Coorg-Scotland of India
Places covered: Coorg, Madikeri Fort, Nagarhole National Park, Omkareshwara Temple, Abbey Falls
Day 1 Bangalore-Coorg (260 kms/ 7 hrs):
On arrival at Bangaloreyou will be welcomed by Concept Voyages' representative, who will transfer you to Coorg. Coorg or Kodagu (originally called Kodaimalenadu) means 'dense forest on steep hill'. Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer to the tourist. A hedonist's paradise by all means, Coorg is a dream you'll never forget. Hills, old-world charm, coffee, amazing food, vivid cultures and warm hospitality - there's something in the air of Coorg that makes all things beautiful. The people are tall and fair. Its hills, scenic and unforgettable. Its food, wholesome and tantalising. Its pools, pristine and clear. Its cultures, vibrant and exclusive. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination. Check into resort for overnight stay.
Day 2 Coorg:
After breakfast, proceed for Coorg sightseeing tour covering, the magnificent Abbey Falls present a breathtaking sight with waters gushing down into a rocky ravine. About 9km away from Madikeri's giddy heights are the Abbey Falls, which falls daintily in steps, looking like a pretty curtain of the finest lace. The Talacauvery where the Cauvery originates is the hotbed of a phenomenon every year - on the 17th of October, at a predetermined moment, the water gushes up at the fountainhead from a spring. Visit the Omkareshwara Temple located at a distance of 1 km from Madikeri town. Built in the early 18th century by the King Lingarajendra, it is a beautiful piece of architecture drawing influences from Keralite, Gothic and Islamic influences. The Madikeri Fort, built in the 19th century, is an impressive structure, housing a temple, chapel, prison and museum. Also a great panoramic view to catch from atop a hill is the Raja's Seat, said to be the favourite haunt of the very many Kings who came here to view their empire. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 3 Coorg:
After breakfast, proceed for a day trip to the famous Nagarhole Park (96km) named after the river that flows through it (meaning Snake River), is a wildlife resort where you can feast your eyes on a variety of wildlife. Originally a hunting ground for the royalty, this sanctuary lies at the foothills of Brahmagiri, and holds a fascinating landscape of tropical forests, lowlands and innumerable rivers and streams flowing through it. It is part of the enormous Nilgiri biosphere reserve and covers an area of 640 sq km. It's not for nothing that Coorg is one among the world's 38 richest bio-diversity hotspots. Go revel in nature - from trekking to bird watching, a wildlife safari in Nagarahole, where you can keep your fingers crossed and eyes peeled for a tiger or leopard or elephant to make an appearance. Return back to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 4 Coorg-Bangalore (260 kms/ 7 hrs):
After breakfast, checkout and transfer to Bangalore by road. Drop off at airport/railway station for onward journey.
End of tour.