Coorg

What comes to mind when we think of Coorg. Coofee. Ok that spelling is wrong, but you get the message. Coorg is known for coffee plantations.

Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers. This popular coffee producing hill station is not only popular for its beautiful green hills and the streams cutting right through them. It also stands as a popular destination because of its culture and people. The Kodavas, a local clan specialising in martial arts, are especially notable for their keen hospitality.

Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, is the most affluent hill station in Karnataka. It is well known for its breathtakingly exotic scenery and lush greenery. Forest covered hills, spice and coffee plantations only add to the landscape. Madikeri is the region’s centre point with all transportation for getting around starting from here. On a visit to Coorg, cover the beautiful towns like Virajpet, Kushalnagar, Gonikoppal, Pollibetta, and Somwarpet, and experience the beautiful concept of “homestays” to make your experience more memorable!

Proudly called the Scotland of India, Kodagu, or Coorg as it is rightfully called is situated on the Western Ghats in the state of Karnataka in India. The small town is gifted with abundance. Coorg is the largest producer of coffee in India, and the best places to visit in Coorg are its picturesque coffee plantations. Irrespective of where you are in this region, places in Coorg have this certain charm about themselves that just cannot be explained.

Lush green vegetation and forests covering up the hills that are famous for trekking and scenic wonders like waterfalls and viewpoints, this is the best praise for Coorg. Abbey Falls, Chelavara Falls, and Iruppu Falls are perfect examples of serenity that people from far away come to witness. Also, places like Raja’s Seat, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe and Dubare make your visit to this hill station worth the time and money.

You can trek to the top of Tadiandamol, the second highest mountain of Karnataka, and the highest in the region. The road to the top consists of hairpin bends on the ride upward, giving way on to some of the most mesmerizing sceneries. A similar trek is the Trek to Kumara Parvatha, the summit of which is 1,748m above sea level. Apart from these, there are other activities to do in Coorg that keep tourists entertained. Some of them are riding an elephant at Dubare Elephant Camp, trekking and participating in sports like white water rafting in Upper Barapole River.

Coorg is not just about sightseeing and trekking, it is also about staying in the most amazing places and seeing the sights from there. Resorts in Coorg have their own irresistible charm, one that always ends up attracting people to spend in the lap of nature and wake up to the smell of fresh coffee coaxing them out of sleep. There is just no limit to the praise of homestays in Coorg for the homely feeling and an unmatched hospitality by the locals. That is a testimony to the fact Coorg is a one-stop location for everyone’s travel bucket list. Be it an adventure, sightseeing, nature stays or the comfort of resorts, you name it, Coorg has it.

Coorg is one of the best places to feel close to the beauty of nature and rejuvenate. You can detoxify your body. Come to Coorg and feel one with your own self!

At a distance of 265 km from Bangalore, 117 km from Mysore, 132 km from Mangalore, 322 km from Coimbatore & 362 km from Kochi, Coorg or Kodagu is a district in Karnataka and Madikeri is the district headquarters. At an altitude of 1525 meters on Western Ghats, it is also known as the Scotland of India. Coorg is the most famous places to visit in India and among popular 2 day trip near Bangalore. It is also one of the top destinations of Karnataka tourism.

Talacauvery, Abbey Falls and Dubare are some of the best places to include in Coorg Packages. According to Puranas, Kodava is the redefined name of Krodhadesa meaning Land of Anger, said to have been inhabited by the Kodava tribe. Some historians believe that it is named after the River Cauvery. Coorg was under the Gangas rule during 9th and 10th centuries and Cholas in the 11th century followed by Hoysalas. Later Coorg was relatively independent under Haleri Rajas until British occupied the region in 1834. Coorg was a separate state before its merger with Karnataka in the year 1956.

Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Also, it is one of the places with highest rainfall in India. The Kodagu district comprises different communities like Kodava, Tulu, Gowda and Moplah out of which the largest is the Kodava community, both economically and politically. The economy depends on agriculture, coffee plantations, forestry and tourism.

Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views have made Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination. Madikeri is the heartland of Coorg region and was the seat of ruling dynasty. Places like Raja’s seat, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare are the major attractions. The famous Cauvery River is originated in the hills of Coorg at Talacauvery.

Being a part of the Western Ghats, Coorg is rich in flora and fauna. It has three wildlife sanctuaries – the Talacauvery, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri Sanctuaries, and one national park, the Nagarhole National Park. Some of the animal species found in these wildlife parks include the Asiatic elephant, tigers, leopards and wild boars.

Coorg is also famous for trekking activities with peaks like Thandiyandamole, Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri. Elephant rides at Dubare Elephant camp and white water rafting in Upper Barapole River are other interesting things to do in Madikeri. Besides, Coorg can also be visited along with Wayanad packages.

Mangalore airport is the nearest airport which is 146 km from Madikeri. Mysore Junction and Mangalore Junction railway stations are nearest stations. Mangalore Junction Railway Station is about 131 km and Mysore Junction Railway station is about 117 km from Madikeri. KSRTC buses as well as private buses provide services to Madikeri from nearby cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Ooty, etc.

Coorg has pleasant weather throughout the year, though October – June is the best time to visit Coorg. It usually takes about 1-2 full days to visit the important places in Coorg.

