Things to remember during a Kodagu trip
Sweet like an orange, Kudagu, with its natural ambience created by forests, waterfalls and hills, excellent climate, not to mention the historic and cultural importance, is the perfect family picnic spot!
How to reach Kodagu?
There are several routes – from Calicut via Wayanadan Pass, from Thalassery via Makuta Pass and from Kanhangad and Kasargod too.
The easiest route from Kozhikode is via Vadakara to Kunjippali, from where you have to turn right and go to Iritti via Kuthuparamba and cross the Makuta Pass. It is a 179-km journey. Even if you start from Thalassery, you have to go the same route.
If you start from Wayanad, go via Manathavady to Kuta, covering 210 km to reach Madikeri, the headquarters of Kodagu district. It is better to stay at Madikeri and go places from there.
One of the places you should never miss is the Golden Temple, the world of Lamas who are Tibetan refugees. Here, amidst their customs, tradition and farming practices, you feel like being transported to another world. The Golden Temple, handicrafts and farming are all a must-watch. The temple is located near Kushalanagara, 34 km away from Madikeri. On the way, you have to cross the beautiful Nisargadhama bamboo groves on the banks of the Kaveri, 27 km from Madikeri.
And for jumbo-lovers out there, the elephants being paraded at Mysore Dasara are being trained and groomed at the Dubare elephant camp, 36 km from Madikeri. Being on the banks of the Kaveri, the place also offers adventure activities like rafting.
There are a lot of spots for sight-seeing and adventure near Madikeri. Among these, the Raja’s Seat is an amazing spectacle with floral gardens and toy trains. Just 4 km from here lies the Abbey Falls, which is a breathtaking sight during the monsoons. Though water decreases in the summer, you could still take a dip. Another waterfalls is the Irupu, which is en route to Kuta.
All these spots are on one side of Madikeri; moving towards the other direction, 43 km away, you find Talakaveri, the source of the Kaveri. On the way, you can halt at the Triveni Sangam at Bhagamandala. During summers, it dries up; otherwise, you can take a dip here.
Apart these, adrenaline junkies and trekkers can opt for the Tadiandamol Hills, just 40 km away. There is also Nalknad Palace, which offers an insight into the history of Kodagu.
Points to note:
Estate bungalows, hotels, homestays are available for accommodation here; there are also jungle cottages at Nisargadhama. Malabar Wings offers a tour package to Kodagu from Kerala. (Contact: 9846242255)
(Translated by Vandana Mohandas)