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Interesting Facts About Coorg :

Coorg or Kodagu, as it is officially known now, is a landlocked place which is neither connected by air or train. Located in the western ghats of South-western Karnataka, Coorg is known for its coffee and its people. It is a hilly district, in fact often referred to as ‘the country of million hills’, with its highest peak Tadiandamol standing tall at 5740 feet. Coorg enjoys an extremely pleasant climate throughout, with extremely cool winters from November to March and slightly high temperatures occurring in April and May. Hence, the best time to visit Coorg would be in the months from November to May. Rainfall during the monsoons is intense and makes it difficult to move around.

Agriculture is the main source of livelihood in Coorg and the main crops cultivated here are rice and coffee. It is also rich in natural resources like timber and spices. The local inhabitants of Coorg are called Kodavas, who have lived there for centuries and consider sacred their ancestors and arms and worship a number of deities, along with the river Cauvery. The Kodavas carried arms as they belonged to the warrior community and appointed their own chiefs. Ruled by a couple of different dynasties, till the British took over the reigns in 1834 till Independence, Coorg was earlier a separate state and then in 1956 was merged with Mysore state, now known as Karnataka. The British left behind a legacy of premium educational institutions, scientific coffee cultivation and better administration leading to an improvement in the economy.

Kodagu is also blessed with a very rich variety of flora and fauna and thus has three wildlife sanctuaries and one national park. Over 300 varieties of birds have also been spotted over the years. Blessed with such rich wildlife, dense forests, misty hills, meandering streams and rivers and enchanting waterfalls, Coorg is truly paradise for a genuine nature lover.

Travel within Coorg is made convenient with the availability of rickshaws, taxis and buses for longer distances.

How to reach Coorg :

By air – The nearest domestic airport is the Mangalore International Airport, about 160 kms away. One can travel by bus or taxi to Coorg from there.

By train – The nearest railway station is at Mysore, around 95 kms away.

By bus – The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation has deluxe buses plying to Coorg daily from Bengaluru, Mysore and Mangalore. Private bus companies operate from here too.

You can book your bus tickets online at abhibus.com who offers bus services from Bengaluru and Mysore to Coorg.

Some must-visit attractions in Coorg :

Talacauvery :

The place, which is the source of the river Cauvery, is called Talacauvery. A temple on this riverbank is dedicated to Lord Brahma and is one of only two temples dedicated to this God in India and Southeast Asia. Talcauvery, which is located on top of the hills, in the midst of lush greenery, attracts a lot of pilgrims and devotees each year, who enjoy the peace and aura of this location and offer their prayers in the temple nearby.

Nisargadhama :

This beautiful man-made island is at a distance of just 28 kms from Madikeri, the main town of Coorg. Surrounded by a dense cover of sandalwood and teak trees and bamboo groves, this island is an ideal picnic spot for families, where one can enjoy boating, elephant rides and nature walks. Choosing to stay in the tree top cottages can further heighten the experience for a tourist.

Abbey Falls

A very popular tourist site in Coorg, Abbey Falls is a location just 5 km away from Madikeri. The sight of the gushing water of the Cauvery river, cascading down the rocky surface as falls, is extremely pleasant to the eyes and the visual is further enhanced as the falls are located between coffee plantations and spice estates.

Bylakuppe :

The Namdroling monastery in Bylakuppe is a big attraction for all believers of Buddhism and tourists alike. Considered the second biggest Tibetan settlement in India, the Namdroling monastsery displays amazing Tibetan architecture with multi-coloured flags fluttering outside the monastery. The monastery is eagerly sought after by many young Tibetans, seeking education, guidance and enlightenment. The temple is worth visiting during the festival of Losar when hundreds of monks perform their prayer service in unison amidst the beautiful, enchanting and serene surroundings of the temple.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary :

The Brahmagiri peak at an altitude of 1607 m, with its abundant greenery and several streams along the way, houses the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary which is spread across 181 sq.km. Home to several species of flora and fauna, one can spot elephants, tigers, jungle cats, leopards, sloth bears, sambars, wild dogs, wild pigs, deers, Nilgiri langur, giant flying squirrel and plenty more, including some rare flora. This sanctuary is quite a famous tourist destination in Coorg.

Madikeri Fort :

Situated in the heart of Madikeri town, this mud fort built earlier by Mudduraja, the earlier King of Coorg, was rebuilt and redesigned in granite by Tipu Sultan who then named the site Jaffarabad. The architectural design of the fort has some attractive features and the two life-sized stone elephants at the entrance gates of the fort are eye-catching. The fort houses a palace and a church which has now been converted to a museum exhibiting several interesting historical facts related to the fort. Besides this tourists can visit the Kote Maha Ganapathi Temple, the Mahatma Gandhi Public Library and the District Prison. The Madikeri Deputy Commissioner’s Office will also be found here.

Tadiyandamol Peak :

The tallest mountain peak in Coorg, Tadiyandamol Peak is also a wonderful trekking destination in Karnataka. The lush green, velvety slopes of this mountain take you through the dense, enchanting Shola Forests, undulating grasslands and beautiful streams. While it is advisable to do the trek to this peak under expert guidance, camping at this location is permitted and is an experience unparalleled.

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Interesting Facts About Coorg :

Coorg or Kodagu, as it is officially known now, is a landlocked place which is neither connected by air or train. Located in the western ghats of South-western Karnataka, Coorg is known for its coffee and its people. It is a hilly district, in fact often referred to as ‘the country of million hills’, with its highest peak Tadiandamol standing tall at 5740 feet. Coorg enjoys an extremely pleasant climate throughout, with extremely cool winters from November to March and slightly high temperatures occurring in April and May. Hence, the best time to visit Coorg would be in the months from November to May. Rainfall during the monsoons is intense and makes it difficult to move around.

Agriculture is the main source of livelihood in Coorg and the main crops cultivated here are rice and coffee. It is also rich in natural resources like timber and spices. The local inhabitants of Coorg are called Kodavas, who have ......Read More


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