Going Offbeat: Delhi To Coorg Under 10K

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Going Offbeat: Delhi To Coorg Under 10K

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Just while I was sipping a cup of coffee, editing images and listening to Coldplay, my friend called asking me to choose between Banaras and Coorg for a weekend. My urge for letting the clouds brush across my skin took me to the Scotland of India.

I had planned to write an article on ‘Things to do in Coorg’ but I now intend to incorporate the break-up of my expenses too. For obvious reasons- Delhi to Coorg under 10K, are you kidding me!?

Flight: INR 4200

The best way to reach Coorg is to take a flight from Delhi to Bangalore and then travel by road from Bangalore to Coorg which is around 250 km away. The original fare for the flight was INR 5400 but thanks to MakeMyTrip we got a cashback of INR 1200 on AMEX Gold Card. I suggest you keep looking for such deals on MMT Offer Page.

Accommodation: INR 1500




We stayed in a beautiful homestay on a walking distance from coffee plantations called CopperVilla. Until we checked in our rooms, our soul purpose for booking this villa was the view it offered but eventually it gave us a lot more than just the view. The rooms were spacious and attractive with a huge washroom.

Land Transport: INR 2100

Before commencing the trip, we did a lot of research about the local transportation. Our friends who have been there told us that finding local transportation in Coorg is hard and people usually travel by car. Consequently, we booked a Toyota Etios for 3 days which picked us from Bangalore Airport. It charged us INR 9/km and INR 300 for the driver each day. We reached Bangalore, went to Coorg, visited most off-beat places there (which is quite far from the main attractions) and came back to Bangalore Airport covering 810 kms. This sums up to INR 8190 which was further divided between the four of us = INR 2100

Food & Miscellaneous: INR 1800

Food in Coorg is very cheap. Average price for a meal is INR 400 for four. Yes, it is THAT cheap and yummy too. Even if you go to a good restaurant, your bill will be max INR 1300. (everything is in context of four people)

The best thing about having your own car is that you can go as far as you can and explore all the unspoiled places. Voila, we ditched mainstream places like Abbey Falls and Raja’s Seat and made our way to these beautiful places.

Mallalli Falls

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On our way to Coorg from Bangalore, we took a little detour to this splendid waterfalls which is around 60 kms before Madikeri (Coorg). It is highly recommended that you visit the falls in the morning/daylight as reaching there requires a short trek. Believe me, coming up is no piece of cake because the climb is too steep. But it is totally worth the efforts. Sink into the nature, enjoy the beauty, take a dip and have 2-3 hours well-spent.

Mandalpatti

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Situated 18 kms from Madikeri, this place cannot be avoided if you are a nature enthusiast. To go there you have to stop 3 kms before. Don’t even think of taking your own vehicle as the roads are bumpy and rough. You can hire a jeep for INR 1500 which will double the adventure. I’d suggest to visit Mandalpatti in the evening to enjoy the mesmerizing sunset with a spectacular view.



Entry is not allowed after 6pm, so make sure you plan accordingly.

Coffee Plantations

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You can’t miss a coffee plantation tour in Coorg. This hill-station is home to one of the biggest manufacturers of coffee in India. Many estate owners provide a guided tour around their property to witness the verdant coffee fields. The tour includes the complete journey of coffee i.e. from a seed to packed powder. You can avoid to opt for a tour and choose to stay in a resort or a homestay situated in the middle of coffee plantations. Wake up early in the morning, walk down the hills, spend time with the coffee pickers and absorb the information yourself.

Homestay

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To explore the natural charm of Coorg, homestays are best for a delightful vacation. Escape the hectic city life and experience the essence of Coorgi lifestyle and culture. Taste the traditional cuisine have a unique dose of local culture.

