April 9, 2014

Tips while travelling to Coorg in the monsoons

Coorg, in southern Karnataka forms a part of the Western Ghats and is an ideal destination to visit across seasons. Monsoons, though considered off season, leaves this coffee country covered in lush greenery and a blanket of mist, and is quite the preferred time of visit for many travellers. Since it receives sufficient amount of rains from June to September, it is best advised to take note of a few points while travelling to Coorg during the monsoons.

1.      Coorg offers numerous trekking and camping options like Tadiyandamol and Brahmagiri and monsoon trekking is slowly getting popular. If there is anything that loves the rain as much as the trekkers, it is the leeches. Proper rain gears, vinegar, salt and lime can definitely be quite helpful against the blood suckers. The narrow paths on the ridges turn slushy during monsoon and trekking shoes with a good grip can help overcome that.

2.      Waterfalls like Irpu, Abbi, Mallalli, Chingara and Cheluvara are a delight to watch while it rains. The water flows at its thundering best and can leave anyone spellbound. The same waters leave all the rocks and boulders slippery due to its continuous overflow. Be sensible to not climb onto any of those rocks as it would be quite tough to grip them.

3.      Nagarhole national park and Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary in Coorg are some of the best wildlife parks that Karnataka boasts of. Dubare elephant camp is another interesting place of visit. However, these may remain closed during the monsoons if the rains turn incessant and hence checking with the concerned authorities beforehand is highly advised.

4.      Coffee plantations are synonymous with Coorg and a stay in one of them during the monsoons can be an enchanting experience. A walk through the plantations under one umbrella with your beloved might sound quite romantic. Leeches, small snakes and few other slimy creatures are sure to give you accompaniment. Make sure to wear high rubber boots if still you cannot resist the temptation, but wandering too deep is not advisable.

5.      For the adrenaline junkies, there are numerous adventure sport activities like river rafting, kayaking, canoeing, micro light flying, quad biking, zip lining and much more. While monsoon is when Barapole and Kaveri (rivers where water sports activities are conducted) has the best rapids, it is also advised to pre-check with the organizers about water levels and the risk involved while venturing into them during the torrential rains. The same applies for other adventure activities too.

6.      A drive through the curvy roads of Coorg lined with coffee plantations and magnificent vistas is a pleasure. However the roads might not be quite conducive for that leisurely drive during the monsoons. Drive cautiously as most roads are in bad conditions and some have unmarked speed breakers. Driving during the night in the rains is definitely not recommended.

7.      Coorg is a beautiful hill station away from the maddening civilization, where you would want to let go of your inhibitions. Age might not be a criterion when it rains and you would want to splash that puddle in front of your cottage and soak in that heavenly pour. Keep yourself dry and stay warm inside the room post the fun. As a precaution, it is advised to carry generic medicines in case a cold invades.   


8.      During the monsoons, temperatures drop and the best way to keep warm and dry is to wear appropriate clothing. Light rain gears, hooded jackets, high boots, many pairs of socks and an umbrella or two should definitely go into that suitcase. 

You may read more posts about Coorg here-
    
http://www.talesofanomad.com/2011/12/peppered-coffee-ride.html
http://www.talesofanomad.com/2013/09/dubare-white-water rafting.html
http://www.talesofanomad.com/2013/08/tadiyandamol-trek-and-barapole-river.html
http://www.talesofanomad.com/2012/12/mallalli-falls-largest-waterfalls-in.html

30 comments:

  1. Driving through Coorg on our way to Coonoor was indeed a happy one!

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  2. Coorg has been on my mind for so long...What a timely article!

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    1. Glad that it might be of help to you. Head there soon.

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  3. Well documented. One caution with regard to trekking. Unless you are an adventure junkie, do not attempt trekking in Monsoon. If you want to do still, make sure you have a very good guide. Trails get washed away during heavy rainfall, small streams get flooded. It is risky.

    One more to add to the list. If you are travelling to Coorg in Monsoon don't miss the rain festival. It is good fun.

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    1. Glad you liked it and thanks for those additional tips.

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  4. I have been to Coorg only once and your tips make sense to me.

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  5. Great tips Niranjan. carry a thermo flask with hot coffee

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  6. Cool Tips, useful for other places like Munnar as well.

    And thank you for your generous comments on "walk the wilderness".

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  7. Ah, this post brings to mind images of home -- the part (or one part) of Kerala that Kodagu extends into ;). Looking forward to my next visit.
    Coming back to Coorg, luckily for me, I haven't experienced the famous leach-bites on my visits there.

    I swear those boots are a must if you are visiting and wanna walk around plantations in Coorg and Wayanad during those rains. And visitors have to be warned about how slippery those estate-roads can get. Good post, Niranjan.

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    1. Thank you, Divya. Kodagu definitely is a beautiful blend of Karnataka and Kerala.

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  8. Half of us have been there and half of us are counting days before we get there...great tips

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    1. Thank you. Let both the halves head there soon.

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  9. Coorg is monsoon itself is so exciting, nice tips.

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  10. The weather in Scotland is pretty much like monsoon type all through the year except for cold wind. So we could use the same tips that we use while trekking here. We haven't been to Coorg at all, and these tips will definitely come handy!

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  11. Coorg is one of the most beautiful places i have visited... people there are so friendly.. lovely weather..and the tea plantations make the whole landscape beautiful. Thanks for a lovely post :)

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    1. Glad you liked it. It is more of coffee plantations in Coorg.

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