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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Giridhar Gowda

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"Drag yourself to relax" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
Green Green Greenery Everywhere, known as Scotland of india. Coorg invites you with loads of attractions in its kitty. Nisargadhama, Dubare, Golden temple, Raja seat, Bhagamandala, talacauvery, abbi falls, Chelavara falls, Nagarahole, Iruppu falls, Mallalli falls, Coffee estates and more.
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"A pure nature filled place with some beautiful hangouts" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Coorg as a hill station having a cool climate almost all the year round. If you like hills and greenery, this is the place to go. We had gone to Dubare Elephant Camp, which is a must visit, then Raja's Seat, for a beautiful view of the valley, the Buddhist monastery, Talacauvery which is the birthplace of the River Cauvery and has stunning views of the valley. You need at least 3 days to cover all the places in and around Coorg. We had our dinner at Poornima restaurant, a pure veg restaurant in the market area. It serves delicious food. Coorg is famous for its coffee and you also get lots of homemade chocolates and spices too there. The chocolates are a bit expensive as compared to Ooty. So if you are travelling to Ooty also, you can buy lots of chocolates at a lesser rate there.
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Prasanth S. nair

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"Rustic, green and wet beauty of South Karnataka" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Coorg will remind you of coffee, of rains like in Kerala and of the unique Kodava dress! The mighty Kavery originates in this region. If you love rains, go in the monsoon time and get wet! The activities here can include forest trekking, water falls, visits to the Tibetan settlement, Dubare Elephant Camp, etc among others. Stay options include homestays, farm houses, the govt run forest camps like Nisarga Dhama as well as lots of resorts like the Orange County.
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Raviteja Voora

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"Coorg - The heaven on earth" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Coorg is a nice place to visit for 3 days trip. The climate in coorg was awesome. We have so many places to visit there like tea gardens, water falls, View point, Honey valley. There are many home stays available which are in between forest. Stay in those home stays makes us feel like we are very near to nature.
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"A paradise for nature lovers" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Coorg is a nice place to visit during the pre-monsoon seasons. It is a nature lovers paradise, good place for Bird watchers. Recommend to carry your camera always because you will experience the nature at its best. Nice place for a weekend getaway from Bangalore. Loved this place.
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"Kashmir of South-India"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Recommended place for couples. Go to Madikeri, abbey falls and raja's seat. Coorg is less crowded, so people who wants privacy will like this place. Easily reachable from Mangalore. Also there so many places for hiking. If you hate to visit gardens and lakes just trek around and you will find waterfall around.
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"Nature at its best"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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

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"Cool Coorg"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"Hectic, Soothing, Relaxing, Fun With Friends, Away from Official World"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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"Coorg just a place to ease off. Don't expect much."

  • 3/7
  • Posted 2 months 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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