Coorg Tourism

Coorg Tourism

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Coorg Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1525 m
  • Pincode: 571201
  • District: Kodagu
  • Language: Kannada
  • STD code: 08272
  • Weather: Summer 19 to 34°C, Winter 14 to 29°C

History of Coorg

Nestled amongst the lush green hills of Western Ghats, Coorg in Karnataka is the major hub for coffee and spice production. Initially, Coorg (Kodagu) region was ruled by Kadambas. After their rule, Coorg was home to many other dynasties such as the Gangas, Cholas, Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara.

Much later, the region of Coorg fell under the colonial rule. In 1950, Coorg was declared as an independent state but later in 1956, Coorg was merged with Karnataka and was made a district.

People and Culture of Coorg

Because of its pleasant climate and enthralling landscape, Coorg is famous among travellers and is swarming with tourists from all over the country. Its large expanse of coffee and spice plantation calls people from the adjoining villages in search of employment. It has good cosmopolitan mix in terms of population and culture with Kodavas being the highest in residents. Kodava lingo, Kannada, Tamil and Malayalam are the main languages spoken here. The main festivals include Arms-Keilpoldu and Cauvery Shankaramana.

Things to Do in Coorg

Referred to as ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg is rich in greenery and alluring countryside. There are many places to visit in Coorg that interest tourists all year round. Abbi Falls is one of the major Coorg attractions. The waterfall is between coffee and spice estates and thus this offers a mesmerizing view. The water from the fall goes down to the Cauvery River.

From the list of Coorg places to visit, Raja’s Seat is another popular tourist point. This place was the favourite place of the King of Kodagu and one can catch a view of the surrounding backdrop and sunset and sunrise from this point. Mandalpatti is another famous sightseeing in Coorg. This viewpoint is 35 km from the main town and offers an enticing sight of the landscape. Dubare Elephant Camp and Omkareshwara Temple are two other Coorg tourist places. For those who are searching for other fun things to do in Coorg can opt for trekking, rock climbing and white water rafting.

Food and Shopping in Coorg

Besides Coorg sightseeing, tourists can indulge in munching on some local delicacies and shopping. One can try local cuisine like pandi curry, pork pepper curry, kolli saaru and Akki roti. There is a list of upscale and pocket friendly restaurants that serve a variety of other cuisines.

One must not depart from Coorg without buying coffee, spices and homemade chocolates. There are many shops in the main market of Coorg which sells these items.

Accommodation in Coorg

How to reach Coorg is an easy question to answer because one can choose to reach Coorg by bus, by taxi, by flight or by train. Though Coorg does not have an airport and a railway station, the closest city is Mysore and Bangalore which have railway stations and airports. Coorg is rich in terms of accommodation. From home stays to resorts to hotels, tourists can opt to stay in any one according to one’s budget and preference. There are many resorts in Coorg which are in the vicinity of major places to see in Coorg. Book a hotel or a resort well in advance and go for Coorg tour with your family or friends.


Coorg is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Mangalore and Mysore.

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Abbi Falls, Coorg

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Raja's Seat, Coorg

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Raja's Seat, Coorg

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Saranya Devanathan

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  • Saranya Devanathan
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 302 Reviews
  •  2857 helpful votes
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"Rain and shine every 5 minutes" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
Coorg during monsoon is a different experience. It rains - by the time you open the umbrella, it shines. Keeping the umbrella safe in closed space, is another problem. You can not keep in the handbag since it is wet. If you leave it out somebody will take it. You can enjoy the greens and wild flowers, if you can put up with the creepy crawlies around. The whole troubles are worth for the flowing water falls. The locals seem to carrying on with the routines with umbrellas and rain coats.
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Sebastian Benedict

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  • Sebastian Benedict
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
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"You'll feel at home" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Coorg is blessed with its own scenic beauty and biodiversity. If you are the kind that can sit and just absorb the song of the hills, then this place is for you. Despite being counted (now) as a popular tourist spot the culture retains its simplicity
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Vijay mittal

