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Old 12th August 2015, 19:30   #361
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Just back after 3 nights and Orange County and boy was it an experience!

Onward route was Gonikoppal -> Ammathi -> Siddapura however the Gonikoppal to Ammathi stretch is pretty bad for about 8-10kms. Return journey was Siddapura -> Pollibetta -> Gonikoppal and I'm quite happy I tried this route. It was definitely better than travelling via Ammathi, though there were a few bad 100 meter stretches. This is the route I would recommend if anyone is heading up to Siddapura.

I just wish Orange County would do something about the 5-6km stretch off the main road up until their resort.
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Hey all, planning to drive to Coorg (Madikeri) on this weekend (19th Sept - 20th Sept). Plan is to leave early and reach Coorg around 11 AM max. And return, to leave around 5 PM to reach back around 11 PM. Taking a Zoom car (Scorpio) for this journey.

Help needed on route, condition of roads and any issues that need to be kept in mind. Also since traveling to Coorg for the first time, any inputs on the must visit places around Madikeri considering we will have only a weekend. Have my in laws with me, both above 60 years. Any suggestions are more than welcome.

Also, on the route from Bangalore to Coorg, any major ghat sections that I need to take care of?
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Hey all, planning to drive to Coorg (Madikeri) on this weekend (19th Sept - 20th Sept). Plan is to leave early and reach Coorg around 11 AM max. And return, to leave around 5 PM to reach back around 11 PM. Taking a Zoom car (Scorpio) for this journey.
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No major ghat sections on this route - Bangalore-Mysore-Hunsur-Kushalnagar-Madikeri.

You can take the regular SH17 (Mysore Road) route for Bangalore-Mysore, Turn right onto the Outer Ring Road at Columbia Asia hospital, Mysore.
On this road you can stop at a restaurant called Kalyani for breakfast.

Start early, say 5-5:30am else the route can be painful especially on weekends.

Places to visit en route are the Tibetan settlement and monastery at Bylakuppe near Kushalnagar. Closer to Kushalnagar you have the Cauvery Nisargadhama by the river, lots of trees, elephant rides, etc managed by the forest department. Just after Kushalnagar you can also visit the Elephant camp at Dubare.
At Madikeri you can visit Omkareshwara temple and Rajah Seat, almost next door to each other.
The Fort also is nearby and can be visited, part of it houses government offices.
Other places to visit though you may need to drive around a bit are the Abbey Falls, Talacauvery.

*Alternate route (has some winding/curvy roads via estates but not really ghat roads):
Bangalore-Nelamangala-Channarayapatna-Holenarasipura-Arkalgud-Shanivarasanthe-Somwarpet-Madikeri.

If you have people with motion sickness you can avoid this. And you don't get to visit the places I mentioned in the other route . Also, fewer options for breaks.
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No major ghat sections on this route - Bangalore-Mysore-Hunsur-Kushalnagar-Madikeri.

You can take the regular SH17 (Mysore Road) route for Bangalore-Mysore, Turn right onto the Outer Ring Road at Columbia Asia hospital, Mysore.
On this road you can stop at a restaurant called Kalyani for breakfast.

Start early, say 5-5:30am else the route can be painful especially on weekends.

Places to visit en route are the Tibetan settlement and monastery at Bylakuppe near Kushalnagar. Closer to Kushalnagar you have the Cauvery Nisargadhama by the river, lots of trees, elephant rides, etc managed by the forest department. Just after Kushalnagar you can also visit the Elephant camp at Dubare.
At Madikeri you can visit Omkareshwara temple and Rajah Seat, almost next door to each other.
The Fort also is nearby and can be visited, part of it houses government offices.
Other places to visit though you may need to drive around a bit are the Abbey Falls, Talacauvery.

*Alternate route (has some winding/curvy roads via estates but not really ghat roads):
Bangalore-Nelamangala-Channarayapatna-Holenarasipura-Arkalgud-Shanivarasanthe-Somwarpet-Madikeri.

If you have people with motion sickness you can avoid this. And you don't get to visit the places I mentioned in the other route . Also, fewer options for breaks.
Thanks mate for the suggestions. Will surely keep that in mind while planning.
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Took the route (Bangalore-Nelamangala-Channarayapatna-Holenarasipura-Arkalgud-Doddamagge-Ramanathapura-Kushal Nagar) while going to Kushal Nagar last week. Very good roads, other than some bad roads (around 5 kms) near Ramanathapura.

Started from Marathahalli at 5:30 AM and reached Kushal Nagar around 10:15 AM, including breakfast at Swathi Delicacy, very good place - thanks for the recommendation. Very neat and a good play area to keep the kids occupied.

Stayed in Coorg Jungle Camp in Kushal Nagar. Very scenic place, facing the river. The maintenance and service of the place can be improved.
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Those heading for Coorg and surroundings in couple of days keen an eye for the political unrest in Madikeri. Heard there is a bandh declared in Madikeri currently.
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Any update regarding the unrest in Madikeri yesterday ?
I'll be landing in Bangalore tomorrow morning and leaving for Plantation trails right away.
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Any update regarding the unrest in Madikeri yesterday ?
I'll be landing in Bangalore tomorrow morning and leaving for Plantation trails right away.
Its not advised to be around Coorg at this time.

Public transport including Private buses are barred in Coorg right now. You might be able to pass through if you're on a 4 wheeler. Its best not to venture to the tourist spots, just relax and chill at the resort
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Hi All

I am leaving for Madikeri/Coorg early morning tomorrow. Plan to leave pretty early, say around by 3-4 AM. It will be grateful if some information can be shared on the following:

~ Any issues in terms of the bandh, safety of the route etc.
~ Road conditions, I will be taking the regular Mysore- Kushalnagar- NH75
~ Not a big fan of twisty ghat roads, though this would be my first time towards Madikeri, any advise.

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~ Any issues in terms of the bandh, safety of the route etc.
~ Road conditions, I will be taking the regular Mysore- Kushalnagar- NH75
~ Not a big fan of twisty ghat roads, though this would be my first time towards Madikeri, any advise.
-No information about the bandh.

-Since you're starting early and taking Mysore Road, there will hardly be any traffic but keep a look out for barricades that have now replaced most of the speed breakers, keep to 70-80kmph and you should do fine.

-At Mysore Outer Ring Road junction signal (Columbia Asia hospital on right), turn right and this will lead to Hunsur Road and onwards to Kushalnagar. On this road there is a restaurant called Kalyani that would have been an ideal breakfast stop but since you start very early, not sure if it will be open.

-You can also visit the Tibetan settlement and Monastery at Bylakuppe near Kushalnagar which is a small detour from the highway. You can also plan a visit to the Elephant camp at Dubare, maybe on your return leg.

-The route to Madikeri has some hilly sections but no major twisty/continuous hair-pin bends, etc. Keep to lower speeds and you should be fine.

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Need some information about Misty Woods Coorg. We are going there tomorrow for a quick stay; planning to drive via Mysore-Hunsur-Virajpet. The route as I understand it is to proceed towards Madikeri from Virajpet and take a left turn at Kadanoor in front of Coorg Greens, and a further left after approx. 20 more kms. Correct? Hopefully the resort is well-signposted.

The tripadvisor page for Misty Woods suggests that the route is very tough to drive on - what should I watch out for? I have the choice of two cars - Honda Civic or Hyundai I10. Though I prefer the former, if the road is unmanageable (GC issues primarily) then I don't mind taking the latter.
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Am driving Pune to Coorg on 30th Oct. Planning to complete the route on the same day (2 drivers).
Updated route advice by experienced guys on the route or senior members would be of great help. Any other inputs for the drive would be most valued.
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