- Elevation: 1,150 m
- Weather: 22 °C, Wind W at 8 km/h, 74% Humidity (weather.com)
- Population: 33,381 (2011)
Coorg, located in the Western Ghats of the Sahyadri Mountains in South Western Karnataka presents ample of holidaying options catering to all kinds of tourists. From waterfalls to dense forests to rivers to adventurous trekking routes to caves to temples to forts to museums, Coorg Tourism has a wide range of options to keep its tourists entertained throughout their stay.
The exceptionally rich flora and fauna can be seen from the fact that Coorg has three wildlife sanctuaries namely Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary and one national park namely Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi National Park. This adds greatly to the Coorg Tourism.
The district of Coorg has been one of the flourishing spots for tourism because of its rich culture, captivating natural beauty and good location. There are umpteen places for sightseeing as well such as Raja seat, Madikeri fort, Omkareshwar temple, Gadduge, Abbey falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement and Golden Temple, Nisaragadham, Talacauvery, Bhagamandala.
Often called the “Scotland of India” and the “Kashmir of Karnataka” Coorg justifies its name in each and every way. Not just beautiful natural settings but Coorg Tourism also boasts of pleasant climates throughout the year. The average temperature of Coorg is between 20 to 25 degrees throughout the year. However, nights can get really cold so it is advisable to carry some light woollens on your trip to Coorg.
Because of its refreshing and soothing climate, one can visit Coorg at any time of the year. However, one can also plan his or her Coorg trip based on their preferences and the purpose of the visit. For instance, the months of October to May are good for outdoor activities and sightseeing while the months of June to September are good if you are more indoor activities and would like just go and relax in a secluded environment.
The district of Coorg enjoys a good location as well. It is covered by Dakshina Kannada District in the Northwest, the Hassan District in the North, the Mysore District in the East, the Kannur District of Kerala State in the Southwest, and the Wayanad District of Kerala in the South. Because of its proximity to various towns and cities, it is easier for tourists to reach Coorg.
Coorg is well connected by all means of transportation such as airways, roads and railways. Coorg is located at a distance of 120 km from Mysore, 155 km away from Hasan, 135 km away from Mangalore and 250 km from Bengaluru.
Coorg Tourism also offers mouth-watering cuisines as well. Some of the dishes that you must try are Kadumbuttu (Rice Dumplings) Koli Curry (Chicken Curry) Nool Puttu (Rice Noodles) Bamboo Shoot Curry (Bamboo Shoot Curry) Votti (Rice Roti).
Coorg is a region of scattered villages and hamlets, with a few townships standing out. Postcard pretty with their red-tiled cottages and purple flowering shrubs, the Kodagu towns have an old-world charm about them. Madikeri, the district headquarters at an elevation of over 5,000 feet above sea level, provides access to some excellent picnic spots including the picturesque Abbey Falls. Visitors can trek to the top of Tadeyendamol, the highest peak in the region and view the Arabian Sea in the distance. Alternatively, one may simply follow the mountain trails dotted with little shrines-some beside waterfalls and others on the banks of rivers. Besides, the Nagarhole National Park provides an excellent opportunity for wildlife viewing.
Kodagu has a few temples that are worth visiting. The Bagamandala Temple at the confluence of the Cauvery-Sujyothi Rivers is built in the multi-roofed Kerala style. The Omkareshwara Temple, dedicated to Shiva, is almost 200 years old and is a surprising blend of Islamic and Gothic styles.
Famed for their hunting skills, the Kodavas have now turned ardent conservationists, assuming guardianship of their homeland's natural wealth. Today, if you hear shots ringing out in Kodagu, rest assured that some Kodavas are only testing their marksmanship on the coconuts up in the trees. Recently, the camera is replacing the gun as more and more people succumb to the lure of this beautiful, unsullied Eden and its fun-loving, hospitable people.
"The Scotland of India"
Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is a popular coffee producing hill station. It is popular for its beautiful green hills and the streams cutting right through them. It also stands as a popular destination because of its culture and people. The Kodavas, a local clan specializing in martial arts, are especially notable for their keen hospitality.
Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, is the most affluent hill station in Karnataka. It is well known for its breathtakingly exotic scenery and lush greenery. Forest covered hills, spice and coffee plantations only add to the landscape. Madikeri is the region's centre point with all transportation for getting around starting from here. On a visit to Coorg, cover the beautiful towns like Virajpet, Kushalnagar, Gonikoppal, Pollibetta, and Somwarpet, and experience the beautiful concept of "homestays" to make your experience more memorable!