A holiday in South Coorg

This year (2014), I and Sangeetha, along with my friend Joseph and his wife Sheba, decided to embark on a 4 day journey all around Coorg to drink in the beauty of the enchanting place. I have traveled to Coorg 4 times in the last 7 years I have been in Bangalore. And, this trip is definitely not going to be my last. The freshness and greenery keeps drawing me back to the ‘Scotland of India’.

Coorg is a perfect weekend destination for a break from the hectic life in Bangalore. Located at around 250 kms from Bangalore, the journey is quick and scenic, and the roads are well marked and smooth.

My trip in 2009 had been quite eventful and fun. We were a bunch of friends – and went there primarily to do white water rafting in the Barapole river. Adding to the excitement was the fact that we were chased by a lone elephant as we drove through the Nagarhole forest.

This trip was no less exciting. We rafted in the Barapole river, stayed in a wonderful homestay in Kutta, visited Talacauvery – the birthplace of the Cauvery river, saw quite a few elephants in a forest camp, and got a fleeting glimpse of a wild elephant in the woods (did not wait to get chased this time)🙂

I have had the experience of staying in quite a few homestays during my trips to Coorg. This time, I stayed in Rest Inn Homestay, run by a wonderful gentleman – Mr. A N Belliappa. We had stayed at his homestay in 2012, and we were so mesmerised by the taste of the food cooked by his wife that we had decided to stay there again if we visited Coorg the next time.

Belliappa’s Rest Inn homestay is located in the middle of his coffee estate. He rents out 2 clean rooms in front of his home to guests. You can have hot and tasty Coorgi food cooked by his ever-smiling wife Mrs.Shobha. The couple were very friendly and hospitable, and made our stay memorable and pleasant.

Homestay details:

Rest Inn Home Stay
Ajjamada N Belliappa
Kurchi Village & Post, via Srimangala,
Beeruga Road, South Kodagu
Ph: 9449254990, (08274) 246230

Now, some photos from our trip:

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We could find only Ibises in Ranganathittu

 

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Me and Sangi at Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary

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Sangi with Sheba

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Rest Inn Home stay

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Sangi on the zipline

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Posing on a rope

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Before we went rafting in Barapole

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At an elephant camp near Titimathi

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The Golden Buddha Temple (Namdroling monastery, Bylakuppe)

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Ornamental doors

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On the monastery grounds

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A large bell in front of the temple

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In front of the Buddha

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