Chelavara Falls

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Around 45 kms away from Madikeri lies the magnificent Chelavara falls. At the time we went, just 2 kms before, the road was under construction. So, we had to trek it down but thank god we did, because that walk was so damn beautiful! I am sure the roads will be open by now and you will only be left with 200-300 mtrs trek on a dense forest trail. There are two points to visit: One is above the waterfall which has a stream of water where you can spend time chilling with friends. Other one is the place beneath from where you can actually see the falling water.

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Beautiful path leading to the falls.

As we were not aware of this, we kept walking in the same direction landing above the falls to this beautiful stream.




In Coorg, beauty of nature is not only enjoyed, but is worshipped as a way of life. This perfectly sums up my 3 days of ‘exploring the unexplored India’ in Coorg.

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VALENTINE’S DAY GETAWAY: 5 Offbeat Destinations In India

Valentine’s Day means a lot of things to a lot of people. While there are some who dread the thought of V-Day, there are others who just can’t wait to cherish the bond they share with their loved ones. This one day holds phenomenal importance in every lover’s life, which is why it is of utmost importance to celebrate it in such a way, that it leaves an everlasting impact over your better half and moves their heart. And what could be a better way of celebrating it, than in a distant, dreamy, gorgeous location that makes you fall for each other all over again? A romantic escape amid the green valley or just two of you holding hands walking barefoot on white sand, that’s the dream, isn’t it? So here is a list of 5 off beat destinations to visit in India this Valentine’s Day. (A VALENTINE’S DAY GETAWAY)



GOKARNA, KARNATAKA

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What happens when all plans for Goa fail? When Lakshadweep is too expensive and Bali is way out of our league? We head to Gokarna! Four hours away from Goa, Gokarna is a dreamy and backpacker friendly land in Karnataka. The Om beach and Kudle beach provide one of the most romantic setting where you can catch the beautiful sunsets and enjoy some lovely delicacies at the beach-side shacks. It is also a great place for couples to relax away from the crazy urban hustle bustle. So if the two of you just want to enjoy the company of each other without interruption, Gokarna is the place to be. The weather in

February is extremely pleasant making it easy to walk around hand in hand.

MASHOBRA, HIMACHAL PRADESH

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Mashobra is a quaint Himachali town set at a height of 7041ft, about 13kms NE of Shimla. It is cut off from the more frenzied hustle of the rest of Shimla, and thereby ideal for couples looking to get a little alone time in peace. Mashobra has gorgeous views, rich forests and blissful weather – whole year round. It’s a charming place with a lot of staying and eating options available all the time, including Valentine’s Day.

SHILLONG, MEGHALAYA

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Take the road less traveled and explore this tucked away part of Northeast India this Valentine’s Day. Situated at an altitude of 5000ft above sea level, Shillong is the capital hill station of Meghalaya – also known as “The Abode of Clouds”. A seemingly inexhaustible number of beautiful lakes and waterfalls find their place in the pine forests and the lush green mountains of Shillong. Not only does it have splendid weather conditions, it is also surrounded by most stunning natural beauty. Cherrapunjee, which gets the highest level of rain in the world, is just 56 kms from Shillong. Cherrapunji is also famous for its living root bridges, formed due to incessant rain. You can set up camp underneath these bridges and make your stay a memorable one!



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HAVELOCK, ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS

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The sun, the sea and the sand have a fascinating appeal about them that lures in lovebirds from all parts of the world. Havelock island in Andaman is one such paradise that offers ample time to couples to enjoy each other’s bond – both underwater and above the water. Havelock Island as a romantic getaway is meant only for those who want to feel that adrenaline push and are adventurous spirits. Not only is it one of the best diving sites in India, travelers can also try their skills at snorkeling, trekking, fishing and safari. Take a walk in the golden sands and let Havelock indulge you in its untouched beauty.

SPITI VALLEY, HIMACHAL PRADESH

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For the adventurous couples, a trek in Spiti Valley is the best destination this Valentine’s Day. With a terrain that is seriously challenging and a landscape that is drop dead gorgeous, the Spiti valley makes for an exceptional adventure destination. There are places in India that are outlined by treacherous alleys and lie buried under stiffened snow for most part of the year. Spiti Valley is one such place. Spiti is home to some of the highest villages, oldest monasteries and the most stunning landscapes you’ll ever see. All of this makes trekking in Spiti worth your while.

