Coorg Tourism
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Coorg Tourism

Coorg Info

  • State: Karnataka
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Altitude: 1525 m
  • Pincode: 571201
  • District: Madikeri
  • Language: Kannada
  • STD code: 08272
  • Weather: Summer 19 to 34°C, Winter 14 to 29°C
Coorg is an administrative district located in the southern state of Karnataka. It is also known as Kodagu and covers an area of 4,102 sq km in the region covered by the Western Ghats.

To its north-west lies Dakshina Kannada, in the north is Hassan district, to its east is Mysore, and Kannur district of Kerala is located at its south-western border. The headquarters of Coorg district is Madikeri.

History of Coorg       

The northern part of Coorg district was under the reign of Kadambas between the 2nd and 6th century. However, after a war between the Kadambas and the Gangas in the 11th century, the Cholas were the sole rulers of this province. After the 12th century, the Hoysalas, who were ruling Hassan district, defeated the Cholas and in the 14th century, the Vijayanagara kings took over and ruled the province.

 
After their downfall, the local Nayaks took over different parts of Coorg. The war between different rulers of the province and the Haleri kings made the latter the new rulers of Coorg from the year 1600 to 1834, and after their reign ended, the region of Coorg was under colonial rule.

Coorg was declared as an independent state in the year 1950 by the Indian Constitution and when many Indian states were reorganised in the year 1956, Coorg was merged with the state of Karnataka and declared a district. Coorg has three taluks which include Madikeri, Somavarapete and Veerajapete.

People & Culture of Coorg

Some of the popular festivals feted here include the festival of Arms-Keilpoldu celebrated in the month of June. As part of the celebrations of this ancient festival, weapons are polished and worshipped before using them again. The festival celebrated around the Cauvery River is known as Cauvery Shankaramana. In the months of November and December, the harvest festival Puthar is celebrated by singing to folk songs and performing traditional dance forms.
 

Things to do in Coorg

Popular places in Coorg include Kakkabe, which is also the largest producer of honey in south Asia. One of the main religious sites here is the ancient Omkareshwara Temple. Nagarhole National Park is another popular tourist attraction that is home to a variety of wildlife such as elephants and panthers.

With its economy dependent on agriculture, plantations and forestry, Coorg is considered to be one of the most prosperous districts in Karnataka. Known as the ‘Coffee Bowl of India’, Coorg contributes 30% to the total coffee production in India.

Besides coffee and pepper, cardamom and oranges are the other mainstays of Coorg’s economy. Set amidst verdant valleys, misty hills and acres of coffee plantations, Coorg is a perfect getaway for travellers.

Coorg is also a paradise for adventure junkies. Its hills are a perfect for adventure activities like trekking, rock climbing, biking and white water rafting.

December to May is the best time to trek in Coorg. Tourists can contact local organizations like the Coorg Adventure Club, which organises regular trekking expeditions for interested travellers to prominent peaks like Brahmagiri, Pushpagiri, Mandalpatti and Tadiandamol. For white water rafting, holidaymakers can visit Barapole in Coorg.
 

Food & Shopping in Coorg

Coorgi cuisine is also as distinct as its coffee. It is spicy and meat along with rice is the staple diet of locals. Coorgis are predominantly non-vegetarians and use pork, chicken and fish extensively in their food, in addition to ingredients like coconut, chillies and pepper. Mushrooms are also grown in abundance across Coorg and they too are used in local food. Tourists can try popular delicacies like pork pepper fry, idamane hittu, kolli saaru, pandi curry and pathrode at local restaurants.

Coorg shopping can include freshly ground coffee found easily in the local markets of Coorg and different species like Cardamom and pepper.

Travelling to Coorg

Coorg does not have a railway station but is well connected to Mysore (120 km) and Mangalore (135 km), the nearest cities to the destination. Tourists can take a flight to Mangalore, the nearest airport to reach Coorg, and then head to Madikeri by bus or taxi. Mysore is the nearest railhead and is just a two-and-a-half-hour drive away from Coorg.
 
The best time to visit Coorg is from September to March as the destination enjoys a pleasant climate during this season.

