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Old 2nd September 2009, 14:40   #16
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@ Lalu: If this you had gone to Leh in your Swift, would the travelogue be titled " Swiftly Leh'd "

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Nice pics. I never knew of a monastery there. Thanks for sharing.
Awaiting more scenic pictures.
Happy tripping!
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Lalu good pictures, which camera do you use BTW?
Camera is basic - point and shoot Canon powershot A80, with a wide angle. Also a Nikon L19 (a big mistake).

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Great trip. Nice photographs. Waiting for more. Looks like I have to make one more trip to Coorg, following your route and leads.
Thanks. I just took on to Coorg as a whole and did not restrict to Madikeri alone. It is a wonderful place to drive around and enjoy the greens.

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laluks, you are definitely the envy of the forum right now, with all the tripping you are doing non-stop

Looks like you gave your swift a chance this time. How did it handle the bad roads? The last time I took my swift on the Kushalnagar-Madikeri road, it returned with a lot of rattles.

As always, lots of info in your travelogues. Waiting for more pics
Thanks. Mine is an ZXi swift, the larger wheels takes the roads comfortably. I did not Kushal nagar this time - so haven't got a chance to see the infamous road stretch. But Swift was rattling from Day 1 and we consider it as addition to the music played. The doors and the plank at the back are hopeless. We tried several times to arrest the rattles, but it is hopeless. But nothing other than these to the car as a whole mechanically.

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Nice travelogue and pics to go with it laluks, eagerly wailting to read about Day 2 now !
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Nice photos there laluks . That foggy weather is so tempting .
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Wow.. That Hunsur road & Golden Temple road pictures are so inviting!
Nice pictures and crisp details.
Keep it coming.
Thanks guys. I'll update soon.
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Wow, Lalu the man on the move.
Nice pictures, very tempting. I envy you for the number of holidays you manage to wrangle out of office. More pics pls.
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@ Lalu: If this you had gone to Leh in your Swift, would the travelogue be titled " Swiftly Leh'd "
No, it would be "SwiftLeH". Anyways that's not going to happen any time soon.

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Nice pics. I never knew of a monastery there. Thanks for sharing.
Awaiting more scenic pictures.
Happy tripping!
Thank you.
I do not know how and why they chose Bylakuppe for their settlement, which is quite far away from Tibet.

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Wow, Lalu the man on the move.
Nice pictures, very tempting. I envy you for the number of holidays you manage to wrangle out of office. More pics pls.
Thanks Hari. Last two years I had taken only minimal leaves. This year I am just compensating that Further the Club Mahindra membership just leaves me with no other choice than to keep going somewhere

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Day 2, August 29th, 2009
Madikeri Town


This day we planned only a short town visit and lazing back at the resort.

Madikeri town has only a few places to offer.

Rajas Seat - Madikeri Fort - Omkareshwara Temple - Rajas Tomb - Abbi Falls

Rajas Seat
This was the place where kodagu kings viewed sunrises and sunsets. Since we had seen many sunsets here we visited in the noon this time.
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The toy train at the Cauvery Patna station.
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Madikeri fort
It has an old church which now functions as a meuseum. It also has a palace which functions as the DC's office. There is also a central prison and a temple.

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The palace which now functions as the DC's office
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The church, which is now a meuseum
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Omkareshwara Temple
It has a mosque like style, with a central dome and four minarets. The entry was closed when we went there. So no pictures. Was not very impressive too. There was a large pool also.

Abbi Falls.
This around 5Km from madikeri Centre. The falls is in a privately owned coffee estate. 20Rs for the car park.This was written near the falls."The madikeri stream also called muttaramuttu falls 21.3 m between the huge boulders to a deep rocky valley to form the picteresque Abbi falls. The British called it Jessy falls, in memory of the daughter of Madikeris first Chaplain"

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Coffee beans
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After Abbi falls we got back to the resort and lazed around. There is a hockey stadium on the way to the resort. Some one told me a coorgi is born with a hockey stick in hand.
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Some pictures from the resort.

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Communist Green - this used to be on the road sides of Kerala and for any wounds by fall from the cycles, football games etc. we used to take the juice from its leaves and apply. It used to heal fast. Nostalgic when i saw this guy!!
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Oranges!!
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Is this lavender? Smells heavenly.
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Any one know this flower? It smells good.
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Kids played around the activity centre. There were clay modelling sessions this time.

