Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Coorg or Kodagu, Karnataka


Kodagu is one of the districts of Karnataka. Kodagu is also called by the anglicized name of Coorg. Kodagu is the most beautiful hill station in the state. Kodagu is situated on the eastern slope of the Western Ghats. The highest peak of Kodagu, Tadiandamol, has an altitude of 1750 m; Pushpagiri is 1715 m high. The main river is the Cauvery River (Kaveri), which takes birth at Talakaveri on the eastern side of the Western Ghats, and with its tributaries, drains the greater part of Kodagu. Kodagu is rich in wildlife. The district has three wildlife sanctuaries: Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary, and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, and one national park, Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi National Park.
 
 
 
Madikeri or Mercara is capital of Kodagu district. Kodagu is the land of Coffee, Pepper, cardamom, Honey and oranges. Kodagu is a land of many communities. Kodavas are the main community; the other communities are Gowdas, Brahmins, Christians and Jains. Tribes such as Yeravas, Kurubas, Airies and Kudiyas, who are believed to be the original settlers of the area, also live in Kodagu.
The Kodavas speak a Dravidian language, Kodava takk (Coorg language); it has no script of its own. The other Dravidian languages spoken here are Kannada, Malayalam and Tulu.

The climate of Kodagu is cool, equable and pleasant. The district has very moist rainy monsoon climate. June, July and August are the months with heavy rainfall and July is the rainiest month. Winter lasts from January to February and summer from March to May. Best season to visit Kodagu district is between November and May.

Kodavas celebrate three festivals namely Kailpoldhu, Kavery Sankaramana, and Puthari. Kailpoldhu is celebrated in the first week of September, all over Kodagu. Kavery Sankramana normally falls during mid October and Puthari festival falls in late November or early December. Puthari - means new rice, which signifies the harvesting of the new crop.

About  The Kodagu


 
 
Kodagu also known by its anglicised former name of Coorg, is an administrative district in Karnataka, India.  Kodagu is well known in the world for coffee and its "brave warriors".
Madikeri (English: Mercara) is the headquarters of Kodagu. The district is bordered by Dakshina Kannada district to the northwest, Hassan district to the north, Mysore district to the east, Kannur district of Kerala to the southwest, and the Wayanad district of Kerala to the south.
Kodagu is home to the native speakers of Kodava language. According to Karnataka Kodava Sahitya Academy, apart from Kodavas and Kodava Heggade, 18 other ethnic groups speak Kodava Takk in and outside the district including Iri, Koyava, Banna, Madivala, Hajama, Kembatti, and Meda.Though the language has no script, recently German linguist Gregg M. Cox developed a new writing system for the language known as the Coorgi-Cox alphabet, used by a number of individuals within Kodagu. Lately, some organizations including the Codava National Council and Kodava Rashtriya Samiti are demanding Kodava homeland status and autonomy to Kodagu district.
When To Visit Kodagu
Coorg is one of the most beautiful hill stations you can visit. The best time to visit Coorg is before and after rains, which are copious in these parts. Coorg has many verdant trekking routes in the midst of forests and hills, and it's best to go in the months from October to February.

History        
 The Kodavas were the earliest agriculturists in Kodagu, having lived there for centuries. During this time, South Indian dynasties such as the Kadambas, the Gangas, the Cholas, the Chalukyas, the Rastrakutas, the Hoysalas, the Vijaynagar Rayas and Kodagu was a separate kingdom . Despite the Kodavas being known in India as "brave warriors" and members of the Indian warrior caste, Kodagu did not have indigenous rulers for long they appointed outsider as an administrator still answerable to the kodava chiefs.

Geography
 
 
Kodagu is located on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats. It has a geographical area of 4,102 km2 (1,584 sq mi).The district is bordered by Dakshina Kannada district to the northwest, Hassan district to the north, Mysore district to the east, Kannur district of Kerala to the southwest, and Wayanad district of Kerala to the south. It is a hilly district, the lowest elevation of which is 900 metres (3,000 ft) above sea-level. The highest peak, Tadiandamol, rises to 1,750 metres (5,740 ft), with Pushpagiri, the second highest, at 1,715 metres (5,627 ft). The main river in Kodagu is the Kaveri (Cauvery), which originates at Talakaveri, located on the eastern side of the Western Ghats, and with its tributaries, drains the greater part of Kodagu.
In July and August, rainfall is intense, and there are often showers into November. The principal town, and district capital, is Madikeri, or Mercara, with a population of around 30,000. Other significant towns include Virajpet (Virarajendrapet), Kushalanagara, Somwarpet and Gonikoppal. The district is divided into the three administrative talukas: Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet. Virajpet is the largest Taluk and comprises the towns Virajpet, Gonikoppal, Siddapura, Ponnampet, Ammathi, Thithimathi etc.

Culture
 
 
Coorg or Kodagu is chiefly populated by its native ethnic group the Kodavas. Besides, other communities that reside in Kodagu District are Kodava Heggade, Kodagu Gowda and Muslims while the minor tribes that dwell in Coorg include Airi, Meda, Male-Kudiya, Kembatti, Maringi, Kapal, Kolla, Kavadi, Kurubas, Koleya, Koyava, Kanya, Kudiyas, Banna, Ganiga, Golla, Thatta, Yeravas, Malaya, etc. Chief languages spoken in Coorg are Kodava, Are Bhashe, Kannada, Malayalam, English and Hindi. The natives of Coorg also known by the epithet Kshatriyas are ancestor worshippers and follow the martial tradition. They worship arms. Some of the other minor tribes of Coorg find their origin in farm Laborers and Hunter Gatherer Foresters. There are also many families of the Brahmin community, most of whom were brought here by the rulers for the purpose of offering poojas at various temples.
The citizens of Kodagu are polytheists and worship a number of deities, some of them being Iggutappa, Bhagwathi, Mahadeva, Bhadrakali, Subramanya and Ayyappa. Various occupations adopted by the ethnic groups of Kodagu are: Pepper and Coffee plantations, Paddy, artisans, basket and mat-weavers, drummers, wandering musicians, farmers, toddy-makers, etc. Agriculture is the most important factor that upholds the economy of Kodagu and the main crops cultivated in this region are rice and coffee. Coorg was rich in natural resources which included timber and spices. For this reason, Coorg was attacked several times by both Hyder Ali and Tippu Sultan. Because of their proficiency in guerrilla warfare and martial skills the Kodavas were able to defeat Tippu Sultan on several occasions, preventing the capture of Coorg. Under British rule a regiment called the 71st Coorg Rifles as recruited from the Kodava people for service with the Indian Army.
The Kodagu men wear ‘Kupyas’ (knee-length half-sleeved coats) over a full-sleeved white shirt. ‘Chale’ i.e. a maroon and gold sash is tied at the waist and an ornately carved silver dagger known as ‘Peechekath’ is tucked into it. ‘Odikathi’ is yet another knife that is tucked into the Chale at the back. Furthermore, a chain with a minuscule gun and a dagger hanging onto it give them a martial look. The saris worn by women folk are pleated at the back and the pallu fixed with a brooch is also wrapped in a very unique way. They wear either a full-sleeved or three-quarter sleeved blouse and cover their head with a scarf. A traditional gold beaded necklace known here as ‘Kokkethathi Jomale’ is widely worn by the women of Kodagu.

