We are preparing for the upcoming TravelWise tour to Coorg with lot of research and information. While we are at it, here are some stories from Coorg area that Lakshmi and I had written for Deccan Herald.
Lakshmi writes about some intriguing stories of the kings of Coorg in Tuesday issue of DH.
As the Vijayanagar empire crumbled, Veeraraja, who dreamt of establishing his own dynasty was looking to exploit the weakness of local kingdoms… Disguised as a jangama or a priest with healing powers, he established a small group of followers in Haleri. He slowly overthrew the local Nayakas, including the formidable Karenbahu of Bhagamandala and Talacauvery, and went on to become the lord of Kodagu with Haleri as capital.
My story about my repeated treks to Thadiyandamol peak appeared in DH a few weeks ago.
Never before has a place beckoned me to return so many times. My second visit followed just a few months after the first. The third and fourth did not take very long either. I had made six visits at the last count and yet, each time I think of Thadiyandamol Peak, I ponder on making another journey soon.
Finally, here is another story I wrote a few months ago about the trek to Brahmagiri.
Wildlife is plentiful on the grasslands above the forest bungalow. Sambar deer, nilgiri langur and wild gaur are commonly seen along the hills. Elephants can be occasionally sighted grazing on the slopes. Lucky ones may see lion tailed macaques hopping from tree to tree in the shola forests. Tigers are known to exist, but sightings of the big cat are not common.