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If your next take on an adventure is Nishani motte of Coorg-kudos to you! Nishani Motte trek might not be the most Instagrammed place or internet-famous Western ghats trek, but what is sure is that you will find yourself in love with Coorg, like never before.

This monsoon expedition is an easy to moderate level hike of around 15kms and is nestled in between  Bhagamandala forest range and the Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary. If you have been to any of these places before, you would have probably started picturing the mesmerizing scenics by now. It is a one-way trek, so the trail won’t repeat while descending. So isn’t this one more exciting reason to choose this trek?

The monsoon raises the difficulty level as the pathway gets muddy, filled with leeches, and makes it difficult to climb. The trail towards the end is very steep, almost vertical, and thus, adding a tinge of adventure to make it up to the crest. And there the view would sweep you off the ground.

Magnificent view of mountain ranges of Karnataka and Kerala can be seen from here, with the river Cauvery flowing, perfecting the scenery. It’s a view that’ll surely strike a chord in your heart and make a mark on your mind.

Trip Highlights:

  1. Trek in the beautiful Shola forests of Coorg and enjoy a Coorgi dinner.
  2. Explore the Cauvery river and Bhagamandala and visit the origin of River Kaveri
  3.  Visit to pristine Iruppu Falls in Brahmagiri Range of Western Ghats.


Trek Details

  • Trek LevelEasy - Moderate ( Difficult Level is Subjective )
  • Trail TypeShola Forests, Meadows and Grasslands
  • Trek Distance12-15 km (approx ) on Day 1

Nishani Motte - A Two Day Overview

Day 0

  • Leave from Bangalore at 10:00 PM ( approx )

Day 1

  • Reach homestay and freshen up
  • Head to the trek start point by around 8:30 AM
  • Start trek by 9:00 AM (approx.)
  • Packed lunch during the trek
  • Reach the Peak
  • Descend back to base 
  • Drive back to Homestay
  • Coorg style dinner and campfire ( if weather permits )

Day 2

  • Freshen up and Breakfast
  • Visit Talacauvery, explore Bhagamnadala
  • Self- Sponsored Lunch
  • Visit Irupu Falls
  • Depart for Bangalore and reach by around 10:30 (approx )

Price Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Homestay on multiple sharing basis ( separate for men & women )
  • 2 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner, High Tea and Snacks
  • To and fro Transport from Bangalore ( Non A/c )
  • Karnataka Forest Department Entry Fees
  • Local Guide & Outdoor Leader from Plan The Unplanned
  • Experience that you gain

Price Exclusions

  • Any meals not included above
  • Any kind of personal expenses
  • Any kind of insurance (health, medical, life accidental,etc )
  • Anything not included above

Pickup Points

Following are the pick-up points & timings:

Please select your preferred pickup point from the drop-down list while booking. Any change in Pick up locations/ timings would be updated via mail 24 hours before the start of the trip

Drop-off points shall be the same as the pick-up points

Group Size

  • Max number of People 20 -25
  • We have an equal male to female ratio for most of our treks
  • We require a minimum of 8 members to confirm the event
  • In case we fail to obtain the required minimum, full refund or the option to transfer to any other event will be provided. (Option of transfer shall be subject to payment/refund of balance amount if any)
  • Mode of Transort depends on Group Size. If Group Size is below 12 then Tempo traveller and if above 12 then it would be a Minibus

Things to Carry

  • Xerox Copy of you Aadhar/Voter ID (Mandatorily required for permits)
  • Small backpack to carry your essentials during the trek
  • Power Bank
  • Warm Layer
  • Water bottles – 2 (1 litre each)
  • Lunch Box & Spoon to carry your packed lunch
  • Raincoat/Bag covers in case of rains
  • A comfortable pair of shoes with good grip for trekking
  • Flip-flops for lazing around the campsite
  • Torch/Headlamp to be used at night
  • Portable chargers for your electronics
  • Extra pair of clothes to change into once wet
  • Polybags to pack your wet clothes
  • Extra cash for meals not included in the itinerary

Nishani Motte Coorg Trek - Two Day Itinerary

Day 0Depart for Bhagamandal, Coorg

An overnight bus journey of 300 km commences from Bangalore to Bhagamandala. We shall have a brief orientation followed by a fun-filled ice-breaking session where you will get to know your fellow trekkers better.

Day 1Trek to Nishani Motte Peak

We start this trek post breakfast. Right after it, we start off the journey and get the approvals from the local forest department. Quickly the trek leads to take care of the Trek Permits and a Forest Department Guide is sent along for the trek and we are all set!

We then drive to our trek start point which lies in the middle of the forest, surrounded by trees. As we start the trek you will start noticing the weather and landscapes changing so quickly that you won’t know whether to take off that raincoat or not yet maybe! We then pass through rocky patches, open grasslands, and sometimes combinations of these.


Wide Panoramas and different colors of green stay with you all along, sometimes the mist clears for a moment to surprise what its been hiding and bam! You are back to the white screen again. This place is very close to the state border that you can see mountain ranges of Kerala and for a part of the trail, you are technically in Kerala. Cows and dogs are the ones who always cross our path, you find elephant dung very often on the route but it’s hard to actually spot them as they prefer to stay inside thick forests during the day time.

