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General Information about Coorg

"The Scotland of India". Located about 276 kms from Bangalore amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers and an ideal weekend getaway from Bangalore with a splendid terrain for trekking.

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.

The region of Coorg presents a very beautiful picture with its lakes, streams and mist covered mountains.

Fringed with some of the most colourful traditions and cultures, Coorg also makes it to the list of the happiest places in the country. Home to the Kodava people, it is jotted with evergreen tea, coffee and spice plantations.

The fascinating hills, plains and forests of Coorg not only offers salubrious camping options, but also adds more to your experience. While amidst these appealing vistas, you can also blend your camping experience with trekking, target shooting, nature walk, boating, ziplining, stream walking, jungle gym and several other engrossing activities. offbeat stay. Most of these stays in Coorg offers activities like plantation walk, barbeque, bonfire, indoor games and several adventure activities.

Coorg proffers a wide range of adventure activities . Experience an exciting Jeep Drive through the challenging Nishani and Kabbe Hills, witness the mesmerizing sun set as you explore the routes of Mandalpatti or Rejuvenate yourself at the Mallalli waterfalls.

Coorg is an evergreen place owing to its weather which remains pleasant throughout the year. You can visit this place at any time of the year.

Meant for nature lovers who love to explore nature. Coorg is also a honeymooner's paradise. For those enjoy some adrenaline rush, Coorg is again an ideal destination with its number of adventure sports


Connectivity :
By Rail - The nearest railway station to Coorg is in Mysore, which is well-connected by regular train with Bangalore. Catch a train from Bangalore to Mysore and from the Mysore station, you can rent a cab to go to Coorg, which is around 106 km away.

By Road - Coorg and Bangalore are well-linked to each other by road. Hire a private taxi to go to Coorg. State-run bus service is also available.


Coorg is the home of authentic Kodava cuisine. Like most areas in and around the town, the platter revolves around the staple rice. A speciality of the area is Sannakki, a fragrant kind of rice. Non-vegetarian preparations of pork, meat and fish are also popular.

Other local favorites include Akki Oti (Rice chapatis), a huge variety of Pattus (a steamed dish), Pulvas, preparations of pork, dried fish, crab meat, Baimbale Curry (a preparation of Bamboo Shoots), Kumm Curry (a preparation of wild mushrooms) and Chekke curry (made using unripe jackfruit). Also find a wide range of teasing chutneys here, as well as unique pickles of pork, fish, mushrooms, bitter orange and tender bamboo.

A number of restaurants also serve many vegetarian dishes along with typical Indian, Chinese, Continental and Tibetan cuisines as well as popular South-Indian cuisine consisting of dishes like dosa, vada, idli, sambhar and rasam.

 

An Ideal Itinerary :

Day 1: Arrive in Coorg, check-in at the hotel. Leave for the local sightseeing after breakfast at the hotel. Visit Raja's Seat: Elevated approximately at an altitude of 1500m, the Raja's Seat is famous for its picturesque sceneries of misty hills of Western Ghats. Abbey Falls: Located on the outskirts of the Madikeri district, the Abbey Falls are yet another popular destination of Coorg.
Day 2: Pay a visit to the religious Omkareshwar Jyotirling temple, which is famous for its ancient ghats and holds immense value for the devotees of Lord Shiva. Golden temple/Tibetan monasteries are one of the largest Buddhist monasteries in India. Visit this famous place to introduce yourself to the Tibetan culture.
Day 3: Visit Cauvery Nisargadhama: A beautiful island formed by the river Cauvery is one of the must-visit places near Coorg. Reaching here requires to trek to the rope bridges will give you an adventurous ride.
Day 4: Trip to Coffee and spice plantations. You can also add some experiences of adventure on your trip such as Camping, Rafting, trekking, microlight flying and paragliding in Coorg.