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"A must visit place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I visited Coorg, with my family, in the last week of May 2017. It is one of the best places to be visited in summer. Weather was so pleasant, that gave us extra energy, Despite our travelling from Bangalore and visiting sight seen on the same day also, we did not feel tired. This place is suitable to all who seek relaxation.
2. Rajas Seat, Tibetian Monastry, Abbey Falls and Dubare Elephant Camp must to be visited. We stayed there in Hotel Mayura Valley View Madikeri. The location of the Hotel is near RAJAS SEAT and very beautiful. The staff of the Hotel is co-operative.
We enjoyed local food at the Hotel and outside on way from a very small cottage type Dhaba. The food was decent and tasty.
We traveled by car from Bangalore, the green plants/trees at road side are worth seeing.
I suggest one must visit this place at least once his/her life.
V. K. MITTAL
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Shreya Dey

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  • Shreya Dey
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews
  •  5 helpful votes
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"Scotland of India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Really the name "Scotland of India"is appropriate for Coorg. That was a bike ride for almost a day. Road is superb. And the weather, I don't have such word to explain the weather. 24x7 rain and fog covered that place and that perfect combo made that place more beautiful. There you can found hotel, lodge and many homestays at affordable price. But its my suggestion if you want to go there during public holiday please make sure book your room as earlier. Because we thought there are so many hotels and homestays are there so we didnot book any rooms and after that so many hurdles and search for 2 long hours we are finally able to find a room. Abbay falls beauty is mesmerising. So I suggest you should go there and explore Coorg. You too will love that place.
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Amol Javdekar

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  • Amol Javdekar
  • 2 Reviews
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"Scotland of India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Beautiful hillstation ... With scenic beauty at par with scotland. Famous for its spuces, coffee, silk sarees factory outlets ... Hotels are reasonable. Jeep safari is on non motorable terrifying road ... Very bumpy .. Quite costly jeep ride .. Abbey falls is scenic
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Nimisha Sharma

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  • Nimisha Sharma
  • Lives in Patna
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"A must visit place for the Wander-lusters"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Apr 10, 2017
We decided to explore Coorg this time in the month of April 2017.

Finally the day came and we started our Coorg trip early morning 6 AM from Bangalore on a Saturday morning.

The route we took was through Kanakpura Road - Kushalnagar

We covered Name Dropping Monastery also known as Tibetan Golden Temple on the way around 12 pm. Reached Monastery at the time of prayer and saw hundreds of Buddhists praying in front of huge statue of Buddha. The temple is beautiful and decorative and one of the main attraction of KushalNagar.

Next we explored Nisargadhama a small island formed by Cauvery river. The only way to reach this island through Rope Bridge which is quite interesting and you can see fishes in Cauvery water from bridge.

You can see deer rabbits etc. In the bamboo garden. Good place to visit with for children.

After Nisargadhama we headed towards Hotel. We had a booking at Silver Brooke Estate Homestay in Coorg. This place is not less than a surprise for first time visitor and is situated 8 kms away from Madikeri city. We arrived here after crossing many twists and turns on SH-89. The place is surrounded by deep ever green rain forest and coffee plantation thrive under mesmerizing tree shadow.

The place was neat and well organized. The caretaker shown us common areas like library living room and dining area and our rooms. The rooms had high ceiling with a small transparent section to let the sunlight in the room and the furniture had a rustic charm of teakwood.

The main hall had a library shelf, and was decorated with artistic lamps of the gone era.

Food served was very homely and we never felt we could ask for more. Owner Revathi and her Husband made us felt quite comfortable like our own home.

A must visit place for the Wanderlusters.

In evening we went to see Abbey waterfall which is open from 6AM to 6 PM. To see the actual waterfall we need to go down around 300 meters from the main road. The waterfall was full of water in the month of April also and a rejuvenating place in summers.

After covering Abbey waterfall we reached to see sunset at Rajaji Seat. It took around 15 mins by car to reach there. It is a park situated at the top of mountain to see the view of Coorg valley. Inside Park you can see many seasonal flowers and Musical fountain. During our visit musical fountain was not operational and we were more focused of valley's view and sunset

In evening we reached Silver Brooke Estate and had awesome dinner in magnificent ambience. Had a great evening and peaceful sleep.

