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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Suketu Shah

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"Excellent place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We arranged tour From Banglore to Rameswaram ( 13 days) by Seasonal trip. Coorg is very peaceful place and have graceful weather. In August it was raining but not continuously. Break in between for walk and go ahead. Visit in August, September not peak season.

Day 1 : Visit Dubare Elephant park, Nishrghadhama, golden temple, Harangi dam on the way to Khushalnagar. Abby falls, Madalpatti, Rajas seat at evening in madikeri.

Day 2 : Visit Tala kaveri, Bhagmandala temple, Triveni sangam, Chelvara falls and Nilkhand palace.

Hotels in coorg

1) Palm era cottages at Khushalnagar
2) Parampura at Khushlnagar
3) Silver brooke in Madikeri
4) Evergreen country in madikeri
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"Monsoon are good time to visit" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If you really want to enjoy the monsoon must visit in the month of July. Monsoons are different here it gives feel like your are under shower. Pack your bags with light clothes like sport shirts and shorts and move when its raining. All the water falls are live and weather is very pleasant.
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Vardaraj

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"A good tourist placae" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Coorg was a very good tourist place, every tourist would love that place. The right time to travel there is September and December and the places which must to be seen is Mandalpatti and right time is early morning around 6 am. It was good and different.
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Rakkesh Sekar

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  • Lives in Chennai
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"Must visit place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Overall right from the day we arrived we had such a good hospitality in all the places we went. Climate was awesome. Too good place with nice adventure sports. For people who love to go to temples Talakaveri is the right place. Good food, good people. Overall, a good place.

Must visit places
a) Talakaveri
b) Water rafting
c) Budha temple
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Rupesh pathak

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"If you love flora then a good place to visit" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Coorg and around places where lovely and beyond imagination. The climate was good. Food can be a problem so eat carefully, there are many sightseeing places where you can visit. At night it becomes a bit cold. Non veg food are in plenty. If you love flora then a good place to visit.
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Akarsh Shukla

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"Awesome COORG" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The misty hills, lush teakwood and sandalwood forests, and acres of tea and coffee plantations of Kodagu are, in a word, stunning. Also known as Coorg and dubbed "The Scotland of India, " Kodagu is a postcard-perfect region of scattered villages and hamlets, which are the epitome of old-world charm. Kodagu is ideal for outdoor activities such as trekking, angling and whitewater rafting, and major festivals like Keil Poldhu (worship of weapons), Cauvery Sankramana (return of the river goddess) and the Huttari (harvest) festival are a huge draw.
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Sreekumar Sidhardhan

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"Just a relaxing place"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Coorg is a place of coffee plantations. Local food is the amazing thing you should try while you are in Coorg, especially Pork delicacies. We stayed for a night and there is not much place to visit around. This is a place to sit and get bored with wild and nature sounds.
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Ashok Jolly

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"Wine and dine with nature"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
If you love nature and want to breath fresh air and clean your lungs, lush green forests with chirpy birds and rain forests where you can catch up with meditation and reading - Coorg surrounded by coffee plantation is the place. It has waterfalls temples and stillness mist and a hide and seek between rain and sunshine, it's a right choice.
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Pratik Patil

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  • Lives in Pune
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"Perfect place with awesome weather"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Coorg is one of the must visit place in Karnataka. We friends went there in month of August 2014. Cool and Pollution free whether, No traffic (get rid of Bengaluru traffic) and yes of course coffee; for these three things you should visit Coorg.

Temples, Garden, Peak point, falls and river rafting these are things you can get here. Sight seeing was awesome. Everywhere there was greenery.

About food no problem for veg or non veg. There is one restaurant / hotel in main city; near bus stand, prefer it. It has best test of all. There are so many restaurant nearby to it. You can also visit them. You should ask your cab driver before trying those. Coffee is best there so coffee fond people you can enjoy double,

Elephant safari, boating and river rafting are activities which will keep you busy. You can have trekking there to go to peak point. Trekking level is 2.

We have stayed in Home stays. There is nothing great than staying in Home rather than Hotel. You actually feel it.
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"Not a hill station, but the greenery will blow you away!"

  • 4/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Coorg the district is basically a green place. Don't expect high mountains or ghat roads. The temp is also pleasant. Not too low. Activity wise this place can keep you busy. Dubbare elephant sanctuary is novel for kids. Please visit it in time to have fun with the elephants. Else this place becomes a family picnic goers paradise and you will be surrounded by filth newspapers, wasted food, etc.

Monastery is worth seeing. You can also try few Tibetian resorts in the silent town of Kushalnagar which is ahead of the monastery! There are plenty of jungle gyms. Paint ball places. ATB tracks, etc. This place can keep a bunch of friends as well as a family busy for three days!
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