Located amidst imposing mountains in Karnataka with a perpetually misty landscape, Coorg is the place to be for all nature lovers.
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.
Various hotels and home stays are available for those visiting Coorg, from budget to high end ranges.
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.
The place is not easily accessible, as it does not have an airport or railway station of its own. Public transport for commuting in the local areas is also a problem.
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.
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.
Public transport in Coorg is not very efficient, and it is preferable for tourists to hire rickshaws or cars. Cycling is also a common means of transportation for the sports enthusiasts.
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.
Coorg was called Scotland of India by the Britishers during their visit in the 19th century to this quaint little town of Karnataka. Once you enter the geographical boundaries of this hill town, you will realise the place has done true justice to its nickname. Coorg is famous for the surreal beauty of nature and the hills of the Western Ghats covered by the mist of clouds and accompanied by the pleasant weather. To enjoy the best views that Coorg has to offer, you must visit Raja's Seat - a small garden adorned with the flowers affording a view of the majestic hills of the Western Ghats. Mandalpatti viewpoint is another spot which offers the awe-gaping view of the lush green beauty of Coorg along with the experience of trekking amid the hills of Western Ghats.
If there is one thing that defines Coorg the best, then it has to be the infinite regal fields of coffee plantations. Coorg is one of the highest producers of coffee in India. You must visit the Tata plantation trails of coffee in Coorg and enjoy the freshly brewed coffee made from the fresh cocoa beans. To gain the best experience you can also choose to stay at one of the resorts located right in the centre of coffee fields. Another precious thing that Coorg boasts of proudly is the Indian spices that are grown here and are considered the best in the world. Famous for its pepper, cardamom and cloves, the soothing aroma of spices keeps the air of Coorg pleasant.
Along with Kannada, English and Hindi are also spoken in Coorg, so language should not be a problem here.
If you are visiting Coorg in wet weather seasons, beware of leeches especially while walking through wet grass and in bathrooms/toilets.
Watch out for traffic (locals warn about overloaded lorries"") along the main highways leading into Madikeri and the winding roads of the region. Speedbreakers on some roads tend to be unmarked. Wild animals are reported on some roads at night, and domesticated herds by day too.
Pros: 1. Jungle Mount Adventures in Kakkabe near Virajpet 2. Bgrows Home stay - amazing food 3. Coffee plantation walk 4. Adventure activities Cons: 1. Dubbare Elephant camp - the way those poor animals are treated is just appalling 2. Prepare to be disappointed by Abbi falls 3. Coorg Restaurants - Bad bad bad
By Sonal Agarwal
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