First Marriage Anniversary Trip to Mysore & Coorg

Made our first marriage anniversary (September 06, 2019) memorable by taking a trip to Mysore & Coorg…

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Whenever I plan a trip, be it a leisure trip or a business trip, I try to abide by one of the travel mantras >> ‘to travel light’ but I always end up carrying excess clothes & snacks!!! Isn’t it better to carry excess stuff rather than shopping for the same during the trip 😉???

Coming to the itinerary of the trip, I generally do not have the habit of planning an itinerary… I just note down the places to visit and in this particular trip, I simply highlighted it on a map!!! I feel that if an itinerary is planned on the day itself, it leaves room for improvisation and also any last-minute change is easy to be incorporated… 

We had booked an early morning flight from Mumbai, which made us land Bangalore Airport by 8 am… Mysore is at a distance of approximately 190 Km from the airport and can be reached by Ola/Uber/local taxi/private bus but we opted for the state-run Flybus as it has a stop just outside the airport… Moreover, it’s quite reasonable over other sources as it costs INR 800.00 per seat… Also, the bus has a comfortable seating arrangement, providing enough leg space, which is essential for long-distance travel… No, I am not endorsing Flybus but I just thought to share my experience with it as it may help my fellow travelers…

We were hungry by the time Mysore bus depot had arrived… Upon looking around, we found a small restaurant >> ‘Ganesh Hotel’, located just opposite the bus stop… The restaurant was not so-furnished and worn-out but much to our surprise, the food served was a treat to our tastebuds… South Indian thali consisting of rasam, sambhar, rice, apalam, etc was truly authentic and delicious… And so was the open dosa and filter coffee… The meal for two just cost us INR 150.00, which was simply unbelievable!!!

Post satiating our hunger, we headed straight to our hotel >> ‘Roopa Elite‘… Immediately after opting for a quick tour of the hotel, we retired onto the bed to rest for a few hours before heading out to visit our first place in Mysore >> ‘Chamundeshwari Temple’… A beautiful temple located on the top of Chamundi Hills… Chamundeshwari is the goddess Durga, the epitome of Shakti and the temple is one of the Shakti Peethas… It was evening time, the fog had densely spread around and within a few minutes, everything had turned hazy… Even the temple seemed invisible amidst the fog… Being a Mumbaikar, it was a heavenly feeling to experience such cold weather… And binging on hot served mirchi-bhajiya on the roadside was the icing on the cake!!! What else could you ask for a perfect evening… Went back to the hotel from the temple… Had light dinner and called it a day…

Chamundeshwari Temple

The next morning after having breakfast, we went to ‘Mysore Palace’… It is a historical monument and once was the residence of the royal family of Mysore… Having heard a lot about the magnificent palace, which is the second most visited historic place after the Taj Mahal, I was too excited to visit it finally… And truly, it’s an amazingly built palace… Each and everything in the palace has been built with minute details and finesse… Was spellbound with its architecture… We had to rush to visit other places lined up for the day but we spent too much time in the palace as wanted to have a closer look at every door, each hall, painting, etc …

Mysore Palace

From Mysore Palace, we went to ‘Mysore Zoo – Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens’… The zoo is home to various animals & birds and also houses a butterfly park… Karanji Lake is also its integral part… We spotted Elephant, Giraffe, Gorilla, Lion, Rhinoceros, Snakes, Tiger, various species of birds, etc in the Zoo… One can spot beautiful, colorful butterflies in the park…

Mysore Zoo

Sitting on a lake-side bench, gazing at the crane drinking water at the lake, and experiencing the serenity & calmness of the waters was the best part of the evening… And to our luck, our eyes got a visual treat of a peacock swaying across the lake… That was my first time to see a peacock… A beautiful creation of God!!!

A Peacock at Karanji Lake

The next stop was ‘St. Philomena’s Church’… I have this fascination for churches… I simply love to spend time in a church as it fills me with peace & calm… When we arrived at the Church, it was the time for a mass prayer due to which it wasn’t possible for us to explore the church and experience its calmness… However, I was more than happy just being there… On our way back to our hotel, had garam-garam samosas with chai at a food stall nearby church…

St. Philomena’s Church

Since it was our last day in Mysore, we just explored the city on foot visiting local shops and cafes in the evening… Did not feel like leaving Mysore and for a second, we even thought to extend our stay but unfortunately couldn’t as our booking for Coorg was already done…

