Karnataka does complete justice to the “One State, Many Worlds” tagline the Government associates with it. This trip was part of the long new year weekend to explore Karnataka. And it had all the adventure elements to it: no own transport, no hotel rooms, no advanced bookings & no pre-planned itinerary. Instead, own transport was replaced by hitchhiking, hotel rooms by night buses, plans by intuition and exploration.

Here’s how it went:

Covered Bangalore > Mysore > Bylakuppe > Dubare > Kushalnagar > Medikeri, Coorg > Mangalore > Udupi > Agumbe > Koppa > Chikmanglur > Bangalore, and spent only INR 3000 (around INR 1000 a day) including food, travel, and (no) stay.

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Here’s a quick review of the beautiful discoveries and highlights of what these places offered:

Bylakuppe – A beautiful Tibetan settlement. Peace of mind and meditative chantings in the many monasteries. Met the Dalai Lama, attended a mass ceremony with Buddhists from across Asia participating. This was huge, had no idea this was happening there.

 

Dubare – Elephant camp, quite a popular one. Enjoyed trekking and spotting tuskers, and even taking selfies with them!

 

Medikeri, Coorg – The sunset was a must see here, from Swiss like green hills in vast expanses, with home made fruit wines.

 

Mangalore – Reached before sunrise. Tannir Bhavi beach is one of the cleanest beaches, reminds of the kind of beaches we have in Andaman & Nicobar. Crossing the river before hitting the beach was a first of its kind experience here. The sunrise was a beautiful feast of colors.

 

 

Udupi – Fine beaches, good food, and great temples.

Agumbe – Probably best known for its sunset, also offered a way to disconnect (no network except BSNL, and who uses BSNL?), has just 2 lodges and 1 restaurant).

Koppa – Had the best lunch of the entire trip here.

Chikmanglur – Sunset from the highest peak of Karnataka was the highlight, apart from all of the coffee of course!