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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Rajeevan
  • Rajeevan
  • 8 Reviews

"A perfect for lazing around" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Awesome climate, laidback town, plantations and forest all around, perfect for unwinding. Stayed for four days during christmas time and never had to pull out my woollens. Vegetarian options were slightly limited, but there are some good veg restaurants in the city. Dont miss the rice roti and coorg spl kadai at Neel Sagar restaurant. Available after 7:30 pm (it takes about 30 mts to prepare but is worth the wait. The elephant camp at gubbare and talacauvery are a must visit. Rest of the places are like any other hill station. Lot of adventure activities happen around madikeri. Be careful about the rates though, one ride in a quad bike will cost you around Rs 500-600 Rs. Overall a perfect place to unwind and have a relaxed holiday. Finally don't forget to bring back coffee powder and some spices.
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Preethi Ganeshbabu
  • Preethi Ganeshbabu
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 20 Reviews

"Don't expect a hill station" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Lot of greenery. Quite pleasant to travel on road. Colorful flowers, coffee plants, oranges and pepper all around. Spices and coffee are fresh, though costly. Don't miss the oranges and varieties of banana and tender coconuts. It will be a memorable holiday.
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Atanu rakshit
  • Atanu rakshit
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 5 Reviews

"Perfect for 2 days Adventure/relaxed outing" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Nice hill station outing for a weekend. Places to see: Abby Falls, Mandalpatti, Dobare Forest, talacauvery, Raja seat etc. Activities that one must do are Trekking and River Rafting which is best during the month of July-August as the water flow is good.
Experience of Trekking on to Mandalpatti peak is far better than travelling through Rover Jeep. I would also advise a one day camping in the near by mountain of Mandalpatti which will give a different kind of experience all together.
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Sambit Datta
  • Sambit Datta
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 1 Review

"Overall, a good experience" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
If you are lucky and rivers in Coorg has enough water, the rafting experience is very beautiful and pleasant. Do not miss it don't madikeri river. It is very thrilling with experiences like water splashed to your face. Get replenished with local filter coffee. Visit Tibetan monastery for some peace of mind. Stay in homestay and do some bonfire. See the elephants on the bank of rivers. Do not miss visiting abby fall.
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Kkisan
  • Kkisan
  • Lives in Mathura
  • 3 Reviews

"A nice place to explore" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
COORG is situated in south of karnataka in the madikeri district. If someone is bored with the destinations like Mussoorie, Ooty, Darjeeling then one must visit coorg.Alike other hill stations it is quite different and has the ability to revitalise the visitors. Coorg is for everyone who loves travelling. The TALAKAVERI temple situated 30 kms from coorg is the must visit place. This is the place from where the holy river of Kaveri originates. Several botanical gardens and train ride in one of them is also there. Kids will definitely enjoy this one.

If u don't like south indian cuisines then no problem. There are many places where one can get typical north indian and western dishes and fast foods. A waterfall in coorg is the must to visit. The best time to visit coorg is from october to february but one can travel anytime knowing the fact that it is rain prone area. Drizzling and light raining alwyas goes on.so dont forget to take umbrellas with you. The best hotel/resort in the area is kodagu valley by club mahindra. The resort is amazing with all amenities like gym, pool, sports zone, adventure club etc. So pack your luggage and visit coorg to rejuvenate yourself.
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Vinay S
  • Vinay S
  • Lives in Mangalore
  • 5 Reviews

"One of the must visit place in lifetime" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Reason: Beautiful hill station, cool weather in even hot summer. Awesome food. Full of greenery.
Places to visit nearby: Talacauvery, Bhagamandala, Abbey falls, Cauvery Nisargadhama, River rafting, Harangi dam. Tibetan colony at Kushalnagar.
Recommended food to try : Nati-koli chicken, if are a non-veggie. Dont miss river rafting in cauvery river near dubare elephant camp. Best time to visit- End of monsoon or between Aug-Sept.
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Mamta Yadav
  • Mamta Yadav
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  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 8 Reviews

"Must visit place for nature lovers" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
As we all know Coorg is known as Scotland of India. Believe me it is, this place is so calm and soothing to eyes that I did not want to come back from there. If you love the nature beauty, then definitely you are going to love this place.
Both sides of road are flowered with coffee plantations and weather was so good that you feel like you are in best place of India. Places one should visit are Raja's Seat, Omkareshwara temple, Abbey falls, Tibetan temple and Nisargadhama.
Food was very good at every places. Spices were so good. As this place is famous for Spices plantation also. If you are tea or coffee lover, don't forget to buy tea and coffee from shop near to Madikeri Bus stand. We bought one packets for tea and coffee, but later we regretted that we should have purchase more there.
If you are having interest in trekking, then there is a place Talakaveri which is good for trekking.
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Prasanth Kakarla
  • Prasanth Kakarla
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 6 Reviews

"Good Destination" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Nice place to visit. There are lots of places to visit nearby Coorg. If you're planning for a trip then the best advice would be to plan for at least 3 to 4 days so that we get an ample time to visit all the places and have a nice memories. Also it has got a pleasant climate where you can enjoy the most.
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Udalshau
  • Udalshau
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 3 Reviews

"Many places to visit" new review

  • 3/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
The weather was good but not excellent, without booking room if someone goes to Coorg in this season, it will be a bit difficult to find good hotels. We stayed there for two days 26-27 th Dec, 2014. As we didn't book room in advance, we had to stay in ordinary Home Stay with 1800 per day which is too much with that rate. We booked an Indica car for 1500 to roam around. We didn't like Dubare forest as there was nothing to see, Golden temple nice and calm, Nisarga dhama good place to visit with kids, as elephant rides and deer park and the forest environment is a must watch, Abbi falls nice place. We didn't go to temples so we can't comment about those.
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Shatapathi
  • Shatapathi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 4 Reviews

"Trip to Coorg is a nice experience"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Visiting Coorg is a nice experience. It is a hill station having cool and calm place. Place is not over crowded. Road is like hill station, so one must carry his own convenience. Then he can visit each and every sight easily and enjoy them.

Regarding hotel staying it was good not excellent. Food in hotel was not good. A north Indian never likes. Hospitality in hotel was good, Room service was good. If you are a chocolate eater then you can manage by eating chocolate which was homely made over there. The place, Coog was cold not like other hill station very cold. Overall, it is a nice experience.
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