After lunch the other day, we checked out from the hotel and left for Coorg… On our way, we dropped at ‘Guru Sweets‘ to carry back home the authentic sweet of Mysore – ‘Mysore Pak’… It is the oldest shop to make and sell Mysore Pak and it is said that they serve the best one…

Coorg is at a distance of 120 km from Mysore… Various modes of transport are available but we opted to book a private cab from Makemytrip for a relaxing ride, which was really worthwhile… By the time we reached our hotel in Coorg – ‘The Coorg International’, it was only 6 pm but felt as if its night as Coorg being a hilly region, the darkness had spread too soon… Our hotel package included dinner at its restaurant, so thankfully we did not have to step out in the night…

Owing to the cold weather in Mysore and Coorg, I had caught a cold with fever… I was continuously coughing & sneezing and the warm restaurant staff were kind enough to suggest a remedy >> Brandy in warm water with a teaspoon of honey, which I had on all 3 nights at Coorg… It really helped…

The other day, I had to rest for few hours until afternoon owing to my sick health… In the late afternoon, we headed out to explore Abbey falls, Raja’s Tomb, and Raja’s seat…

Abbey Falls’ is located amidst lush green forest… A hike of a few steps would make one reach Abbey Falls but in the rainy season, these steps turn slippery… But it is only during monsoons that Abbey falls offer an attractive view… Something about the amazing waterfalls is the sound, which the water makes while gushing from the top and the droplets of the water splashing on the face… What a feeling!!! And yes, I couldn’t complete writing about the Abbey Falls without the mention of the small food stall located just at the entrance, which serves yummy Maggi over a cup of hot tea…

Abbey Falls

Rajas Tomb’ is the monument, which has the mortal remains of the royals of Kodavas… Though the tomb has not been well maintained, it is surrounded by a well-maintained garden, which offers a place to relax and unwind… At least for us, it was a must-visit and I really loved spending our time there…

Raja’s Seat’, as the name suggests was a recreational place for Rajas of Kodavas where they used to spend time with their queen watching the beautiful view of the place… It’s a garden having beautiful flowers and an artificial fountain… One of the beautiful places in Coorg … What’s the best about the place is that it offers a great picturesque view of the entire city and a spectacular view of sunset & sunrise… In the evening time, the garden turns super cold and misty offering time to sit back, relax, and feel the weather… Simply blissful!!!

Raja’s Seat

We celebrated our anniversary at the restaurant in the hotel over scrumptious Chicken Chettinad, rice, wine, and my cold remedy… It’s beautiful to celebrate special days with someone special and no one around… Just the two of us!!! Simply romantic :)…

The plan for the last day in Coorg was to visit Elephant Dubare Camp, and Tibetan Temple… I was very excited to visit Elephant Dubare camp as along with safari, one can feed and bathe the Elephants… But heavy rains the previous night had forced the camp closed as one needs to cross the Cauvery River to reach the camp and I was a lot disappointed as we were really looking forward to visiting the place since the time we had heard about it… However, we instead spent some time in a nearby Deer Park and spotted some deer…

Our next stop was Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple…

Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple’ houses a Tibetan temple, study center, shopping places, food-corners surrounded by a garden… The place is home to thousands of monks and students… Temple is serene, calm, and beautiful…

The main attractions of the Tibetan temple are the huge structure of Tibetan deities and also the colorful paintings on the wall… Temple offers a unique & majestic sight wherein hundreds of monks and their students perform their rituals and offer prayers loudly… It’s a must-visit place!!!

Namdroling Monastery Golden Temple

Way back to our hotel, we halted at a restaurant – ‘Prince Hotel’ to only embark on flavor-some Coorg Chicken Thali, which has varieties of chicken delicacies served along with rice… Highly recommended for non-vegetarian travelers…

In the evening, we went back to Raja’s seat to visualize the famous fountain show amidst the chilling weather… Awesome it was!!!

The next day post breakfast, we headed to Bangalore airport and then back to Amchi Mumbai!!

Mysore and Coorg, the both, have the most appealing weather, which becomes the best during monsoon season… And no wonder, Coorg is known as the Scotland of India as it’s truly heaven!!! For a relaxing vacation, one should plan a trip to these places…

Drafting about the trip took me back to all those memories created during the entire trip and made me nostalgic!!! Memories capture a moment spent and that’s what makes it worthwhile when looked back…

Published by bathulagirl

Pooja Bathula is born and bred in Mumbai... Works as an International Business Manager in a Pharmaceutical company which keeps her on her toes always but that doesn’t deter her from following her passion for reading, writing, traveling & shopping... Her friends describe her as an engaging story-teller!!!

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