Nestled in the majestic jade hills and bottomless valleys of the southern state of Karnataka, Coorg (Kodagu) is a popular tourist destination. This serene hill station sprawls over an area of 4,102 sq km. Coorg (Kodagu) is blessed with incredible scenic beauty and picturesque views, that present you with some of the best opportunities to enjoy your holidays. Apart from the appealing atmosphere, this hill station has a rich historical and cultural backdrop. As per history, during the 2nd to 6th century, the northern part of this part of Karnataka was under the control of ‘the Kadambas of Goa’. Later, in the 11th century this area saw a bloody war between the Kadambas and the Ganga. Till the 14th century, Coorg (Kodagu) was ruled by many dynasties including the Cholas, the Vijayanagara kings and the Hoysalas. In the year 1956, the Coorg (Kodagu) was declared a district and was merged in the state of Karnataka. The hill station has a large number of attractions which lure the attention of travelers from all around the world. Coorg (Kodagu) is also renowned across the world for its extensive coffee and spice plantations. Also, the forest honey is famous as well as a must take back item to home. The most famous activities to enjoy in this beautiful region are shopping and sightseeing.
March - May, Warm though pleasant
July - September, Moderate rainfall turns the landscape green
Annual rainfall -250 cm
October - mid-March, Cool and pleasant
Top Places to Visit in Coorg (Kodagu)
The charming city of Coorg is home to a number of natural attractions that you can visit on your trip. You can also find several attractions of historical importance, including Madikeri Fort, Sri Omkareshwar Temple and Rajaji’s Seat. In Coorg, you can also explore Abbey Falls, picturesque surroundings and delightful coffee plantations. Explore the tourist attractions that you may visit on your Coorg Tour.
This fort belongs to 17th century, where palace of former kings and was initially constructed in mud but later it was refined by granite. One of the most interesting facts about this fort is that the church located inside it was once the site of a temple. Visiting the fort in the evening is well recommended to witness the wonderful sunset.
Quite adjacent to Madikeri Fort, the Omkareshwara Temple is believed to be built in the year 1820. This temple features a combination of red-tile roofed Kerala architecture and Islamic - styled domes. It is a famous tourist attraction.
The Kodagu Kings used to see the setting of sun from their preferred spot and thus, the spot is called ‘the Raja’s Seat’ or the seat of the king. This place is located amidst charming gardens and a misted valley in the background, making it altogether a delight for sight.
Abbey Falls is swiftly flowing water down from 70 feet into limpid pools to confluence in the River Cauvery. This fall is located away between spice estates and private coffee plantations offer an ideal backdrop for picnics. Abbey falls is also a preferred landmark of Coorg (Kodagu). Offering picture perfect shots from the bridge close to the fall, it is a place where many Bollywood movies have been filmed. Post admiring this waterfalls’ beauty, you can take a stroll in the coffee and cinnamon plantations nearby.
Coorg (Kodagu) is a popular place nation and worldwide for coffee plantations and production of coffee, which contributes about 60% of India's coffee production. Also, it has abundant rosewood, teak, and sandalwood forests.
Namdroling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery
This monastery is one of ten must watch Buddhist monasteries in India. It is also the second largest Tibetan settlement in entire India. The quantity of gold in the prayer hall as well as temple is quite awesome. It has too large huge gold statues of Lord Buddha. It is situated in Bylakuppe near Kushalnagar and around an hour east of Madikeri.
After crossing a hanging bridge and climbing several steps, you reach to this charming waterfall enjoying wonderful views and falling from great height. Enjoy here nature at its best and get clicked some awesome pictures. The place is calm and you would hardly hear any voice other than this waterfall.
It is the second largest peak in Coorg and trekking to this place is not a tough task. However, on reaching this place, you can enjoy the mesmerizing view of the surroundings.
Nagarhole National Park
Situated on the foothills of the Western Ghats and the Brahmagiri Hills and south towards Kerala state, it enjoys a rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls.
Dubare Elephant Camp
Located on the banks of River Cauvery, it is a known elephant camp. It is an important place for the elephants of Karnataka Forest Department. Dubare is also home to many wild animals and birds and one can enjoy here activities like trekking, elephant rides, fishing, and river rafting.
Situated at the bottom of Pushpagiri Hill ranges, Mallalli Falls are excellent attraction of the Coorg district. The fall moves down from a height of 200 feet and makes it a giant waterfall. This creates beautiful sights of water beating against rocks and boulders. This creates an exhilarating site and makes you experiencing a paradise that you haven’t imagined.
It is an ultimate location for enjoying rafting activities in Coorg. The river is charming and visual treat for nature lovers. One side of the river is forested. Being a natural water body, the river allows you enjoying a range of water sports.
Places to visit around Coorg (Kodagu)
If you are wondering that what places can one explore around Coorg (Kodagu)? Then, Iruppu Falls (85 KM), Cauvery Nisargadhama (25 KM), Bylekuppe (40 KM) and Talacauvery (44 KM) are some of the famous ones.