HOW TO REACH
By Airline: Coorg does not have its own airport, the nearest airport being Mangalore.
By Railways: People preferring the route of train, can come down to Mysore station which is close by Coorg Hill Station.
By Road: Well connected with Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore roads.
Coorg, What came to your mind when planning a tour? A place to remember for the lifetime? Then ‘Yes’ you are thinking and planning absolutely right to visit “Coorg” (also called Kodagu), the latest tourist hot spot.
Which is located in the south-west part of Karnataka bordering Kerala and is one of the India’s prominent journey destination been called as “Kashmir of South India” because of its undying beauty, green valleys, impressive mountains, beautiful waterfalls, appealing nature, aromas of coffee plantations, orange and honey.
One word that comes to mind to describe this place is ‘Paradise’, a place to make your busy life so relaxing that you will love to step into this place again and again.
Come and experience it on your own – the lovely food, the mouth-watering dishes, perfect scenery, full greenery, cool weather everything about the Coorg is so breathtaking and that in turn makes the place the best outing with friends and the journey so memorable.
Coorg has ample of things to offer to nature lovers and lots of outdoor activities like trekking, river rafting, rock climbing, and Aero sports. Other than this, the options of Ayurvedic massage, nature walks, plantation tours, spice market, elephant camp etc are there to choose from.
The yearly standard temperature in Coorg is around 20 to 25 degrees and Coorg can be visited all through the year as the weather condition in Coorg is very enjoyable.
The genuine fun visiting Coorg is during the months of monsoon but the drawback is during heavy rains there is the possibility of the felling of trees due to heavy rains that may cause road blocks, power cuts, but for sure even with all these obstacles, the fun loving person won’t stop. So plan your trip accordingly that would not bother you much on your visit and won’t wipe out your vacation plans to visit the lush green place.
The beautiful Abbey Falls is a popular tourist attraction in the hill resort of Coorg and is a view to really watch for. The stunning sight of tumbling water is a complete pleasure for the eyes and makes you feel lost in the scenic surroundings. A thin-twisty road through the thick green shrubs of coffee and cardamom plantations leads to Abbey Falls.
During monsoon, the diverse watercourses gather together in the mountains above forcing their way down the mountain slope, splattering hard on the huge rocks, with the water making gushing sounds, crashes down with enormous speed, this white fence of water generates a misty blur with its moisture-like spray and finally joins the River Cauvery (Kaveri) in the surrounding area. The cheeping of countless birds fills the surroundings with sweet music. Do visit Abbey Falls with binoculars and camera to capture the beauty of falls and the photos of unique looking birds.
The lovely waterfall is located beside the Nagarhole National Park. The noisy waters of the Iruppu fall together with the striking surroundings and a royal sight of water falling down to the ground from a height of 170ft make a great picnic spot. The visit to the place during monsoons makes it quite thrilling.
The falls are located near Rameshwaram temple that draws a large number of devotees during the festival of Shivratri and on the Holy day of Shivaratri, disciples in large quantity come to bathe in this falls with the belief that the Iruppu falls holds the power of washing out one’s sins.
So plan your holiday and enjoy the scenic view of water falling from the top merging with the air, making the environment so cool.
What would more exciting than feeling like standing on the close by rocks, sensing the cool wind on your face with water splattering on you, one just can’t stay out of this exciting sight! The splendid green hills around the Chelavara falls would take your breath away and you will feel like standing amidst the clouds with the deep smog around you layering the whole place with white colour.
Chelavara falls located in Virajpet Coorg, is the most distinctive waterfalls in the city, falling down from a height of 205 feet amidst the green coffee plantations makes the entire view so beautiful and breathtaking. The best time to visit Chelavara falls would be during the monsoons (July – September). Local people may call it ‘Embepare’ which means ‘tortoise rock’, maybe cause it is shaped like the tortoise.
Mallalli Falls is situated around 25 km from Somwarpet and is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Coorg (as beautiful as Abbey falls), having an eye-catching sight covered with lush green mountains around and the river Kumaradhara takes a plunge over 200 feet crossing through the valley and falling into a gorge.
The waterfall is only reachable by foot as the roads are very narrow and rugged. Experience the breathtaking view of the falls from the foot of the Pushpagiri peak, a trekking point and a wonderful place for an adventures trip. A must go destination for the ones who want to enjoy nature to the fullest while enjoying their adventurous trip side by side. The ultimate period to holiday in this place is between the months July to December.
