Apart from being popular for its coffee and people, Coorg is known for its skyscraping peaks and stupendous expanse of green landscapes—one among these is the mountain of Kotebetta that towers at 5500 feet. One of the most popular trekking destinations in South India, Coorg boasts about Kottebeta as the third highest peak after Tadiyandamol and Brahmagiri.
Kotebetta is located close to Madapur, between Somwarpet and Madikeri and is approximately 32 kilometres from Madikeri. If you are looking for a perfect weekend getaway to Coorg from Bangalore, Kotabetta should be on your wish list. Located approximately 5 hours 30 minutes away — the distance of 266 kilometres can be covered through an overnight bus journey.
Throughout the 14 kilometre trek to reach the pinnacle, the trail offers a treat to the eyes. While there is no doubt that you will come across carpets of coffee plantations, the trail will also take you through dense forests, narrow pathways and a wide expanse of lush green meadows.
Kottabetta translates to Fort Hill in Kannada. The locals here often tell stories about the Pandavas from Mahabhartha and believe that when in exile the brothers made the place their home for quite some time—they even built few stone houses, the remnants of which still remain scattered across Coorg.
An ancient yet functional Shiva temple close to the top of the peak marks the end of your ascend.
The captivating view of the sunset from the popular viewpoint called Raja’s seat in Madikeri redefines serenity and rejuvenates you, taking all your stress away.
The visit to Coorg is incomplete without visiting the famous Abbe falls that lay hidden amid the jungles and coffee plantations. The sound of the cascading water can be heard loud and clear from far and the hanging bridge offers a fantastic front view of the spectacular falls.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Bangalore – Coorg – Bangalore|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Friday – 7.30pm|
|RETURN TIME||Sunday – 10.30pm|
|MANDATORY THING TO CARRY||
|location||Coorg, Kote Betta|
|duration||2 DAYS – 2 NIGHTS|
|age||12 – 45 Years|
|group-size||30 People Max|
|trek distance||14 KM|
|difficulty level||Easy to Moderate|
7.30 pm – 9 pm – Bangalore
We will leave Bangalore late in the evening. This trip would be an overnight journey to Madikeri. We request you to have some light food before traveling.
We will begin with an interesting informal introduction to break the ice, and we promise to keep up the spirit of adventure from there on.
By the time the first rays of the sun brighten the state of Karnataka, you would already have entered Coorg, the Scotland of India. Look out of the window and you might catch a glimpse of a rich coffee plantation on the way.
Our bus journey from Bangalore will end at Madikeri — which is a popular hill station in South India. We will reach the homestay close to 6 am where we will freshen up and get ready for the big day ahead.
After a hearty breakfast at the homestay in Madikeri, we will leave the homestay for the base. The first 3 kilometres are covered on a muddy road. With a gradual ascent, the trail will turn into a narrow passageway shadowed by tall trees. In the rainy season, you will find various small streams making their way across the trail.
As you gain altitude, landscapes and small peaks will reveal themselves out in the wilderness and so will a number of birds and insects as you will hear their sounds echo through the woods.
Close to the peak, when the Shiva temple comes in view, indicating that you are almost there. After a stroll, you will find yourself atop the third highest peak of Coorg—breathe in deep and indulge your senses to absorb it all.
1:30 pm – 4 pm
We will reach the peak by 1:30 and have our packed lunch.
After relaxing for a while, we will start decending. From thereon, our next stop will be Rajaseat viewpoint from where you can watch the sunset and witness the day end. This place was popular among the kings of Kodagu to watch the sunsets and spend some leisure time.
We will reach homestay in the evening where a cup of the famous Coorg coffee along with snacks will be waiting for us.
Satiate yourself with the much awaited dinner, which will be prepared at the homestay. We keep the best for the end — a bonfire followed by Star Gazing and Campfire Stories will follow.
Day 2: Return
9 am – 12 pm
The next day, after having a breakfast at homestay, we will go for a short trek to Kotte Abbey falls. The fall is in full force during monsoon, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful in another season. The rush of the cascading water can be heard from far away and once your reach there, it is spectacle to behold! A hanging bridge close to the waterfall offers a brilliant view and an ideal spot to take pictures.
By 12, we will begin our return journey and stop for lunch (self-sponsored) on the way.
We are expected to reach Bangalore around this time (it pertains to change as per the traffic condition in the city).
1) Baroda Bank, Koramangala Water Tank. Opp. Mr Beans – Home Cafe.
Reporting Time: 7.15 PM, Friday, Departure Time: 7.30 PM, Friday
2) New Shanti Sagar Hotel, HAL Road, Near Domlur Bridge.
Reporting Time: 8.00 PM, Friday, Departure Time: 8.15 PM, Friday
3) MG Road, Hard Rock Cafe near Anil Kumble Signal.
Reporting Time: 8.45 PM, Friday, Departure Time: 9.00 PM, Friday