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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Sreekumar Sidhardhan

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"Just a relaxing place" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 4 days 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" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days 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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"Perfect place with awesome weather" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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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Neha J

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"Not a hill station, but the greenery will blow you away!" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 2 weeks 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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"Excellent and a must go place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The place is rightly known as the Scotland of India. Being a Kodava or coorg as popularly known this occupies a special place in my heart. These days I work in Bangalore and this has been my weekend/or say month end travel destination.

We start at 5 in morning , its a 5 hour long drive with various pit stops across Mysore, Mandya, Maddur, Chenpatna and Hunsur. We start off from Bangalore off through Mysore road while we reach our first pit stop 'Nimishamba Temple' in Srirangapatna in Mandya. Then stop over at Kamat for a quick South Indian breakfast of Mangalore idly rolled in jackfruit leaves. Yumm I say.

After a delectable breakfast. We head off to go Coorg. As we enter Coorg we visit the Golden temple, a Tibetan monastery, which is Kushalnagar. A peaceful, colourful place a must visit for anyone visiting this place. After visiting the temple, we head towards Madikeri which is the capitol of Coorg. In here is the famous Raja Seat, Abhi falls to name a few. We could not accommodate trips to these places as we were running short of time.

Places are must -visits
Golden temple, Urpu falls, Abhi falls, Chelavara falls, Bramhagiri, Madikeri town for authentic shopping of Coorg honey, Pepper and home made wines.

Activities -
River rafting at Dubare elephant camp, Golf tournament by Gonikoppal golf club, Devapura village festival one of a kind must see things.
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Radha krishna Ramineedi

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"Excellent place to visit" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
My stay was at Madikeri, Coorg. The climate and the nature are very good. Actually we can enjoy the drive and road side Coffee plantation and greenery. Particularly the drive to Talakaveri is very nice. If it is a perfect Farm Stay, we can enjoy a lot. The Buddhist Golden temple in Kushalnagar, which is 35 km from Madikeri, is good. We can see Tibetan culture and Monks training institute and hostel in the same premises. Dubare Elephant camp which is near to this place can be visited. We can enjoy Abbey waterfall which is about 7 km from Madikeri. The location is very good.

It is not advisable to visit Coorg during rainy season.
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"Perfect visit during monsoons" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Very few places are worth visiting in monsoon. Coorg is one of them. The lovely landscapes, plush green sideways and walks, and the beautiful foggy view from the hills is what makes this place heavenly when visited in rains. Coorg is famous for its coffee plantations and when you are here, gorge on the lovely udin was paired with coffee for an ideal snack. The Bylakuppe monastery and the Abbey Falls are my favorite picks from the sightseeing menu. While it can be risky for treks and hiking during monsoon, Coorg offers an amazing trek during summers and winters. Go visit Coorg to know why it's called the "Scotland of the East" and it won't disappoint you.
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"Nice weekend getaway from Bangalore!!" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
It's a 2-3 days plan to visit Coorg. I liked the best part to be the self drive by Zoom car which made the trip more enjoyable. The best place in Coorg was Talacauvery where the river Cauvery is Originated. A must see place. And one must try homemade chocolates over there.
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"A beautiful place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A serene place best to visit in monsoons. I had visited the place in August last year. It would drizzle daily and looked awesome. Just pick up an umbrella and start exploring the place. The beautiful waterfall which looked white in rains. Also lots of options there for stay and nice food with the herbs you get there! Dont forget to buy some of them.
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"Beautiful weather - best suited for honeymoon, rainy season to be avoided"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
We had landed in Coorg on June 18th. Rains are already started by 18th June. And not stopped for next 2 days (until 21st June). Had tough time visiting tourist points in the rain. Even after reaching the places we hardly see anything because of rain and clouds.

If you find a good restaurant then you are lucky. And strict to it for the whole duration. We stayed in Lotus cottages. Food was very expensive and not many options available. So find a good place for stay.

Places we visited in our 3 days trip are Raja Seat, Abbey Falls, Talakaveri, OmKareshwara Temple, BhagaMandala, Nisargadhama, Golden Temple (tibetan refuge camp).
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