Sunday, Nov 19, 2017 | Last Update : 04:33 AM IST
Coorg’s best-kept secret is the charming Mandalpatti. Mandalpatti, also called Mugilpete translates to the Market of Clouds.
Vast lush green landscapes, cool breeze, foggy coffee estates, and monsoon rains. Coorg attracts hoards of nature lovers and adventurers . The Scotland of India is a haven for trekkers and bikers who love to show their daredevilry by soaking themselves in the rains that lash from side to side while nature lovers seek its tranquility.
Coorg’s best-kept secret is the charming Mandalpatti. Mandalpatti, also called Mugilpete translates to the Market of Clouds. It is around 20 km from Madikeri town, after Abbey Falls. Only a 4x4 (4-wheel drive) vehicle takes you to the peak of this mountain. Though, there are daredevil bikers who do climb. It’s a rough and scary terrain for an experienced driver. You can also trek to 5 km from base point, an exhilarating walk.
Other must-visit places in Madikeri town are Omkareshwara temple, Talacauvery, Mallalli Falls, Cauvery Nisargadham, Golden Temple and Dubare Forest.
Monsoons can also be experienced in the heart of Madikeri from the famous tourist attraction Raja’s Seat. The biting nip and intermittent rain does not stop families from packing in a picnic to this expansive viewpoint.
The wind on the mountain is a sheer force of Mother Nature. With rains lashing from all directions and the lofty wind, it is a sight to behold. Yet, when the cloud and fog clears, the magic unfolds. The lush green mountain range with cloud covered tops looks like a lanscape painting.
The writer is nature photographer and founder of the Nature Photography. He is the author of six photography eBooks and a free eBook on tips to bird photography.