 


Few places of Interest :

Abbey Falls
Abbey Falls, also known as Abbi Falls, is located around 10 kilometres away from the town of Madikeri and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in and around Coorg. The water cascade coming down from the cliff from a height of 70 feet provides a spectacular scene to behold. Nestled within the lush greenery which is typical to the sceneries of Western Ghats, the waterfalls attract hundreds and thousands of people throughout the year - especially nature lovers and photographers. There is an over-bridge that hangs opposite of the falls, from where the most picturesque scene of white foams gushing down the ridge can be seen, captured and remembered. The flow of the falls leaves a significant amount of water spray on those who stand on the bridge for some time.

Some small mountains streams and brooks join together to form one of the most beautiful waterfalls of South India and falling off its cliff as the water flows to join the River Kaveri or Cauvery as one of its tributaries. The walk to the falls from the main entrance has around 200 steps downwards throughout and takes you through exotic coffee, cardamom, pepper and other spice plantations. It is a fantastic opportunity for shutterbugs to capture the real beauty and grace of the natural world. Even though bathing is prohibited in the falls now, the essence of the place itself is quite enough to draw tourists every day.


Talacauvery
Talacauvery is the source of the river Kaveri, located on the Brahmagiri hill (not to be confused with the Brahmagiri range further south) near Bhagamandala in Kodagu district, Karnataka. It is located at 1,276 m. above sea level. Kodavas have erected a tank; which is now considered as its origin. The place also has a small temple, a worship place of Kodavas. The temple here is dedicated to Goddess Kaveriamma. Another deity worshipped here is Lord Agasthiswara, who acts as the link between Kaveri River and Sage Agasthya and Lord Ganesh.

The Kaveri River, also known as Cauvery, originates from a spring filling up this tank. Its a holy place to bathe in on special days. Thousands of pilgrims visit this place on the Cauvery Changrandi day to witness the rise of the fountainhead, where the water gushes up from the spring at a predetermined moment. During Tulam Sankrama, special rites are conducted in the temple adjoining the pond which attracts many devotees. Beside the temple, there is a series of 356 steps which lead to the peak, from here the prepossessing hills can be viewed.

Namdroling Monastery
Coorg is home to the famous Namdroling monastery, also called the Golden temple on account of the gold work done on every painting.

Namdroling monastery is situated just 6km from the town of Kushalnagar and 35km from Madikeri. It belongs to the Sangha community. It is a typical Tibetan monastery, presided over by a 18m-high gold-plated Buddha. Children are also taught outside the temple. The paintings inside the temple describe the gods, demons, culture and also some of the phases of Buddha's life.

Although the temple seems not so vast from outside, it is huge inside. There are three 40 feet high statues of Lord Buddha called Padmasambhava, Buddha & Amitayus. The floor is made of marble but is always covered with a carpet. People can burn incense sticks and sit on the carpet which contributes to the spiritual environment in the temple. The walls of the temple have paintings depicting phases of Buddha's life. Some even display Tibetan gods and demons. The temple also has sacred texts, horns, trumpets, incense sticks, bells, prayer beads, prayer wheels, prayer flags, drums, etc.

White River rafting in Barapole River
Barapole river is a famous white river rafting destination in Coorg. The white frothy river with speedy waters and rapids, flowing through beautiful landscapes, makes for an ideal river rafting experience. Set against the backdrop of the Western Ghats and bordering the Deccan Plateau, Coorg is a popular destination among travelers. White water rafting is organized in Upper Barapole are called Kithu-Kakkatu River which is a strong catchment area for the monsoons, thus providing a some of the most challenging stretch of rapids.

Experience the thrill of adventure as the choppy waters of the river toss you about and the wind rushes through your hair. The Barapole River surges through dense forests and offers rafting participants a breathtaking view of the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. The rapids have some fascinating names like Morning Coffee, Grass Hopper, Ramba Samba, Wicked Witch and Big Bang.


Burude Falls
Located on the outskirts, Burude Falls offer a spectacular view to behold. You need to trek a little, before you get to these falls, but the view is worth all that effort.

Chances are that the place will be crowded since it is one of the most popular and visited falls.

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