Winding roads, away from the hustle.. Polibetta

So it was june, the month monsoons begin. But wait, there’s a drought spell going on in Bengaluru. There was need to feel the rain, see the greenery, and that’s when we decided to go where this always would be, Coorg.

But what’s the difference this time. This time we explore the southern part of Coorg. And with eyes also set on covering Nagarhole National park as well. Add to that an estate stay in a coffee plantation. But instead of staying in a big accommodation, this time we try Airbnb and book a remote place, much away from the main roads of Polibetta.

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Naveen Ram

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So it was june, the month monsoons begin. But wait, there’s a drought spell going on in Bengaluru. There was need to feel the rain, see the greenery, and that’s when we decided to go where this always would be, Coorg.

But what’s the difference this time. This time we explore the southern part of Coorg. And with eyes also set on covering Nagarhole National park as well. Add to that an estate stay in a coffee plantation. But instead of staying in a big accommodation, this time we try Airbnb and book a remote place, much away from the main roads of Polibetta.

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Reviving this old travelogue as was due for months, and so here comes the 2nd post. But this comes with an assurance that posts will come regularly till it’s completed.


Day 1: Bangalore to Coorg

Started off from home at 5 AM, which has now become my typical time to start whenever going from Mysore road. Otherwise it doesn’t feel like going on a highway trip as Mysore highway gets choked, especially on long weekends.

Stopped for breakfast at Kamat right after Channapatna at around 6:45 AM and crossed Mysore by 8 AM. It was a fairly smooth drive with relatively less traffic. Took the road diversion at Hunsur and started journey towards Nagarhole national park. We could slowly see the road getting narrow and density of the forest increasing every km.
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Soon we started seeing the national park boards as well:
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We finally reached the entry gate of Nagarhole National park at around 10:30. Our plan was to drive through the park and also enquire about safari, or probably do it if we find it available. Here's the interesting gate, depicting the cat:
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Day 1 continued ..

We were asked to make an entry at the Nagarhole gate, and then it was informed that we need to cross the national park within 45 minutes. A slip was also given with the entry timing as well. We started slowly enjoying the greenery and loneliness, as there wasn’t any other vehicle.

The greenery all around with only us on this road:
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Though Nagarhole has a lot to offer, but we could only spot a deer herd from the road:
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One of the deer got curious enough to come near us and gave us this shot:
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And the greenery continued and it started drizzling as well:
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We further continued and in the end had to rush our way out of Kutta exit to meet the 45 min deadline. At the exit we enquired about safari and were pretty disappointed to know that it happens only in morning and afternoon, and advance booking is not possible.

After coming out of national park, scenery was still green and we were happy to have a vehicle or two in front after a pretty long hour or so of loneliness on road:
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After following navigation we reached Gonikoppal. Had lunch there and started onward journey to Polibetta.
 
After following navigation till Polibetta, we drove further as per directions from our Airbnb owner (homestay owner).
Took a diversion from main road towards Coorg Cliff resorts, and after a broken uphill road of 500 m or so, we had to take a left. This is where the road turns into this:
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Another 500m or so and we reached our home stay. The bunglaw name was Tranquil woods, which is listed in Airbnb. Far away from the city noise, a perfect hideout. That's the way we came from:
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This place had an amazing view:
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The room was also decent and so was the common area (pics are grainy as taken from mobile):
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We had planned to view a few things nearby in the evening, but it started raining heavily and hence decided to stay back. Tried to capture the view before it became cloudy:
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It was then windy, cold and scary out there as all hell had broken loose in form of rain. We enjoyed the 1st evening in peace and comfort.
 
Day 2 in Coorg:

Woke up to a cloudy morning, had good dosas in breakfast and headed out. Came to main road in less than 10 minutes from the villa. The destination was Iruppu waterfall, which would be in it’s full glory in monsoon.

Reached Pollibetta and the first thing that we could see was the big Tata plantations, and an amazing golf course on their property. Stopped for clicking a few pics of the golf course:
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And the one with the car as well:
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We continued toward our destination, and it was an amazing road to drive:
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By the time we reached Iruppu it started to rain:
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We the reached Iruppu water fall. The sound of waterfall was loud enough to be heard from parking area itself. It also started to rain as well.
We started climbing up the stairs, we could see water from the fall running along as a stream:
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We continued up and then got a clear view of the fall:
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And soon we reached the fall where the water was falling. It was raining heavily as well. Managed to click few pics of the fall:
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And then we climbed up to the water area. Could click 1 more pic of water going down from this place:
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And after this, we packed the camera and enjoyed the waterfall.
 
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