Coorg Weekend Trip-Best Places To Visit

Mandalpatti, Coorg

The Breathtaking scenic beauty of Coorg mimics Scotland. Coorg is popularly known as the ‘Scotland of India’. We also resemble it with the Bali, Indonesian feel. It has a dense lush green aura, to give you a tint of calmness from the chaos of a busy life schedule. Ergo, best for your weekend breaks. All you need to know is:
1) How to reach Coorg?
2) Where to stay?
3) Places to cover on a Coorg Weekend Trip?

I. How To Reach Coorg? Coorg Weekend Trip

It’s a quite long journey to reach your destination Coorg. Due to no direct rail or air transport. The only way is via road transport. Eventually, makes this journey more exciting! Right?
En route to Bengaluru…
Initially, you have to reach Bengaluru via train or air transport if you reside outside of the state of Karnataka. And those who reside in Karnataka can go directly via road transport.
En route Coorg…
From Bengaluru take a car to rent for a weekend. The Journey from here will take approximately six to seven hours to reach Coorg. We recommend you start your exciting journey in the early morning. We started at 5 AM. The journey to Coorg is quite fascinating. Just dive deep into the tropical flora and feed yourself with pure oxygen.

Coorg Weekend Trip
Coffee Beans Anyone??

II. Where To Stay? Coorg Weekend Trip

We suggest you go for a homestay! The most sustainable travel stay option. You’ll get homestays at affordable and reasonable rates with all your comfort and basic amenities like Pool, car parking, hot water, Wi-Fi, Bathtub, Breakfast, etc.
We stayed at 4C’s Little Paradise. It is located twelve kilometers away from Madikeri Town of Coorg. This stay will give you an unpredictable Bali feel, close to mother nature. The main attraction is the surroundings amid the dense lush green forest.
In the early morning, have a nature walk at the homestay’s premises, exploring the surrounding flora having a Coffee plantation, Touch Me Not plants, Black Pepper, a few huge Trees 50-100 years old, a pond, and many more. Your nights will be booked by Bonfire and Stargazing fun. What else do you want?
Also, don’t forget to buy Coffee and Spices.

Coorg weekend Trip
Homestay- 4C’s Little Paradise


Neha Kaithwas

III. Places To Cover? Coorg Weekend Trip

Depending upon the type of travel you like, either you could go for a bit of touristy popular places or adventurous and less touristy places where the crowd is less. We have covered the latter places.
Being aware of the COVID-19 pandemic, following all the guidelines and travel safety, given below are the best places to cover in Coorg for the weekend getaway:-

(1) Dubare Elephant Camp
It is situated on the riverbank of the Kaveri River, 28 KM away from Madikeri-Capital town of Coorg.
As we went there during COVID times- they had few restrictions on the activities provided. Only watching Elephants from a few distances was permitted. Touching them was not allowed. Well-trained maintained cooperative and intelligent Elephants provided separate caretakers to each Elephant at the camp.

1.9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
2.4:30 PM- 5:30 PM
Timings of Dubare Camp

Above all, this might seem happening to you.
However, there is a harsh reality behind it.

When I posted a video about this location on Instagram, I received dozens of Direct Messages about animal abuse. They asked me to take it down so that such tourism would not be promoted.
I had no idea about these issues before posting.

As per the Wildlife SOS,
Elephants are an endangered species.
India is the last stronghold of this incredible species in the wild, home to nearly 60% of the world’s few remaining wild Asian elephants. However, their wild population remains bleak, with only 22,000 to 27,000 elephants. At this rate of extinction, India could lose its entire wild elephant population in the next 5 to 10 years if conservation and protection measures are not implemented. To lose the few remaining wild elephants simply to exploit them for the tourism industry is not only irresponsible, but it could spell the end of the species.

Throughout their lives, Elephants used for tourist rides are subject to severe abuse. They are beaten, chained, denied medical care, starved and prevented from bonding with other elephants.

Elephants are known as forest “Boi-Engineers”. Asian elephants are essential for jungle survival.
Our lush green environment would vanish if elephants did not exist.
Elephant populations have declined by half in the last three generations.
These magnificent creatures are captured for the tourism and begging industries.

Now tell me, Where do Elephants Belong?
In the Jungle or Inside The Camps.?
Is it really a conservation camp or complete torture just for the sake of our tourism?
If you really want to see Elephants, visit Sanctuaries and National Parks, or go on jungle safaris, it is more sustainable.

What’s your call on this?
Elephants used for tourism rides: a Boon or Bane??
Share your opinion in the comments section below, and if you believe that it should be a Bane, please sign the petition given below.

Animals appear to be more Humane than Humans.

This planet is not only for humans, but it is for all the species living together with us.
Live….and Let other species live freely.

If You Agree, Sign This Petition of Wildlife SOS. Refuse To Ride Elephants. And Become A Responsible Tourist.
Conserve Wildlife! Conserve Nature!

Dubare Elephant Camp, Coorg
Dubare Elephant Camp

(2) Mandalpatti
This mesmerizing place has the answer to the question that “Why Coorg is called The Scotland of India?” The breathtaking moment at an altitude of approximately 1800m. Mandalpatti is an 18 KM drive away from Madikeri town, Coorg.
On the way to Mandalpatti, there’s a serene spot known as Kotte Abbe Falls. Don’t skip it! Just relax there in the serene environment for a few moments by listening to the natural music show of the streamflow, and feeding fish crumbled biscuits.

Kotte Abbe Falls, Coorg
Kotte Abbe Falls

Next, by reaching Mandalpatti you have two options:-
(a) Take a Jeep
(b) Trek
To reach the final spot.
We took a Jeep, and they will charge you Rs.1000-1500 with the driver. The natural pathway to the final peak spot will be an adventurous jerky(shaky, bouncy) ride of 15 Minutes. A big no to a senior old-aged group of people or for those who are having other health issues-Not convenient for them.

(3) Mallalli Waterfalls
Visit here while returning back to Bengaluru. Distance is 53 KM away from Madikeri, Coorg. Your last weekend getaway destination. It is one of the finest waterfalls in Coorg. Falls down from a height of 200 ft. There is a hike of more than 1000 stairs down, making it more adventurous. You can also have a waterfall view from the top if you don’t want to hike.
The timing is 9 AM- 5 PM. We went there during the winter season, where obviously the best view of the waterfall and the flow of water is comparatively less than in the rainy season.
Last but not least,
Beware of Snakes! They might come in your path. Like we experienced a terror-struck encounter with the snake.

Coorg Weekend Trip- Conclusion

In a nutshell, we found Coorg perfect for a weekend getaway, and yes definitely we could call it ‘The Scotland of India”. We’re adding one more name- “The Bali of South India”. Voila! Now we have two countries feel in Coorg. Sounds amazing right?
Though there’s a lot to explore in Coorg, you could cover only 3-4 places on a weekend trip. These are just a few.

Share with us, which is your favorite Homestay or Hotel in Coorg?
Tell us in the comment section given at the bottom of this page and also do share your best Coorg travel destination.

Hope this is helpful for you all.
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