Coorg – Walk in the middle of Coffee Plantations Of South Indian Scotland
Coorg or Kodagu as it is officially known now, is an astonishing land in the heart of the southern Indian peninsula. This unspoilt “country of million hills”, situated on the slopes of the Western Ghats, is India’s coffee bowl. The tiny district in the state of Karnataka is the biggest producer of coffee.
Coorg simply cannot be skipped from the list of best places to visit in India. A quick getaway for many from Bangalore, this mesmerizing hill station in Karnataka is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s one of the top 10 places to visit in India and a visit here sure would heal you and energize you!
Best time to visit: October to March
How to reach
- By air: The nearest domestic airport is in Mangalore, 156 km away. The nearest international airport is the Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru, 285 kilometres away.
- By rail: Mysore Junction, 106 km away, is the nearest rail head.
- By road: The 238 km long road trip from Bangalore (Bengaluru) takes 5 hours 30 minutes.
Attractions: Abbey Falls, Nalknad Palace, Barapole River, Brahmagiri Peak, Iruppu Falls, Namdroling Monastery, Nagarhole National Park, Microlight flight at Chelavara, ziplining, and angling in River Kaveri
Below List of Tour Coorg and see best of this place in its attractions.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is among the oldest in the region built in 1820. While visiting the temple in November during a festival celebrated here, the combination of Gothic and Islamic structure is hard to miss.
Padi Igguthappa Temple
Built just ten years before Omkaresahwar Temple, its deity is Lord Igguthappa. The holi festival has a different color altogether when celebrated in this premises.
Architecture which is prominently found in Kerala could be seen in this temple nestled at convergence of three prime southern rivers, namely, Sujyoti, Cauvery and Kanike at the Brahmagiri Peak.
Dargah Sharif of Yemmemadu
Bodies of two great souls, Hazrath Sufi Shaeed and Sayyed Hassan Sakaf Halramir rest here making the place worthy of the respect and homage that it receives from people of all faiths.
Sacrifice often results in lasting memories, just as this place represents. Doddamatlthe, home to this lake, receives many tourists and visitors, especially during Gowri Festival.
Located in Bylakuppe, the place is a great attraction for the believers of Buddhism as well as those who seek to know Kodagu as much as they can on their trip.
St. Anne’s Church
With gothic styled architectural construction dating back to 1792, one gets easily hooked by the antiquity of the existence of this church as well as enamored by the beauty of the art.
Also read as Irpu and Irupu, the fall has its origin in Brahamagiri as a stream of Lakshmana-Theertha River, coming down through the hill, later joining with River Cauvery. Area around has a famous temple as well as a Protected Area.
Other variations of this name are Abbey and Abby. The sight of the water taking plunge for a glorious fall is indeed worth.
River Kumaradhara takes a mighty jump from around 200 ft.
Some leg-ups on rocky structures, and these falls would be in sight. The greenery around and hilly area makes it an excellent place to adieu sun in companionship of beloved ones.
Nagarhole National Park
Named after the river which flows through the park, it is a feat enjoyed by wildlife lovers and enthusiasts. Situated between Kodagu and Mysore, it combines with other two National Parks- Bandipur and Mudumalai to make largest Protected Area of south.
Walk on hanging bridge to reach this wonder Nature land and settle in treetop cottage for full vista of the place.
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
One of the 21 wildlife sanctuaries, it is great for bird watching along with locating other fauna. If one wishes to see highest peak in the sanctuary- Kumara Parvat with 1,712 m, this is the place to be in.
Brahamagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Named after highest point of the park- Brahamagiri Peak, it was established in the year 1974. River Borapole serves as its lifeline, where different animals and birds come for respite. Here, temple and the scenery around is sufficient for comfort.
Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary
Origin of River Kaveri (Cauvery) has given name to this sanctuary which took this status in 1987. People with strong legs get a lot to test their perseverance.
Dubare Reserve Forest
Known for moist deciduous forest, it is home to many animals and birds that give excellent reason to leave hotel for the warmth of Nature. Dubare Elephant Camp is a nice place in here to see the way elephants are reared and trained. Safaris are also enjoyed.
If trekking is a loved activity, this place is heaven, to which journey starts from Honey Valley.
The holy site of confluence of rivers Cauvery and Kanika, is revered by taking holy dip in the waters where it is believed that River Sujyothi also joins underground.
It is a viewing point meant to take vistas of Nature as they are in Coorg.
A water body on the Cauvery River, the meadows on one side and setting sun on the other, it provides an excellent site for picnic.
This place is a favorite of the family holidayers, a picnic spot to revel in.
It is the tombs of the kings of the place (names- Virarajendra and Linga Rajendra) and priest of the court. Built in 18th century, the site is reminiscent of the kingdom ruled the place.
The fort is last few leftovers in the sands of time of Coorg, constructed by Muddu Raja in 17th century. Tipu Sultan later strengthened the fort and named it Jaffarabad, which was again reconstructed by Linga Rajendra Wodeyar II. The Palace inside is another feature of the fort.
Visiting this dam which is located in Hadgur Village in the season of monsoon is the utmost delight. It attracts tourists from everywhere due to its height of 47 m.
Tadiyandamol Hills is the location of the palace built by Dodda Virarajendra in 1792.
Made completely scenic with the seasonal flowering plants and artificial (and musical) fountains surrounded by the hills of Western Ghats, the place also has entertainment in toy train’s ride.
The town of Virajpet witnessed the construction of this landmark by Mukkatira Aiyyappa in the honor of King George V.