Namdroling Monastery is one place you will find in most of the things to do around Coorg lists. Away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, Coorg is the place to be for all the nature lovers out there.
Things to do in Coorg
If you have more than two days planned in Coorg, there are options like Nagarhole National Park or the Dubare Elephant Camp if you are a wildlife lover. If waterfalls is your thing, you can head to the Abbey Falls. Keep the season in mind when you plan for Abbey though. For those of you who love the greens and coffee, don’t forget to visit the coffee plantations. You will get to know a lot more about coffee amidst the nature.
If you are in Coorg just for a day or two, the first morning stop can be the Dubare Elephant Camp. It closes by the afternoon. After that, you can visit Namdroling Monastery which closes by the evening.
Tibetan Settlement in Coorg
About an hour away from Coorg, Bylakuppe in Karnataka has the second largest Tibetan settlement in India. The largest is the one in Dharmashala. This area has a few monasteries too. Golden Temple is the most popular one. You can also visit the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Bylakuppe. It is accessible by roads easily from Mysore and Coorg.
Namdroling Monastery or Golden Temple
The Monastery is well known by the name Golden Temple. Pema Norbu Rinpoche founded The Namdroling Monastery.
The objectives of establishing this monastery were to preserve the teachings of Gautam Buddha and to make peace in the world.
Namdroling Monastery Location
At the entrance of the monastery, you will find some small stalls and shops where you can buy souvenirs to take back home.
You then have to cross this ground which has rooms around to head to the main temple.
The walls of the monastery are decorated with paintings from Tibetan Buddhist Mythology.
There is a statue of Buddha Shakyamuni (the founder of Buddhism), Buddha Amitayus (the Buddha of long life) and Guru Padmasambhava ( also known as Guru Rinpoche).
You can enjoy everything Tibetan right from Tibetan souvenirs to food.
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