As everytime, after having a rough ride, editing through a handful of possible destinations, we settled for a 4 day trip/holiday mid-April to a known destination "mysore-madikeri(capital of coorg, place where the river cauveri was born)" and it was not to be a hectic tour but just a relaxed leisure trip. The itinerary was done, wherein my husband meticulously booked every lap of the trip ticket alongwith the accomodation. We also decided to try out the unconventional but popular and pocket-friendly homestay style of accomodation at madikeri, which gives you an opportunity to be with the localites and get to know the culture better trying out their home cooked food and feel at home away from home(good for kids).
Day 1 - Early in the morning, we (me, my husband and my 4.5 year old daughter) landed in mysore , did a quick refresh at a guest house and soon we were on the Mys-Mangalore highway to madikeri. On reaching madikeri, we checked in at our homestay (a nice bungalow with a beautiful garden with exotic flowering plants and a very friendly host) and post lunch, just relaxed with my kid moving around the garden.In the evening, we visited an ideal and serene local spot as suggested by our homestay host, "Omkareshwara temple" (A blend of kerala-Islamic architecture with nandis on the minarets) . Evening lights were just on and the atmosphere was really positive and liberating. Our day ended after a relaxing campfire cum dinner.
Day 2 - Morning after a refreshing breakfast, we visited a closeby waterfall, slowly trekking through a coffee estate trail, munching bhelpuri. After striking a few poses , In the day ahead, we had visits to different places at Kushalnagar (about half-an hour drive from coorg towards downhill). The weather was dry and warm.
Our first stop at Nisaragadhama - Here we felt as close to the nature as is its meaning with the trails through the dense bamboos, gentle sounds of the rushing serene kaveri, walking on the suspension rope bridge watching the elephants and deers (munching cucumber skins and cabbage). Following a bumpy elephant ride we had our exploration through the bamboo trails watching the elephants only to find our next best. Yes! It was a suprise fun dip under the sun at the divine kaveri for our little one. Now we were not at all prepared to take a dip with no spare clothes, but a gentle immerse was worth it. Our little one had a really good time. We were dry in no time under the sun. It was lunch time and we all digged in at a good restaurant(some good paet pooja!) and had a good afternoon break.
ith our momentum slowing down a little bit, we reached a Tibetan Settlement camp at kushalnagar which also housed a popular Golden Buddha temple. It was about 2 pm and the tibetan monks were being served lunch/tea alongwith their mass sacred chanting (just the right time to have visited we thought!, a beautiful atmosphere indeed), a different experience for kids too!. Close to dusk, we were at the Dubare Elephant Camp again in kushalnagar. At dubare, we were in the nick of closing time, but we managed to get a ride for a handful of crazy kids (bravo girl in all smiles!) like ours. It was good to see how elephants brought from the jungle were groomed here (trapped inside tall wooden fences) to be part of the Dussera parade in Mysore palace. . There was no looking back and we were on our way uphill to madikeri.
Day 3 We were to return to Mysore by 3pm. After a lazy start in the morning, we had a morning walk around the valleys. A quick shower and breakfast, we headed to the local bazaar to do some all spice/coffee/honey shopping. In the town we visited a beautiful garden named "Raja seat" -(King supposed to have built it to have an enchanting view of the ghats). We spent couple of hours breathing the fresh air. It was a refreshing close to our madikeri visit and time to say we were "Fully Rejuvenated" and after a good adieu to our homestay host (who invited us ahead for their Dussera festival at coorg), we headed to mysore. It was like leaving our vacation home@coorg!
At mysore, Our little one just couldn't stay indoors and wanted to go around the mysore city (calm and peaceful city which we always love to be in). We had to say yes!
Day 4 - Being the Tamil New year Day, as planned ahead, we headed to Chamundi hills in Mysore, to get the blessings of Goddess Chamundeshwari. Next, It was time for some fun in the Mysore Zoo with hippos and crocs for Pooja. Followed by that, we had a grand feast and we headed to pack our bags.
Being an already travelled destination, we could filter on the places we wanted to visit and we tailored it to suit our young one too with frequent breaks and activity packed. It was yet another memorable holiday with quality family time together away from the urban chaos. As everytime, travelling to different destinations is truly destressing moreso with your loved ones together.