Located on the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Coorg is well known for its splendid mountain ranges, waterfalls, panoramic scenic views, topography, marvellous history and its pleasing climate. Initially, Coorg was known as ‘Kodaimalenadu’. The local people of this place still call it ‘Kodagu’. This place is also known as "The Land of Warriors" as the inhabitants of Coorg were renowned for their courage. The large number of orange forests present here, give it yet another name as the "Orange Country". The large coffee estates of Coorg, which are widely spread on acres of land, are the home for the World’s best coffee. Coorg is such an enticing and excellent tourist destination, that it is also called the ‘Switzerland of South India’.
Location: It is located in the South-Western part of Karnataka
Climate: Summers are little warm, while winters are chilly cold.
In summers, carry light cotton clothes and in winters, warm clothes are preferable.
How to reach:
By Air: Nearest is Mangalore International Airport, which is around 160 kms
By Train: Nearest railhead is Mysore, about 120 kms from Coorg.
By Road: HPTDC Luxury and Volvo coaches available regularly
Places of Interest
Location: 7 kms from Madikeri, Karnataka
Best month to visit: July to October after monsoon season, can be visited all days from 9.00 a.m.- 5.00 p.m.
Abbey Falls is a standout amongst the most prominent tourist spots of Coorg. The waterfall is situated between spice estates and coffee fields. Enjoy the wonderful scenery of Kaveri River here, which falls down a stone face transforming into the beautiful falls. It tumbles down from the altitude of 70 feet, which looks incredible. There is a hanging bridge over the gorge, which gives a stunning view of the waterfall. It is a perfect picnic spot for tourists who love nature. You can also take a bathe in the cool water of the waterfall, but be careful as the rocks near the waterfall are a little slippery and the flow of the water is quite high.
Dubare Elephant Camp
Location: It is located in Coorg on the banks of river Cauvery
Best month to visit: September to March, open all days: 12.00 p.m. (check in), 11.00 a.m. (check out)
Dubare Elephant Camp is a forest area which is situated between Kushalnagar and Siddapur. It is popular as an ‘Elephant Training Camp’. The Elephant preparing camp is controlled by the Forest Department of Coorg. There are more than 150 elephants present here. The camp gives you an incredible opportunity to become acquainted with these captivating animals. Here, you get a chance to see the elephants being given a shower, being fed and also trained by the Mahouts. The elephants trained here are used mostly for the Mysore Dasara Festival.
Dubare opens doors for the adventure lovers and offers an opportunity of river rafting also. The visitors are lucky to have two choices for rafting, which are 8.5 kms and 12 kms. You get the chance to enjoy the bathing and floating in the water with the help of life jackets.
Nagarhole National Park
Location: 67 kms from Coorg, about 50 kms from the major city of Mysore
Timings: Open daily from 6.00 a.m.- 9.00 a.m., 4.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m.
As the name suggests, the name Nagarhole is a combination of two Kannada words; ‘Nagar’, which implies snake and ‘hole’ which implies ‘streams’. This park is renowned for its vast number of elephants, buffaloes and over 250 types of birds. It covers an area of around 643.39 sq. kms. In 1999, it was proclaimed as the ‘37th Project Tiger Reserve’. This National Park is an overall package of hills, little streams, waterfalls, valleys and a huge variety of flora. Boat safari and Coracle ride are the main attractions of Nagarhole National Park. Do not forget to carry your camera along with you, while you have a ride in the safari.
Location: 248 kms from Bangalore, 20 kms from Nagarhole National Park
Best month to visit: August to January from 8.00 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.
Iruppu Falls is a beautiful waterfall located in Brahmagiri Hills,between Kutta and Srimangala. It is an exceptionally beautiful spot of Coorg. The water which falls down from Brahmagiri and turns into a fall is named as ‘Iruppu Falls’. People also call it ‘Lakshmana Tirtha Falls’. As per the legend, Lord Rama and Lakshmana came here looking for Sita. At this place, when Rama requested Lakshmana for drinking water, Lakshmana shot a bolt at the Brahmagiri slopes and the water began to flow as a stream, which is known as ‘Lakshmana Tirtha’. The water which tumbles from an elevation of 170 feet is resplendent. This beautiful place offers a splendid view of the surrounding natural beauty.
Location: It is located between Kodagu District and Wayanad District
Best month to visit: December to February
Brahmagiri Peak is an eye-catching place, amongst the most wonderful spots of Coorg. It is a picturesque spot loaded with forested woods and fog-covered slopes. This place is very well known for trekking, where you can trek through fields, brilliant greeneries and near shimmering rivers of clear water. There is a wild life sanctuary also, which incorporates Jungle Cat, Nilgiri Langur, Lion-tailed Macaque, Giant Flying Squirrel, Spotted Deer and many other species of birds and animals. This place is also well known for Bhangandeshwara Temple, which is very unique for its Kerala style architecture. It is located at the confluence of the underground streams Kanike, Cauvery and Sujyoti. The roof of the temple is made with copper which is designed with beautiful carved sculptures.
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