Coorg – Get Lost in the Scenic Beauty & Charm of Nature
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Set amidst the beauty and tranquillity of hills, vegetation, and deep valleys, Coorg is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. The area is spread over 4102 sq km. The place is also called Kodagu. It has an abundance of opportunities to make your holidays enjoyable and also have a calming effect on you.

Thadiyandamol hills, coorg

Sunrise at Thadiyandamol hills in Coorg. Image Courtesy snapper san

Coorg through the ages
The place started to gain importance back in the 2nd and 6th century, when it’s northern part was controlled by the Kadambas from Goa. Kodagu witnessed a terrible war in the 11th century, fought between the Kadambas and the Gangas. Over the next few centuries, the place came under the control of different dynasties like the Hoysalas, the Cholas and also the Vijayanagara Empire. It was in 1956 that the place was declared as a district and it became a part of Karnataka.

Places to visit in Coorg
A place with a rich history and beautiful scenery is always popular among tourists and Coorg is no exception. The hill station includes a number of attractions that captivates one’s eyes and heart. And so travellers from different parts of the country and even abroad visit this place.

Following are some of the interesting places to visit in the district.

Abbey Falls, Coorg
Abbey Falls. Image Courtesy Ranna Photography

Abbey Falls
One of the popular places to see in Kodagu, the Abbey Falls is located 1 km away from Madikeri, a town. The scenic attraction of this waterfall cannot be narrated in simple words. It is located in the middle of spice estates and coffee plantations. The beauty of the Kaveri River as it gushes down the rocks, forming the falls is incomparable.

You can get lost or take snaps of this breath-taking scene. Ideal to visit between November and December, Abbey Falls offers the best view after the monsoons. The waterfall originates from a height of 70 feet and there is also a hanging bridge formed across a gorge that is part of the waterfall. The place is accessible from Madikeri, through the spice and coffee plantations.

Madikeri Fort, Coorg
Madikeri Fort, Coorg. Image Courtesy imonholidays.com

Madikeri Fort
While Coorg is a place of thick forests, coffee plantations and beautiful waterfalls, there is a place that holds historical importance. It is the Madikeri Fort, located in the hill station of Madikeri that has its share of royal importance in the pages of history.

The fort even today speaks of several moments of victory and also defeat, right from the reign of Muddu Raja in 17th century. The place has also undergone architectural changes. Originally built of mud, it was rebuilt in granite by Tipu Sultan. Later eras saw it being rebuilt again by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II and the British.

The fort is a unique example of Gothic style in the form of its Anglican Church built in 1855. Addition of secret paths makes it mysterious as well. The palace like fort also has an exhibition of several artefacts and historical weapons.

Tadiandamol
Tadiandamol is said to be the highest peak in Kodagu. It is close to Kakkabe town, above 1748 metres sea level. The place is known for a number of adventurous activities that spark interest among tourists from different places. It can be also a peaceful trekking trail for some. Apart from being heavily visited by naturalists and trekkers, the place also includes Nalaknad palace at its foothills.

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Coorg
Pushpagiri Trek. Image Courtesy RajaPandian SP

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
The Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in the beautiful Somwarpet taluka in Kodagu. The place is known to be of high interest due to abundance of wildlife in the Karnataka state. Ornithologists and others who love to sighting birds will love this place filled with endangered and rare species of birds. The melodious chirping and bird songs melt one’s heart. The sanctuary is also connected with the reserve forest of Bisle. On the other hand, the sanctuary is also connected with the Kukke Subramanya forests. Pushpagiri has a cool and wet climate.

Gaddige Raja’s Tomb, Madikeri, Coorg
Raja’s Tomb. Image courtesy Dinesh Kannambadi

Gaddige

If you have an equal thirst for nature and history, the district of Coorg has lots to offer to you. The Gaddige hill station is located on a hillock and is more popularly called as Raja’s Tomb. The place allows a perfect view of the entire place from above. The building includes a complex series of tombs belonging to the Kodava dynasty.

The Hindu tombs bear Shaivite depictions that serve as a major difference from the Muslim tombs. The architectural style is very much Indo-Saracenic. The most important tombs are that of king Doddaveerarajendra and the queen consort Mahadeviamma. There are also tombs of other important members of the court like the royal priest.

Coorgi Traditional Dress., Coorg
Coorgi Traditional Dress. Image Courtesy Iromi Perera

How to reach Coorg
Kodagu is connected by air, rail, and road to different cities in Karnataka.

By Air
The nearest domestic airport is Mangalore, located 160 km away. Bangalore is 265 km away from the district and it is better to travel from Bangalore to Mangaluru and from there to Coorg.

By Rail
While the place doesn’t enjoy good railway connectivity, there are closest stations to it like Mangalore, Hassan and Mysore. Mysuru is 95 km away. Hubli to Coorg railway distance is 344 km. Bangalore has a distance of 247 km.

By Road
There are buses that take you to Coorg from major cities like Bangalore and Mysore. Mysuru has road distance of 130 km from the district of Coorg. You can also hire cabs if travelling with family.

Sightseeing, Activities, and places to stay in Coorg
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Brahmagiri Hill Trekking
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Nagarahole National Park
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Resorts in Coorg
Temples in Coorg
Trekking in Coorg
Virajpet
Kakkabe
Dubare Elephant Camp
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Pune, India

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