The Brahmagiri hills in the Western Ghats of India are a biodiversity hotspot with stupendous views and much for the eyes and the soul. Having lived in Bangalore for years, I had landed myself in their shadow many times – a hike in the lower reaches or a weekend getaway at a homestay in the region. But I had never visited the one place that the hills are most famous for. It’s here that the River Cauvery originates from a spot that has been christened, Talacauvery.
A family vacation was being planned to Coorg and since the age spanned from 5 years to 55 years, I was anxious to plug in things that everybody would take interest in. Talacauvery seemed to be a good choice.
Spritualy and Talacauvery
For my older aunt, a spiritual inclusion to the holiday is imperative. The Cauvery River originates from the Kundike pond here and wends along 760 km, enriching life wherever it goes. The temple here houses idols of Goddess Kaveri Amma, Lord Agastheeshwara, and Lord Vinayaka. Talacauvery, as a destination, has a spiritual tenor. It is believed that bathing here, redeems one of all sins. Devotees also believe that Goddess Kaveri washes away our sufferings and gives peace to all.
The kids of the group couldn’t care less about the temple but were inquisitive and engaged about every tree, shrub and insect on the trail. The holy pool for them was an ideal place for a splashing battle.
Other than the temple itself, I chose five of the top experiences in the region, which would be perfect for a family holiday.
- Madikeri – Most travellers like to give this a miss and head to more serene locations in Coorg. But there are some places that make for a quick stop. Raja’s Seat for a glorious sunset, the Omkareshwar Temple and the local market where one can buy coffee and spices are some of them.
- Triveni Sangam – Located in Bhagamandala village, it is the point of confluence of sacred rivers Sujyothi, Kaveri, and Kannike. Not only is this another spiritual stop, but it is also great to teach the kids about mythological legends. The walk through the shola forest to reach here is stunning.
- Namdroling Monastery – This monastery is situated in Bylakuppe —one of the largest Tibetan settlements in India. Famous for its murals and frescoes depicting Tibetan mythology, this is a great place to introduce children to Buddhism.
- Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary – Tropical evergreen forests welcome you at the sanctuary. One can spend the day spotting elephants, sloth bears, Nilgiri marten, tigers, leopards, jackals, gaurs, and lion-tailed macaques. There’s also the thrill of spotting the king cobra and python.
- Brahmagiri Peak – A daylong hike to this peak offers beautiful vistas of the Brahmagiri Hills. It is situated at a height of 1,576m and It’s believed to be the place where the Sapta Maharishis offered yagna to the Gods.
Where to stay
Two resorts that you may check into for your exploration of Talacauvery are Club Mahindra Madikeri resort and Club Mahindra Virajpet resort. Designed in traditional Kodava-style and surrounded by coffee plantations, these are two of the leading resorts in Karnataka when it comes to family holidays in Coorg. Modern amenities, spacious rooms, and a host of indoor and outdoor activities are some of the things that will greet you once you check in. The resorts provide a good base for sightseeing because they are close to Talacauvery in Coorg.
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