New Years in Coorg

Hello, 2016 (more like a late hello)! A late post but this New Years I had a truly unique experience staying in Coorg, in the middle of a coffee plantation. I never thought I would be spending New Years in a secluded coffee plantation until I got to India. It is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Coorg (Kodagu) is known for their coffee plantation, chocolates, and peppers. It also has an enchanted vibe surrounded by the fresh air and the friendliest people I have ever met!

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Coorg was a beautiful but a unique getaway from the craziness of being in Bangalore. It was a perfect time to reflect and be down to earth with nature. Our accommodation was situated in the middle of a coffee plantation with a view of the rice fields in the background. Going back to basics our little farmhouse didn’t have wifi, the electricity can go off and on and water for the shower is collected in a well. However, the bonus of this cute place is having a bonfire at night, seeing the stars at night and enjoying the fresh air!

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Coffee plantation
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Rice paddy field being harvest

Starting the New Year off we had a jeep taking us to Mandalpatti to see the sunrise on the mountain. It was also one of the highest points in Madikeri but the views were absolutely amazing and a memory I will not forget (what a fabulous way to start 2016)!

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Mandalpatti

Madikeri

One of favourite adventures during Coorg was having our local friend, taking us around Coorg to visit his family and relatives and having fresh chai or coffee at every house we visited (ended up visiting four houses). These people welcome us into their homes and treated us like their own family members with open hearts.

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Fresh coffee!

Hiking through the coffee plantation was another must do activity. We were lucky enough to have our local friend take us around his coffee plantation property. Along the hike, we stopped at several high hill points, an ancient ruin temple, a sacred lily pond and the rice paddy fields. To end the hike we visited one of his friends and we had a surprised local dinner and chilling out on the patio watching the stars at night.

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Ancient ruin temple
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Sacred lily pond

Coorg is a relaxing place but there is a few things to do in Coorg:

  • Watch the sunset on Mandalpatti
  • Hike through the coffee plantation
  • Visit Chelavara Falls- waterfall
  • See the town of Madikeri
  • Experience the Tibet town and the Golden Temple (Buddhist Temple). Definitely, try the momos (dumplings)!
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The Golden Temple

Even though Coorg has a range of food options we basically suck to two places the Christina Hotel and Mandena Hotel. Do not be deceived by these places as it looks like “a hole in the wall”. Both of them have incredible food. Mandena has the best lemon tea I have ever tried and some really amazing breakfast items. Christina is very close to my heart as it has the best chai masala I ever had, I even asked for a takeaway jug of chai! The people at Christina were so hospitable and they gave us a tour of their kitchen with a cooking demonstration. They were our lifesavers when it comes to transportation and giving us recommendations.

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Indian cooking 101 at Krishna
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Krishna’s kitchen
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Breakfast at Mandena

 

Till next time, -M

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Chelavara Fall

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