It wouldn’t be wrong to assume that the residents of Coorg – the famous caffeine-rich neighborhood in southern Karnataka – are mostly morning people. It’s not because of the finely ground coffee available to them, or the alarm chimes of their avian neighbors that gently bring you to the dawn of consciousness. That’s because mornings in Coorg are the antithesis of mornings in big cities, and for that reason alone, you wouldn’t want to miss it.
While Coorg has always been high on the vacation calendar, it has recently gained popularity as an emerging luxury vacation destination. Of course, this was made easier by the fact that most avid vacationers in the country don’t look for their passports. Instead, they’re looking for relatively easy driving distance getaways that can break up the monotony of routine existence without having to take elaborate steps to distance themselves from civilization. So, given that pulling out camping gear and eating canned beans is less than ideal, Airbnb has hooked up with some of the best homestays in the neighborhood, bringing the unique exotic brand of Coorg right at your doorstep with no hotel concierge acting as a middleman.
Airbnb recently partnered with BMW in an effort to rekindle the lost magic of long-distance travel. One of the main reasons for Coorg’s popularity as a spring vacation destination is that it is within a day’s drive of most metropolitan cities in the lower half of the country. The route out of Bangalore is the one most often taken, making it the starting point for a four-day trip to the lush Coorg estates, tasting the neighborhood cuisine, traveling its winding roads. and tasting the best coffee over three hundred square kilometers. Ray.
Sitting behind the wheel of a new BMW X4 xDrive30d, it’s not hard to see the allure of road travel. As someone who has found air travel to be the sterile means of getting around, the autonomy of a car’s point-and-drive-in-any-direction ability has always trumped the hassle of checking in for a flight and meeting people at the security gate who, despite having been on dozens of flights, still seem to discover the vagaries of air travel by passing their luggage through the scanner.
Add to that the need to wear a face shield and mask, and it feels more like walking into Chernobyl than going on vacation. Make no mistake, air travel is unlikely to be superseded as the most efficient form of transportation, and as a frequent traveler I am happy that they closely follow safety protocols. But pandemic or no pandemic, if you want to metabolize your surroundings and your experience, savor the terrain – it has to be a car or a motorcycle.
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There is a lot to metabolize in Coorg. Both visually and gastronomically. The advantage of homestays, aside from the extensive Airbnb-approved and IMA (Indian Medical Association) approved cleaning protocol, is that it gives you unhindered access to the vast area surrounding the properties. most amazing Coorg’s and the privacy that comes with it. The setting can be your choice, although the neighborhood’s colonial-era aesthetic trends are distinctly strong. The Old Kent Estate, one of the area’s most popular AirBnBs, looks like a time capsule, having preserved both the estate’s heritage from when it was occupied by British officers and the methods of its manufacture coffee that have been perfected here for almost a century. since.
The Old Kent Estate has a wide range of chalets, a library of leather-bound books which has made it particularly popular with tourists. Unlike other host families, who offer a limited range of food, the Old Kent Estate operates more like a resort, with a variety of food ranging from local to continental. The space offered by these host families is incomparable. The architecture ranges from regency to more localized renderings of large A-frame houses, but high ceilings, large windows, a private pool, expansive green spaces, and an occasional game room – all appear to be facilities in families. reception reserved by Airbnb.
On a chilly spring morning, with the BMW X4’s 3.0-liter inline-six diesel engine, Madikeri’s winding roads are enough to put the depredations of the pandemic at the back of your mind. Coorg roads form a vast network of hairpins, which can extend travel time, but can also serve as a great playground for enthusiasts. However, driving does not create an appetite like driving. would do cycling. And for some sections, it’s easily the best way to soak up the scenery. But if a conventional bike is too much effort on your vacation, Madikeri’s local e-bike lending company, “B Live Nature Trails,” is here for you. E-bikes allow you to pedal as much as you want, but with the option of an electric boost, if certain slopes are too difficult to climb.
While elephant camps, climbs, and treks are all great ways to pass your time, coffee connoisseurs would appreciate a more academic type of activity. Some of Coorg’s most popular plantations, such as the Vivekananda Coffee Estate, offer incredible insight into the coffee trade and the organic ways the estates have been cared for and preserved. Estate host-turned-homestay host Anjali Ganapathy is also the owner of Pigout Coorg Kitchen, which offers personalized dining experiences featuring local Kodava cuisine. If you ever want to try it, I highly recommend the pork curry.
Coorg’s plot invokes many cliché adjectives. Picturesque, tranquil, beatific – take your pick. But the main draw remains simple: a quiet hill station easily accessible via a well-connected road network, offering some of the best cuisine available in the south. Equally extensive is the Airbnb homestay network, providing the kind of seclusion, privacy, and access that no hotel can provide. If you are planning a self-sufficient vacation this spring, all roads lead to an eternally green pocket in southwest Karnataka.