Virajpet - top 5 things to do as a family

 

A fabric of green blinds your eye the moment you enter the Scotland of India, known to most of us as Coorg or Kodagu. As your eyes soak in the scenery, you can see a melange of coffee and spice plantations blending with the evergreen forests, carpeting the slopes of the Western Ghats. Take some time off to explore Coorg‘s natural heritage and culture at the Club Mahindra resort at Virajpet, the second largest town in this coffee country. In this story, we cover a number of options for you to enjoy a slice of Kodava land with your family.

 

  Go on a coffee plantation tour

Coffee plantation tour   A family on a coffee plantation   trail

 

Coffee and Coorg are rather synonymous and at the resort we can arrange for a customised tour inside a coffee plantation, where you can learn a bit about the little bean. Depending on the season, you can enjoy the intoxicating smell of the blossoms or watch some picking activity as well. Take a deep breath and enjoy the fresh air around you and let the coffee stimulate your  senses.

Do a bit of bird watching

 

Perhaps you have been too busy to stare endlessly at nature and look at the many birds flying around you, but here you have all the time in the world. Look around and you will see a spot of red, a bit of blue or a dash of yellow flitting around the trees. Coorg is a birdwatcher’s haven and the birds will never disappoint you.

Bird watching

  Spot rare birds at Virajpet

Get outdoors

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   A family on a trekking trail

 

The sun is shining and it is a great time to get outdoors. Go on a hike around the verdant paths or up a hillock and watch the clouds floating by. Take your time, enjoy the fresh air, capture as many photographs as you need, explore the nooks and get your adrenalin going.

A dose of culture

 

 

If you are interested in a bit of culture, then you will find the ancient traditions and customs of Kodavas very fascinating. You can visit some of the local temples and learn about their ancestral worship, local festivals and their reverence for Cauvery, whom they regard as their mother.

Bylakuppe Virajpet

  Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe

  Try the local Kodava cuisine

Coorg food pandi curry virajpet

  Pandi Curry, A local Coorgi delicacy

 

Tickle your taste buds and get experimental. Coorgi cuisine is unique as it is influenced by the region and it forms a part of the cultural experience. You can try some of the local delicacies here or learn a couple of recipes as well.

 

Coorg has so much to offer and you can choose from a plethora of waterfalls and forests to temples and forts. Some of the usual options are Talacauvery, Bhagamandala, Dubare elephant camp or Bylakuppe. If you like a bit of history, do visit Nalknad Palace and pay your respects to the deity at Iguthuppa temple. And for the rest of the time, just soak in the beauty of the place and let your senses be lulled by the fresh air surrounding you. Club Mahindra has two resorts in Coorg at Madikeri and Virajpet offerring you the best of Kodagu Valley.