Once we reach the peak we make sure we spend enough time to relax, get heartful of the views, and to soak in the beauty of western ghats.


As we descend, we reach a perfect place to have our long-awaited lunch. It is a forest checkpoint and has a shelter and water to freshen up. Quickly after lunch, we will set off to enjoy the Panoramic view of the sunset and reach the homestay before it’s dark.

Overall it’s a great experience to indulge yourself in if you admire mountains, animals, forests, clouds, and not to forget packed lunch.

Day 2Visit Talacauvery and Iruppu Falls

The toughest part of day 2 is all about getting out of that bed after the whole bonfire games and fun the previous night. We know it’s hard but trust us what’s planned for the day is totally worth it. The first thing on the list is Talacauvery, which is a short drive from our homestay but the weather, smooth roads, and trees make it feel even shorter. Talacauvery is the place that is generally considered to be the source of the river Kaveri and a holy place for many, one note here is that the temple is strict with their dress code and we insist you to follow the same to keep things smooth.

Talacauvery, Bhagamanadal
Tala Kaveri, Bhagamandala

As soon as we are done with the temple, we set off towards Iruppu falls and the ghats make sure you still have that good view from your window. It is a 10 min walk to reach the falls and once we reach there you can happily get into the water as. Changing facilities are also available here. The return journey back to Bangalore will begin soon after this visit and we aim to reach home by midnight.


Iruppu Falls, Coorg
Iruppy Falls, Brahmagiri Range

I'm a solo traveller, Can I join?

The interesting thing about traveling alone is that you get to meet new people from  diverse backgrounds, and towards the end you are no longer strangers. Hence solo travelers are always welcome to join us on our trips. Read more about solo travelling here and get inspired! https://www.plantheunplanned.com/solo-yet-accompanied/ 

Is it safe for Women/Girls?

Safety and security is our priority at all times. Hence it is absolutely safe for women/girls to join us on our treks and travels. Our trek leaders accompany the team at all times, and our campsites are secured and safe for accomodation. We also have female trek leaders who accompany on most of our treks.


Do I have any other boarding points apart from the ones mentioned?

Yes, we do have options for picking a traveler on board with a few locations provided they are on the route to our destination. Following are the same:

  • Croma Store, Sony World Signal

  • Trinity Circle Metro Station

  • Yeshwanthpur Metro Station

  • Goraguntepalya Metro Station

  • Nayanadahalli Metro Station

I have booked the trek when will I get further updates regarding the trek?

Well, most of our treks are usually confirmed by Thursday and you would receive a BON VOYAGE mail that would contain details as regards Pickup Points ( Location and Timings ), Outdoor Leader ( Point of Contact ), Do’s and Don’ts. You’ll be added to Whatsapp Group for all the further updates.

How do I avail discounts? 

Details for availing  discounts are mentioned in the following link, https://www.plantheunplanned.com/membership/

What is cancellation policy?

For Departures from Bangalore: In the event that YOU cancel your trek, this is the cancellation policy we follow

  • If you cancel before 7 days – 90% of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 3 – 6 days – 50 % of amount will be refunded
  • If you cancel between 0-3 days – No Refund

Note: For All The Above Refund Cases Transaction Fees/Internet Handling Charges will be dedcuted from the overall amount and balance amount shall be refunded. You can transfer your ticket to anyone so that you could save your hard earned money

“Transfer to a future date is only possible only if you cancel between 3-6 days before the trek date and not on the day of departure or a day before”

For other trips and travels with us, and detailed terms and conditions check the      following link : https://www.plantheunplanned.com/refund-cancellation-policy

For more queries please visit our Frequently Asked Questions ( FAQ's).


  • Consumption of alcohol, intoxicants and smoking would not be tolerated during the entire course of the journey and the trek. Kindly co-operate with us to make the experience more fun.
  • Do not expect any luxuries on the trip. The locations that we host are at remote places and we do our best to arrange the basic facilities. The goal is to be outdoors.
  • The Food that shall be provided will be Basic Veg Food. We do not serve Non-Veg Food.
  • Put Litter in its place, do not trash your travel.
  • Plan The Unplanned shall not be responsible for any of your belongings, valuables, jewellery etc.  Kindly do take care.
  • Please do not book with us, if you cannot accept the cancellation policy.
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Solo Traveller

Awesome team
Great and energetic trek leads. They make sure everybody is comfortable and get the experience you are looking forward to have.
Each trek with PTU would have something new to offer.

April 14, 2020


Solo Traveller

As a person who barely exercises, I was extremely sceptical when we decided to go on a 17km trek. But the extremely supportive and energetic crew and a very well planned trek put my fears to rest. Had a lot of fun and made a lot of friends . The homestay gave us a taste of authentic Coorg food, and the bonfire with the ghost stories followed by star gazing is something I would cherish forever. The Buddhist monastery with their lush gardens was an added bonus to the trip. The calm and serenity of the prayer hall filled with the wondrous bird chirps was an out of the world experience. Would definitely recommend it to all the nature lovers out there. Special kuddos to our trek guides Tanmay, Akansha and Amit for ensuring we all had a good time and for taking a head count after each and every stop

October 1, 2019
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