We planned our 4 days schedule first by communicating our plans with hotel manager, who advised us to take up one route everyday so that we can smoothly enjoy our holidays. And that was a great tip. So our Day 1 was scheduled to visit Manadalapatti first and Abbey Falls on same route later in the day.
Mandalapatti hills, dubbed as mini Scotland of India is perched at 1600 feet above sea level and is located some 20-30 kms from Madikeri. The route to Mandalapatti takes you through vast stretch of coffee plantations and dense pepper tree plantation.
However route to Mandalapatti is marred with an difficult terrain. If you are not in the league of Michael Schumacher don’t even think of driving on this route. Trust me after a certain point your car will not be able to move an inch (we saw tons of car lined up and only our jeep was able to pass through). Only specialized jeeps can maneuver in this terrain and can be easily hired for 2000 INR (prices are non-negotiable).
The photos that you see here or on the internet is nothing compared to enormity of nature overdose you may feel being there. There is tsunami of green cover and hills as far as your eyes can take you.