Coorg is perhaps one of the best getaways from Bangalore as coffee plantations, cascading waterfalls, cool misty hills, green valleys are some of the highlights. You cannot reach Coorg via Flight/Train, it has to be road as nearest airport is at Mangalore and railway station at Mysore.
I went for a family trip in Oct’15. A long awaited trip to the place heard the most in Karnataka. Hired a self driven car from Zoom Car as I love to drive in any terrain.
Coorg is a place where you get accommodation from budget to luxury resorts like The Tamara Coorg, Coorg Cliffs Resorts, Heritage Resort Coorg, etc.
We stayed at Coorg Cliffs Resorts where we had a really nice experience (food, ambience, staff). The resort is a little difficult to reach if you cannot drive on hills.
Before going to Coorg, I have searched online and marked few places that could be visited like Irupu Falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat, Omkareshwara Temple, Nagarhole National Park.
The day we reached Coorg, we did not go anywhere as we thought of spending the time at the resort and enjoy the evening there. I inquired about the places to visit by the resort staff with my list. Resort staff explained that all the places could not be covered in one day as few places are in two different directions.
As we had less time so we decided to take one route which would cover Irupu Falls, Abbey Falls and Raja’s Seat. We started the site-seeing with Irupu Falls. To reach we had to go from Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and trek for good time. I would not recommend the trek for elderly people. On the top of the trek we reached Irupu Falls. It was very tiring after the trek but after reaching the Falls, it was so relaxing.
After that we went to visit Raja’s Seat. The place is famous tourist attraction as it is said that it was favorite place of Kings to sit and watch the sun set. It is shaped like a small square in brick and mortar, with four pillars bridged by arches, enhanced by beautiful surroundings. After that we returned resort.
Next day we went to Abbey Falls. The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. A hanging bridge constructed just opposite the falls.
We were told by resort to return by 6.00 in the evening as it would be difficult to drive. However, staying at a resort in cool evening, misty breeze is wonderful as you’re away from city life.