Joie-de-vivre is a French phrase meaning the "joy of living". It is a philosophy of life that Coorg seems to boundlessly practice through its people. It could mean to be the joy of just everything, be it a simple hello or a long conversation.
The air of Coorg is such that everything seems so perfect - life, world, you and your loved ones! Nature and the Coorg special coffee will help you along the way. Coorg in 3 days is perfect for a long weekend plan.
Embark on this journey to experience the true meaning of Joie-de-vivre!
Day 1, Nature and God!
Day one is going to introduce you to the tradition that Coorg is! Nature and God are so close and available in abundance!
You could hire a cab for this 127 km drive where nature's touch feels like the touch of God.
Day 1 http://goo.gl/maps/dzT7U
Raja's Seat, A Royal View!
Start off the journey like royalty! Watch the sun rise at Raja's seat. The layers and shades of green you see here along with the orange phenomena that slowly but surely makes itself visible will be a perfect introduction to Coorg. Experience slowly as to how quickly every next second becomes part of the previous.
Abbey Falls, A Sudden Plunge!
Come monsoons and the roar of Abbey falls can be heard from quite a distance! One has to walk through aromatic coffee plantations to get to the falls.
Gaddige, Identical identity!
There are two identical historical structures at Gaddige built in the Indo-sarcenic style. They are the tombs of queens and their kings! It is set amidst a plain field and a blue sky. It is one of the most frequented spots by tourists. [Note: The window panes are especially beautiful.]
Also, if time permits, you could visit the Madikeri Fort and Palace before reaching Gaddige.
Omkareshwara, The Pranava!
Influenced by the Gothic and Islamic styles of architecture, the Omkareshwara temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple pond gives life to fresh water fish and is a delight to all the visitors.
Bhagamandala, Triveni Sangama!
Situated near the holy confluence or sangama of Kaveri with Kannike and the mythological river Sujyoti, Bhagamandala is a holy abode of Gods. The Bhagandeshwara temple here also has the idols of Lord Vishnu, Subramanya and Ganapati.
Talacauvery, Of Origins!
The River Kaveri/Cauvery is said to originate at this very place known as Talacauvery. The magical mist gives the place a touch of divine. This pilgrim spot is on the Brahmagiri hills and only 8 km away from Bhagamandala. Make sure you climb atop the hill for a beautiful view of the sunset or the sunrise.
Day 2, The Calling of Other Worlds!
Your day two will see the mischief of elephants and little monks; the flow of nature and architecture; the world of wild and the world of life. Around 111 km drive will take you through all of this and much more!
Day 2 http://goo.gl/maps/9sWID
Dubare, Feel Big; Feel Elephant!
Have you ever bathed an elephant? Even if you have, you should try it again. Pay attention to its ears. Get closer to the mother elephant to beguilingly tease its baby elephant. Later, take a joy ride when they look clean and fresh. Hug them to review your entire life right there! Feel Big; Feel Elephant.
An island of river Kaveri, Nisargadhama is a famous picnic spot. Its greens, bamboo grooves, mud tracks, boating, elephant ride, deer park, peacocks, and the most amusing of all, the hanging bridge attracts a lot of tourists each day!
Harangi Dam, The Artificial Plunge!
The beautiful sight of the River Harangi being held captive and let free catches the imagination of many a visitors. Do visit this reservoir located only 9 km from Kushalnagar.
Open only till 6 p.m.
Bylakuppe, A Slice of Tibet!
This is no tragic story of the Tibetan diaspora. This is a cheerful story of the Tibetan world in exile. The earthy and yet bright colours fill in every corner of this slice called Bylakuppe. Visit this place where tranquility finally meets man.
Day 3, The Quiet Space!
Day three will be a relaxed one. Holidays are meant for relaxation, to find a quiet space within and feel positive. Coorg provides a perfect setting for such contemplations. Hire a jeep perhaps and stop just anywhere to watch a stream or the beautiful coffee estates.
Day 3 http://goo.gl/maps/vBIQJ
Irupu Falls, The Last Stop!
Formed by the Lakshmana Tirtha River, Irupu falls is nestled in the quiet corner of the Brahmagiri ranges. There are Shiva and Rameshwara temples on the way to the falls. Spend as much time in this lap of nature for it will be your last stop in Coorg.
A Gentle Reminder!
A picture fills in for a hundred words. Possibly.