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.
- 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.
Many diverse ethnic communities can be found in Coorg, with Kodavas being the main ethnic group.
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.