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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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Mangesh Relekar
  • Mangesh Relekar
  • 1 Review

"Excellent Hill Station with Pleasant Weather" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
A must see destination when visiting South. Beautiful weather and facilities at this place. You can go and see elephant bathing and tea or coffee shopping as well. A very good place to stay is the Club Mahindra Resort, TATA tea and coffee plantations are another options provided you are able to get the bookings. Hire a car for the sight seeing trip.
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Avadhut Bhat
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  • 5 Reviews

"True nature's beauty" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Awesome place for relaxing with your loved once. Now I realize why people go to other country for this kind of nature's beauty. Abby waterfall increases this place beauty. Coffee is famous of this place too. Everyone should go there and feel why India is incredible.
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Parthiban M
  • Parthiban M
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  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 Reviews

"A pleasant place" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
A pleasant place if you would like to relax yourself. I would suggest to go Coorg to plan to do nothing :-) Try to enjoy the nature and plan for trekking. The place where we stayed Honey Valley Estate was famous for trekking. You can listen to birds screech and many varieties of birds were seen here.
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Kaustubh Tiwary
  • Kaustubh Tiwary
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Good retreat" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
You should visit Coorg for the serene environment it offers. Away from the hustle bustle of the city this is one of the best holiday destinations if you are located in and around Bangalore, Mysore. Travellers looking for a calm and laid back holiday would enjoy a lot. The must watch places are River Rafting point and Mallali Falls (very beautiful). Unfortunately since ours was only a 2 day trip we visited only a few places. Local cuisine is South Indian (Rice, Sambhar, Rasam, Pallaya). You might get multicuisines if you visit an expensive place.
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Sandip Biswas
  • Sandip Biswas
  • Lives in Asansol
  • 2 Reviews

"Greenery all around you" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
A place which is most unique in India. The wonderful mountains and the journey to Coorg begins with drizzle that drenches you on your way to the destinations. Seems to b the most wonderful drizzles from heaven. The Talakaveri gives you the opportunity to take a bath in d secret water. That is an amazing feeling. The resorts are wonderful where you get what every food you wish to eat. The greenery of the place is awesome. The coffee plantations are in plenty all around. And you will love to be there.
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Sushant Sud
  • Sushant Sud
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice place for adventure sports." new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Coorg and Kushalnagar are two beautiful places to watch for, nice hills, lakes and temples gives the feeling that you are close to nature. Don't miss Tibetan Monastery. Food quality is nice. Good for vegetarians. All kinds of adventure sports are available. Don't miss them. Plan well in advance.
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Prasanna Shekhar
  • Prasanna Shekhar
  • 2 Reviews

"Breath taking beauty and yummy cuisine" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Solace for weary city dwellers, dash of adventure and wilderness, abode of temples. Coorg during monsoons is breathtakingly beautiful, early morning fog knocking at your doorstep and breezes into your room. Bathing elephants and water rafting at Dubare elephant camp sets the mood for adventure. Walking through the quaint town with an oversized umbrella and gorging on the yummy Coorg cuisine, you will wish the holiday lasted forever.
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Sudharsan Ds
  • Sudharsan Ds
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  • 1 Review

"Good place to eat" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Clean Air, Beautiful locations & Adventure rafting very nice, Elephant camp, Talacauvery, really very nice place to visit in Coorg. I will go one more time to Coorg, Plan August Last Week, But We went August First week, full rain season. Food is Ok, Only thing I like Coorg Chicken.
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Ravi Rangarajan
  • Ravi Rangarajan
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"In the Heavenly Valleys of Coorg" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We stayed at Honey valley resorts and it was one of a kind experience. The place was really good in terms of its ambiance. There are a lot of options for trekking and they also have an in-house waterfall. The resort is place with an amazing kitchen. I wish to go their again in the coming year .
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Sandeep Kothari
  • Sandeep Kothari
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 1 Review

"great place with family" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Great place to book a resort and enjoy with your family and friends. Not much of sight seeing here. Further, sightseeing places are quite far from each other and would require lot of travelling. Carry some homemade food stock if not staying in reputed resorts.
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