Get 'high' in Coorg with these amazing treks
Whether you're a first-time trekker or a seasoned one, you will enjoy trekking in Karnataka, most notably in Coorg. Dubbed 'The Scotland of India' because its misty, mountainous views, Coorg - a hill station in Karnaraka - is ideal for trekking. "Coorg offers all kinds of terrain for trekking lovers," says Philip, a writer and frequent traveller. "There are easy trails, moderately hard trails and tough trails and depending on your endurance and appetite, you can choose the one that best suits you." Says HR Consultant Puja Malhotra, "Trekking is a great way to foster team bonding. We regularly encourage our clients to go on treks. It encourages them to map journeys, overcome challenges and help one another – all as a team."
However, be sure to take care of permissions and safety! So here are 3 not-be-missed trekking trails in Coorg.
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1. Tadiyandamol Trek – The 'Classic' Trek
Tadiyandomol is the tallest peak in Coorg. Its lush, green slopes are especially more beautiful when it rains. It's a relatively easy trek with some moderately hard stretches. But once conquered, this peak with an elevation of nearly 5800 feet, offers breath-taking views. There are ample spots to set up camps with tents. Sunrises and sunsets are astonishingly beautiful, so photo buffs, do take your cameras.
2. Nishani Betta trek – The Tranquil Trek
This peak is relatively less well known as compared to Tadiyandamol. As a result, it is more peaceful and quiet. Lots of experienced trekkers prefer to come here because of the tranquillity. "The trail is not very hard. In fact it is quite easy and it winds through several coffee plantations," says Anu Luthra, an IT professional. "When we went, we were able to reach the peak in about an hour. Along the way we saw many small streams. The water was fresh and cold and unlike anything we had felt in the city." Nishani Betta is the definitive trek for lovers of quiet and reflection.
3. Brahmagiri Trek – A Challenging Trek
For those who don't mind sweating it out a bit and testing the limits of their strength and endurance, the Brahmagiri Trek is a great idea. It rests on the border of Coorg and Wayanad. It is richly carpeted with thick vegetation and forests and as a result, it is home to many wild animals. Because of its height, it is also frequently steeped in mists, and this lends the peak a faraway, idyllic vibe. "The first time I came here, I was instantly reminded of the locales of the Lord of the Rings!" says Ayush, a banker. "It is one of the most beautiful spots I have seen."
But this is not an easy trek as many trekkers warn. Some of the slopes are steep and can test your patience and strength. However, every now and then one stumbles upon sparkling springs and refreshingly beautiful vistas. There are also some interesting surprises. "Once, I remember we heard a rustling in the foliage above us," says Sandhya, a marketing consultant. "Somebody shouted a warning and we heard a scampering of hooves. Alarmed, we feinted to one side and suddenly saw a wild boar breaking out of the bushes and running past us. He was grunting loudly and appeared very aggressive. We thought he had tried to attack us but it turns out, our guide said, the boars are terrified of us. We all had a good laugh about it later!"
There are many more exciting treks: You can combine trekking and white water rafting in Nishani Motte, try the thickly wooded Galibeedu trail, or even experience the Kotebatta trek that overlooks an ancient fort.
All these treks are easily accessible from Amanvana, a luxury spa resort in Coorg. With private bungalows on the River Kaveri, delicious cuisine, and a wealth of flora and fauna, it is the perfect headquarters for trekking enthusiasts. Coorg and trekking is even more beautiful in the monsoon. Amanvana has a 10% offer going on till Sep 30. So make your booking today!
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Safety tips while trekking in Coorg
• Wear canvas shoes with tight grips only
• Carry enough water and snacks
• Carry a first aid kit
• Make sure you get permissions
• Carry sunglasses and sun tan
Philip John, a writer by profession, contributes actively to travel blogs and also works for http://www.amanvanaspa.com/. Through my writings, I seek to capture the element of soulfulness that underlies everything at Amanvana and also a freelance writer and communication consultant. Explore the themes of relationships, identity, spirituality, and the elusive, complex, and often inexpressible emotions of everyday urban life.