Coorg is my all time favorite destination. During my college days in Mysuru, I would seize any opportunity to visit the coffee estates of my relatives and friends.
Last week, during the festive holidays, I planned for a day’s trip from Mysuru to Kodagu. The plan was to cover as many places as possible and return to Mysuru the same day. The travel time, as per the Google Maps, was little more than two hours. However, we were not in a hurry, and took our sweet time to reach our first destination.
If you are travelling to Coorg from Bengaluru, you can either choose your route via Mysuru or take the Tumkur road with a deviation towards Shravanabelagola and then to Madikeri. While the distance is almost same, I assume the Mysuru route will be little time consuming.
If you are travelling to Madikeri by car or a motorcycle, it is sheer fun on the road. I drove my Swift, gave several stops en-route to admire the scenery and of course for the tea break.
Madikeri Fort and the Palace
I have been to Madikeri several times before but I never got a chance to visit the Madikeri Fort. It was my long time wish to come here and explore this historical place. I know exploring the fort like this is not a one-day affair. However, I managed to spend considerable amount of time here clicking photographs with my Canon D1200.
Palace inside Madikeri Fort
Being Saturday, I expected a good amount of tourist footfalls. However, there were fewer. It was a bright sunny afternoon. I was feeling good walking on the rampart capturing photographs of buildings inside and outside the fort wall. Most of the buildings, except the Palace and the few lucky ones have become a sort of greenhouse for the wild bushes. It is no surprise if you find some wild creatures but I wonder how some couples managed to spend their time here.
Our next destination was the Raja Seat, a well-maintained garden that offers a breathtaking view of the rolling hills. During the olden days, Raja’s (Kings) used to sit here and admire the sunset and the spectacular view of the valleys and the cliffs of Western Ghats mountain range.
The children had a great time in the park, especially in the toy train. There are several shops selling souvenirs and eatables next to the toy train. You can make some purchase here. However, there are better places for shopping in Madikeri.
It was already lunchtime now. The Google map showed us a nearby Udupi restaurant that was not bad. Our next destination was the Cauvery Nisargadhama in Kushalanagar, about 28 kms from Madikeri en route to Mysuru.
We also planned a visit the Dubare Elephant Camp but dropped the idea due to time constraints.
** Madikeri Fort in Wikipedia