Accommodation Options in Coorg

Coorg offers numerous accommodation options suiting the budget of all kinds of travellers. Hotels in Coorg are located away from the hustle and bustle of the city life.There are home stays in coorg which cater to the needs of all types of visitors.
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Arivu Kavi

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  • Lives in Perambalur
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"Amazing atmosphere at Coorg" new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Super place ever seen. I want go again. Luckily I went my wife, because it's very romantic place. Every morning the climate was awesome. I won't forget that moment till end of my lifetime. The guidelines was good people I really thank to them.
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Mallik Arjun

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"Awesome Trip to Coorg" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
I went to central area of Coorg district Madikeri for a honeymoon. It was a nice experience for both of us to make it wonderful and memorable. We went to many places and the view is very amazing. We feel we are above the clouds. We went to birth place of kavery river, Omkareshwar temple, fort, waterfalls, elephant safari and more. Everyone should experience it to have some amazing feeling.
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Arvind Raj

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  • Arvind Raj
  • Lives in Vellore
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"Great holiday spot- Coorg" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Excellent location sightseeing. Enjoyment unlimited. Super adventure at dubare national park. Temperatures are really good both summer and winter. Buddhist temple is a must visit. Maverick river is really refreshing. Good holiday spot with friends. Must visit.
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Jithin Jithin

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"Nature at its best" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Cool, calm and simple place to get peace. Great atmosphere, temperature & perfect any ages. Simply awesome chocolates which are hand made. There was lots of natural products. I visited there twice and both gave an awesome experience. Peoples are so kind and encourages to visit more.
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Mohammed Ahmed

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  • Mohammed Ahmed
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Scotland of India - Coorg" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We had a office outing in Coorg last year. I am writing my experience about that. From Bangalore we travelled in mini bus over night We had booked a resort. We reached there early morning. Had breakfast in Coorg style taste was different we could feel the species taste. There was boating activity. Through a open air Jeep we reached waterfalls we had nice fun and enjoyed a lot. Reaching the falls was kind of trekking experience. All got wet and drenched up in water. We had lunch which was good not that great. That was okay-okay kind. We relaxed over there had some music. Some people slept. Next day early morning we went for trekking had nice time could feel the snow all over. Reaching at top and shouting out was thrilled. Evening we checked out.
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"Coorg visit with family over Weekend" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
No matter how stressed you are, how many problems you have, once you are here, you will only relax!! Lush of green woods along the path.. Are awesome. Staying in Medikere is suggested. While the location Coorg is a nice place to relax, there are many placed to visit there. We mainly stuck to one secluded place we found while roaming around.
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"2 day getaway to Coorg" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you have only 2 days, may be a weekend to unwind yourself from the busy Bangalore life, pack your bag and head to the coffee hill-station Coorg. When the thought of relaxing weekend came to our mind, our first choice was Coorg.

Booked hotel Hill View from makemytrip and I should say that the hotel was exactly as per the reviews I got beforehand from the site. HolidayIQ helped to dig more about the place indeed. We took the Bangalore-Shimoga rd and Mangalore Highway as an alternative to the Mysore rd. The drive was cool and swift, thanks to the high speed NH48(with tolls, of course). The last leg of the trip of 40 kms is awesome as you drive through the vast coffee plantations of the TATA Coffee Ltd. You can checkout your steering skills as you go up through steep cuts and curves. It took 5 hours from Bangalore to reach the Madikeri town

After check-in and lunch, we headed to Abbi Falls, Madikeri fort and Raja Seat. Next day was for Golden temple, Nisargadama, Dubare Elephant Camp and few other small pit stops. The morning forest drive from Madikeri to Golden Temple was a perfect energizer. There is still some more places like Nagarhole National Park, Iruppu Falls, Tala cauveri etc if you have some time to spent.
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Praveen Ramamurthi

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"Western ghats beauty-Coorg" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Tala cauvey and Mandalpatti are the most favourite places in Coorg. Both are located at either extremes of Madikeri.. But are worth the visit. Do not miss. Both the places will give you the feeling of walking above the clouds! Time to visit would be in August. You can try some local home made wine and the traditional Coorg idli.
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Akshay Jagani

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  • Akshay Jagani
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Gateway to nature" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Its lovely place for nature lovers. Visited the place for first time & stayed in homestays & I must say that it was one lifetime experience. Green grass & trees with superb hills makes Coorg the place for nature lovers. I loved the Mandalpatti Hill. Perfect place to shoot movies, not sure if movies are already been shot there. All in all a must visit place in southern India.
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Manjunath Pt

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"Excellent place to relax!" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Coorg is a place to relax. You can enjoy a lot with mainly with friends. There are nice resorts to stay during night. It's awesome place to trek. Went with ten people, we enjoyed a lot during winter season. Fire camp is just fabulous. We can visit nearby places like Golden temple, I was so excited.
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