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Showing posts with label Kodagu. Show all posts

Mandalapatti - Feel like Heaven


As you know, Coorg is a favourite tourist destination for every Indian travellers. In Kodagu, Mandalpatti is a  must visit tourist place in Kodagu. And its a magical beauty and an absolutely scenic place in Coorg. Mandalpatti hills are located around 25 km from Madikeri town en route to Abbi falls. A right deviating road just 4 kms before Abbi Falls will lead to Mandalpatti. As bus facility is not available yet taking a cab or own vehicle is advised.
The road is good till the deviation. After that its a little bad in patches. But you will forget that when you see the beauty of the place. There is a forest office where you need to buy a ticket to go up till the view point.. The view is breathtaking from there...


Make sure to take water and food along as there are no shops around there. Once on the top of the hills the beauty of Mandalpatti is unwrapped. Far stretching green mountains and the cool breeze will definitely make one feel like heaven.

If you Planning for one day trip you cover lot of waterfalls also. See my earlier posts about beautiful, breathtaking water falls in Coorg.

Talacauvery - The Birth Place of River Kaveri


Talacauvery is the birth place of river Kaveri, and it is a must visit tourist place in kodagu.River Kaveri known as ‘Jeevanadi’ of Karnataka. Talacauvery is situated in the Brahmagiri hill which lies in the Kodagu district. It is about a distance of 48 kilometres from Madikeri. Talakaveri lies about 1276 metres above the sea level. The entire panorama is scenic and very beautiful and it’s a famous tourist place in Coorg district.

Bhagamandala
Bhagamandala is 8 kms. before reaching Talacauvery and situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Kaveri and the Kanika. A third river, the Sujyothi is said to join from underground. It is considered sacred as a river confluence (kudala or sangama, in Kannada and Sanskrit). 


It is a common practice for pilgrims to take a dip in the sangama and perform rituals to their ancestors before proceeding to Talakaveri, the birthplace of Kaveri.

The Bhagandeshara temple is a famous temple known of Lord Shiva, where Bhagandeshwara (Ishwara), Subramanya, Mahavishnu and Ganapati are installed. Thus this is also known as Bhagundeshwara Kshetra, from which the name Bhagamandala is derived.



How to Reach : 

Through Air

The nearest airport is Mangalore airport, which is 194 kilometres from here. Bangalore airport is about 310 kilometres from here.

Through Train
There is no train route in Coorg district, hence it is a hilly terrain. Mysore railway station is the most convenient which is about 160 kilometres away.

Through Road
From Mysore, the route would be Mysore - Hunsur- Periyapatna- Kushal Nagara-Suntikoppa - Madikeri- Bhagamandala-Talacauvery.

There are State Road Transport Corporation buses that operate between Karnataka and Kerala. Also private buses operates from Madikeri with other cities. The best time to visit this temple would be during Tula Sankrama in the month of October. The rainy season is best avoided but it is very thrilling in rainy season.

Must visit Waterfalls and Tourist Spots in Kodagu (Coorg)

Kodagu (Coorg ) has lots of tourist places, tourist spots and water falls in its deep forest area. It is a best tourist place near Bangalore and known as 'Scotland of India'. It is a favorite travel destination for summer for its all time cool weather. Abbey falls in Madikeri, Mallalli falls in Somwarpet, Irpu falls in South Kodagu are the well known waterfalls and it has lots of beautiful water falls hidden in its deep forest areas, that which were unrecognized so far. We are here exploring some of that nature's beauty spots.
Abbey Falls 
Most Popular Falls in Coorg. Near Madikeri. Originates from Kootuhole River.
Mallalli Abbi Falls
This falls is the highest water falls in Coorg District and 62 Km away from Madikeri. It is 20 km from Somwarpet towards Kundalli, Kumaralli. Click on the image for detailed trip experience.

Irpu Falls 
50 Km from Madikeri – Near Nagarhole – Lakshmana Theertha River joining Cauvery River.
Hidden Water Falls in Coorg.....
Touristors are known about only the above shown falls in Kodagu. But more waterfalls are hidden in the deep forest of Kodagu. We are exploring some of the them here.

Kabbe Waterfalls
One of the villagers gave us the direction to the falls. To reach the  Balliyatra(Kabbe) falls, one has to trek for over an hour in slippery path. Since the trip was not meant for trek, people were not ready for it. There is place one could see the falls from a distance. We went to that point and enjoyed the beauty of the falls. The falls looked very similar to Bandaje Arbi falls.









Baganamane Waterfalls




Chelavara Waterfalls
Chelavara is known for its huge waterfall. It viewed from the road itself. There is also a way to get down and to the top of the falls. The water level of falls was quite high and we could not really get too close to the falls. My attempts to take a photo of falls in full view went in vain. One wrong step would end ones life. Certainly, there was no necessity to take that risk. 





Devarakolli Waterfalls
Fifteen km from Madikeri on Madikeri – Mangalore road is Devarakolli falls. This falls is on the road side and can be found easily.






























Garwale Waterfalls
Garwale is a Village about about 15 km from Madapur, and 35 km from Madikeri. You Can see a Very beautiful Waterfalls on the way of Garwale from Madapur.






















