja's seat. On day two, we visited the Bylakuppe temple.

          Dubare Elephant Camp was really fun. We had to go to the exact site by crossing a small lake. We crossed it in hardly 5 minutes by a small boat. There were multiple things to do from there. First of all, we saw the elephants. Some animals are just unique. You look in their eyes and you find a small world in there. I love getting lost in those eyes. They're filled with innocence. Some people were feeding the elephants cucumbers and pineapples. The best part came when baby elephants came into sight. At first, they looked cute and adorable. But they were really naughty. They were enjoying themselves more than humans did. I think the only enjoyment humans had was while taking selfies with the elephants. We moved around the place. We got a great spot for a photoshoot. About 100 photos later, we decided to go on the elephant ride. It was short and fun. You can also wash the elephants there. That would've been really amazing but none of us did that because of the time constraint, I guess. There was river rafting too. But it held no meaning because it was in still water so it looked no more fun than boating. After about 2 hours, we left the place.
Overall, it was a good spot. Elephant riding, elephant washing, river rafting etc. The thing is you can do all of these things anywhere else too. So, I suggest that if you have more interesting spots, check them out first.
Photo Credit : Omkar Vaidya 
Photo Credit : Avanti Patil
           The second spot was Abbi falls. The waterfall was amazing. You see waterfalls even on your Mumbai to Pune drive. But this one was bliss. The entry was through a touch of nature. I had to climb down some steps. It was like a mini trek. I was walking downstairs surrounded by trees everywhere with the sound of water slowly approaching. At that time, it felt really great! When I finally reached, I was so happy. If there weren't any tourists, it'd have felt like discovering a little secret treasure. Abbi falls is sort of confined by trees which enhances its beauty. This is a must-visit spot in Coorg! 

          The third spot was Raja's seat from where we saw a gorgeous sunset. It's a good spot for photography beacasue of the wonderful view. After visiting Brindavan Gardens, this place wasn't so intimidating but we had a lot of fun here. 

          We did one last place the next day. Bylakuppe is a small Tibetan settlement. We visited the Namdroling monastery. My trip started with Mysore palace and ended with this monastery. And both of these places have fascinating architecture. Once I entered, my jaw dropped. There were huge golden statues of Gautam Buddha, Padmasambhava and Amitayus. And they were adorned beautifully. I would have stayed there gazing at them forever. It was just beautiful.

          These were the four places I saw in Coorg. Have you been to Coorg? Which ones did you enjoy the most?
Stay tuned for my last travel post. It's an overview of my entire tour!


  1. Your pictures are gorgeous. I would love to visit that beautiful waterfall.

    All the Best,
    Allison |

  2. Nice travel photos...India is so rich culturally and historically... :)

  3. Wow, looks beautiful! I would love to visit India some day!

  4. I haven't ever been before but it looks beautiful! Lovely pictures!

  5. That elephant camp sounds amazing! The scenery is beautiful!

  6. I've never been to Coorg but it looks beautiful. Your pictures are lovely too.

  7. Beautiful nature, beautifully captured on camera and in words.

  8. Wow! This looks like such a neat experience. Your pictures are amazing too! Thanks for sharing!

  9. This post took me back to my college days, Coorg is definitely a trip near and dear to me. I just love everything about Coorg, and Abbi Falls is spectacular! Looks like you had a great time :)
    xx, Kusum |

  10. Thank you everyone for reading! :)

  11. I love these pictures. I would love to go there.


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