Weekend at Coorg on a shoestring budget

Blessed is the person who finds her travel companion and more blessed is she who has more than one. And when the feeling is mutual, we go out of our way to meet and travel together again and again coz we know it won’t be the same without them. And so we met again – Priyanka, Aishwarya, Pavan(my brother) and I to drive our way through the beautiful roads of Kodagu.

Our criterion for finding a homestay this time was simple – The cheapest place in Coorg. We found Blue Mist Homestay online at Rs. 600/head/night – breakfast included. We started on Friday evening at 6 and reached Kakkabe at 12 in the night. After trying to find the homestay in the deep, dark, dense and wet roads of Madikeri in the middle of the night, our host Vijay called to guide us. We were almost prepared to sleep in the car under a street light maybe to give us a false sense of security.

To our surprise, it was a beautiful bungalow with a huge verandah and the view from here was serene. Coorg decided to keep us in the dark throughout our stay as a tree had done a fabulous job of disconnecting Kakkabe from any source of electronic entertainment. To top it, there was no network and we had to stand on one leg with one hand up in a corner of the house to catch a bar of it. All we had was each other for everything and I think we made the most of it.

View from Blue Mist

View from Blue Mist

After a walk :)

Walk in the rain 🙂

After gobbling down some sumptuous Coorgi breakfast, Vijay drove us to the base of Tandiyandamol in his super cool jeep. He picked up meat on the way for our lunch and dinner. Pavan and Priyanka drooled at the thought of pork while Aishwarya and I dreamt of hot chicken sukka. We had to wait on the road for over an hour as another tree decided to fall and block the road. Aishwarya and I walked up a nice small hill like thing where we met an Ex-Airforce person who invited us home for a quick coffee. He told us stories of how he gave up city life to live around trees, growing coffee and whatever else for a living.

The mystic roads of Coorg

The mystic roads of Coorg

The mystic roads of Coorg

The mystic roads of Coorg

People scared us about Tadiyandamol trek. They said the leeches will suck the life out of you, it’s raining cats and dogs, and you will have to hide behind a rock at the peak because the wind is too strong. Undeterred we started the climb and it turned out to be a pleasant and beautiful trek. There is a well laid out path and you really have to try hard to get lost. There was one thing that turned out to be true though – We HAD to hide behind rocks. The wind at the peak was so strong that we had to hold each other and walk. We laughed so much about how this made us look.

Journey to the peak

Journey to the peak

Journey to the peak

Journey to the peak

A trail, something I hate to love

A trail, something I hate to love

We caught up with some lost sleep and started the evening with warm clothes, chairs in the verandah, spotting fireflies, sharing a drink or two and conversations that left us hoping the night wouldn’t end.

The next morning, we played with Paatu and Scooby to our heart’s content, took a walk in the nearby paddy fields before we said goodbye to Vijay and his family.

With Paatu and Scooby

With Paatu and Scooby

Our first pitstop was supposed to be Chiravella Waterfalls but we ended up finding this instead.

When you get lost!

When you get lost!

We were to find a restaurant for lunch but ended up finding this first.

Coffee Break!

Coffee Break!

We finally ate (so much food) at Madikeri and started our drive to Kushal Nagar. It is one of the most beautiful drives with unreal green fields on either sides. So in love with the place I was that I forgot to click pictures 😦

The monks prayed at the Golden temple and the sound of their prayer was hypnotizing.

On our way back to the highway, we found the beautiful hill where we stopped for some more quality time with monsoon and each other!

This is my 3rd or 4th time to Coorg and this place never bores me!

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