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Virajpet, Coorg Overview

Coorg is already known worldwide for its incomparable beauty and gorgeous natural environment, making it one of the best hill stations in India. However, if you like to travel offbeat, you should visit Virajpet, situated at a distance of just 22 km from Coorg in the district of Kodagu. Also known as Virajpete which is derived from Virarajendrapete, after the name of the former ruler and founder of the place, the dainty little hill station is tucked in the heart of the district and is hidden from view. Other than mesmerising beauty and surreal environment, the place also holds significant historic importance. Besides, it is also known for its world-class coffee and spice plantations, and top the list when it comes to weekend getaway destinations from the neighbouring cities.

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Things to Do at Virajpet

  1. Seek Blessings at the Various Places of Worship

    Virajpet has several places of worship that are not restricted to just temples alone and are also not visited by pilgrims only but also by tourists alike. Although the most popular temples in the place are Shiva Temple and Ayappa Temple, both of which are situated near Malethirike hill; there is also a strikingly beautiful 220 years old church - St. Anne’s Church which boasts of gorgeous architecture. In addition to that, you can also visit the Rahmaniya Mosque to find peace.
  2. Chelavara Falls

    Another point of attraction is Chelavara Falls which is situated just 22 km away from Virajpet. Cascading down a huge height, the gushing water forms a pool at the base, where the visitors can swim. You can reach here by a short and easy trek and get some food to celebrate a small picnic. 
  3. Shop for Spices and Coffee

    As already said that the place is popular for its world class aromatic spices and premium coffee, this is something which you should definitely purchase while on your trip here. In addition to that, you can also find real good honey.
  4. Explore the Nearby Places

    The Clock Tower is the most popular attraction in town. Other places of attraction are situated very close by, which include the small unexplored towns of Ponnampet, Gonikoppal and Ammathi. You can take a peek into the local lifestyle and interact with the locals.
  5. Be a Part of the Festivals

    The most popular festival celebrated in Virajpet is Mercara Dasara festival or Madikeri festival. Lasting for a duration of 10 days every October, the festival marks the victory of the Goddess of Power over the demons (asuras). There is a grand fair on all 10 days and the air is full of gusto and zeal.

Historical Importance of Virajpet

Founded in 1792, the tiny town of Virajpet is named after its ruler and founder- Dodda Virarajendra and is an abbreviated form of Virarajendrepet. It is of importance because it was founded to commemorate the alliance of the king with General Robert Abercrombie against the ruler of Mysore Tipu Sultan. Besides, it has been ruled by several dynasties including Kadambas, Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Rastrakutas, Gangas, Cholas and Vijaynagar Rayas etc., and has several historic places of attractions for the tourists.

How to Reach

The nearest airport to Virajpet is situated in Mangalore which is at a distance of 170 km. From here, you can travel in a public service bus or train to reach the destination. Similarly, the nearest railway station is in Mysore which is 78 km. From Mysore, you can reach Coorg from where there is easy public transport available that can drop you to Virajpet. Alternatively, there is also direct public transport (buses and trains) from Mysore to Virajpet.

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