Morning started in sidewalks of coffee plantation and delicious and filling breakfast.

Our next stop was Dubare Elephant Camp which was near kushalnagar. We checked out from Silver Brooke and started our journey back. The camp was at other side of River Cauvery and water was not much in river so we crossed the river by walking on stones. It was a matchless experience walking into Cauvery water and crossing whole river. We went inside camp and bathe the elephant by sprinkling Cauvery water but something happened next was more unexpected.. In return elephant also sprayed water over us by his trunk which I guess they have been trained to.
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Chirag jain

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"Superb for short trips"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 17, 2017
I stayed in Coorg for two days.. Its a nice and peaceful place to visit with your loved ones.. Coorg is a place where you can plan for short trips.. For other visitors I would suggest that before booking any hotel please concern first about the hotel property as Coorg is a place where your hotel property matters a lot.. It's a place where sightseeing is not much interesting.. I stayed in jungle safari back water resort.. This place is awesome in terms of location and property.. Overall I would suggest to visit this place in the rainy season...
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Sagar parmar

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  • Sagar parmar
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"Good"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 12, 2017
I heard lot about coorg- the Scotland of india !!! And we decided to go their. It is nice place no doubt but don't expect for great sightseeing. There are very good resorts in Coorg and you can have great luxury. There are 4-5 good places to visit, but I don't personally feel that these places are so beautiful so you must visit. Abbey falls- small fall, nothing great about it, Omkareshwar temple, Raja seat- small garden but good veiw point, Madikeri fort- nothing but dilapidated walls, Nisarg dham- good picnic spot for locals and golden temple. I fount just golden temple a very nice tourist spot. Overall Coorg is good place for people who just want peace from busy life and wanna refresh .. There are not great sightseeing as I mentioned. Also Coorg takes 7 hours long journey from Bangalore airport and Virajpet and Madikeri are two small towns of Coorg. I would suggest to stay at Madikeri .. As sightseeing are nearer from their.
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Mehul Lakhani

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  • Mehul Lakhani
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Life amidst nature"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 9, 2017
Coorg is blessed with Nature... Flora and Fauna... Enjoy the life full of nature... You will not have opportunity to have all of them together. Enjoy the gushing waters at Abbey and Iruppu waterfalls. Relax and watch the beautiful sunset at Raja's seat. Visit the holy temples Omkareshwar, Golden Temple and Namdroling Monastery. See the architectural beauty at the Madikeri Fort, Raja's tomb and Raja's Seat. Enjoy the nature at Dubare Elephant Camp and Nagarhole National Park and Do visit the coffee plantations. Wonders for nature lover..
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  • Bijoy Anupam
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"A long weekend family get away place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2017
There is no place called Coorg anymore. It is now called Kodagu.

Almost everyone stays at Madikeri because it lies in the centre of all the location you would be visiting around Coorg/Kodagu.

You need atleast 3 days to enjoy your stay, else most of the time you would be driving.

Unlike other hill stations, the tourist attractions are located far away from each other.

Our trip was short and unplanned. And, all planning was done on the go. The itinerary we followed was:

Day 1: Bangalore to Madikeri. Takes approximately 5hrs. Checked in to hotel. Freshened up. Evening we spent time at Raja Seat, Madikeri Fort. If you have more time left, you can cover Omkareshwar Temple and Raja's Tomb. They are all near by Madikeri. By evening we were back in hotel.

Day 2: Start early. We checked out from Hotel. We visited Tala Kaveri. It's around 50 km. Away from Madikeri. After Tala Kaveri, we came back to Madikeri and moved towards Abbey Falls. Back to Madikeri. You can have lunch in Madikeri. We then started our journey back to Bangalore, and on the way is Nisargadhama, a river island. Golden Temple (Buddhist Temple).

Sounds hectic, right! Yes it was hectic but, we wanted to cover as many spots as much possible. At the same time having comfort of following a easy itinerary.

There are many spots in Coorg which we had to miss intentionally due to shortage of time. But, we believe that we should keep something for next visit. Isn't it?

Lovely time to visit in winters.
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