Coffee ~ Vacation in a Cup @ Coorg

Coffee enthusiast's heaven, nature lover's paradise, traveler's destination.......everything describes the perfect holiday getaway.......in one word Coorg. Also known as Kodagu, Coorg remains one of the top places to visit in India. Settled in the western ghats of Karnataka its about a 4 to 4.5 hour drive from Bangalore.

On our first wedding anniversary we decided to make a trip to Orange County, Coorg. My in-laws live in Bangalore, so we flew from Bombay to Bangalore, spent a night with them and proceeded the next morning to Coorg by car. The best months to visit Coorg are October to May and we made the trip in the month of February 2010. The drive was very comfortable thanks to the good roads that we Bombayites are unfortunately not destined to have in our city. We reached Orange County at lunch time and after a smooth and quick check-in we were shown our room and then proceeded to have lunch.

                                        

The rooms were set in a villa and we were in one of the "coffee cluster" villas. The room was spacious with a king sized bed and open bathroom to enjoy bathing while taking in the nature surrounding us. There was also a little balcony / sit out with a small coffee table and chairs.

                                                                   

There were activities going on in the resort everyday. Starting with the early morning bird walk, to the plantation walk, the cultural show and the boat ride, no stone was left unturned to keep the guests entertained.

                                      

We spent one evening at the plantation walk where we were shown how coffee beans are grown and processed. We learnt how pepper was cultivated and also a lot about the other plants and trees in the resort. That night we were part of the cultural program of dance and skits.


The next day we stepped out and visited Dubare elephant camp. Every morning the mahouts bring their elephants to the banks of river Cauvery for a bath. We took a little boat and crossed the river to the site where the elephants bathe. After a little cajoling one mahout agreed to let me scrub the elephant....oh what an experience it was! 

                                     

Our next stop was the Buddhist Golden Temple at Bylakuppe. A calm, serene and beautiful temple with  throngs of tourists flocking in and out. 


On the way back to the resort we stopped at Nisargadhama Ecological Park, a nature lover's paradise it's filled with a lush foliage of thick bamboo groves. We spent some time at the deer park inside feeding cucumbers to the deer.

                                      

The last day we decided to make the most of the resort. We both got traditional Ayurveda oil massages at the spa which lived up to their promise of "rejuvenate, regenerate and revitalize." After feeling energized, we took a dip in the infinity pool and spent the evening at the reading lounge.

                                     

The reading lounge was my favorite part of the resort. Set on stilts overlooking the paddy fields, it is such a quiet and serene environment that it can lull you to sleep. But the unlimited cappuccinos and wide choice of coffee table books can make time fall short.

                                     


Saraswati was the employee who looked after the reading lounge and made coffee there. She is today known as The First Lady of Coffee and truly so!


I have had the most aromatic and delectable coffees here made by Saraswati with her gentle mannerisms and magnetic smile and I wish to go back there someday to spend many more hours at the reading lounge drinking her coffee and doing what I love the most....reading.


It was a wonderful stay made even more special by the staff who pampered us, fed us scrumptious meals and showed us what hospitality par excellence truly means! Such was our stay there that my cousin and also my sister in law went to Orange County for their respective honeymoons and came back with the same stories to tell!

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  1. Awesome clocks I really wanna visit this place :)

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    1. Thank you Radha. You must visit, it is absolutely worth it!

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  2. Gorgeous Villa and nice description Pooja .

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  3. Nice post. You described the place very well...now want to visit Coorg :)

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    1. Thank you Disha, if you do visit make sure to stay at Orange County!

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  4. What a lovely place!! I would love to take my boys to bathe an elephant!!

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    1. Oh you must Roshni! It was an experience despite being the only person to do it amongst a few dozen and the filthy water :)

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  5. I have been hoping to visit Orange County Coorg for a long time. Hope can blackmail husband to take me there soon.

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  6. Wow. I would love to visit this place. Very nicely described.

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  7. I heard alot about this place and specifically orange county.The kind of food they serve and their spa massages.Thankyou for sharing the pics..

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