Emerald green till where the eye can see, Kodagu in Kannada or Coorg, as it is more famously known is a must visit destination in Karnataka, India. Madikeri is the district headquarters of Coorg and also the chief town and transport hub. Located in the western ghats in the southwest part of Karnataka, Coorg has a very moderate climate all year round, with temperatures ranging from 19 to 34 C in summers to 14 to 29 C in winters. It altitude is in the range of 3500 ft above sea level.
The gorgeous landscape of Coorg is of rolling hills with acres of coffee plantations intermittently dotted with lush teakwood and sandalwood forests. The villages and hamlets here exude a forever ambience, timeless in their beauty.
Known the world over for its acres of coffee plantations, these also are the prime attraction of Kodagu. It is but natural that coffee and spice production are the major economic activities of the region.
The history of Kodagu is rich, replete with the stories of its brave warriors and worth exploring in its many historical monuments. It was a state until 1956, when it merged with Karnataka. Its primary inhabitants are of the Kodava race and it is believed that they have descended from migrating Persians and Kurds. Another theory says that they are Greeks left behind from Alexander the Great's armies.
The climate and the landscape make Kodagu perfect for long walks, treks and its rich fauna make it a paradise for birdwatchers. Angling and white-water rafting are other activities one can indulge in when in Coorg. The ious plantations of Coorg are the major go-to relaxation destination for the ones looking to soak in the beauty of nature in peaceful environs.
With an old-world charm of its own, Coorg is known for festivals like Keil Poldu worship of weapons, Cauvery Shankaramana return of the river goddess and the Huttari harvest festival.
Summer 19 to 34 C
Winter 14 to 29 C
Oct - Apr
Getting to Coorg
Nearest domestic airport is Mangalore, which is 159 km away and International airport is Bangalore which is 259 km away. Mangalore is connected by air to airports in South India, especially to Chennai and Bangalore. Bangalore airport is well connected to many gulf countries and other foreign cities. It takes about Rs 2,000 for Taxi from Mangalore to Coorg and Rs 3,000 from Bangalore to Coorg.
Nearest railhead are Managlore, Hassan, Mysore and Thalasserry. Mangalore is the major railway station close to Coorg, Mangalore is connected by rail to all cities in India.
Coorg is well connected by K.S.R.T.C buses from all over Karnataka, particularly it is connected to the cities Mysore 125 km, Bangalore 259 km and Mangalore 159 km. Deluxe bus services are available from these cities to Coorg.
Tadiandamol, Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri Peaks
These peaks are a great option for treks as they are at once challenging for the trekkers and yet surrounded by absolutely breathtaking vistas.
Namdroling Monastery in Bylakuppe a Tibetan settlement
Namdroling Monastery has the astounding Golden Temple, overlooked by a 18m-high gold-plated Buddha. The Zangdogpalri Temple, another must visit religious destination is nearby.
It has a history going back to the 16th century, when it was Tipu Sultan's fort. It was taken over by Raja Lingarajendra II in 1812 and is today the municipal headquarters. Within the fort's walls are the hexagonal palace which has been converted to the district commissioner's office and a colonial church which houses a museum.
Also known as Gaddige. These tombs have been built in an Indo-Sarcenic style, these domed tombs are the resting place for Kodava royalty and dignitaries. These are located 7 kms from Madikeri town.
The Omkareshwara temple in Madikeri was built by Lingarajendra II in 1820. Its architecture is a mix of Gothic and Islamic styles, it has a dome in the center and four turrets at the four corners. As the name suggests the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The palace is at the bottom of the Coorg’s highest peak, Tadiyendamol. It is the restored hunting lodge of a Kodagu king dating from 1794. There are many camping places within walking distance of the palace.
These 21.3m-high falls are a sight to behold, especially so during the rainy season. You can club this visit with a visit to Raja's Tombs on your return journey.
It is an observation point from where you can watch the sunset over beautiful rolling hills and valleys just as the raja himself did.
Kaveri Nisargadhama About 30 kms from Madikeri
It is an island spread over 64 acres surrounded by the Cauvery river, it is also an ecological Park and a paradise for the nature lovers.