Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Mandalpatti – Coorg
I was off to discover the secrets of some parts of the Coorg I went on this trip at 5th Nov with my friends. After a frenzied journey on the most horrible road we relaxed for while at Devarakolli waterfall, a small seasonal waterfall.
Further 24kms form Madikeri was thick forests, narrow uphill roads and in coffee estates that resound to the melody of birdsong traveling in these place was a natural wonder. The Breeze that climb over mountains, the newly- wed breeze, to that breeze land of Coorg extends a warm welcome.
There are 2 routs to this place but our bad luck one rout had closed .While approaching to Mandalpatti the way turned most dreadful and somewhere too dangerous to travel by Scorpio but our driver by himself took initiative and managed to travel next 6kms on that track.
At one place we stopped our vehicle and didn’t take more risk, we consulted one local Jeep driver he tried to thwart us indirectly for his benefit without any choice we agreed him and all shifted to his Jeep, for next 6 km’s he fixed 800rs he took fully benefit from our necessity.
Paying a little bit of extra cash we started out on a journey to uphill side. The track was most horrible and unsafe on some places huge boulders & landslip sections and a very narrow slick mud track some places road went through edge of the deep valleys all of that we ended our journey near to a small forest office where road ends.
After paying the entrance fees we got the permission to do further hike, this place comes under Pushpagiri Wildlife sanctuary. Although the hike was not much rigorous from the car park we followed the main trail and a short distance we reached the top. Weather was not too hot the views were absolutely breathtaking. The long hard journey was totally worth to it!!
We turned next hill top eventually after walking through a somewhat narrow trail we reached the another side of the hill top. the area changes color almost every second sun playing tremendous work here. It seemed like forever that I was soaking in the moment of being at the top of the hill. The Valley is full of thick vegetation watching Puspagiri & Kotebetta from top of the hill was fistful to eyes.
And when we full filled view of the mountains we took the shorten way to reach starting point. On return after few complication we hired another jeep. The driver brought us to his own small hut hotel were situated on the way-back. There is absolutely nothing much to eat but its real treat and a pleasant surprise after the journey back from the peak. That is lovely place to feed our empty stomachs on late noon.
Driving uphill through vast green plantations with damp white mist was really scenic. On way return the whole mountains covered by thick fog It was one of those times when we knew how quickly the weather could change and we had full glimpse of Mandalpatti by luckily …
Overall this trip was an unforgettable time. So relaxing, no stress, no phones, no pollution etc I'm way overdue for another trip to Mandarapatti ....