There are umpteen times we went to Coorg , a coffee county , nestled in the western ghats. But never got the opportunity to visit Talacauvery , the origin of Kaveri , lifeline of Karnataka and the adjoining states . This time when we started our journey to coorg my only hidden wish was to visit Ranaganathitu and Talacauvery.
A river is like a mother feeding the land and enriching the soil throughout its course and life . And the river Kaveri does the same to the state of Karnataka . Talacauvery is 46 kms away from madikeri and about 85 kms from Kushalnagar . The drive from Kushalnagar to Madikeri and further to Talacauvery is verdant and heady with all the greenery around . During the monsoon time , you can experience the lushness of the place at its best. The road snakes through coffee and pepper plantation , coconut groves and green paddy fields winding through small hillocks and houses perched on them . The view is breathtaking .
The journey is more enthralling than the destination and my mind was besotted with all the greenery .You also encounter small shops run by coffee planters association which sell many homegrown products like coffee , spices like cardamom , cinnamon , cloves etc , homemade wines and array of dry fruits and hand made chocolates . We stopped at one place called COFEE PUB which was collectively run by 8 coorgi women . And one of this lady has draped her saree in coorgi fashion typical of that area . We enjoyed filter coffee here and were ready to proceed .
You need to cross the madikeri town to go to talcauvery . It is located by Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala . You cannot see the river course except during the rainy season.
The Bhagamandala has a beautiful temple and the river cauvery just flow a little distance away from the temple . From bhagmandala the journey is uphill and you just get intoxicated in the spectrum of flora which marks the path all along . It was slightly drizzling and so were all shrouded in the fog which engulfed the entire way . There are few view points from where you can see the picturesque villages and the green fields .
Once we reached talacauvery , a huge ornate gate welcomed us to this sacred place.
Clouds came descending and made me felt that I was one of them gliding and searching for a new destination . Somehow recollected the famous lines of Wordsworth
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
The mist not only drenched our body but soul too and thus making us believe that we all are part of a plan in this vast universe. The purity of place enthralls our body , mind and soul to make us as gentle as clouds.
There is a beautiful temple erected in the vicinity for goddess Cauvery. The river originates as a spring feeding to a tank, which is considered to be a holy place to bathe on special days. The waters are then said to flow underground to emerge as the Cauvery river some distance away.From here we need to climb 407 steps to a small hill from where we can see the beautiful view of Western ghats .
The hills shrouded in the mist and the clouds covering like a veil from the naughty rays of the sun . Places like this help you to forget the misery of life and experience the oneness with nature , guiding us to for a path of self-discovery , unraveling the purpose which we have been born for .