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10 Offbeat Things One Must Try In Goa

Go Goa, Gone? If ‘NO’ then Go Now!! Because it’s a peak season out there and is the best time to visit this Portuguese paradise. Having Calm and composed beaches, along with beautiful weather, Goa is next to Heaven on earth. Whether you are going on a bachelor trip or on a honeymoon, this place has a lot to offer you. Sun bath at Beaches, Late Night Parties, Beer, or Water Sports, Goa is a complete starter pack for a perfect holiday getaway. But these are not the only things, its February out here, with wet beaches and a peak season, it’s a nice time to get a prison break from hectic schedules and rest of the country. So, don’t just wait take a sneak peek at the things you don’t want to miss doing in Goa!! Here’s a list of 10 must do things that you one should do when in Goa:



Sunbathing to Cloud at the beautiful beaches

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Away from your monotonous life, Goa is the pit stop all of us have on the bucket list. While beaches of North Goa steal the show, those in the South Goa are found to be less crowded and more calm.

Exploring Old

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Needless to say, but if you are in Goa you may feel history coming alive. Also, known as the “Rome of the East”, Goa has some of the oldest churches of India. While hanging out in Goa, you may find Churches, Museums, Convents, Art Galleries together in a row making it difficult to decide what not to see. So, explore the Golden Charm and appreciate their beautiful architecture.

You just can’t miss the uncommon Ingo’s Night market

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Setup by a German named Ingo, this market at Arpora sets ablaze every Saturday night, offers some items which are best purchased from Goa. From colorful junk jewellery to imported textiles, this market offers a fun night experience.

Go on for a Cruise Night over Mandovi River

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Experience the true charm of stunning sights of sunsets over Mandovi River. Enjoy the live music and dance performance throughout the duration on exotic river cruise.

Explore Goa on a rented Bike

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The best way to see the beauty of this place is to rent a bike and ride non-stop wherever you want to go, all day on any route and spot. Ride away to grandeur, because even if you go wrong, you will end up at a picturesque place clicking photographs. Embark on this amazing adventure that gives you with some best scenic landscapes.



Dolphin Cruise Ride

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Ever seen Dolphins in animation movies or Animal Planet? Well, these cute sea creatures are a way better sight in reality than on a television. Dolphin ride is one of the offbeat things one must go for in Goa. You can go on a Cruise to spot these magical creatures to take a glimpse of Dolphins peeping out of water in a graceful motion.



Go Blithe

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Get tattooed!! Choose any from temporary, henna or permanent. Try hair-braiding, funky outfits, bikinis and unleash your wild carefree side. Time to experiment with oneself.

Try out Your Luck at a Casino

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Wanna be James Bond from Casino Royal? Well Goa is one of the few states in India where gambling is legal. The countless casinos here offer a perfect must do thing for those who like to have some fun with music and alcohol. Besides the fact that one can gamble conveniently, its on-season right there and the parties are willing to spend glamorously.

Party All Night!!

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No Aunt to ask you Slow down music, no cops, no 10 P.M. restrictions, no cops screaming post overnight. It’s Goa, and parties here start in midnights and go till the rays of sun fall on the wet beaches. Go wild, open up, get rid of your shyness and simply indulge yourself into the aura of this place.

Try out the elegance of Goan Cuisines

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Goa offers some of the legendary cuisines in a finger licking blend, such as King Crabs, Prawns, Garlic Chicken etc. Whether you are into sea-food, cakes, or just food, Goa has delicacies no other place can offer to you.

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I am Gaurav Nirman, and I am an Engineer with an intense desire to wander. I enjoy meeting new people and love experiencing their culture. I would describe myself as someone who is honest, caring, intelligent, hardworking, and ambitious. I am passionate about traveling and blogging.

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