Economy
Kodagu is a rural region with most of the economy based on agriculture, plantations and forestry, as well as one of the more prosperous parts of Karnataka. This is due primarily to coffee production and other plantation crops. Rice and other crops are cultivated in the valleys. Coffee plantations, situated on hillsides too steep for growing rice, and taking advantage of shade from existing forests, became characteristic of the district in the 20th century. Coffee is now a major cash crop. Coffee processing is also becoming a major economic contributor. In recent years tourism has also begun to play a role in the economy. Eco-tourism, such as walking and trekking tours, take advantage of plantation buildings converted into guest-houses.
 
Festivals of Kodagu
 
Kailpodhu
Kailpodhu, celebrated on 3 September, signifies the completion of "nati", or the transplantation of the rice crop. Officially, the festival begins 18 days after the sun enters the Simha Raasi (the western sign of Leo). Kail means weapon or armory and Pold means festival.
The festival signifies the day when men should prepare to guard their crop from wild boars and other animals, since during the preceding months, during which the family were engaged in the fields, all weapons were normally deposited in the Kanni Kombare, or the prayer room. Hence on the day of Kailpoldu, the weapons are taken out of the Pooja room, cleaned and decorated with flowers. They are then kept in the Nellakki Nadubadec, the central hall of the house and the place of community worship. Each member of the family has a bath, after which they worship the weapons before feasting and drinking. The eldest member of the family hands a gun to the senior member of the family, signifying the commencement of the festivities. The whole family assembles in the mand (open ground), where physical contests and sports, including marksmanship, are conducted. In the past the hunting and cooking of wild game was part of the celebration, but today shooting skills are tested by firing at a coconut tied onto the branch of a tall tree.
Traditional rural sports, like grabbing a coconut from the hands of a group of 8–10 people (thenge porata), throwing a stone the size of a cricket ball at a coconut from a distance of 10–15 paces (tenge eed), lifting a stone ball of 30–40 cm lying at one's feet and throwing it backwards over the shoulders, are now conducted in community groups called Gowda Samajas and Kodava Samajas in towns and cities.
 
Kaveri Sankramana
 
The Kaveri Sankramana festival normally takes place in mid-October. It is associated with the river Kaveri, which flows through the district from its source at Talakaveri.
At a predetermined time, when the sun enters Tula Rasi (Tula sankramana), a fountain from a small tank fills the larger holy tank at Talakaveri. Thousands of people gather to dip in this holy water. The water, called tirtha, is collected in bottles and distributed to every home throughout Kodagu to be preserved. A spoonful of this water is fed to the dying, in the belief that they will attain moksha (spiritual emancipation) and gain entry to heaven.
On this day, married women wearing new silk saris perform puja to a vegetable, symbolizing the goddess Kaveri. The vegetable is usually a cucumber or a coconut, wrapped in a piece of red silk cloth and decorated with flowers and jewels (mainly 'Pathak' (Kodava Mangalasuthra)). This is called the Kanni Puje. Kanni refers to the goddess Parvati, who incarnated as Kaveri. Three sets of betel leaves and areca nut are kept in front of the goddess with bunches of glass bangles. All the members of the family pray to the goddess by throwing rice and prostrating themselves before the image. The elder members of the family ceremonially bless the younger. Then an older married woman draws water from the well and starts cooking. The menu of the day is dosa and vegetable curry (usually pumpkin curry (kumbala kari)) and payasa (sweet dish). Nothing but vegetarian food is cooked on this day, and this is the only festival among the Kodavas where only vegetarian food is prepared and served.
 
Puttari
Puttari means new rice and is the rice harvest festival (also called huttari in the adjacent Kannada-speaking country). This takes place in late November or early December. Celebrations and preparations for this festival start a week in advance.
On the day of Puttari, the whole family assembles in their ain mane (the common family house), which is decorated with flowers and green mango and banana leaves. Specific foods are prepared: tambuttu, puttari, kari and poli poli. Then the eldest member of the family hands a sickle to the head of the family and one of the women leads a procession to the paddy fields with a lit lamp in her hands. The path leading to the field is decorated. A gunshot is fired to mark the beginning of the harvest, with chanting of Poli Poli Deva (prosperity) by all present. Then the symbolic harvesting of the crop begins. The rice is cut and stacked and tied in odd numbers and is carried home to be offered to the gods. The younger generation then light firecrackers and revel, symbolizing prosperity. Groups of youngsters visit neighboring houses and boast their dancing skills and are given monetary gifts. A week later, this money is pooled and the entire village celebrates a communal dinner. All family members gather for this meal. Dinner normally consists of meat dishes, such as pork and fish curry. Alcoholic beverages are also served at such feasts.

Kunde Habba
The annual “Kunde Habba”, which in local language means “Festival of abusing god”, is a traditional festival of the tribal people in Kodagu District. It is celebrated with fervour at Devarapura area near Thithiamthi Village in Virajpet taluk of Coorg. The festival is observed on the fourth Thursday in May.
The use of expletives marks the festival. A large number of tribal people take part in the festival that is also called “Bodu Habba”.
Hundreds of tribal people from Coorg and neighbouring districts participate in this festival abusing their God with kunde songs (abusive songs) and demand alms from the people.
They reach 'Aiyappa' temple at Devarapura in Virajpet, Coorg, at noon where the “Bhandara Takka” or the keepers of the temple wealth, the Sannuvanda family members, will be present. As is the practice, they go round the temple dancing and shouting as a sign of obeisance to Aiyappa.
After abusing the God for almost the entire day, the tribes finally assemble in the temple and dance for hours around a sacred tree in the premises, before they shed their attire to confess their mistake before the Lord and seek his blessings.
They retain some of the money that they had collected by begging and give away the rest to the temple.
 

