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Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in Coorg

By Rashmi Gopal Rao

Often dubbed as the Scotland of India, Coorg is arguably one of the most scenic places in South India.  Nestled along the Western Ghats, it is located in between Mysore and Mangalore and is a popular getaway from Bangalore.  With mist clad landscapes, coffee estates and enchanting flora and fauna, Coorg aka Kodagu is a favorite with many.

Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in CoorgCoorg: evergreen beauty

Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in Coorg

While the hill station is a nature lover’s paradise, it’s beauty increases exponentially during the monsoons which is generally during June to September.   Awash with rain, the tree laden hills look refreshing more than ever before, and this verdant is indeed a treat for the eyes.  I had a chance to visit this hill station in the recent rain.  Here are some captures.

Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in CoorgVerdant landscapes Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in CoorgGushing streams in Coorg

During the rains, the entire terrain is dotted with several waterfalls that add splendour to the landscape.  The gurgling sound of the waters that dance among the rocks and hidden crevices, is a sight to behold.

Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in CoorgWaterfalls in Coorg

Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in Coorg

We managed a visit to the Mallalli Falls which is located in the northern part of Coorg. The main source of water for these splendid falls is the Kumaradhara River finally joins the Netravati River at Uppinangadi and flows back into the Arabian Sea in Mangalore.

Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in CoorgMallalli Waterfalls in Coorg

Driving around treats you to some ravishing landscapes and this is a perfect retreat from the urban hustle-bustle.

Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in CoorgThe beauty of Coorg in monsoons

We also had a chance to witness the elusive Neelakurinji flower whose scientific name is Strobilanthus Kunthianus. The flower blooms once in 12 years and is found in hill stations like Wayanad, Munnar, Coorg and Kodiakanal. The flower which is believed to have medicinal value, blossoms over hillock forming a sea of purple which is a compelling sight.

Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in CoorgNeelakurinji flower in the hillocks of Coorg Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in CoorgNeelakurinji flower in Coorg

Due to the heavy rains, the flowers were drenched a bit more but the bushes were a pretty sight nevertheless.

Photoessay: Monsoon Magic in CoorgNeelakurinji flowers in Coorg

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