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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Ritika Pahwa
  • Ritika Pahwa
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Scotland of India-Coorg" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Visit Coorg, if you are looking for escaping the hustle bustle of the city life. I have travelled a lot of hill stations before, but the serenity in Coorg is unmatched. Stay away from the main market, there are a lot of home-stays you can pick from. There are a dozen famous temples and a famous monastery around the place, so people looking for non crowded religious places will like the peace of coorg temples. For others, the serenity is good for peace and relaxation. There are six waterfalls that you can visit, Abby falls being the best. Two days (one night) are more than enough if you are looking at relaxing. Add extra days if you plan to travel around and visit temples etc. You can even go hiking in Coorg or go for an elephant safari. I visited there with my 2 friends, and we just relaxed in a peaceful home stay, enjoyed rains, and quiet & peace of the hills. Carry your trek-boots if you are planning to trek or go for a hike. An umbrella will be good to have. Home stays will provide you pretty much everything else. Travel by road to enjoy the road view.
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Anoop Niranjan
  • Anoop Niranjan
  • Lives in Etawah
  • 1 Review

"A nice place to relax and enjoy" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Smoke, mist and clouds. A brief break with the rains and green like I have never seen before. There are a number of good places to visit near coorg. But you have to hire a taxi or if you have your vehicle then its the best, because all the destinations are at a good distance from the main city.
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Sao Cho
  • Sao Cho
  • Lives in Haridwar
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing experience staying in the wild" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
We had an excellent experience of staying in a rain forest setting at Club Mahindra Coorg resort. Overall fantastic relaxing experience. It will definitely rejuvenate your soul. I would definitely come by again as it can be a short long weekend vacation from Bangalore even though overall 6-8 hours long drive can be a little party spoiler.
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Amit Naik
  • Amit Naik
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 16 Reviews

"One of the best place in Karnataka" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This place is best area in Karnataka. With touch of forest and hill station. Lush green coffee plantation gives soothing feelings to eyes. There are 7 star luxury (Orange County) resort as well as high to medium to budget hotels. The stay here can relax you totally and you will not feel like to come back.
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Jaywanth Jain
  • Jaywanth Jain
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 2 Reviews

"The place is really good nature lovers" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I visited the place for the first time in August 2014, in the group of 12. The place is really good nature lovers. It is close to Ooty and Kodaikanal. Easy to reach. The Mysore railway station is nearby. River, backwaters, waterfalls, mountain, jungle walk, wild animals, bird watching- you get all of it, here. There are a number of historical and religious places, to visit here. A good place to visit.
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Manglesh Yadav
  • Manglesh Yadav
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Good destination near Bangalore" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Coorg is a good destination to near Bangalore. It has sprawling tea plantations and thus gives a good scenic experience. The Barapole river rafting is good. Irrupu falls and brahmagiri peak trek adds a good day spent in your life and something you will cherish. In all a great experience.
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Amit Fagnia
  • Amit Fagnia
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"A perfect place to unwind from the hectic work schedule" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Coorg is fantastic place for relaxation. It's scenic beauty is just awesome. A perfect place to unwind from the hectic work schedule. Coorg has so much to offer, spa, falls, trekking and much more! My stay was superb, full of memories. Water rafting in the river was an icing on the cake!!
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Gokul Raj
  • Gokul Raj
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Amazing place where nature is filled" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This was my first trip to Coorg, enjoyed the complete trip right from the beginning. Coorg is filled with green forest and it was rainy at the time we reached. Splendid food from the hotel "Porcupine Castle", thought our journey from Bangalore to Coorg was very tiresome because of the bad roads and forest path. Best resort for a family time, located in a forest surrounding. It got tree house, camp fire, hill view, Mountain View, swimming pool, buffet etc. We visited places like Thala Kaveri, Abbhey Falls, Buddhist temple and water rafting in Kaveri river was super awesome experience (Don't miss it). Fun filled and memorable trip of a lifetime. Will visit again soon. Please note, arrange a private transport as Coorg doesn't have much taxi or cab facilities.
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Shashi Shetty
  • Shashi Shetty
  • Lives in Kalyan
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"Best time to visit will be December and February" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Must visit, it is one of the best hill stations in the South. Dassera is one of the biggest celebrations in Coorg. Nearest place to visit is Madikeri. Coorg is at a 4 hr travel from Mangalore station. Regular buses ply to coorg from Mangalore. You can visit with your family. For couples too it is a great place to visit. Best time to visit is from December to February
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Poongothai Singaravadivelan
  • Poongothai Singaravadivelan
  • Lives in Sirkali
  • 3 Reviews

"Amazing trip to Coorg" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Coorg is very nice place to visit. We saw Buddhist temple in Kushal Nagar,and Nisargadama. In Madekeri we saw Talacauveri and Abbi Falls. Each have unique beauty. Travelling round over green valleys during monsoon was thrilling and really enjoyable. Since we starts our tour from Bangalore, and Mysore we enjoyed the pure and Natural beauty of Karnataka. Really it is rejuvenated us.
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