My Coffee and Spice Story in Coorg, Karnataka

Coffee & Coorg

Everbody fancy a freshly brewed cup of filter coffee amidst the lush greenery of a hill station spiced up with an authentic Pandi Curry served piping hot in the cozy corner of your homestay. That’s the fond memory Coorg still holds in my head.

Sunset at Balakrishna Niwas, Coorg.
Sunset at Balakrishna Niwas, Coorg

Trip Duration: 2 Days/2 Nights.

Club your weekend with a Friday for a comfortable drive to Madikeri (headquarter of the district of Coorg). You will be able to take a few detours to explore some wonderful sights on the way.

Drive from Bangalore to Coorg

I chose to rent a zoom car and drive down to Coorg. At a distance of 265 Km, it took approx 7 hours to reach our homestay. This also included a breakfast halt, stop at Namdroling Monastery and Nisargadhama Forest.

Distance by car from Bangalore to Coorg
Distance by car from Bangalore to Coorg

It’s not very hilly, so the drive is comfortable. Also, you get to stop by the roadside and grab some fresh coconut water. The nearest city is Mysore which has a train station (117 km). But I would suggest taking your own car as it becomes easy to commute within the town; a lot of sights worth watching are located at a distance from the city center.

Best Time to Visit Coorg: October to May

I visited in April when the temperature was approx 25-28°C. The day was pretty sunny allowing you to wear cotton shorts/skirt. You wouldn’t require air conditioning inside but in the car/while traveling around.

Place to Stay in Coorg: Balakrishna Niwas

Budget Cost at INR 3500/N for double occupancy and a priceless view of the coffee estate.

Tariff includes Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner is served on request.

Veg Meal – Rs 150/per person/per meal. Non-Veg – Rs 250/per person/per meal.

Read more to learn about a free guided plantation tour as well!

BalaKrishna Niwas, Coorg

BalaKrishna Niwas, Coorg

Must Eat at -Malgudi Vattika & Coorg Cuisine

Malgudi Vattika, Bangalore
Malgudi Vattika, Bangalore

Quick Detours:

  • Namdroling Monastery

Entry Fee : No fee

It’s a small Tibetan town with a famous Monastery also called Golden Temple. A bit of a detour from the main highway but worth a visit. It’s located in a village called Bylakuppe which is the second largest Tibetan Settlement in India . The Golden temple has a architecture different from what you have usually seen across India. Some very good eateries around serving Tibetan cuisine, so stop by to grab your lunch here.

Little Tibet in Coorg
Little Tibet in Coorg
  • Nisargadhama Forest

Entree Fee – INR 10 pp

Honestly, not my personal favorite as all it offers is a hanging bridge along with lots of people. Overly crowded and nothing else to offer can suggest skipping this one if you want.

Hanging bridge at Nisargdhama Forest
Hanging bridge at Nisargdhama Forest
  • Dubare Elephant Camp

Entry fee: Boat transportation to the main site costs INR 20 pp

Timing: 9am to 11 am. 4.30 pm to 5.30 pm. Atleast 2-3 hours needed for full exploration

Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg
Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg

This place is for both kids and adults. While on my way back from Coorg to Bangalore, I took a stop at the Elephant camp. There are fun activities for everyone – a short rafting experience to enter the camp, elephant ride, bathing the elephants etc. The place is usually crowded so difficult dificult to find  a parking. Personally not a fan of animals kept in captivity, but this one Dubare Elephant camp is a project undertaken by forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd. This camp has plenty of elephants which are trained under naturalists. A trained Naturalist is at hand to explain the various aspects of Elephant history, ecology and biology. The visitor can not only observe and learn but also participate in various activities involving Elephants.

  • Malgudi Vattika

I know I mentioned it before but this place needs special attention. Old world charm, trimmed lawn, very affordable lip smacking delicious South Indian food and amazing hospitality, this place will surely make you revisit.

Overall Experience at Coorg:

Our homestay owner, Mr Babu visited once in a while and ensured the stay was comfortable. There is an in-house cook named Prashant who makes lip-smacking dosas and pork curry. I remember eating out in the city just once and not giving up any chance to request a meal here.

Totally unplanned, but the stay came with a guided evening tour/small hike up the estate at no extra cost. And oh, did I forget to mention the friendly company I had.

Filter Kapi on the house!
Filter Kapi on the house!
How this little one for a company?!
How is this little one for a company?!
View from my homestay
View from my homestay

Highway

The drive is adorned with tall coconut trees. Play your favorite chill music and you are guaranteed to have a smooth drive. I came back with a bagful of authentic Coorg spices and truckload of coffee. I didn’t get a chance to go to Abbey  Fall or Rajas seat (some places you might come across in things to do near Madikeri). Not because I didn’t have time, but the two days spent at the homestay and in the town were so peaceful and relaxing.  Maybe for next time? Comment below if you have more ideas to add to this itinerary.

 

 

Story by

Sonam Singh