Dinner was a disaster. Coorg's famous "Pandi" curry was not available. Because of swine flu fear the resort did not risk serving pork. So we tried some other coorg stuff to end up in a disaster. Heard my wife giving feedback to the guys directly - "Please taste what you make before you serve".

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Old 2nd September 2009, 22:55   #22
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I hope you are fully prepared for September. BTW is there a Club Mahindra there?
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Are you sure he asked for the resort availability in spetember
Well guys it took some time.
Seems there will be another Club Mahindra for sure

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Day 3, August 30th, 2009
Madikeri - Chetalli - Sidapur - Pollibetta - Ammathi - Virajpet - Kadanga - Kakabe - Madikeri


This day is dedicated to Swift. If you are not sure about the roads, forget it if you have a Swift. I can say this is the best hatchback to take on any terrain. Confidence it leaves makes you want to do more.

We just needed a drive through the mountains with no other intentions than to watch the beauty of the nature. It was indeed so beautiful, that words cannot explain anything . It must be experienced. The air was refreshing, sights motivating to say the least. It's as if your energy levels get charged up by seeing the nature at its best.

We started from the resort around 10.30AM and took the road to Virajpet via Chetalli. This is SH88B. You will reach Sidapur, and you can go via Ammathi to Virajpet or you can go to Pollibetta, Titimati, Gonikoppal, Periyambady, Virajpet. We took the Pollibetta route. We reached Kakabe by noon, and continued on to Madikeri and reached Madikeri by 2.30Pm.

Chetalli means village of the greens.There are many central research institutes on plantations here. Sidapur is Coffee plantations all around. It is here you have the Orange county resort and Plantation Trails. Orange County has helped Coorg by putting it on the tourist map. At Kakkabe, we did not go to Nalnad Palace, nor try the trek to Tadiyendamol. Tadiyendamol is the highest peak in Coorg and second highest in Karnataka.

See some random pictures clicked.

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A stark reality was evident during the entire drive. Unlike in all places of interest or not, elsewhere in Karnataka you have this tourism boards in yellow every where. Coorg seems not to have any except for two in madikeri. Seems from a first thought Karnataka is not interested in promoting Coorg as a destination. Well that is my thoughts and impressions. may be the information I have heard of a Kodava land and separate state makes me think so.

A total drive of 140km through the hills.

For Dinner we tried Kadumputtu. Since they worked on their previous feedback the food was better.

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A picture from the resort after dinner.
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Aree, what is that?Rasagulla with some fish curry?

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hehe, just kidding. After all those food and fun, I think it was too fast.
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Nice writeup ! Thanks for sharing. Btw...thats kadambittu, best 'thrashed' with spicy pandhi curry
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Your narration and pictures make me want to do a Coorg Trip again. May be soon....
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Lalu -another trip! Where do you work? How do you get these many holidays? Do they have som job openings?
Keep writing. Nice to see this time you are on the Swift.
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Lalu- The sweet smelling flower is a flower from the Coffee Plant. They are white and very sweet smelling.
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Great snaps and very good narration. I really like the links to the previous posts as well.
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Aree, what is that?Rasagulla with some fish curry?
Well you got the answer from NIP. It was not fish, but Mutton. Best is with pork.

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Nice writeup ! Thanks for sharing. Btw...thats kadambittu, best 'thrashed' with spicy pandhi curry
Swine flu. So no Pandhi curry.

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hehe, just kidding. After all those food and fun, I think it was too fast.
I thought i was too slow, took a day to think over it.

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Your narration and pictures make me want to do a Coorg Trip again. May be soon....
Hey, I guess not in September

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Lalu -another trip! Where do you work? How do you get these many holidays? Do they have som job openings?
Keep writing. Nice to see this time you are on the Swift.
That's my secret. I'll not tell you.
Thanks for the comments

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Lalu- The sweet smelling flower is a flower from the Coffee Plant. They are white and very sweet smelling.
Aha! So it would be heavenly in March April time when these fellas bloom.

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Great snaps and very good narration. I really like the links to the previous posts as well.
Thanks murali

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