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Bylakuppe Trip

What comes to your mind when you think of Tibetian settlements? Dharamshala? Or anywhere in the snow-wrapped Himalayas? But do you know that there’s a mini-Tibet near the Western Ghats area of Karnataka. Yay, that’s me – Bylakuppe. In fact, I am the world’s second largest Tibetian settlement outside Tibet.

I stand right on the border of two beautiful districts of Karnataka – Coorg and Mysuru. Both are highly frequented by tourists from all over India, especially South India. However, I still remain relatively obscure for common tourists. Here in my abode you will find several Tibetian monasteries and a serene landscape. It was in 1960,when government of Mysore allotted around 3000 acres of land for exiled Tibetians.  Yes Karnataka was then called the State of Mysore. First came Lugsum Samdupling in 1961 and then came Dickyi Larsoe in 1969, who established these Tibetian settlements in my cradle.

Although I am located in the Mysuru district, people normally visit me on their trip to Coorg. That’s because I am only 11 km away from the Kushalnagar, one of the prime towns of Coorg district. They come here after a trip to the Dubbare elephant camp or rafting through the Barapole river. In either case, they are mostly here to see my biggest star, the Namdroling monastery, aka, the Golden temple. But I have so much more to offer if you just stay here overnight. In other lesser known monasteries you can take a stroll , see the life of the inhabitants, attend Buddhist prayers and festivals. Here is what you can do when you come to my abode.

Namdroling Monastery or the Golden Temple

Bylakuppe Namdroling MonasteryLet me talk about my star first. Namdroling monastery is an exquisite piece of architecture. It is the largest monastery you will find here and houses around 8000 monks.

Explore the Tibetian colonies

Just walk around in the idyllic settings and interact with the friendly locals. You can also hone your photography skills. During your walk you will come across many shrines and monasteries. I have some of the best universities to study Buddhist philosophy.

Things to do in Bylakuppe

Paddy fields of Bylakuppe (Credits: Pixabay)

Visit the Sera Monastery

This is one of the lesser known monasteries that I have. They organize religious debates every day in the assembly hall. Unlike Namdroling, there is hardly any tourist here.

Shop Tibetian souveniers

One you have visited the Namdroling Monastery, you can visit the Tibetian monastery just opposite to it. You will love the artefacts here, but you may need to bargain a little.

Savour Tibetian delicacies

There are many eateries here which serve authentic Tibetian food. However, to eat where the monks do, go to the Potala Kitchen or Rigo Restaurant. Devil Momo and mokthuk are quite popular here. You can also eat vegetarian food in Malaya, a monk-run guesthouse.

Explore Nisargadhama

This is a beautiful delta formed by the Kaveri river. Imagine canoeing in the river running through the bamboo groves and forests of Sandalwood and teak. Elephants, deer, hare and peacocks are seen here in abundance.

I am blessed with beautiful weather throughout the year, so you can visit me any time you want. If you are visiting from far away, make sure you include me in your itinerary for Coorg or Mysore . Stay home now, and pin the post to travel later. Will you?

Amazing Things to do in Bylakuppe, the second largest Tibetian settlement in the world, outside Tibet. Yes, in the unlikely terrain of the Western Ghats in Karnataka, South India, lies a mini-Tibet. Check out why you should visit this idyllic township in our series "Postcards from India"

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Blogger’s notes: The post contains affiliate links. The pictures are mine unless otherwise mentioned. The pictures used in the pin and postcard is courtesy Pixabay. This post is a part of the series “Postcards from India“, written for A2Z Blogging Challenge for April 2020.

Sinjana Ghosh

Sinjana Ghosh is a full-time business professional with a penchant for writing and travel planning. Backpack & Explore is a journal of her travel stories and tips she collected from her experience. She is the author of the travel book “Postcards from India” which is available on Amazon, Flipkart and Notionpress.com

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  1. Jyoti Jha April 2, 2020

    Beautiful! Superbly written and illustrated. Would love to visit this place.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 2, 2020

      Thanks Jyoti!

  2. Anita April 2, 2020

    I have visited this place and I really loved it.
    Great to revisit it thanks to you 🙂
    Stay home. Stay safe.

  3. Pashmeena Chowdhary April 2, 2020

    Wow!! What a discovery your blog is for me..Never heard of that place ..Really waiting to journey to new places…Thanks a lot..

  4. Sitharaam Jayakumar April 2, 2020

    The Namdroling monastery appears to be an architectural marvel. That image is really beautiful. This post definitely encourages me to visit the place at least once.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 2, 2020

      Thanks! You must visit once the lockdown is over.

  5. Noor Anand Chawla April 2, 2020

    I’ve never heard of this lovely place and it was a pleasure to explore it through your eyes in this post.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 2, 2020

      Thanks Noor!

  6. Pradeep Nair April 2, 2020

    I have been to Bylakuppe. A few years ago. What struck me most was the calmness of the entire place. A scenic place as well.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 2, 2020

      Thanks Pradeep. I just hope it remains that way 🙂

  7. Shalini April 2, 2020

    Gorgeous! It looks like the one in Dehradun. Yes, surprised to find a Tibetan monastery in Karnataka! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 2, 2020

      Thanks Shalini. India never fails to surprise

  8. Sonia Chatterjee April 2, 2020

    Isn’t this in Kushalnagar? I stayed in Mysore for 5 years and Coorg was often on our weekend list. On the way, we would always visit this monastery at Kushalnagar.

    1. Sinjana Ghosh April 3, 2020

      Technically it is in the mysuru district while Kushalnagar is in Coorg. But yes Kushalnagar is the closest bus stop to Bylakuppe

  9. Esha Chakraborty April 13, 2020

    Another place I hadnt heard about…love the detailing


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