Coorg Diaries : Talakavery | Tracing the origin of Kavery river

When I woke up that morning, everything felt like a dream. The morning was surreal.  Even the window of the hotel room looked so beautiful.

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The dreamy window pane

I woke up and walked to the window and opened it. It was a breath-taking view.

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View through the window

That was some view to wake up to every day morning. I can sit there on that chair for hours just looking outside, sipping a cup of coffee.

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Isn’t it some view?

Wouldn’t you love to witness something like this every day morning just as you wake up? I will love to.

I wish I had a home like this

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A dream home

A dream home like this. That’s what FOG does to you. It will make everything so surreal. Everything will look amazing when viewed through the morning fog!

Enough of the dreaming as I had to go and find out the origin of Kavery (Cauvery) river. Within an hour I was ready to head out.

The Google Maps gave an early signs of the road ahead. It was very easy and straight road where you can achieve a top speed of 120kmh 😉 But looked like someone crumpled the map :p

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The tricky roads

So we were sure that it was going to be a fun ride. The actual roads looked like this

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The Rocky roads

And some looked like this.

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The Green road

The sign boards assured that Google maps was not cheating us.

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Sign boards

So far, google maps gave me wrong information very very rarely. Once we took a road as per Google map’s suggestion and reached to a road block. Due to a new over bridge which is having a toll for using it, they have blocked this old road. But through out this journey Google maps was very reliable.

Soon we reached Bhagamandala. It is also a pilgrimage place, like Talakavery. There is a river confluence called triveni sangama, which is considered to be sacred. Kavery river is joined with two other rivers namely Kannike and Sujyothi.

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Before going to Talakavery, pilgrims take a dip inTriveni sangama. They also perform rituals to their ancestors here. As we were no pilgrims, we kept on going in search of our destination.

After taking some turns and steep hills, finally we saw the entrance. A big welcoming entrance.

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Talakavery entrance

We thought we were early. But people were already there.

The view from here is also stunning as we are almost 1200 m above the sea level.

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A view from 1200m above sea level

The entrance welcomed us to a small temple.

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Talakavery temple

There it was , the origin of Kavery river, Tala Kavery, just in front of the temple. People were offering things, that included coins thrown in the water. They throw coins and make their wishes. I guess it will come true. But I somehow I couldn’t find any definite wish to make when situation like these arise! Maybe I should work on setting a goal!!

Well  Some of them were taking a dip in the holy water! But what interested us was the nearby Brahmagiri hill. The view from there got to be great. There were plenty of steps laid down for going up the hills.

The seemingly infinite steps

Yes, it was seemingly infinite. It was almost kind of trekking. The only difference was that there were some proper steps.  But look who we have met at the top. Some unusual trekkers!

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Holy cow!!

Holy Cow!! How did they manage to come all the way up through such a steep inclination!!

Beside them there are some stone buildings you can see. It is  some kind of custom to build up the stones one on the other. Maybe it makes some of the wishes come true. I told someone that by doing so he could build a new house soon and he kind of believed it too. So evil me!! :p

From the top of this hill we could see the road that we came.

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The road we travelled

And the steps we conquered

The steps we conquered
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The never-ending steps

And finally the one thing what we were searching for. I kept it at the end as a suspense 😉 . The origin of the river Kavery. Lets have a bird’s-eye view of Talakavery.

Talakavery/ Talacauvery

If you can see the water in from of the steps, there lies the origin of Kavery. From there it flows underground and emerges as the river kavery.

Mission accomplished. Objective :Origin of Talacauvery traced out and photographed.

All pictures are taken by Trablogger. Please contact for approval, if you would like to use them for any purpose


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Trablogger aka Jithin is an Indian travel blogger who is obsessed with leading a travel life. When he is not traveling, photographing, writing or blogging, you can see him thinking about sustaining this travel life or helping someone to travel more.

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How lucky to enjoy the dreamy view… yet, some people just have to worry about iso… 😀


I wanted to point this out early on, but it seems like a recurring thing to me, and hence I am forced to open my mouth at it..

Your picture frames, angles, light and subject are all brilliant, but –

1. It seems you are clicking them all at low ISO, 100 perhaps
2. All/most pictures appear as white-washed (where is the sharpness/contrast)
3. Some pictures appear very dull (again point 2)
4. You are not using Zoom (why?) All your pictures are landscape…and most close up looks like you have cropped them after digital zooming
5. I love you
6. And your pictures :p


It seriously looked like a dream…The greenery, the fog and the peaceful environment made everything surreal…How did you wake yourself up from this surreal dream? 😛


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Aah the place looks so peaceful and calm, you find pretty awesome places to wander Mr.Jithin ! 😉
Shall I call you Mr.Wanderer from now on? 😀


well-written…you give some interesting information of the place too 🙂 are great…first one, of the foggy window..beautiful.. 🙂

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