Thursday, August 18, 2016

A Family Trip to Coorg, India - Part 2

A Family Trip to Coorg, India - Part 1

Talacauvery

Talacauvery, the source of River Cauvery, is located about 4187 feet above sea level, situated on the Brahmagiri hill slopes. Passing through the zigzag roads on either sides, enjoying the natural beauty of coffee plantations, interspersed with pepper vines, and banana and cardamom crops, when we reached the spot mild shower welcomed us, but soon it cleared off, and became foggy. After a while the fog too disappeared.   






According to legend, saint Kavera meditated at Sahyadri hills to please God to bless him with a child.  Lord Brahma was pleased and blessed him with an adopted daughter Cauvery. The saint brought up the adopted daughter with much love and care.  Saint Agasthya, who was a frequent visitor to Kavera's ashram, fell in love with her and married her.  After some time, the saint fell in love with Kannike, whom he met secretly. Cauvery came to know about it and she went down angrily flowing taking Kannike along with her. When she came down, the force of the water was such that it pushed the pleats of the sarees of the Coorgi women who were waiting for her, from the front to the rear. It is said that since then the Coorgi women drape the sari in that way, the pleats are tucked in at the waist at the back rather than in front, as commonly seen in most part of India. (Sorry, I didn't take a photo of a Kodava woman). 





Cauvery River originates as a spring feeding the tank and the water is said to flow underground to emerge as a river. 



On the day of Thulasankramana (the first day of Tula month which usually falls on 17th or 18th of October) the water gushes up from the spring at a predetermined moment, and people throng this place to witness this wonderful phenomenon. 









There are a series of steps (about 370) leading to the top of Brahmahiri Hill, and from there one can see 360 degree view of the surrounding area. 



Distance from Bangalore to Talacauvery - 297 kms via NH 275

Distance from Mysore to Talacauvery - 160 kms.  


From there, after having a delicious Coorgi lunch in a hotel on the way, we headed to see Abby Waterfalls, which was about 48 kms away.  




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