On a tripjodi’s memorable trip to Coorg, we found a treasure for life. Camping in Coorg gave us a great break.
Location — “The Foot Hill Camp”.
All of us would have imagined staying in a forest camp — surrounded by trees, soothing chirps of birds, cool weather, and the scenic beauty of the mountains. Now add to that delicious authentic local cuisine —wouldn’t that be really awesome?!
Guess what, we just spent our last few days in one such place — The Foothill Camp in Coorg.
Staying in camps is a wonderful idea, but I have seen a lot of my friends being a little hesitant about it. Fortunately for us, we got to know about this camp from a trusted source — StayOnSkill.
Stay On Skill helps skilled experts connect with local hosts who are willing to learn or benefit from the skills of the expert, in exchange of providing free stay and breakfast. Isn’t that awesome? We traded our photography and blogging skills to get a 4 days and 3 nights stay at this wonderful camp.
We reached the campsite at 5pm after a bike ride of approx 350km (i.e from Coimbatore to Coorg). Our wonderful host and the owner of Foothill Camp, Ashith Achappa was there to welcome us. Ashith is a nature lover, a cycling enthusiast, and an eco-tourism promoter.
His campsite is a visual heaven. Truly beautiful, surrounded by trees and mountains on all sides. As per Ashith, there are more than 60 varieties of trees around the place — forming a mini forest of sorts. The tents are very clean and well maintained. They have an extra thatched roof setup, as well as basements. Yes, basements! Isn’t that amazing?!
Not just beautiful, though — the trees in the forest, alive and breathing. And they’re watching me.
The campsite is not just beautiful, but alive and full of life. The trees all around seemed like they were watching you with a joyful eye.
As the sun shaded out, Ashit started lighting lanterns all around the tents. The lights of the lantern gave a romantic feel to the environment.
Early mornings you wont need an alarms to help you wake up, rather your eyes automatically open with the sweet rays of the beautiful dawn and the melodious chorus of the birds.
We were all fresh with the cool climate of Coorg.
We took up cycles, which are available in abundance at the camp, and rode to Namdroling monastery, Nisargadhama and few more touristy attractions nearby.
The Namdroling monastery looks like a little Tibet.
We roamed there hearing the chanting of mantras and the rhythmic prayers, interacting with the monks. There was some powerful energy that we could feel in the chants and the beats of drums that accompanied them.
After a while, we met Prashant, a marathon cyclist and Economist by passion. He had also come there through Stay On Skill programme.
Till noon, we wandered and explored the places that google suggested us ( we will be writing about that in the next episode)
In the evening, Ashith took Prashant and us to a wonderful place to enjoy the sunset. We don’t know how to express what we saw in words. ‘Amazing’ would just not be the perfect word for it. The place was trees , water canals and huge aqueducts. It was simply one of the best moments on the whole trip. We went for just enjoying the sunset, but the beauty of the place made us stay till the moon came up.