Holiday to Coorg

#1 Mar 11th, 2009, 13:56
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Hi,

I am planning a trip to coorg. I am from Mumbai.

In coorg am planning to stay at Gowri Nivas. Does any body know how good this hotel is?

Am planning my journey as follows:
1 Mumbai to Bangalore by flight
2 Bangalore airport to Majestic by taxi
3 Majestic to Coorg by KSRTC volvo
4 Coorg to Banglore Majestic by Volvo
5 Again, A taxi to Airport.

How can I book the tickets from Majestic to Coorg online?? I browsed the KSRTC website for booking but in vain. I did not find it of much use.

Also, can any body guide me about the attractive places at Coorg to visit?

Thank you
#2 Mar 11th, 2009, 16:00
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Abby Falls
Raja's seat
Tibetan Monastery
Nisargadhamma
Dubare Elephant Camp
Harangi Dam
-> KSTDC website should work. I booked tickets , though not to Coorg i.e Madikeri.
#3 Mar 11th, 2009, 16:33
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From Bangalore airport, you can take volvo bus to Majestic bus stand. It will cost you Rs 125 per person where as the taxi will cost you around Rs 650/- The choice is yours.
You can book online tickets to Madikeri, the capital of Coorg via www.ksrtc.in

Madikeri is only 260 odd kms from Bangalore.

Cheers!
#4 Mar 11th, 2009, 16:57
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Gowri Nivas is a very professionally run homestay rather than a hotel, and it's a great place to stay. It's in town, but peacefully tucked away. Rooms (some in the main house and some in a separate building in the garden) are spacious, well furnished and immaculately clean. The food we had was excellent (came away with a recipe for bamboo pickle that we have managed to recreate in the UK!). And you will have great hosts, too.
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Originally Posted by sanjaywakhare View Post How can I book the tickets from Majestic to Coorg online?? I browsed the KSRTC website for booking but in vain. I did not find it of much use.
Sanjay, you select the destination as "Mercara" and Bus type as "Airavat" and you will get the information.


Hope this helps
Velu
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#6 Mar 22nd, 2009, 11:41
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Is there any way to check the schedules of these bus rides online?
the KSRTC website doesnt allow me to register as a new user
#7 Mar 22nd, 2009, 12:07
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Suggestion: Fly into Mangalore and take a bus to Madikeri. Mangalore is just 3 hours away.
#8 Mar 23rd, 2009, 20:30
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hi just back from coorg