Things To Do

 Activities In Coorg

 

 
 Trekking and Hiking around Coorg
 Visitors may select treks that suit their level of fitness, from easy one-hour or day rambles to highly challenging climbs. If you’re keen to enjoy Coorg’s beautiful landscapes and explore our vast wilderness areas, pack a selection of walking shoes and boots.
About 90 per cent of Coorg trekking spots are protected land with public access, so there are plenty of tracks and trails to choose from. You can find your own way, or take advantage of the many guided hikes and tours.
Best season to plan your trekking is during December to May
 
Tadiandamol:Tadiandamol is the highest mountain of Coorg district, and the second highest in Karnataka. Located on the Western Ghats range, and reaches an elevation of 1,748 mtrs (5,734 Ft) this place is special interest for trekkers. The mountain, covered with thick forest, is flooded with leeches.
This peak is situated near Virajpet about a 30kms away on the way to Napoklu, Bhagamandala and it lies adjacent to the Makutta forest.
The peak is not altogether inaccessible; two-thirds of it can be negotiated on a jeep. On the way you can also have a glimpse of an old palace called 'Nalku Naadu Aramane'. All along the way trekkers experience grassy valleys, beech forests, high waterfalls, wildlife and amazing views. Most rewarding of all is the spectacular sight of distant cities or towns at the end.
 
Pushpagiri Hill:The Pushpagiri or Subramanya hill (5,626 ft.), is in the north-west of Kodagu, about 36 kms from Somwarpet and 1.5 km from Kumaralli, which is amidst thick forest. This is a remarkable two-pointed hill of precipitous height and peculiar shape and resembles, as seen from Madikeri, a gigantic bullock hump.
The lolcation of this mountain and its steep sturcture makes it more adventurous than Tadiandamol. Once you reach to its summit, stunning landscape and an breath taking view of Kodagu/Coorg, Dakshina Kannada, Mysore and Hassan can be seen.
 
Brahmagiri Hill  :From the source of River Cauvery, Talacauvery, you can Trek/hike towards the peak of about 300 feet. Besides stunning mountain peaks, lush rainforests, rushing streams, immense waterfalls, superb beech forests and wild coasts, trekkers have opportunities to see rare forest flowers, ancient trees and strange insects passing by.
Hiking trips allow you to visit more remote and unspoiled parts of Coorg and to see the landscape and culture with very little outside influence.
 
Honnamana Kere :Honnamana Kere is a hotspot for Trekking & Rock Climbing. Adjecent Cliffs (Gavi betta and Mori betta) are the favourite places adventure lovers. If you prefere to be relaxed you can take a Hike in the Coffee plantations.
Our Advice: Although Coorg has a mild climate, the weather can change very quickly at any time of the year. Before setting off into the forests and mountains, be sure you have a good topographical map, high-energy foods, warm clothing, rain gear, trekking shoes/boots and correct fuel for your camping stove.
Make sure someone knows your plans, and remember to let them know once you return. Feed all the important local contact numbers in your mobile phone. Keep a visiting card of the hotel where you stay. Before drinking water from rivers or other natural sources it is best to boil, chemically treat or filter it. Beware of snakes and wild animals.
Enjoy your visit and protect them for the future. Camp carefully, respect the land and leave no trace of your presence.
Location: Advised to consult proffesional tour guides, hotels or tourism info centre for locations.

Boating and white water rafting in Coorg

 
  Boating in coorg  :For many people, boating is a great way to escape the daily routine. There seems to be a calming effect while boating out on the waters while being surrounded by nature. Whether you're going on a fishing trip or taking your sweetheart to a romantic getaway, it is the perfect way to spend the day.
Boating in Coorg is truly exiting. Sailing through the nature amisdst the tossing green is bliss in itself. Small boats for two or four are available in Nisargadam. Boating is also available in Dubare forest where you can see Elephants taking bath nearby. These days few plantation-stays also provide boating facility for a very nominal fee (however prior permission is to be taken).
White water Rafting  :White water rafting in Coorg is ideal for first timers and adventure lovers. The stunning scenery is an added merit for your rafting action. Coorg Rivers are well suited for easy rafting and provides an ideal setting for an easy float trip down the calm and pristine waters. You determine your level of involvement in the water; you can paddle, swim, or simply lay back and admire the landscape float by as you leisurely drift downstream.
Location: Dubare Forest, Nisargadama and few Plantation-Stays

Elephant Back Ride

 
 
Indian elephant back rides are taken both in the early morning and in the afternoon. Being up close to an elephant in the bush is a moving experience but being on top of one is an ideal way to be a part of the wild, and see it from best advantage.
Each Elephant's personal groom (Mahooth) provides a wealth of knowledge of these magnificent mammals from their own first-hand experience. Put this on your MUST DO list of activities.
Both Cauvery Nisargadham and Nagarhole is abundant in both bird and animal life. Although game sightings cannot be guaranteed, there is a good chance of seeing wildbuffalo, Deer, bushbuck, rabbit, elephants, pecock and other species of wildlife as well as a variety of birds. Tigers are rarely seen and if you find one you are very lucky!
Location: Nisargadama and Dubare Forest.

Fishing in Coorg
The Valnur fishing camp, on the banks of River Cauvery near Kushalnagar, is an ideal place for all the fishing enthusiasts. Fishing permits can be obtained from the Coorg Wildlife Society. Wide range of fishes can be found here. Variety of birds can also be seen here.
Our Advice:  Do not attempt fishing without a fishishing license that can be obtained from the Coorg Wildlife Society. Homestay/Plantation-stay/hotels normally assist their customers to get the license.
Location: Valnoor Fishing Camp near Kushalanagar and few plantation-stays.


Golfing

 Golf Ground  
Whether you’re planning to make golf the focus of your holiday, or simply want to keep your hand in with a quick half-day on the greens, you’ll enjoy the scenic beauty and public accessibility of Coorg’s golfing landscapes. Golf ground/course of Coorg are very much picturesque. Hence it is a known location for film shooting, mainly dance sequences.
Two best golf coarses are located in Mercara and Polibetta. Both Madikeri and Polibetta has a 9-hole golf course residing amidst calm serene and a splendid surrounding.

Quad Biking:
If your are an motor bike enthusiast then Quad biking is a must try. Quad biking inside the coffee plantations will definitely drive you wild. Quad Biking is available at Kedkal near Madikeri in Coorg.


Kidding around Coorg
If you wish to have a relaxed time in a quite and peaceful environment, Nisargadhama is the place. Nisargadhama is a forest Department run rest house. It has a small canteen, a deer park, boating and elephant ride and children's play area. Dubbare Elephant camp: Elephant rides apart, you'll see mahouts feeding elephants bathing them and a lot of tuskers here. Do visit this place for a boat ride, some rafting and playing endlessly in the Kaveri river.  
 