Kalyala Waterfalls
'Kalyala Waterfalls' is located off the Madkeri - Mangalore Highway. It is visible from the highway and looks beautiful. Since the driving directions to the falls were known to us from our first visit, we quickly reached the last motorable stretch from where we had to trek down to view the falls. The drive itself is a mesmerizing one, with the greenery around and the narrow and curvy roads. It feels through the drive at every stretch, as though there's something more beautiful in store for us to see! It was a complete feast to our eyes.





Kuppehole Waterfalls
The Kuppehole Falls near Haleri, off the Madikeri-Sunticoppa-Kushalnagar road is in full flow. The roar of the water piercing the eerie silence of the surroundings is bewitching. Muddy water coming down in huge sheets along the woods is a great sight. It joins the Hattihole near Madapur, ultimately flowing into the Harangi resrvoir.































Karike – Treasure of Water Falls In raining season, about 25 water falls welcomes you near karike village near to Bhagamandala, which is Kodagu-Kerala border area. No residents are found nearby as this area is covered with thick forest. The different falls seems to compete in attracting the viewers.

Kodagu (Coorg) - The Coolest Famous Hill Station in South India

Coorg is praised as the ‘Scotland of India’ and also renowned as ‘Kashmir of South’ due to the majestic beauty and cool ambience of the hill station at an altitude in range of 3500ft. above sea level. It is one of the best tourist place near Bangalore. Dense teak wooded forests, lush green valleys, breathtaking coffee plantations and undulated challenging mountain ranges make Coorg an exquisite location for the tourist seeking natural scenic spots and challenging treks. 
Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of coffee and tea plantations, orange groves, undulating streets, beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking views are what Coorg is a unforgettable tourist destination.
Famous Festivals in Coorg

Huttari ( Harvest festival of Kodagu)
Huttari, which means "new rice" in Kodava tak .Observed on Karthika Poornima(full moon day) (November~December).This marks the biggining of the rice harvest.The kodavas traditionally offer pooja to deities before beginning the harvest .The family along with friends and workers led by one of the women carrying the traditional lamp, go to the fields and cut a few sheaves of paddy. These sheaves signifying fertility, are then woven into garlands and adorn all imprortant plcaes like the main door, prayer room, well.etc..


The week that follows Huttari witnesses rich cultural activities of singing and group dancing like rhythmic and brisk Kolata for the men and graceful swaying of ummatata for the women. Cane reeds are used as swords in the traditional game called periyakali which is played to the tune of beating drums at the village pastures.


Madikeri Dasara
Mercara Dasara, second only to the Mysore Dasara, is celebrated in a unique way with decorated tabloos (Dasha Mantapas or The Ten Tabloos). Traditonal dancers, singers, fun games, archestra, cultural programs are held round the clock. Mainly celebrated at night Mercara Dasara is the right time to rejoice. Music of all kind blend through hill station inducing everyone to dance it out.


Kail Poldu (Kail Muhurtha)
It falls in the month of September, men show of their fine armsand workmanship and invoke the blessings of gods upon their weapons. This marks the end of transplanting in the rice fields and worship use of arms and rededication to the cause of the land


Cauvery Sankramana / Thula sankramana
Celebrated on an auspicious day of Tula Sankramana in the month of October, this festival marks the emerging (taking birth / Theerthodbhava) of Goddess Cauvery (The River) at a place called Tala Cauvery in Bhagamandala. Devoties throng to the holy place from various parts of India.


Coorgie Food

Coorg cuisine is considered one of the most delicious among all the south Indian dishes and a hot favorite of one ,varieties of food are prepared by a typical Coorg family.Rice is the staple food. In a kodava family pork is considered the main dish and it is served on special occasions such as festivals or any other grand events in the family.Traditional dishes include pandi curry (pork),koli curry(Chicken curry),Baimbale curry (tender bamboo shoot curry),Kadambutu (rice dumplings),nool puttu(rice noodles),rice roti etc....



Most Visited Tourist Places in Coorg

KODAGU (Coorg) - The Scotland of India

Kodagu is known as ‘Scotland of India’, because of its beautiful nature landscape and it is a  favourite tourist place near bangalore for its cool weather. Kodagu is a very attractive hill station and it is located in the south-western part of Karnataka. Kodagu or Coorg is derived from the local version Kodavu and the people of Kodagu, Kodavas. According to Puranic versions the land of initial settlement was called Krodadesa which later became Kodavu. It is also said that Kodagu is derived from the word Kodava, ‘Kod’means ‘give’ and ‘avva’ means ‘mother’, i.e., Mother Cauvery. The river Cauvery is a sacred river of southern India, rising on , Talacauvery, Brahmagiri Hill in Kodagu District. 
History 
Kodagu was included in the Kingdom of Gangas during 9th and 10th centuries and Cholas in the 11th century. Changalvas were feudatory to both the above dynasties but they were independent till 14th century since Hoysalas overthrew Cholas in the 12th century. Changalvas accepted the supremacy Of Hoysalas from 14th to 16th century. Then Nayakas who later paved the way to the Haleri Rajas of Kodagu ruled till 1834. 

Main Peaks in Coorg
The prominent peaks in Coorg are Kote Betta, Pushpagiri, Nishani Motte, Tumbe Male. Tadiyandamol (1750 m), Soma Male and Brahmagiri. 



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