for starters coorg is the collective term for the entire hilly terrain, of which madikeri is the capital. if you go via mysore then the namdroling monastery ( its a tibetian refuge settlement actually)is enroute and definitely worth a visit.the temple is very pretty though small, there was a conference going on last sunday and around 5000 monks were in attendence,it was awesome to see so many of them gathered at the monastry. little monks were distributing sweetened rice with dry fruits to everyone. it requires around 2hrs to explore the tibetian camp at the maximum.
our next stop was at the dubare elephant camp, we saw 5 baby elephants recently captured, and were shortly going to start their training. there were river rafting and boating facilities available though the water wasnt very deep at this point of the year. the river flows gently along and its a great place to go for a swim.
from there we reached madikeri in about an hour, the route is scenic and allows lots of spots to stop and take pictires. we next searched for a hotel to have lunch and went to Hotel coorg international. it is small but esthetically pleasing, has a medium sized swimming pool and also offers ayurvedic treatments. the food was really awesome,service quick, considering the fact that we very the only guests for lunch. the parattas were the softest i have ever tasted.
we next started driving along the manglore madikeri road where we had booked a homestay at - eurovalley plantation. its owner mr.prakash said that it was at exactly six km on the manglore madikeri road and that there was a big sign board, however we couldnt find the sign and had to ask directions. we had to take a neatly tucked in left turn and drive up a steep path to finally reach there. the owner later confirmed my suspicion that the sign board would have been hit by some careless driver.
the homestay was good , we had a hall, dining room, kitchen with gas and basic supplies and three bedrooms. we were eight but 12 people can confortably stay there. only hitch is that there was only one attached bathroom and one outside. but the rooms were clean and neat and the beds comfortable.
we had ordered for dinner, which was cooked by his wife which was really good, so was the next days breakfast. the omellettes were especially tasty and fluffy.we went for long walks around the plantation. had a relaxing evening chatting. a bonfire is also ready in case guests want to lit one, however the weather being warm, we dint opt for it. the owner was generous with his produce giving us lots of guavas, tangerines, pineapples and jackfruits. we also plucked some avocados, coorg seems to be the only place where avocados grow in india.
the next morning we set off to talacauvery, the origin of the river cauvery.enroute we stopped at bagamandala, a small, quaint town.there is a small temple worth visiting. it has pretty caved ceiling made of wood instead of stone. the road is very winding and made me quite nauseous, but the views are awesome. talacuvery is a small spring where the river cauvery originates and later flows underground for some distance and the re-emerges as the river. one can take a dip in the spring and clean changing rooms are available closeby for women. above the sping is a temple and furthur up are veiw points.
on the way back we bought wild honey and organic spices, haggle for less than he asks. there was a "honey jam" whish was very tasty and made with honey, dates and other dry fruits.we then went back to madikere and visited the Rajas seat.its a veiw point and a garden, this place will take you 15min to see. next was the omkareshwara temple it is small, clean and whitewashed temple with beautiful domes. however it is clpsed from 1 to 5pm.
for lunch we wanted to go somewhere else than coorg international and spotted hotel athithi- it was neat and welcoming but full of guests already waiting to be served. food lood nice , was being served on banana leaves. we waited for 15min but still no sign of an empty table so left reluctantly in search of another hotel. we ventured into hotel amruthadarshini, were we promptly got tables but food was tolerable to say the least. we tried to eat and left half hungry and had icecreams from the store next to it. we reached mysore in around two hours the road being very good and our driver racing.
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awesome info..
Any idea where exactly is the elephant camp and how to get there?
#10 Mar 27th, 2009, 23:57
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Originally Posted by lucidstate View Post awesome info..
Any idea where exactly is the elephant camp and how to get there?

Dubare elephant camp is in Coorg and just 2 - 2.5 hours drive from Mysore.
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Originally Posted by Manzey View Post Dubare elephant camp is in Coorg and just 2 - 2.5 hours drive from Mysore.
See http://www.junglelodges.com/V2/Dubare.htm for the details.
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Dear indiamike,
please guide me banglore to mysore and mysore to coorg by kstc volvo bus route available ? please wrote to me taxi fare per k.m or volvobus fare and good veg. food restaurant name,delux room type hotel name.
Reply me.

Rupesh.
#13 Apr 13th, 2009, 18:20
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I'll ask in this same thread.

Im planning a trip to Coorg May 15-17 with my family and a few relatives. Im leaving from Bangalore on My 15th Morning.

My Plan is to reach KushalNagar and visit the Tibetan settlement. Then go on to Coorg. Visit the tourist attractions nearby on May 16th.

Leave Coorg on May 17th and come through Nagarhole Forest Reserve and hopefully see the Elephant Camp there. Back in Bangalore May 17th night.

The Help I need is there a good affordable Homestay available in Coorg? I saw Gowri mentioned in this thread. Are they good? Any other good ones? Im going with my family and hence want a suitable one.

Any tips on my Trip plan as well? Thanks in advance
#14 Apr 13th, 2009, 21:25
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hi

hello, we stayed in euro valley the last i visited coorg. it was unpretentious and welcoming. the hosts were very good. there is a big kitchen with gas etc though they cook for you, yoy can take basic supplies if you want( wish we had done that). the contact info is
Address :
Mr. H.B. Prakash
Euro Valley
Katakeri Village, Made Post,
Madikeri .
Telephone No. : 08272 - 236728,
Mob : 9448504653.
email : prakash_huderi@yahoo.co.in
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Thanks Ashishu I will check it out

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