Sunday, July 06, 2008

Trip to Nagarahole - Coorg

The plan: It was just routine work and both of us were tired like hell. We first decided that we are going out somewhere, and I decided myself that this time we are going in our car. First choice was Chikmagalur. Thimmi's colleague had recently gone there and enjoyed a lot itseems. She expressed that we go there. The place where they stayed was Nature Nirvana. I called for accommodation for weekend of 27-29 Jun. It was not available. I asked for the next weekend, even though it was available I did not book because I realized that it was heavily raining and roads are very bad during this season.

So the next choice was Coorg. After a lot of research on net I found this blog post, which talks about South Coorg and beautiful drive inside jungle. I was more excited about drive within jungle that anything else. More over the place was very well situated, which is amidst, Nagarahole, Waynad, Kuruwa, Irpu and complete jungle. I also got the Estate Stay information from the same blog post and called them and got the accommodation and booked for 2 days. Land Lady insisted me to deposit 50% amount into the specified SBI account. I did the same and got confirmation the accommodation.

Accommodation Details: 

Chilligeri Estate
P.O. Box – 167, Manchally Village & Post,
Kutta, S. Kodagu. Pin – 571 250.
Ph : 08274 – 244265. Mobile : 94485 82496.
Contact : Mr. T. T. Somaiah / Mrs. Banu

Tariff  - Rs. 1000/- Per person per day.

Other good places to stay is The Jade. This place also very near to Chilligeri and better than it. I did not get accommodation there. The rate was also almost same.

The preparation:

As I was driving this time, I wanted to be more cautious of routes. I did research on Google Maps and found the complete route till Chilligeri estate in Kutta from my home. I got all the printouts highlighting major land marks on the maps. I really started loving Google Maps after that. I could trace all the roads even within Jungle on the Google Maps. Another risk I had anticipated was - Plan was to start very early in the Friday morning like around 5 AM, so that traffic is very less and I don't miss the entire day. In that early morning I would not get much people in the jungle to ask for the routes if I miss. Find my entire route document below:

Other than the route, a lot of planning was made. I had already serviced my car and checked all the tyres and made it full tank. I know it was a rainy season and took good jackets and very importantly 2 umbrellas and a torch. Made sure both of us have both slippers and trek shoes and warm clothing. Took 5 Lts of water cans. Charged my camera, handy cam and cell phones.

Keep tuned to this blog to see more on following

Story Board:

Drive into Nagarahole -> Chilligeri Estate ->Irpu Falls -> Waynad (Kuruva, Tirunelli) -> Talakaveri -> Madikeri/Kushalanagar

8 comments:

Shashi said...

Wov, how much of preparation!!! It will be a guide for ppl like me:). Can't wait for more....
Drive in the jungle sounds amazing.

Shashi said...

Wov man...Your route document is so detailed. You have even mentioned landmarks one gets if one gets lost!! I can imagine how adventurous it had been!!

Karthik said...

Thanks kano. Yes It was indeed very adventurous..

Prashanth M said...

buy a GPS device.. that will be more helpful.. to both - you & us (the readers ;)

thanks for the plethora of info :)

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Rakesh said...

this is one of the leading national park in india. this park in the border of coorg and mysore. tigers population pretty well in this national park. And I searched this info for the readers here > > Nagarahole National Park

Anoop Sankar said...

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