When locals think of Coorg, the first thing that comes to their minds is spices. Yes, spices are what this rural district in the state of Karnataka is known for. However, the region which also goes by the name of Kodagu is where you will find some of the most breathtaking waterfalls in the state. One of them is Abbey Falls. In fact, it has been said that Abbey Waterfalls is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Coorg. The waterfall’s picturesque setting combined with the aromatic smell from the coffee and spices plantation is just something worth traveling down for. Planning a visit to this natural wonder? Read this guide to Abbey Falls, Coorg, so you can have the best time here.
Things to do/ highlights
Though the waterfall has been around for ages, it was only recently that the popularity of Abbey Falls soared. This is because the waterfall is hidden amid a thick forest and is located on private property. Even so, its scenic charm is the very thing that sets it apart from other waterfalls and makes it one of the most popular tourist magnets in Coorg. Make sure to spend some time to do these things while you’re here!
You don’t have to be nature enthusiasts in order to agree that the site is a good holiday attraction. Situated near Madikeri, the sight of the waterfall from a 70-foot (21.33-meter) cliff enclosed by lush greenery is something that you don’t want to miss. Plenty of nature trails are scattered throughout the forested area surrounding the waterfall. It would be a shame not to explore them. As such, don’t forget to plan thrilling hiking through the lush greenery. Don your outdoor gear and get ready to go trekking.
Have a picnic
It’s no surprise that families love to visit the waterfall. It makes for an ideal location for a picnic. Indeed, there is no better way to enjoy the beauty of this site than picnicking. Can you imagine how great it is to sit on the fresh green grass while soaking in the warm sunlight and enjoying the sound of the waterfall? Don’t forget to prepare your food and beverages! It would be a good idea to bring sunblock and insect repellant spray as well.
Watch out for bugs and slippery slopes
While visiting the waterfall, don’t forget to slather some bug repellant lotion to avoid insect bites, especially during the summer season. Furthermore, please keep in mind that in case you plan to come here during the monsoon season, always watch your steps because the pathway that leads to the waterfall can be slippery.
Bring your own medical supplies
The stairs that descend from the ground into the falls are quite lengthy. As such, if you have any joint problems, you might want to consider bringing your own medication. Additionally, for safety reasons, visitors with respiratory diseases or any breathing ailment are not allowed to bathe in the water.
Carry light snacks
Here is a piece of good advice to keep in mind for those who want to save money on food: pack a box of light snacks or something to nibble as well as a bottle of water. Travelers with gastric problems might also want to consider taking their doctors’ advice to avoid chances of acid reflux during the journey. But if you’re not tight on budget and don’t have the time to make such preparations, don’t worry for there are also a few food stalls selling tea and light snacks along the way.
How to get there
By private car
The fastest way to arrive at the site is by renting a cab or a private vehicle from Madikeri, which is only 8 kilometers (4.97 miles) away from the waterfall. After you’ve arrived at Madikeri, take Galibeedu road and after that, head towards the location on foot.
By public transportation
To reach the site via private vehicle, your options are limited to buses and trains. There are many regular buses from Bangalore and Mangalore. To reach the waterfall by train, alight at the closest railway station to Abbey Falls which is Mysore. From there, you can either go straight to Abbey Falls by taking a cab or stop at Madikeri first. Then at Madikeri, choose from the plenty of available means of transport that will take you the waterfall.
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How to get tickets
The tickets to the site can be purchased on-site and on Coorg’s official website. We recommend that you buy tickets from the website so that you can avoid wasting your time queueing at the counter, and focus on enjoying the attraction.
However, the website doesn’t sell an individual ticket, instead, they sell holiday packages around Coorg which includes the waterfall. So if you have your itinerary sorted out already and only plan to visit the Abbey Falls, then you should buy the tickets at the counter.
Address: Abbey Falls Rd, Hebbettageri, Karnataka 571201, India
Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)
Cost: 15 INR (0.2 USD)
Department of Tourism: Visit Coorg
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