Reaching for the clouds in Talacauvery, Coorg, Karnataka: The Great Arabian Sea Drive Day 25

A view of the temple from atop the hill at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
A view of the temple from atop the hill at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka

It happens very often in the Himalayas, but I never expected to be inside clouds down south in Coorg in Karnataka. It happened in Talacauvery.

Located about 42 kms (26 miles) from Madikeri where I was staying, Talacauvery is said to be the origin of the Cauvery river. Of course, you really don’t see any visible signs there: a spring feeding water into a holy tank in a temple complex there is said to be the origin.

The temple is dedicated to Goddess Caveriamma and Lord Agastheeswara. A dip in the tank, especially on holy days, is considered auspicious by Hindus.

It is located atop the Brahmagiri hill at 1276 metres (4186 feet), 8 kms (5 miles) from Bhagamandala.

As I drove up, I could feel clouds getting closer and closer – till I was kind of almost within them. If it was like this in peak summer, what would it be like at other times?

A 407-step steep climb from the temple takes you atop the hill where you are supposed to get views of the surrounding mountain ranges – I only got to see the anatomy of clouds. Yes, I was literally standing inside one or many – I could not tell where one ended and another started. Unless it was one big fella! I was sweating at the end despite the cool weather.

From where I stood, in the silence and this setting, the temple bells sounded like no music can.

The temple also had some instructions for visitors (including no photography, a rule I flouted and got away with):

– Do not allow your children to play in the water
– Do not spit in the water
– Swimming, washing cloth and spitting is totally prohibited
– This is a holy temple not a picnic spot
– You are requested to come in traditional dresses

The drive up and down from Talacauvery was beautiful – I lost count of the number of times I stopped to gaze at the scenery around.

Had to rush on the way down though – it is not recommended one stays on this road after dark.

Sign on the road to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
Sign on the road to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
A temple in Bhagamandala on the road to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
A temple in Bhagamandala on the road to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
An abandoned dwelling on the highway to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
An abandoned dwelling on the highway to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
You cannot help stopping every few minutes for views from the road to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
You cannot help stopping every few minutes for views from the road to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
The road to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
The road to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
A view of Bhagamandala from a higher altitude on the way to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
A view of Bhagamandala from a higher altitude on the way to Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
An abandoned hut paints a ghostly image in the cloud covered Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
An abandoned hut paints a ghostly image in the cloud covered Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
Entrance to the temple at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
Entrance to the temple at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
The 407 step climb to the top from the temple at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
The 407 step climb to the top from the temple at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
Going down from atop the cloud covered peak at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
Going down from atop the cloud covered peak at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
The temple at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
The temple at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
A kiosk selling munchies, soft drinks and trinkets at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
A kiosk selling munchies, soft drinks and trinkets at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
A view on the way back from Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka
A view on the way back from Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka

Signs at Talacauvery in Coorg, Karnataka


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3 COMMENTS

  1. This climb look very similar to the steep climb I did during my ride to Chail in 2008 and the mountain-top view & weather was also strikingly similar to the one you got enthralled with !!!

    enjoy maadi :-)

  2. i and my husband has a good time together climbing the steps with lot of enthusiasm to find out what is there on the top.Its a wonderful feeling.When i try to share my experiences i just cant stop with a little explanation….Really happy…..Thank you that i found some place to share my words…..

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