Getting Around in Coorg
Taking a guide along is an added advantage to gain knowledge about Coorg and its culture. Professional guide service is available in Coorg.Tour Escorts can guide you in sightseeing around Coorg. They can take you to better-trekking spots and personally put in all efforts to make your trip colourfull. However, hiring a tour escort is a personal choice!
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Auto rickshaws are the cheapest means of transport. They are available at your footsteps once you are outdoors. Make sure to enquire the price before you take one. Rickshaws are better for inter-city travels but might not be comfortable for long distance visits. Every bus-stand in Coorg is accompanied by a typical Rikshaw-Stand.
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Every major city of Coorg or Kodagu has a typical Taxi-Stand from where you can hire a taxi. Bargaining is allowed. Be specific or precise while booking a taxi and always give them your complete schedule for which you hire them. This avoids the later problem, if in case, you change your plan or a new destination is added after hiring a taxi, in which case the rates may differ and your bargaining chances might be low. It is always better to discuss your plan with the taxi drivers as they are experienced in fixing a better schedule for you. Taxi drivers in Coorg are generally polite and friendly.Taxi or cabs are also booked by hotels/resorts/homestays/plantation-stays upon your request. It is advised to intimate your host one day in advance to book a taxi for you.
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Few outlets rent out vehicle on hourly, daily basis or even on packages. A wide range of cars and bikes are available here. If you are tired of driving, you can also hire a driver who drives for you in your own car.
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In coorg, there are both Government and Privately operated buses that run in and around the district. However, the central bus-stand for both Government and private buses are different. The State-run Government buses mainly operate to and fro the main towns or villages, while most private buses cover every corner of Coorg. Based on time was taken, buses are classified into two categories, viz, Express and Shuttle. Express buses do not stop in the middle unless they reach their destination, whereas shuttle buses normally stop en route destination to pick up passengers while on their way. Government buses are normally cheaper than the private buses. Local service (within the district) is not round the clock for both private & Govt buses and may end at around 2100hrs. Prior reservations(only for government buses) can be made for long distance travel.
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Walking in Coorg:
There is no shortage of walking opportunities at all levels in Coorg. Shorter walks up to a day towards the countryside in encouraged by the motor-less roads and chirping birds! Though walking is inexpensive, better for health and the best way to experience Coorg, it also depends on one's physical fitness.It is always better to be well equipped with walking boots and possibly other outdoor gears. Some parts of Coorg do not receive mobile phone signals & are less inhibited, hence be wise in choosing your walking track. Avoid late night walks especially out of the city limits. Although Coorg is a safe heaven, prevention is always better than cure.
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