Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Trip to Madikeri /Coorg [ Heaven on earth].

Wat a great week end we had….!!!!
It was pre-planed almost 1 month back that we will enjoy the Beauty of nature in Coorg unlimitedly for 2 days.
We left the silicon city by 11:30 pm on 31st October and reached “Kashmir of South ” on 1 November by 5:30AM. From Madikeri we left to pre-booked cottage “Crystal-Cottage” which is situated at around 3km from Murnadu (this place is 18km from Madikeri). We reached cottage by 6:15 in the morning. As the environment was full of fog Sun rays were trying to give the golden touch to the leaves covered with the mist. I felt this place like a Heaven and tried to capture some of these wonderful moments in my little camera.
Some of my friends were enjoying the natures beauty and some are getting ready for the next journey.
After having Madikeri's special Breakfast “Akki Rotti (Rice Roti), Kadabu, Honey, Coconut Chatni” in the cottage, we left to visit our pre planned places.
Nature at its Best....

View of Sun rise from the Cottage

We planed the following places to visit on first Day-
Bhagamandala, Talakaveri, Abbi Falls, Raja seat and Omkareshwara temple.

According to guidance of Prasanna (He is the cottage owner) we left to Bhagamandala from our cottage in a short cut rout at around 10am.
We reached Bhagamandala at around 11:15 ,which is situated 40km away from Madikeri. Famous Bhagandeshwara temple is situated here. Subramanya and Vishnu temples are situated beside the Bhagandeshwara temple. In this place three rivers Kannika, Kaveri (which is considered as one of the seven holy rivers "Sapta Sindhu"), and mythical river Sujyoti meets and this place is popularly known as "Triveni Sangama". Most pilgrims visit this place at the time of "Tula Sankraman" (October - November).
Hindus completes the Shradha rites for departed soul by taking a holy dip in this Triveni Sangama.
We left to Talakaveri from here.
Inner view of Bhagandeshwara Temple

Talakaveri is around 8km from Bhagamandala.We reached here by 12:45 pm.
Talakaveri is the birth place of "Jiva Nadi" Kaveri, which is in the form of spring. This place is surrounded by series of Bhramhagiri Hill. The hill top is Nature lover’s favorite place. We can see the fence which bifurcate Karnataka and Kerala.We can see wind mills situated in Kerala from this place.
It is believed that the "Muni Agasthya" had installed a "Shiva Linga" which was made up of sand and worshiped it.

Bhramhagiri Hills.

From here we left to Madikeri .We reached Madikeri at around 3:30pm. As the lunch time was over we came back with out getting food from many hotels.Finally we got one hotel and finished our lunch, and left towards Abbi Falls.

Abbi Falls:
Abbi falls is situated 8km from Madikeri city.In Kodava language Abbi means "Falls (Jalapata)".This falls is situated in a estate.The water falls from 21.3m height.

Abbi Falls.

Raja Seat:
This place is situated at the madikeri city. This place is popular for sun set point.Garden is well maintained and musical fountain is just awesome.
From raja seat we left for our cottage at 7'o' clock.

View from Sun Set point in Raja Seat.

From these places we finished our first days traveling part. But one of the most memorable and enjoyed moment of our trip was waiting for us. i.e. Enjoying the fire camp with recalling old memories....

We reached cottage at 8pm and the camp fire was got ready by 8:30pm.We really enjoyed this time as all the old friend get together from long time.

Camp Fire at Cottage.... :)

We spent the time with cutting jokes, teasing each others, but Kishor's new saying "Benki na kalinda odibardu, avasardaag decission togo bardu (Don't kick the fire and don't take any decissions in Hurry)" will be remembered by every one for long time . We shared lot of our personal things,crushes etc.....
After this we finished Dinner. It was very good especially "Kesuvena Soppu, Akki rotti".

Next day morning we left for trekking with the guidance of Manju and Chinnappa (Local guys) to "Muttar Mudi Hills". It was a fantastic time we ever spent in the time of our trip.
We visited two temples "Chamundeshwari and Bhadrakaleshwari temples" on the top of the hills. All of my friends (except some one) were busy with smiling for the snaps and enjoying the greenery of the nature.
While coming down we had enjoyed swimming in the lake. We thought its a risky task but my friend Krishna took initiative step and later he is joined by Vishwa.Later all of us jumped into and had unlimited fun.

View from "Muttar Mudi Hills"

After finishing our breakfast we left the Cottage at 11am with heavy heart and full of sweet memories

We reached Kushalnagar at 1:30pm. Kushalnagar is around 30km from Madikeri towards Bengaluru.
From Kushalnagar we traveled around 8km to reach "Golden Temple". This is the largest Tibetan refugee camp.
The Golden Temple adorned with a 60 ft Buddha statue.Fascinating monasteries teaches the different facets of Buddhism here.The monks called "Lamas" pursed there monastic education in these monasteries.
A shopping mall serves the ethnic things of Tibet to the tourists.

Golden Temple

Of Buddha.

From Kushalnagar we left to Balamuri falls this was the last place of our trip. In which some of my friends enjoyed swimming.
Apart from the ban of having Alcohol in this place, tourist are still enjoys the drinks .....!!!!

Balamuri Falls

We missed some places like "Omkareshwar temple" in madikeri, KaveriNisargadhama and Harangi dam due to time constraints and some other commitments.

During the trip i enjoyed the most with capturing the nature's Beauty into my camera.It was my second trip to the Coorg.Last time we went in the time of March.
But this time i enjoyed the most with my Best Buddies and Green Nature.Tons of thanks to the Nature....
My special thanks to Prasanna (Cottage owner) and Nanda (Nisarga tourism owner ). Hospitality we received from these people was simply great. Thanks to nature of Coorg.....

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