Brahmagiri is a mountain range in the Western Ghats of south India, situated on the border between Kodagu district in Karnataka and Wayanad district of Kerala. Hill is located at a height of 1608m and is a beautiful and attractive tourist destination. The top of Brahmagiri Hill is the woody type with varieties of flora and fauna.
Situated in the middle of Madikeri, this 19th-century fort is one of the most beautiful places to visit during the trip to Coorg and the fort contains a museum, a prison, a chapel and a Ganesha temple. The fort offers the panoramic outlook of the city from its walls.
At first, Mudduraja built the Madikeri Fort as a mud fort and later on mud was swapped by the solid stone, by the great king Tipu Sultan and named it Jaffarabad, which was again reconstructed by Linga Rajendra Wodeyar II.
The castle offers a stunning sight of fine and brilliant architecture. It is a must visit for those who have an interest in historical monument and locations. On your trip to Coorg, make sure you don’t miss out on visiting the Madikeri Fort.
Nagarhole National Park made up of teak, rosewood, sandalwood and silver oak is a 247 square-mile park created by former king for their hunting adventure, which grants best natural habitat for different wildlife animals including birds, large mammals such as tiger, leopard, wild elephant, dhole (Indian wild dog), and Gaur (Indian bison). Other species present are chital spotted deer, muntjac (barking deer), mouse deer, four-horned antelope, wild boar, sloth bear, hyena, mongoose, civet, otter, and more.
Nagarhole is a Kannada word meaning “snake river” – which flows through the park, you can find a few serpentines in the rich steamy forests of the park. The unique jungle was once a restricted hunt ground for the one-time Maharajas of Mysore. The park has recently been renamed as Rajiv Gandhi National Park after the late Prime Minister of India.
Nagarhole National Park is calculated amongst India’s top most wildlife parks and is open throughout the year however the best time to visit is from October to May and especially during April-May.
The Forest Department carries out tours along well-defined routes for tourists, in the early mornings and evenings. Jeep and elephants are available to transport from one place to another.
Known for the damp deciduous forest, it is home to many animals and birds that give a good reason to leave your hotel room to excel the wildlife animals of the forest.
Dubare Elephant Camp, mainly an elephant capturing and training camp of the Forest Department, is a nice place to visit and enjoying the sight of big elephants being trained and get to watch the activities, you can even get a chance to watch elephants been given a scrub bath in the river by their mahouts. Once the bath is over, you might be allowed to watch how the elephant food is prepared and fed to them.
Mahouts will also show how elephants obey commands and then been instructed to do various jobs. Safaris can also be enjoyed. A qualified environmentalist takes you through the difficulty of elephant history, ecology and biology.
The camp is situated in the Coorg district is opened all throughout the year and enjoys calm climate conditions. Monsoons (July to mid-September) are heavy, and the weather conditions make it further interesting creating the surroundings more living and lively. The post-monsoon months (mid-Sept to beginning March) are the perfect period to visit the camp.
A trip to Coorg is by no means complete with a trip to Talakaveri, the origin of River Cauvery (Kaveri). While everything about Coorg draws tourists to this place, a trip to Talakaveri is quite the cherry on the icing, for those who predominantly religiously inclined.
The Talakaveri located on the slopes of the Brahmagiri hills at an altitude of around 4000 ft above sea level and is the source of the holy river Kaveri. The Talakaveri is believed to possess great spiritual significance and taking a bath on this spot in the religious month of October is considered very blessed and many devotees can be seen bathing here at that time.
The Shiva temple at Talakaveri has an unusual and very old Shivling, while another temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh. This temple also has a sacred Ashwantha tree which, according to legend, the Trimurtis – Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva- gave darshan to sage Agastya. A flight of steps takes to the nearby Brahmagiri peak, where the 7 great sages called the Sapta Maharishis were believed to have performed a special yagna.
The place with religious significance has a belief that offering prayer and wishing for something, will surely be fulfilled and it is also considered vital that after the accomplishment of your prayers, you must make a trip back to Talakaveri and offer one more prayer of thankfulness.
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is approx 30 km from Somwarpet of Coorg district. If one wishes to see the highest peak in the sanctuary- Kumara Parvat with 1712 m, this is the place to be in. The Wildlife Sanctuary is suitable for trekkers who love to know how the wilderness of Western Ghat.
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary has deep evergreen and semi-evergreen forests. The sanctuary is home to diverse kinds of wild species like Indian Giant Squirrel, Indian Hare, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Indian Muntjac, Gaur, Asian Elephant, Wild Pig, Giant Flying Squirrel and also is home to rare species for various birds. The Shiva Temple adds to the divinity of this place. The best time to visit the sanctuary is from November to March.