Hassan-Madikeri (or elsewhere in Coorg region) - Mysore

#1 Dec 13th, 2011, 19:57
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Hello all,

I'm planning to leave Hassan around Dec. 29 to travel for about 10 days in the Coorg region and in Mysore. I need to end up in Mysore on Jan 7 to catch a train.

I don't want to jump around from place to place trying to cram things in. I'm thinking about spending a few days in Madikeri and then heading to Mysore for a few more days.

Can anyone tell me the best way to get from Hassan to Madikeri?

Also, is Madikeri a good place to stay in the Coorg region?

I'm interested in markets, the area's cuisine (possibly finding a cooking class), a short hike/trek and a day trip to Bylakuppe, so I'd like to be based in an area well suited to those activities. Will area homestays be able to assist me with arranging any of these activities and the related transportation?

Thanks so much.
#2 Dec 13th, 2011, 21:23
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We visited Madikeri and Hassan earlier this year. We stayed in a hotel in Madkeri and went to a local travel agent for the trips into Coorg.

As far as I know there is no direct bus from Hassan to Madikeri. We traveled the other way around and hired a car. The price for the three hours trip was 1700 rs.

A more detailed description is in the February part of our Mainly the South journal.
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Hi, Vonkla, thanks so much for your reply. I might look into a car then.
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Madikeri is little more than a good bus stop - there's Raja's seat (view point) and Abbey Falls that somewhat make up for it. Suggest you move to a good homestay inside coorg. Depending on your budget there're plenty of options (google homestay kodagu for ideas). We stayed at Honey Valley Estate back in 2003 near Kakkabe - very relaxing and 4 kms from the nearest road. Smack dab in the middle of a coffee plantation. Plenty of hiking options ranging from 1 day to 7 days. See if that works for you, they have a decent website.
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Re: Buses, I seem to recall my bus from Mysore to Madikeri in early 2009 actually halted in Hassan along the way.

If not, there are many local buses, but might require a change or two of buses then. Or, indeed a taxi where there are none, of course.

Yes, homestays should be willing to help you out organizing treks or logistics etc.
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Originally Posted by machadinha View Post Re: Buses, I seem to recall my bus from Mysore to Madikeri in early 2009 actually halted in Hassan along the way.
Are you sure ? I suspect you might be confusing Hassan with Hunsur. Mysore to Madikeri via Hassan is a huge deviation.

Not sure about how good the roads between Hassan and Madikeri are at the moment. The direct routes were reported to be in very bad shape a few months back, so it'd be good to check with locals before finalizing the route. In general most of the roads in Coorg have been battered by the last monsoon, the only one that still remains in good condition is the Mysore-Madikeri state highway.
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Originally Posted by cynic View Post Are you sure ? I suspect you might be confusing Hassan with Hunsur.
Ah. Thanks, that is indeed quite possible.

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