SightSeeing

Nature

 
 
Raja's Seat:According to legend, the Kings of Coorg spent their evenings with their consorts here. A photographic view of the lofty mountains, grassy meadow, steep dale, wide spread paddy fields can be enjoyed from Raja’s Seat.
Romantic sunset gratifies every aching heart. An early morning walk through the pergola makes you feel perfect with the freshness of heavenly air and a spectacular view of the mesmerizing misty mountains. The beautiful park, the toy train and children’s amusements area makes Raja’s Seat worth seeing. Inside the "toy train" station you can try local charmuri, pani-poori and gobi-manchurian. Request them to make it extra-spicy during winter season and you will never forget the great experience!

Nehru Manta:This place is an ideal escape from the crowd and to spend some lonely time. Situated in the vicinity of Raja's seat it is normally unnoticed by majority of tourists. The isolated mantap is situated on a moll-hill behind the Madikeri radio station. From the mantap a panaromic view of distant mountains, a part of the city and sunset are best seen. Nature lovers, Poets and artists might find this place worthwhile. There are around 25-30 steps to reach the mantap.
Our Advise:Visit Nehru mantap only if you have plenty of time to spare. It is better for non-nature lovers, children and older generation to avoid this place as they might find it boring and useless. Again, If you are scared of loneliness this is not a place for you! Once you are here please do not litter.

Chomamale Hill:Chomamale Hill is the highest mountain in Kadiyatnad, in the Kabbe region. The hill derived its name from ancient Kannada Soma Male, named so due to its semi-circular appearance. According to belief, when clouds roll over the mountain it is an indication of rainfall.


Brahmagiri peak:One of the most fascinating temples is the majestic Bhangandeshwara temple which has a Kerala style of architecture. It is situated at the convergence of the underground rivers, Sujyoti, Cauvery and Kanike. The temple has a copper roof with the exterior intricately carved with sculptures.

Bhagamandala: Bhagamandala, the sacred place for Hindus, is situated at the confluence of Cauvery River and Kanika River. Another river called Sujyothi is believed to join the confluence underground. As per Hindu rituals, pilgrims dip in the river and perform rituals for their ancestors.
 

Mandalpatti:Mandalpatti is a viewpoint, which is located at a distance of about 35 km from Madikeri town. Tourists can reach the 600 metres high point through the coffee plantations. Mandalpatti is one of the best tourist spots in Coorg. Mandalpatti hills are located around 25- 30 km from Madikeri town en route to Abbi falls. A right deviating road just 4 kms before Abbi Falls will lead to Mandalpatti. As bus facility is not available yet taking a cab or own vehicle is advised.
Once has to take entrance tickets from the authorities at the base of Mandalpatti before trekking the hills. Make sure to take water and food along as there are no shops around there. Once on the top of the hills the beauty of Mandalpatti is unwrapped. Far stretching green mountains and the cool breeze will definitely make one feel like heaven.

Kotebetta:Kotebetta measures around 5400 ft and is the 3rd highest peak in Coorg after Tadiyandamol and Brahmagiri. kotebetta is about 22 from Kms Madikeri and is located in Madapur which is in between Somwarpet and Madikeri.
The trek to the top of Kotebetta is around 10 kms from the base. There is a Shiva temple on the peak of the hill. Kote Betta means Fort Hill
Kotebetta is an awesome place to trek and the best season for trekking is from October to March. No permission from the authorities is required to trek the hill (yet). A good local guide will definitely come in handy during the trek.

Somwarpet: Somwarpete is the main town of Somwarpete taluka, which is located in the north-east of the Coorg district. Major attraction of this town is Beelur Golf Club, which is the oldest club with lush green golf ground. Malemalleshwara Betta is also popular among tourists during the Maha Shivaratri.
 

Honnamana Kere:Honnamana Kere is a holy place in Doddamalthe, which is situated near the village of Sulimalthe, around 6 km from Somwarpet. This lake is the biggest lake in Coorg district and is visited by worshippers especially during the Gowri festival.
 
Wild Life
 

Nisargadama:Nisargadham (as it is popularly known as) is an Ecological Park for young and old and a paradise for the nature lovers. This romantic 64-acre island, accessible through a hanging bridge. It gives immense pleasure to all the Nature and Fun loving tourists to wander around the park. Honeymooners (or anybody!!!) can enjoy boating and spend some time together away from the crowd. If you are looking for some extra large fun, then the elephant back ride is deemed perfect.
Having local food surrounded by tweeting birds and whispering nature in a Restaurant made from bamboo is definitely bliss! It also has a forest department run guest house and treetop bamboo cottages. A wide variety of wild animals can be found here including dears, peococks and rabbits that comes handy. There is also a children's playground and orchidarium.

Nagarahole:Nagarhole National Park is also known as 'Rajiv Gandhi National Park. The word 'Nagarahole(y)' means 'Cobra-river' (Nagara=Cobra snake; Holey=River) in Kannada. It is spread between Kodagu and Mysore districts. Nagarahole river flows through the park and gradually joins the Kabini river which also is a boundary between Nagarahole and Bandipur.
The exclusive hunting reserve of the former rulers of Mysore, the park has rich forest cover, small streams, valleys, and waterfalls. Variety of Birds, animals and reptiles can be found here. It streches over 640 km², protecting the wildlife of Karnataka. Together with the adjoining Bandipur National Park (870 km²) and Mudumalai National Park (320 km²), it forms the largest protected area in southern India. Several streams in the Park, are tributaries of the two major rivers in the State, namely, Lakshmanathirtha and Kabini which in turn join the river Cauvery.
Forest department vehicles are available for wildlife viewing. The ideal time to visit the park is between September and May. The Forest Department, have their rest houses at Nagarahole.
Wild animals found here include the Tiger, Leopard, Indian elephant, Indian bison or gaur, Wild dog, Sloth bear, Indian giant squirrel, Palm civet, Common otter, Four horned antelope, Mouse deer, Indian python, Indian cobra and many more. Variety of The bird life includes the Peacock, Grey jungle fowl, Alexandrine parakeet being some of them.

Dubare Forest:Dubare Forest is a natural island of about 11-12 acres. This is a fabulous pick nick place where you can enjoy singing to the karaoke of Mother Nature. Elephants are often found bathing in the river with mahouts helping them with the process. If you have a good smile and a good sense of humor you can get a free ride on the elephant!
This is mainly an elephant capturing and training camp of the Forest Department. Giants of the jungle are captured with the help of the local tribesman, The Kurubas, and few tamed or domestic elephants. Fishing is allowed but with the prior permission from the wild life society. The Forest Department maintains cottages/guest houses at Dubare forest. Activities here includes, bird watching, white river rafting, trekking, boating, fishing, camp fire and many more. Situated on the banks of River Cauvery, this place is an ideal holiday spot.
Our Advice:Take precautions while swimming. Life jackets are available if you intend to boat. Do not get too friendly with the Elephants! Do not litter around. Do not go fishing without permission. There might be an entry-ticket for the island where the Elephants are trained and most of all remember to wear a big smile!

