Western Ghats

#1 Oct 27th, 2011, 05:53
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Hey guys,

I'm planning to explore the Western Ghats in Karnataka and around from the 10th till the 16th of November. I stay in Delhi and have never been there before. I'm really confused as to what destinations to choose, and would really appreciate your help in deciding between:

1. Coorg
2. Chikmaglur
3. Conoor
4. Ooty
5. Any other destination

I am planning to hire a car so I can travel in between these destinations. Coorg is a must and is going to be the first destination for the first two days. After that, I would like to go to the above mentioned destinations or any other beautiful destinations for the next 3-4 days.

Thanks for the help.
#2 Oct 29th, 2011, 04:50
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hey guys,

i'm still waiting for a response, as the date draws nearer... any help would be appreciated... thanks so much
#3 Oct 29th, 2011, 05:19
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Hey bhai,
thought some one better help you out here. I strongly suggest you go to Masinagudi, Mudumalai and try some trekking there. I was lucky enough to spot a tiger a few years ago. From there you travel up 36 hair pin bends to Ooty, great journey. Ooty I like but Coonoor is so much nicer and the toy train that takes you between the two is one of Indias wonders dil se chaiya chaiya. I haven't been to Coorg or Chickmangaluru yet but I hear both are beautiful, think they would be nicer too than Ooty.
Hope you enjoy
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hey amira,

thanks a lot for your help. i'll definitely check out these places
#5 Nov 1st, 2011, 05:21
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would you like to go trekking? then you can include options like kodachadri, agumbe etc which would be quite green and lush in november.

try to visit mullayangiri peak, its the highest in karnataka and known for its misty top.

coorg and chikmagalur are very beautiful, u can spend 3-4 days in these 2 places.

you can consider one of the classic hill stations - kodaikanal or munnar (top preference but a bit far) or wayanad (easier to reach) or ooty/coonoor (personally i dont prefer).

if you want to include a beach, Gokarna is awesome but a bit far. murudeshwar is closer.

let us know what you like and we'll try and put together an itinerary for you.
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Hi Praveen,

Thanks a lot for all the help. After carrying out extensive research, I have decided the following locations:

1. 10th: Arrive in Bangalore, from where I hire a car and drive to Coorg, where I plan to stay at a coffee plantation for a day.

2. 11th and 12th is a music festival in Coorg which I am attending.

3. 13th morning I plan to leave Coorg and drive to Ooty/Coonoor and stay there overnight, trek around a bit and go on the toy train.

4. 14th morning I plan to drive to Yercaud for trekking and then stay overnight.

5. 15th morning I drive to Yelgiri where I spend the night and then the next day on the 16th I fly back to Bangalore to catch my flight back home.

This is the best I could have come up with, with my limited knowledge and research I would love any help that you may be able to give me to improve the itinerary. I love nature, I love the hills, I love trekking and exploring the outdoors. Also, this being my first trip to the hills down south, I would love to take in the maximum I can

Thanks in advance for all your help. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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Originally Posted by amitbhagat View Post Hi Praveen,

Thanks a lot for all the help. After carrying out extensive research, I have decided the following locations:

1. 10th: Arrive in Bangalore, from where I hire a car and drive to Coorg, where I plan to stay at a coffee plantation for a day.

2. 11th and 12th is a music festival in Coorg which I am attending.

3. 13th morning I plan to leave Coorg and drive to Ooty/Coonoor and stay there overnight, trek around a bit and go on the toy train.

4. 14th morning I plan to drive to Yercaud for trekking and then stay overnight.

5. 15th morning I drive to Yelgiri where I spend the night and then the next day on the 16th I fly back to Bangalore to catch my flight back home.

This is the best I could have come up with, with my limited knowledge and research I would love any help that you may be able to give me to improve the itinerary. I love nature, I love the hills, I love trekking and exploring the outdoors. Also, this being my first trip to the hills down south, I would love to take in the maximum I can

Thanks in advance for all your help. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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This is a decent itinerary. Would be a bit rushed after Coorg, but since this is your first trip in the area, sounds like a good plan.

Adiyogi
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Thanks a lot Adiyogi. I know it will get a bit rushed, but I don't feel like missing out on the places But looking at the distances and places, do you think its manageable?
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Originally Posted by amitbhagat View Post Thanks a lot Adiyogi. I know it will get a bit rushed, but I don't feel like missing out on the places But looking at the distances and places, do you think its manageable?
It is manageable, and I'm assuming there aren't any folks traveling with you who will have difficulty in hiking or will need additional downtime.

Adiyogi
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Originally Posted by Adiyogi View Post It is manageable, and I'm assuming there aren't any folks traveling with you who will have difficulty in hiking or will need additional downtime.

Adiyogi
No, its just my friend and I and we both like to trek, so that should not be a problem How is the weather going to be at this time though?
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Originally Posted by amitbhagat View Post No, its just my friend and I and we both like to trek, so that should not be a problem How is the weather going to be at this time though?
November is a good time to go, generally speaking. Rains should have died down, and the green will be tinged with freshness.

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Regarding the weather, better keep a tab on it on regular basis! I did hear that it is raining (as on yesterday) at Neyveli which is 183 Kms away from Yercaud. Also Tamil Nadu receives late showers usually, I am told!
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Originally Posted by naveenamohanrao View Post Regarding the weather, better keep a tab on it on regular basis! I did hear that it is raining (as on yesterday) at Neyveli which is 183 Kms away from Yercaud. Also Tamil Nadu receives late showers usually, I am told!
thanks... i have been checking upon the weather online.. seems like its still raining there... hope it stops soon enough.. though i heard it looks beautiful in the rains
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Originally Posted by praveenb View Post would you like to go trekking? then you can include options like kodachadri, agumbe etc which would be quite green and lush in november.
Could you please elaborate a little on these places a little? I'm looking for a weekend trip from Bangalore some place around 200-300kms. Don't think I'd be trekking much since it'd be a 2 day trip (sat-sun) but I'd like to visit a hilly place which is not really touristy. Any thoughts?

Cheers!
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Try Sakleshpur. There are lot of home stays in Coffee estates. The climate is cold and foggy when I passed last week.

Its a straight easy drive from Bangalore. Around 200 KMS. The area is lush green with coffee estates.

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