Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Coorg, India

Fri Sep 17, 2010 6:13am EDT
 
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By Prashant Pillai

MADIKERI, India (Reuters Life!) - If your idea of bliss is to sip freshly brewed coffee while watching the mist roll in from the hills, then Coorg in India is a destination for your wish list.

Tourists looking for a haven away from India's bustling cities rave about the delights of this scenic district in Karnataka, 250 km (155 miles) from the southern city of Bangalore, that the British nicknamed the "Scotland of India."

Coorg, or Kodagu, meaning "dense forest on steep hill," is about is 1,500 meters above sea level with acres of coffee and tea plantations, orange groves, and lush forest. It also boasts three wildlife sanctuaries and one national park, ideal for trekkers.

The best way to reach Coorg is to drive from Mangalore or Mysore, both less than 150 km away, with local resorts including Club Mahindra and Orange County.

Reuters correspondents with local knowledge help visitors get the most out of a 48-hour visit:

SATURDAY

8 a.m. - Once you've got rid of your bags, start with an outdoor breakfast and enjoy the morning breeze.

9 a.m. - Coorg is known for its plantations of coffee and spices so after unpacking, walk or drive down to the nearest estate. Growing coffee isn't as easy as it seems as the sunlight needs to be just right to feed the endless rows of coffee bushes. Try a mug of steaming hot coffee, a plantation specialty.   Continued...