Bankapur peacock sanctuary:Bankapur peacock sanctuary situated in Bankapur village of Shiggon taluk, is just 2.5 km from the Pune-Bangalore  national highway NH-4, 22 km from Haveri town towards Hubli.This sanctuary is situated on 139 acres of land which has the remains of the historic Bankapura Fort.
The peacock sanctuary in Bankapura is the only second sanctuary in the country that is exclusively engaged in the conservation and breeding of peacocks.The high mound and deep trenches of the land have provided a perfect home for these birds.
According to a rough estimate, there are more than 1,000 peacocks and peahen in the sanctuary. Also, minimal human intervention has helped in the breeding of these birds. They walk royally on the 4 km mound and also perch on green trees.

 
Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: Named after Brahmagiri peak, the highest point, the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in the Western Ghats, in the Coorg district of Karnataka. Established in 1974, it is bordered by the Wayanad district of Kerala in the south .

Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary:The Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the Western Ghats in Coorg district and is named after Talakaveri, which is the origin of the Cauvery River. Spread over an area of 105 sq km, it was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1987.

Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary:Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Somwarpet taluka of Coorg district and is one of 21 wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka. This sanctuary is home to rare and endangered birds and hence, is designated as one of the important bird areas of the world.

Valnur Fishing Camp:Valnur Fishing Camp is situated on the banks of the Cauvery, close to Kushalnagar, in the Coorg district. It is a popular place among angling enthusiasts as a wide variety of fish are available here including golden mahaseer and maral which are found in plenty.
 
Water Falls

 
Abbey Waterfalls:Abbey Falls, sometimes refered to as Abby Falls, is situated just 7 kilometers from Madikeri town. Reaching the place is a jolly ride in itself as the road that you drive on is very narrow with lots of turns and twists, ups and downs. A smiling mother nature welcomes you at every turn.
This famous falls, situated on a private property, attracts a large number of tourists around the globe. The water level swells during monsoon. It is highly advised neither to swim nor to go close to the waterfalls. The falls is more enjoyable within the fenced area wherefrom you get its friendly pose for your camera! The best place to have a better view of the falls is by standing on the hanging bridge opposite to the falls itself.
Our Advice:Distilled water, bottled juice and snacks are available at sight. Other neccesaries are to be purchased well in advance from the city. People with knee pain must be carefull as several steps are to be climbed down to reach the falls. Stay within the fenced area. Do not swim. Do not get over exited and tresspass the fence.
 
 Irpu Waterfalls:Irpu falls (Irupu Falls) runs down through the Bhramagiri hills located in Kutta village of Coorg. It is a stream of Lakshmana-Theertha river and also a sacred place. The water jets from about 60m high and finally joins river Cauvery. The famous temple of Lord Shiva, known as the Rameshwara Temple, is situated nearby. Wandering beyond the falls is restricted as the whole place is termed as wildlife sanctuary. This narrow water falls is extremely beautiful and soothing. The lush green mountains around the falls makes it look more eligant and picturesque. You can also relax at a refreshing pond halfway up the falls.
Our Advice:Be extremely careful while getting into the water and/or swimming. Do not trek beyond the waterfalls without permission from the Coorg wild life society. Watch your steps on slippery rocks.
 
Chelavara Waterfalls:This ambushed but majestic stream-falls is an ideal place for budding trekkers and nature lovers. Reaching this place is full of fun and adventurous as one has to cruse through the countryside crossroads all along. You will have to walk for about a kilometer from the parking area to reach the falls. It is fairly easy to climb to the falls, but the incline and trail difficulty increases dramatically in the next few miles if you choose to continue beyond. Two kilometers from the falls is another enigmatic Hill, an ideal spot to enjoy the sunset. This falls is often miss-spelled as Chalvera Falls, which is incorrect.
Our Advice:It is more like a mini-trekking. People with knee pain might face difficulties. Older generation might not enjoy the trip to Chelavara falls. Do not leave children unattended at anytime. Carry all necessary things along with you, as there are no shops in the vicinity.

It is advisable to take along water bottle, towel (if you intend to get into the water), eatables (if you wish to make it a picnic), first aid kit (you never know) and a camera! Try as much to wear trekking boots or sport shoes and avoid wearing slippers, sandals, high heels, formal/office shoes etc. Be extremely careful when you get into water in Coorg as it might cost you your sweet life. Safety first!

Mallalli Waterfalls:Nestled within the thick Forrest, the Mallalli falls (Mallali Falls) is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Coorg where river Kumaradhara, drops down from over 200 feet. Scattered along the stream you’ll find incredibly misty waterfalls. The Mallalli waterfall looks like a thick veil, flowing from 61 meters above to the waters below. A shimmering falls flowing through both rocks and outlined by brilliant green flora creates a calming atmosphere like no other. Mallalli falls is situated on the foothills of Pushpagiri hill-ranges. Be prepared for a truly magical experience.
Our Advice:
People with knee pain might have to be extra carefull. Do not leave children unattended at anytime. Carry all necessary things along with you, as there are no shops in the vicinity.
Try as much to wear trekking boots or sport shoes and avoid wearing slippers, sandals, high heels, formal/office shoes etc. Be extremely careful when you get into water in Coorg as it might cost you your sweet life. Safety first!
Nandapole Water Falls:Napandapole Falls Napandapole Falls is located 12 kms away from Madapura (Madapur,Madhavapura) on the way to Surlabi. It’s around 40 kms from Madikeri town. Napandapole Falls is situated in the foots of Kote Betta hill area and is surrounded by 3 sub water falls.
 
Water Reserviour
Harangi Dam

 

  
 
Harangi Dam, built across the tributary of river Cauveri, is located at Hadgur village that is around 8 kms from kushalnagar. With a height of 47 mts. and 846 mts. length, the dam attracts people mostly during the monsoon season when the released water roaringly splashes the ground. This place is ideal for weekend picknick with family and friends. Best time to visit the dam is between August to October. Guest house facility is available upon reservation from the public works department.
Our Advice:Try to reach Harangi Dam before 5:30pm as it is open only till 6:00pm. Be careful near the dam. Do not leave children unattended at anytime.
 
