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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Varun .
  • Varun .
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Coorg - Stress buster" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 days ago
This was my 2nd visit to Coorg and it makes me to go back even more. Such a wonderful, relaxing place with pleasing weather. The honey from Coorg is the absolute best. Visited Raja Seat, Abbi Falls, Nisargadhama and Golden Temple. Golden Temple is the one you can't miss in Coorg.
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Samia Feroze
  • Samia Feroze
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews

"A must visit place" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 6 days ago
Coorg with its green hills is obviously an appalling site, but i guess the time we chose to visit this place was a mistake. January is not the time to go to coorg. People should be going there in sept-nov as I have heard from the majority of people. Anyways apart from the weather which was not very soothing. Coorg coffee is the best thing ever. Coorg food delicacies is one more reason to go there. Other things which would interest you is the cute cottages which no matter what the weather gives you the most relaxing holiday.

PS-Raintree is a must eat restaurant to visit in coorg!

Overall coorg is a must visit.
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Vanitha Kavi
  • Vanitha Kavi
  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
  • 1 Review

"Awesome place to enjoy" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
We went to coorg for the trip along with friends, there are so many places around kodagu, its a magical place for travellers to spend time, birth place of kaveri, jain temple, Duber falls, abbey falls raja's tomb and seat are visiting place, here we can get items which are related to forest areas like honey, beer and some type of stuff, better to spend your time in winters and activities, restaurants are also good there.

Its so much suggestible to make it a memorable journey.
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Falguni
  • Falguni
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 6 Reviews

"Perfect weekend getaways from busy life" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
Its a must go place. And the roads are just fantastic. It feels that you should pass through that roads again and again just awesome. Cant describe in words. Natural beauty basically. Waterfalls, hills, forest. We hired self driven car and went with friends.
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Ashish Kumar
  • Ashish Kumar
  • Lives in Kozhikode
  • 4 Reviews

"Beautiful place with good atmosphere" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was very beautiful. Sunset and sunrise points must be visited if you go there. You should enjoy all kinds of foods like idli, sambhar, vada, masala dosa etc. Temperature was around 25 degree so you must carry woolen cloths. If you go there with your friends group, you are gonna enjoy much much more.
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Jay Gandhi
  • Jay Gandhi
  • Lives in Navsari
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  • 5 Reviews

"A less explored place, must visit for its raw nature" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
This place is perfect for those seeking leisure and calmness in the lap of nature away from their monotonous life. Visit raja's seat, Madikeri fort n omkareshwar temple in the town of madikeri. You should go to see the spice farms where number of spices are grown, the farmers will show you how the black pepper is formed from white pepper.

Dubare Elephant camp is not a place you would want to visit as it is very crowded so you might feel frustrated moreover there's not much to see there except few elephants.I would suggest you to spend some time in solitary at the tibetan monastery instead of that elephant camp. Coffee plantations are strongly recommended for its beautiful patterned plantations, its a treat for the lovers of photography. Have a visit to abbey falls, iruppu falls and raja's tomb as they are nice places.

You can visit Coorg at any time of the year except monsoon and 1 jacket/sweater would be enough for this place as the temp doesn't go that much down.
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Suman Kotte
  • Suman Kotte
  • Lives in Karimnagar
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  • 1 Review

"Perferct holiday trip for youth" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
We are five members all together. 2 girls and 3 guys. We had lots of fun driving long. Special while going through ghat roads it was really fun.We went for trekking, temples, boating, zoo etc. We stayed in a hotel in kodagu. Its much cheaper and well maintained.
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Debraj Paul
  • Debraj Paul
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  • 4 Reviews

"Misty Mysore and Calmly Coorg" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Mysore was an already-visited place, yet its charm as a city with a grand palace, i.e. Mysore Palace as well as ever-growing hustle bustle caught our attention. Coorg, on the other hand, was not a desolated place, yet the night was poised with such calmness that it made the 800 km tour to-and-fro a relaxed one. Spices, tea, coffee - as local specialties will catch anyone's attention. And unless one is too fussy about smell of spices, a distinctive smell of the spices in its food will appeal to your taste-bud.
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Utkarsh Garg
  • Utkarsh Garg
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Coorg: Wonderful scenic beauty" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
A beautiful place to visit, scenic waterfalls, coffee plantations & wildlife safaris! A must visit for every adventure enthusiast! Rare site of black tiger, male sambar dear in Nagarhole national park (if you are lucky enough), Abbey falls, Iruppu falls etc.
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Kaarthik Sr
  • Kaarthik Sr
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 9 Reviews

"Perfect for a slow holiday" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We went in August 2014 to Coorg, and stayed in Jade resort. We drove from Bangalore to Coorg. The roads are nice, there is a bit of traffic but not a scratch on what you see in Bangalore. We got good weather when we were in Coorg. A little bit of rain, mostly sunshine. The only place we went to was Abby falls. Stayed indoors most of the time. Abby falls is a dirty waterfall in Coorg. There is a Taj property, but they won't let you enter it, even if you want to visit the coffee shop.
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