Summer Break at Coorg – Part 1- Kushalnagar

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We wanted to take a short summer break and since Coorg is so close to Bangalore we decided to go down there for a couple of days.  Thought I’d share details about places to stay and things to do there. It takes about 4 and a half hours from Bangalore and may take even longer depending on where you’re going in Coorg and also of course traffic at that time.

We were there for 5 days and visited two different resorts one at Kushalnagar and the other at Madikere.

First we went to Amanvana Spa at Kusalnagar. Amanvana was a bit of a bitter-sweet experience for me. The tag line for this resort spa is ‘Rabbit Hole for the Soul’. So you’l see loads of Alice in Wonderland quotes and pictures all over the place, interspersed here and there with Buddha images and carvings too!

The cottages are large and spacious; the bathrooms uniquely designed with an open to sky bathtub which is quite nice. But try to fill it with hot water and you’ll be waiting all day. Each cottage opens out to a  small courtyard and garden with chairs and a table- ideal to laze with a book and sip some locally brewed coffee.

They have an activity centre for kids, a large pool and  other stuff like river trekking, plantation visits etc. which are fun to do. They screen movies at the amphitheatre every evening and I got to see a bit of Shaadi ke Side effects on my second night there.

I tried a massage at the spa and it was ok. I wouldn’t say great but not bad either.

Amanvana is conveniently located very close to some must-see tourist spots like Bylakuppe and Dubare. Bylakuppe the Tibetian Monastery/settlement is just 10 mins drive from Amanvana while Dubare Elephant Camp is about 20 minutes away.

Food is ok, could have been better, though the pandi curry we had on the first day was pretty good. But for the rest of it the food was a bit too greasy and not very high on taste. People there are nice and staff is helpful and courteous.


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