Chiklihole Reservoir


Pronounced as 'Chikli-holey', it is a large body of water that offers both relaxation and tranquillity; perfect for holidaymakers and nature lovers looking to escape the stresses of their lives back home.The area surrounding Chiklihole reservoir makes this place particularly attractive. Watching the Sunset from here is extremely picturesque and photogenic. The green meadow on one side and thick forest on the other makes this place a great travel destination across Coorg.
The Chiklihole reservoir on the tributary of river Kaveri is also a wonderful picnic spot.
Our Advice:visit this place only if you have enough time after visiting Dubare forest. It is advisable to enjoy your evening in Dubare forest and rush back here for the sunset. Be careful near the water.

Coffee Estate/Plantation/Farm

 
    
The coffee plantation tour is ideal for anyone that wants to experience the culture while eyewitness the production of the freshly brewed coffee they will have in the mountains. Also for those who wishes to see Coorg outside the Metro and tourist area in a safe and enjoyable atmosphere. Hotel guests, whether they drink coffee or not, have an opportunity to see up-close Coorg's enchanting scenery in style. Visitors are accompanied by the Estate owners who also play the host. You can get the best knowledge on how coffee is grown and how it is sold. People of Coorg are famous for their hospitality. You can also taste typical Veg/Non-veg Coorg meals with prior arrangements with the estate owner. Accomodation and food is often provided within the Coffeefarm and is popularly known as Plantation-stays.
In addition, they will also be able to buy coffee at wholesale for themselves or as a gift. Fill their lungs with Coorg mountain air at approximately 2,500 - 5000feet. A tour of a century-old coffee plantations located on the hilly area provides the opportunity to enjoy coffee production, in a single, very scenic, tasty and aroma-filled experience.
Finally, you will inhale from a cup with freshly brewed Coorg specialty coffee and drink it while being inside a plantation surrounded by the coffee workers.
Location: Most parts of Coorg (Prior permission required). Advised to consult proffesional tour guides, hotels or tourism info centre for locations.
Transport: Tour taxi or private vehicle.
 
 
Historical Places

Madikeri Fort
 
On your trip to Madikeri, the capital of the idyllic and exquisitely beautiful Coorg, make sure you don't miss out on visiting the Madikeri Fort. Mudduraja first built the Madikeri Fort as a mud fort in the last quarter of the 17th century. He also built a palace inside the fort. Tipu Sultan, who named the site as Jaffarabad, eventually rebuilt it in granite. Madikeri Fort, built of brick and mortar, had witnessed several fierce battles. In 1790, Doddavira Rajendra took control of the fort. Consequently, Lingarajendra Wodeyar II renovated the palace in 1812-1814.

In the north-east corner at the entrance are two life size masonry elephants and a church is present in the south-east corner. This Fort houses a temple, a chapel, prison and a small museum. The fort offers panoramic views of the city from its walls. This is a fort with archaeological value and a marvel of architecture. The centuries old Madikeri Fort with its stone ramparts now houses the prison, a temple, a chapel, a small museum, and assorted government offices.

A symbol of explicit architectural splendour and archaeological worth, the Madikeri Fort is a must-visit, especially for those who have a fascination for historical monuments and locations.

Nalknad Palace in Kakkabe
Nalknad Palace is located at the bottom of the highest mountain of Coorg Thadiyandamol. It’s is 45 kms away from Madikeri via Napoklu in Kakkabe. Dodda Viraraja built this palace in 1792. Nalknad palace was the last refuge of the last king of Coorg, Chikka Veerarajendra before he was deposed by the British.
The palace has 2 levels and the walls and roof are decorated with beautiful ancient paintings and architecture. According to history after escaping from Tippu sultan’ s troops Dodda Viraraja (Doddavirarajendra) built this palace at Yavakapadi in Nalknad area. Dodda Viraraja married Mahadevammaji in this palace itself.
The Nalknad palace is a protected monument under the guidance of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums of Karnataka.
 
Gaddige
Gaddige, which is also known as Gadduge, is the tombs of King Virarajendra, Linga Rajendra and one of their court priests. This tomb was built in the 18th century in the northern corner of Coorg. Two tombs that are dedicated to the soldiers of the king are also located in the same area.
 
Mercara Palace
The palace, built in the year 1814 by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II, now houses the offices of Deputy Commissioner, the museum [earlier a Church built by the British] run by the State Archaeology Department, The Mahatma Gandhi Public library, next to the museum, offers a great choice for reader of any discipline. There are also a district prison and Mahaganapathy temple within the fort.

 

Relegious Places

Omkareshwara Temple
 


Karnataka is often hailed for its quaint, most beautiful and oldest temples. The Omkareshwara Temple, in Coorg, was built by Lingarajendra in 1820. It is located just 1 Km away from the heart of the Madikeri, the capital of Coorg. The temple incorporates a unique mix of architectural styles, using both the Islamic, as well as the Gothic style of architecture. There is a tank in front of the temple and a footpath leading to a small Mantap.
It is said Lingarajendra killed an honest and pious Brahmin to fulfil his political ambitions. That Brahmin became a Brahmarakshasa and started troubling the king. The king got rid of the so called Brahmarakshasaonly when he brought a Shivalinga from Kashi and installed it after building a temple. The Shivalinga was named Omkareshwara and regular rituals were performed. The bars of the windows of the temple were made of Panchaloha and an alphabet lim has been placed in between the bars.
The King used the gold leaf inscription atop a narrow flight of steps to survey his kingdom. The fish in the pond leap in symphony to gobble food offered to them. The annual Teppothsava or Boat Festival is a memorable event.

Padi Iggutappa Temple
The Padi Igguthappa temple resembles the temples of Kerala in style. The temple governs and plays an important role in the traditional and cultural life of Kodagu. However, interestingly enough very little information is available regarding the history of this temple. In 1810 Lingarajendra captured eight tigers and killed thirty four elephants in the surroundings of this temple. To symbolise this culture he donated a silver elephant to this temple. According to scripts available Apparanda Bopu, a Dewan of Halarie rulers, renovated this temple between 1834-35.
On another hand, the Padi Igguthappa temple, one of most important temple of Kodavs the tribal inhabitants in Kakkabe, is dedicated to Iguthappa another name for Lord Subramanya. The devotees believe in the miracles by Iguthappa, where any one can ask for anything from this super power God. Farmers in and around this area usually offer prayers and offerings for rains during the famous Annual festival in the temple conducted during the month of March. Tulabhara, weighing oneself against fruits, sugar, coconuts, rice etc, is an important offering here. This temple governs significant role in the cultural and traditional life of the place.
The Shiva temple at Talakaveri houses a rare and ancient Shivling, while another temple is devoted to Lord Ganesh. This temple has a holy Ashwantha tree where, according to legend, the Trimurtis - Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva- gave darshan to sage Agastya.

