The year 2012 ended with a wonderful trip to Coorg. Being in Bangalore, and never been to Coorg was a taboo and I was living with it for past 7 years. & Finally, one fine day, hubby’s friend G1 was @home, and phew plan made.. Travelling to Coorg tomorrow (Saturday) morning !!!
We started at 6:00 AM in the morning. Reached G1′s place @ 6:20 AM. Both G1 & his wife ‘E’ were ready, and we started @ 6:40 AM on their i10. On Mysore highway, we stopped at Kamat for the breakfast. By this time, Pari woke up and was very-very hungry. We ordered: Idli, Poori Saagu, Khara Bhath, Kesari Bhath, Pongal. After having a heavy breakfast, we started again.
It was a cool morning, we were heading to ‘Kutta’ via Nagarhole National Park. Reached ‘Kutta’ @ 1:00 PM. And, because of the last minute plan, we had not booked any accommodation. So, the house-hunting started. Searched on the web, called them up, sorry sir, not available. & even if it’s available, the directions are so confusing or we didnt like the place. By 2:30, we were all so hungry.. We found a place “Cafe Robusta” & immediately rushed to have our lunch. We ordered Daal, Rice, Paneer Makhni, Chicken Masala, and 1 omelette. Chicken & Paneer were not eatable, but the rest we just finished it in no time. It was 3:00 PM. Now, we started on the way to Iruppu Falls, and found the board signs of 2 Homestays. One was JADE ( very good reviews on tripadvisor so, no chance of availability), and the other one: Hinterland Homestay (with no reviews on the web) and thankfully, it was available. We reached at 3:30 PM, and we liked the place. Homestay rooms were not big, but neat & clean. & That too, there were only 2 rooms and rooms were separate from the owner’s place. We immediately decided to stay here seeing the tranquil & serene environment. It was breathtaking awesome place with the terrace all our own.
Hinterland Home Stay
Got settled in the Homestay, and went on to explore the Coffee Beans, green pepper corns, and a river. Here are the Pics where Pari was enjoying the most.
Hubby dear Trying to get some coffee beans for Pari
Betel Nuts on Trees
Closer lookup of betel Nuts
Green Pepper Corns
Closeup Green Pepper Corns
After reaching the river bank, Pari was exploring touch-me-not leaves
Pari and touch-me-not
After enjoying the river & lots of photography we returned to Homestay, and played cards. By 7:30 Pari was hungry, I requested the owner to give food for Pari atleast, as she had told us she would serve dinner at 8:30 PM only. & she served in 10 minutes. Pari had dinner and she slept after lots of play. Dinner was wonderful with authentic Kodagu cuisine including chicken curry, which was no doubt very good.
We woke up in the morning at 7:00 AM. Went to terrace and I must say, it was a splendid view & the freshness of the morning was mesmerizing.
Pari enjoying in terrace
After having tea and the yummy breakfast: Puri, saagu, something like Puddu, and couple of other items, we headed towards Iruppu Falls
Breakfast @ Homestay
Here are the pics of Iruppu Falls and some interesting pictures on the way.
Iruppu Fall Bridge: Pari & Papa
Pari & Papa took bath in ice-cold water of Iruppu Falls, and then we came back to our homestay, to find our lunch ready.
After lunch, we stayed back in Homestay for relaxed evening, while Pari was busy with her colors and coloring book.
Pari with her coloring book
At Night we had bonfire, and slept after having dinner.
In the morning @ 7:30, we started from Kutta towards Taal Cauvery, It was a little hot & a bit tiring journey, and by the time we reached the place it was 12:30 PM.
We went to the temple, had photography sessions and on the way to Madikeri had full meals lunch at 2:30 PM in KSTDC hotel. Around 4:00 PM, reached Madikeri, decided to go ahead to Kushalnagar, again searching for a place to stay. Finally found a hotel, ( I forgot the name). Frankly speaking, didn’t like the hotel much, as we had just came from a very calm & serene homestay.
Hotel Room ( It was something like eco green)
Pari enjoying in hotel with ‘E’
In the evening, we ordered Pakoda, & Chai. Had Dinner @ 9:30 with bonfire & dance, and then slept.
Got ready in the morning by 8:00 AM. Had breakfast @hotel, checked out the hotel & reached Nisargadaam. We were expecting Elephant rides, but got disappointed. Pari enjoyed in Deer Park.
Pari feeding cucumber slices to Deer
We left Nisargadaam at about 10:30. Had lunch at Adigas in Mysore Highway. Reached home by 5:30 PM. Overall a very nice trip .