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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Subramanian Kumar
  • Subramanian Kumar
  • Lives in Adyar
  • 5 Reviews

"Nature at its best" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
If you are a nature lover, then Coorg is a best option and also stay in Amanvana was very good for us. Spending time here with family and friends was very valuable and hope I have taken back good memories from this place. The kids enjoyed the whole place and was very attached to nature.
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Nitin Vora
  • Nitin Vora
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews

"Cool Coorg" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We have stayed at Mahindra resort, no doubt its expensive but service and food is excellent Ambience is good. It is spacious. You should have vehicle of your own. If you are Group then you can book buses. Also. If you are going by Air then book tickets for Mysore but Bengaluru is cheaper by air but long distance from Airport to resort.

Places of visit is Buddha temple, coffee plantation, Cardamom plantation, there is cauvery temple also. As usual you have to Dhoti no western dress You have to buy this then buy from Resort in Market Price is high but you can get variety of cardamom pricing from 600 to 3000/- INR per kilogram. Outside also you can have food of your choice mostly south Indian food delicacy, If you are staying at above result then try their food unless you are somewhere on outing and if you find more expensive. We were 200 persons so we were getting good facilities for food and places, 5 buses booked from Bangalore.

No words can describe. At least you will know there is a good place to visit in India with family. Wish you too have a good experience.
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Mukesh Sagar
  • Mukesh Sagar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 4 Reviews

"Hectic, Soothing, Relaxing, Fun With Friends, Away from Official World" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
We around 10 friends, went to coorg, to just relax, spend time together, there was no network in the area. It was like icing on the cake, we had full attention to each other. We spent quality time, understanding what is going on with each one's life. We also went to various tourist places like, Talacauvery, Tibbetian Monastery, Rafting.

So we enjoyed the trip. Spent evening at the beautiful resort Alath Cad with bonfire and snack. Yes it requires lot of travelling if you are coming from bengaluru, so be prepared for that. The place is nice and suitable for all age groups.
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Khyati Bhatia purohit
  • Khyati Bhatia purohit
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"Coorg just a place to ease off. Don't expect much." new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Coorg is place if in couple you can finish sightseeing in just 1 and half day. The main attraction and enjoyment was the Tibetan Monastery. Calm place and can enjoy spectacular stuff of music and chants for a while. Rest Abbi falls, raja's seat, were just a normal view. If you are a young couple other temples and triveni sangams won't attract you. We felt as waste of time as nothing so pious in those place and triveni sangams was just not properly maintained place. Madikeri fort and museum again not well maintained. Dubbare elephant park was fun for us, with some so called river rafting.

Buy whole lot of spices as its produced there so cheaper.
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Sumit Malik
  • Sumit Malik
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 6 Reviews

"A place covered with coffee plants" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A must visit place covered with coffee grows. Coorg is a place where you can relax. Don’t expect much points to visit there. Just go and relax. Some good points to visit are Abbey Falls, Raja Seat, Golden temple in Kushalnagar and Elephant Camp in Coorg.
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Pratik Das
  • Pratik Das
  • Lives in Ranaghat
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"Splendid place for adventurous travellers" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It's a nice place for a 2 days weekend trip. I went with 5 people and it was fun. Camp fires with music will divert your mood into a very romantic world. With awesome scenic beauty we will fell refreshing. River rafting, trekking, kayaking are the few adventure sports one can have there. Talakaveri, Golden temple are two good tourist spots there. You can also go to a nearby waterfall for adventurous Waterfall rappelling sport.
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Elagandula Anusha
  • Elagandula Anusha
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 2 Reviews

"Mindblowing tour" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Coorg an exciting place I have ever seen, things to mention mainly are, trekking an awesome experience, we had a great moment enjoying the natures beauty. River rafting in an amazing I have ever seen, wow we actually had a breathtaking experience. Elephant bath and bike riding are the things can be done if you get extra time. Home made chocolates and tea powder are the shopping items in our cart.
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Abhilash Narayanan
  • Abhilash Narayanan
  • 1 Review

"A cheaper place to visit" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Coorg is a nice place with a lot of sceneries and good climate. Abby falls, Raja's seat, View point etc are excellent and the stay in Coorg is comparatively cheaper than any other places. The food I took was also good and all types of food are available. The people are so friendly and it is a good location for families and couples and even for single journey.
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Savpril Salwan
  • Savpril Salwan
  • Lives in Adyar
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing Experience" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The place is full of fun and happening. Best weather to hang around and love the adventure we had there. River rafting, Drizzle and the kind of ambience that this place has is just amazing. Talacauvery was the place where we enjoyed the most. The place is famous for tea and dry fruits. Go with you friends or with your partners, you will just enjoy the time spent there.
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Yash Shah
  • Yash Shah
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 6 Reviews

"Relaxing Holiday - Some 'Me' Time for everyone"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Coorg, out of all the hill stations I have been to, was the most peaceful one. Its just coming into the limelight, as a result of which, its not full of tourists or commercialised with tacky shops. If you are a couple or with family or with a group of friends then this place is ideal. It gives you plenty of 'me' time in-case you are visiting from a busy city like Mumbai. We stayed at Club Mahindra which is like 5 kms away from the town centre. Its great and we got the best service. A little on the expensive side if you don't mind spending. But overall, I would certainly rate it 5 stars.

There are plenty of places to visit nearby. Abby falls and Mandalpatti are really scenic and a must visit. The buddhist Golden temple was beautiful and very peaceful at the same time. We went to a nearby place for some river rafting but because the water level was low, we could only content ourselves by boating. Its a good experience too as we all jumped in the river after sometime. Nice refreshing experience, I must say.

There are a lot of restaurants around depending on your taste. We all preferred Neel Sagar in the city centre coz majority of us were vegetarians. The food is very reasonable and tasty. Do not miss the local South Indian food when you are out and about, specially the South Indian Thali, its yummy and nothing like you have ever tasted before!

There are plenty of coffee shops and spice shops if you want to do some shopping. I bought loads!! Do buy the coffee concentrate in a bottle, its worth buying and the famous Coorg honey, its delicious. Spices are fresh and worth buying. We went to some silk shops in Bangalore on our way back to home, but to be honest the ladies in the group weren't to impressed and ended buying nothing!! It was expensive and moreover you could get the same thing in the same price in Mumbai!!

Advice: If you aren't too keen on travelling by roads, then please get a flight to Mangalore as its closer to Coorg (3 hrs) unlike us. We took a flight from Mumbai to Bangalore as we wanted to do some sightseeing in Bangalore and Mysore on our way (Bangalore to Coorg - 6hrs). Its pretty hot during the day so carry your sunscreen. Also carry a light sweater or a jumper because it gets a bit chilly during the night. Mosquito repellent is a must as the place is in the wild!

Enjoy guys and hope you have fun too!!
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