Talakaveri Temples
Talacauvery is situated in the Brahmagiri hill which lies in the Kodagu district. It is about a distance of 44 kilometres from Madikeri. Talakaveri lies about 1276 metres above the sea level. The entire panorama is scenic and very beautiful and many tourists come here for a holiday. Bhagamandala is the meeting of three rivers and is also referred to as Triveni Sangam. Dakshin Kashi is another name given to Talakaveri temples.
There is a religious significance attached to the temple. It is said that if you take a dip in the holy river you will be healed of various physical and psychological miseries. The water here is supposed to have healing and miraculous powers. It is said that the Coorgies used the holy water and prayed to Goddess Cauveramma Devi Thayi.
Talacauvery is about eight kilometres from Bhagamandala. There are many small temples here and many devotees visit this beautiful temple every year. The temple was constructed for Lord Agastheeswara.
The name Talakaveri implies the source of the river Cauvery. As per Hindu mythology, the river Cauvery is one of the most sacred rivers in India. It is about 4187 feet situated on the Brahmagiri hill slopes. Talakaveri is marked with Brahma Kundike or Tirth Kundike. A small spring of water originates from this place and hence it is referred to as Talakaveri.
There is a big tank and a shrine that have been constructed close to the Tirth Kundike at this holy place. The devotees take a bath in the holy waters of Talakavery. There are two temples, one of Lord Shiva which houses an ancient linga and the other of Lord Ganesha. The linga is supposed to have been installed by Sage Agastya.
The Tulasankaramma is celebrated in Talakaveri with great pomp and splendour. There is a water gush at the Brahma Kundike during this period and devotees come here in huge numbers to worship at the temple. The locals believe that this is a very auspicious occasion. The festival of Tulasankramma is celebrated in the month of October every year. The close by hills of Chambundi, Nilgiris, Kudremukh and Wayanad are good tourist spots. The best time to visit Talakaveri temple is from September to May. It is best to avoid going during the monsoon season.

Bhagamandala


Bhagamandala is situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Kaveri and the Kanika. A third river, the Sujyothi is said to join from underground. It is considered sacred as a river confluence (kudala or sangama, in Kannada and Sanskrit). The temple here, built in Kerala style, has smaller shrines dedicated to various gods.
It is a common practice for pilgrims to take a dip in the sangama and perform rituals to their ancestors before proceeding to Talakaveri, the birthplace of Kaveri. During Tula Sankramana which falls on October 17 or 18.
A short distance from the sangama, there is a famous temple known as Sri Bhagandeshwara temple, where Bhagandeshwara (Ishwara), Subramanya, Mahavishnu and Ganapati are installed. Thus this is also known as Bhagundeshwara Kshetra, from which the name Bhagamandala is derived.
The area was occupied by Tipu Sultan during 1785-1790 and renamed Bhagamandala to Afesalabad. Then in 1790 King Dodda Vira Rajendra took Bhagamandala back into an independent Kodagu.
Bhagamandala is located about 33 km from Madikeri. Government and private buses are made available to this place frequently

Tibetan Golden Temple
 
The Tibetan Monastery or the Tibet Camp as locally called is located around 6 kms from Kushalnagar town towards Mysore. This Tibetan settlement at Bailkoppa or Baylkuppe is the the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. There are over 7,000 monks and students at the Tibetan monastery.
After the Chinese took over Tibet, the refugees were settled at Bylkuppe near Kushalnagar and the Buddhist Monastery was re-established here in 1972. It houses over 7,000 monks and students today. The monastery not only attracts large number of young Tibetans seeking enlightenment and education, but also draws huge tourists from all over India and abroad.
Bylakuppe Tibetan settlement consists of a number of small camps close to each other, and has a lot of monasteries, nunneries. Most famous among them are the large educational institution Sera, the smaller Tashilunpo monastery and Namdroling monastery.
The 40 ft tall golden Buddha statues are the major attractions of Bailkoppa. The statues of Buddha, Padmasambhava, and Amitayus are the notable ones. The walls of the temples and the institutions are decorated with colorful paintings depicting gods and demons from Tibetan Buddhist mythology. The altar is decorated with flowers, candles and incense sticks.
Apart from the calm and peaceful surroundings there are shopping centers near the temples where one can shop for traditional Tibetan items like costumes, statues, carpets, jewelery etc.
 
Dargah sharief of Yemmemadu
Dargah Sharief of Yemmemadu is one of the most sacred places of the Muslims. This dargah is located in Yemmemadu near Napoklu in Coorg. The shrine and tomb is built in memory of  Hazrath Sufi Shaheed and Sayyed Hassan Sakaf Halramir who came from Persia 366 years ago to give religious discourses and devoted their life to the service and  help the poor.
There is an annual Urus held at this place which goes on for around eight days and more than two lakh devotees from all religion across the state come here to participate and get blessings from the Sufi saints.
Women are denied entry into the Darga and separate arrangements are made to enable them to offer prayers. The Yemmemadu mosque also runs an Arabic Madrassa and an  orphanage.
 
 
Places To Visit Around Coorg Or Kodagu
 
Suntikoppa
 

Sunticoppa is an ideal escape from the bustling town of Mercara. It is a tiny planter’s town with sprawling estates. It is very nice to take long drives here. There is also a Ayyappa Temple here. Bird watching is also very popular here.From Madikeri drive towards Kushalnagar, Sunticoppa is about 15 Kms from away.
Where to Stay
River Side Cottages is not a luxury hotel – just an extremely convenient and totally comfortable Home Stay.The atmosphere is perfect for those who would rather kick-off their shoes and spend a day in the river, spending quality time with their family or, if the heart desires lounge away on the patio reading a good book, enjoying the fresh air, peace and quiet of the beautiful estate.
Hari-Ma Retreat
Sunticoppa, N.Kodagu-571237, Coorg
Chinni’s Homestay
Nakoor, P.B.NO-57, Sunticoppa, N Coorg
Vindhya’s
Kedakal Post, Suntikoppa, North Kodagu
Forest Flower
Horoor Village and Post, Sunticoppa, Coorg


Siddapur
 
 

Siddapur Ideal venue for coffee cultivation and also Mocha County. Optimal rainfall and Rolling Meadows of Siddapur has made the town a tourist’s hub of Coorg. There are not many tourist attractions here. Scenic drives here are far beyond expectation. Angling is the past time sport here at Kummethodu river.A river rich in all aquatic animals with excellence in carps, snakefish, catfish, katla rohu, etc,Siddapur is 24 Kms drive from Madikeri you need to go through Chettalli to get to siddapur.
Where to Stay
  • Orange County Resort – Kodava Heritage
    Karadigodu Post
    Siddapur.
  • Angel’s Nest
    M.S Ganesh, Laxmipur Estate,
    Maldare Post, Siddapur, Karnataka
  • Cherry Cottages
    Laxmi Estate, Pollibetta Road,
    Siddapur, Kodagu Dist.,
  • Green Field
    Abyathmangala,
    Siddapur, Karnataka.
  • Garden Villa
    Garden Villa Homestay
    Gouri land Abyathmangala Village
    siddapur
     
