The gardens that surrounded the temple had many birds

madugundurukmini By madugundurukmini, 5th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1-veeibo/
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Reaching Coorg early in the morning on the April 9 th, we were first shown The Golden Temple – the Tibetan monastery or the Namdroling Monastery in Kushalnagar, which is one of the major tourist attractions in Coorg.

Coorg- in the land of brave warriors

The temple was bustling with activity of a hundred monks (who looked alike to us!) and it was a refreshing change to observe their discipline and prayerfulness amidst a throng of tourists clicking away madly with their cameras. The gardens that surrounded the temple had many birds (turkeys, pigeons, sparrows) which caused Ms. Liz to reminisce, `Sparrows! I used to feed them when I was little!' And because we were feeling very tired, Ms. Liz found the perfect way to wake us up- shopping! From miniature dragons, customised chopsticks, bags, jewellery and hats to key chains, we bargained for everything.

A visit to the government museum.

We were then taken to Raja's Seat (Seat of the king), which is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial fountains, with a breathing view of the region. This was followed by a visit to Madikeri Fort, which was built in the last quarter of the 17 th century by Muddu Raja (the prominent Haleri king) and also, a visit to the government museum.

A lot of fun singing and dancing around the bonfire.

It was only after this that we went to the Home-stay that was booked for us. It was a remote place without network coverage (much to the girls' dismay) and Ms. Liz surprised us in the evening with a bonfire! As promised, Coorg was incredibly cold in the night, but we had a lot of fun singing and dancing around the bonfire.

The birthplace of river Kaveri,

When ended our trip on the 10 th by visiting Talakaveri, the birthplace of river Kaveri, situated near Bhagamandala where we took countless pictures and later went coffee and spice shopping. After a day's worth of travel, we returned to Bangalore around 10 pm. The trip to Coorg provided us with a much -needed break from our routines and was indeed a very memorable experience!

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