Coorg (also known as Kodagu) is a hill station located in Karnataka. It is famous for its coffee and tea plantations. Coorg is renowned as the ‘Scotland of India’ and also ‘Kashmir of the South’ due to its majestic beauty and cool ambience of the hill station. It is situated at an altitude in the range of 3500 ft above sea level. Nestled among lush greeneries of the Western Ghats, Coorg offers unmatched beautiful vacation to tourists.
Several South Indian dynasties like the Kadambas, Gangas, Cholas, Chalukyas, Rastrakutas, Hoysalas and the Vijaynagar Rayas ruled over Kodagu. Despite the Kodavas being members of the Indian warrior caste and known in India as ‘brave warriors’, Kodagu did not have indigenous rulers as the Kodavas failed to evolve political consensus.
Many diverse ethnic communities can be found in Coorg, with Kodavas being the main ethnic group.
- Coorg is considered a wonderful summer retreat to get away from the hot summer days in downtown cities and other parts of India.
- Coorg offers many exciting outdoor activities like angling, trekking, fishing and golfing for the travelers.
- Tadiandamol, Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri peaks in Coorg are quite challenging for the trekkers, but the natural beautiful surroundings are worth all the effort and hard work.
- Tourists can avail of a whole range of rejuvenating Ayurvedic packages, with 30-minute sessions starting at around Rs400.
WHERE TO STAY
Booking rooms in advance would be advisable because of the popularity of this tourist destination. Coorg has numerous hotels in the central city area, with enough options to choose from depending on how much you can spend. A budget room can cost about Rs 600. Deluxe rooms vary from anywhere between Rs 3,000 and Rs 8,000 depending on the luxury rating of the room. Most of these hotels also organise trekking trips and sight-seeing to tea and coffee plantations in and around Coorg.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Coorg can be visited all through the year. However, keep a watch on the heavy monsoon days. October to May is ideal for sightseeing and outdoor visits. June to September is good for short trips and indoor activities.
WHAT TO SEE
Gaddige : Known as Raja’s tomb, this is a beautiful structure popular among the history buffs.
Other interesting places include Madikeri Fort, Abbey Falls, Raja’s Seat, Nalknad Palace.
Padi Igguthappa temple :- One of most important temple of Kodavas – the tribal inhabitants of Kakkabe, it is dedicated to Iguthappa, another name for Lord Subramanya.
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary:- It is home to rare and endangered birdlife and is designated as one of the important bird-watching areas of the world.
The Elephant Training Camp:- This place located at Dubare is known for training wild elephants with the help of local tribes Kurabas. It is under the maintenance of the Forest Department. Tourists can opt for free elephant rides within the camp. One can enjoy the rare chance of befriending tamed elephants, wherein one can get to scrub the elephants and feed them.
Veerabhoomi:- This is a tourist village and has an exceptional characteristic of being Karnataka’s only Heritage Theme Holiday Resort. Veerabhoomi is based on the culture and tradition of Karnataka.
Nisargadhama:- It is a wildlife sanctuary in its own right. It is an island in the hub of the river Kaveri connected by a rope bridge.A favorite spot visited by tourists, it is ideal for picnics and honeymoon tours. Its calm and serene beauty rejuvenates and provides an unforgettable experience.
NEAR TO COORG
Ooty, Mysore, Mudumalai National Park and Mangalore are well-known towns that tourists would like to visit around Coorg. Talakaveri from where river Kaveri originates, Omkareswara temple, Nagarhole National Park and Raja’s Seat are other attractions close by Coorg.
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Coorg is as given below. The best time to visit Coorg is also specified.