Coorg Tourism

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Coorg is beautiful destination, nature in its glory, great scenes to view, a lot of spots, parks, falls, estates to drive through, elephants in its glory, ancient temples to pray, a golden temple in the south & well managed resorts with games and activities for all.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: When you start by car from Bangalore the first spot to see is Srirangapattinam where you can see a museum of Tipu sultan, a temple, a fort and a market for purchasing souvenirs
There are dungeons and place where Tipusultan was found dead and another were he was buried
There is also an old Masjid
We followed this visit by going to Ranganathitu bird sanctuary where we saw different birds in their natural splendor.
We would recommend this as a must see for tourist visiting this side.
Birds of various size and color apart a boat ride through the water you can also see crocodiles. Care to be taken not to lean out of boat or put hand in water.
One can have a decent lunch in the hotel in the park and you can have a good meal with different choices.
One can also visit many good hotels along the road from Bangalore to Madhikeri the capital of Coorg district.
After lunch we moved to Coorg to Club Mahindra Holidays resort.
One can see the sun setting in Raja street along with lighting in the local park
Our stay of two nights in Club Mahindra Holidays was fantastic. The evening games over a camp fire were quite nice and can be for all.
The room was quite spacious; arrangements nice, food tasty and plenty,
Early morning we went for a morning walk in the spacious resort and saw the sun-rising over the mountain on the club top with a giant chess board.
This 2nd day morning we drove to Talacaveri about 50 km from the hotel, where caveri originates on a pond made into a temple. the place was very clean and must see on an early morning.
We followed it up with visit to Bhagamandala temple and Triveni Sangam of three streams over a pond like place.
We then went to Abbi falls were a stream falls over a stone ridge.
One can with professional help are allowed to go on the mountain, river for trekking.
We went back to Madhikeri and had lunch at Hotel Athithi. We then went to the local wholesale market to buy spices and coco bars at a very competitive price and best quality.
Coffee powder can be had of different quality and are priced almost 50% of what one buys in Mumbai.
We then saw the museum, fort and the nearby Raja seat park.
Seeing the stone masonry elephants and walking on the fort top is a must.
Similarly a ride on the toy train in the park is a must for children.
So also sun setting and watching the musical fountain is great

The next day morning we had a darshan of Lord Shiva in Omkareshwara temple, a very clean and freshly painted place. From here we went to Dubhare Elephant park where we saw elephants in their natural surroundings. From the car parking we nee to travel by boat on the opposite side of a stream where the elephants were located. Here you also have a choice of raft to go.
The elephants can be seen bathing, feeding is a special occasion, one is allowed to take a ride across the meadow.
One has to have patience for waiting for the boats.
After this we went to Nisarghadhama park where one can see rabbits in an enclosure with Burroughs, colorful birds, deer park and an elephant ride in a bamboo forest.
One can relax in the Cauvery river stream and see the pureness of the water.
We then went to the Tibetans Golden temple.
One can see followers sitting patiently for the spiritual gurus, great paintings in the temples, huge temple bells, three huge statues with Buddha in the middle.
We then drove back to Bangalore with a stopover in a road side restraunt for lunch.
This was a short but remarkable visit that will remain in memory for ever.

Activities & things to do: Have proper shoes and clothing. River side could be slippery.
Boats ride one need to be careful for Crocodiles. Do not put hands out.
Have a torch if you are trekking in the dark and late. Bottled water helps.
Band aids and simple medicines to carry as a first aid is a must.
Return to Bangalore by road may have traffic jams in the evening especially peak hours in Bangalore and one may lose time in traffic jams & signals. Start atleast two hours early for the back journey
Spices & Coffee powder do buy in wholesale market in Madikeri

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Always travel by car from Bangalore or Mysore or Managalore.
Coconut water are availablein pleanty on the way
Food can be had in any of the road side hotels all along.
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Nishitha K n
  • Nishitha K n
  • Lives in Mysore
  • 523 Reviews

"Scotland of Karnataka" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Coorg is know as Scotland of Karnataka. One of the best visiting places in Karnataka. Also know as weekend getaway spot for Mysoreans and Bangaloreans. There are lots of must visit places in Coorg.. You can enjoy home made wines and tradition....... More
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Saranya Eswaralal
  • Saranya Eswaralal
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 3 Reviews

"Nice place to visit" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We visited during Nov- Dec and it was really very relaxing. The view points are really good. We couldn't cover Talacauvery as we heard that the road was not that good. Better list of the places to visit in Coorg and you need at least two days....... More
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Nitin Gupta
  • Nitin Gupta
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"A different kind of place!" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
As opposed to other hill stations Coorg offers a really different kind of experience, the weather is bit hot as compared to Bangalore, but you enjoyed the breeze most when its hot, almost in every picnic spots here you can feel cool breeze of....... More
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Harshavardhan Soodana
  • Harshavardhan Soodana
  • Lives in Cochin
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  • 2 Reviews

"Disturbance free place!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was fun and a great experience for me and my family. It was in fact a great break for all of us. No disturbance, relax and breath oxygen instead of CO2. Mountains and greenery, coffee and spicy food. The best part of Coorg is the....... More
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Naga P
  • Naga P
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"Animals were hard to find"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
3 days team trip.. Nagarhole forest - waste place.. very hot place in February. We went for the jungle safari, but didn't see any wild animals (deer and monkey); it was a waste expenditure totally. Irrupu falls - This is a very nice place to....... More
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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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