Valnur ( Valnoor or locally Vaalnuru ) is a tiny hamlet on the eastern side of Coorg fringing the Durare forest. From a tourism perspective Valnur is popular for two things – Angling (fishing) and birdwatching. At Valnur the river Cauvery flows northwards in wider and shallower expanse, making many island like river-scape .
The banks are thickly wooded and at many places with large sandy beds. The shallower rocky ridden and slow flowing river is ideal for aquatic life. So is the avian life around it. The shallow river often flows around the protruding rock outcrops scattered over the riverbed.
A few kilometers north of Valnur is the Dubare elephant camp.
Valnur is the road that connects Siddapura with Dubare. If you are traveling from Siddapura side, Valnur is some 3-4 km before the Dubare elephant camp.
Those coming from Mysore side take the deviation to Siddapur before reaching Madikeri. After crossing Hunsur , Piriyapatina and Kushalnagar towns on the highway ( SH88 ) watch out for the Gudde Hosur cross (some 4 km after Kushalnagar town ). At this junction leave the highway and turn left for Siddapura. After about 13 km from Gudde Hosur , you’ll cross the junction for Dubare elephant camp (a signboard is located here). At this point you’ve to turn left into the forest route for Dubare Elephant camp. For Valnoor, head straight towards Siddapura instead of taking the turn. Some two km ahead you’ll see the signboard for the Valnoor fishing camp (Trust Land Estate). Turn left and head towards the riverside.
On the other hand if you are starting from Madikeri town, take the state highway to Mysore and turn right at Gudde Hosur. The rest of the route is as explained above.
And finally when you make it to Coorg, you find everything changed in one stroke. The air is cold and misty. The smell is predominantly of coffee, but still with a hint of dried ginger, cardamom and orange in that order.