 

Somwarpet

 
  •  Somwarpet is located in northern part of Coorg. Somwarpet taluk is arabica coffee growing region of Coorg. The main crops grown in the area are coffee and spice crops such as cardamom, peppers, oranges, ginger, and other vegetables.The town of Somwarpet is blessed with mesmerizing natural beauty, which attracts tourists.One can scale Kumar Parvatha or Pushpagiri hill from here. Apart from plantation Somwarpet has some tourist spots like ..Basveshwara Temple, Gavi Betta, More Betta and prehistoric tombs dating between 1500 and 800 BC.
  • Beelur Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in Somwarpet. This club is famous for its lush green golf course. This club attracts many moviemakers who like to shoot in this picturesque location. Besides the Beelur club, you can also visit the Basappa Club.Somwarpet is 30 Kms drive through Madapur.
    Where to stay
    Coorg Halli Mane
    Koodlur – Kushalnagar
    Swomwarpet, Coorg,

    Coorg Planter’s Camp
    Kirudale, Madapur
    Near Somwarpet, North Coorg

    Chilumey Home stay
    Chilumey Estate, Banavara Road
    Somwarpet, Karnataka

 Chettalli
 
  • Chettalli is a beautiful small village with plenty of greeneries and marvellous waterfalls. Central Horticultural Experiment Station (CHES) is the major landmark here. It is the largest in Asia and engages in research on tropical horticultural crops. There is also a Coffee Research sub-station here, is worth visiting to see how the research is carried about coffee, soil & coffee diseases. This place boasts to hold a world record in cardamom crop.
  • Cherala Bhagavathy Temple is an important religious place here. Chettalli falls attracts many tourists who would like to spend their leisure time in a calm and quiet atmosphere.It is located 15 Kms from Madikeri and on the road to Siddapur.
    Where to stay
    Baby Estate,
    P.O. Box.15, K. Chettalli
    Coorg,

TirthimathiTithimathi is known for its elephant training center at one point of time now the training camp has shifted to Murkal about 25 Kms away. Even now it is a good place to spot odd wild elephants.It is located at a distance of 23 Kms from Siddapur and 10 Kms from Gonikoppa Bus Stand.


  

Coorg Shopping

 
 


Shopping in Coorg can be fun and full of varieties as the town is well-known among tourists for spices, dry fruits, coffee, honey, chocolates, wine and cardamom. The Friday Market and the Kushal Nagar Market are the two popular shopping destinations in Coorg.

The spices are of exceptional quality; tourists from all over the globe buy spices from here as a remembrance of their tour to India and also to add it in their cuisines, back home. Coorg is renowned as one of the major coffee producers in India hence coffee should be on your must-buy list.

Other than coffee you may also like to buy honey from here as the honey from Coorg is one of the best qualities.Coorg or Kodugu is coffee country. The coffee estates here produce some of the world's best coffee. So, don't forget to take some home. You could also buy Honey, Cardamom. Pepper & Oranges (in season).  However, if you are buying from the local shops, then check the quality and do not forget to bargain. It is advisable to look for Coorg Ag-Mark Honey that assures the quality of the product. You may also like to buy locally made chocolates as well.

Spices can add special flavour to your cuisines. Coorg offers various spices such as cardamom, pepper, cumin, oregano, mint, sage, bay leaves, basil, thyme, garlic, and rosemary that are of superior quality and are available in abundance. Equally popular are the dry fruits such as figs, cashews and raisins.

Apart from these, there are Tibetan artefacts sold in the Kushal Nagar Market that are available at reasonable prices. Sandalwood oil, timber carvings, homemade wine and silk saris are also sold here.

You may also like to buy a special kind of liquor made from coconut palm. Friday Market, located at Madikeri, is the place to buy ethnic jewellery. The intricately designed jewellery, bidri ware and metal ware items are available in this market.
 

 

What To Eat


 


 

 Coorg cuisine is highly influenced by the mouth-watering South Indian delicacies. A lot of coconut, curry leaves, ginger, chilli and spices like pepper and cardamom, grown here in abundance are used. Most South Indian states boast of a vegetarian diet but Coorg has a very rich cuisine of dishes prepared with meat, pork being an all time favourite. The ingredients though, bear a strong resemblance to those used to prepare the mouth-watering delicacies of the South. Thus we find abundant use of curry leaves, coconut and chilli. Pork, mushrooms, chicken, bamboo-shoots, rice and banana are but a few favourite ingredients that result in the delicious food prepared.


Eating in Madikeri is easy. There are many popular vegetarian eateries and non-vegetarian continental and Coorgi style places to eat out. Food is of good quality and relatively not very expensive. Kadumbuttu (Rice Dumplings) Koli Curry (Chicken Curry) Nool Puttu (Rice Noodles) Bamboo Shoot Curry (Bamboo Shoot Curry) Votti (Rice Roti)  .


 These ara some famous Restaurant in coorg which are famous for wild variety of dishes.
Don’t miss out on their speciality “pandhi” curry - it is to die for as no one quite cooks pork like this! There are quite a few good restaurants in Coorg where you’ll be able to choose from Chinese, north Indian, and south Indian food. Some even serve chilled beer.
  1. Shanti Family Restaurant
    In a shopping centre opposite the Golden Temple in Bylakuppe is Shanti Family Restaurant, offering a decent range of Indian meals and Tibetan dishes such as momos (dumplings) and thukpa (noodle soup).
     

  2. Hotel Capitol
    Don’t mind the shabby interiors. This is one of the best places in town to sample the local speciality, the flavourful and spicy pandhi (pork) curry ,best had with a pint of cold beer.
     

  3. Athithi
  4. The best vegetarian option in town, Athithi is known for its lip-smacking vegetarian thali , an elaborate affair served on banana leaves. Near the police stationreviewed

  5. Popular Guru Prasad
    The aptly named Popular Guru Prasad serves a range of vegie options, including a value-for-money veg thali  and breakfast snacks.
    reviewed

  6. East End Hotel
    An assortment of South Indian staples and local chicken and mutton dishes are offered at this eatery, its popularity seconded by the locals who converge here during meals.
    reviewed.

 


How To Reach


 

By Road

Kodagu is accessible only by road. Many buses operated by SKRTC. Pass through Madikeri enroute to Mangalore.

 By Train
Kodagu is the only district in Karnataka without an inch of rail track. Mysore is the most convenient railhead from Coorg. The city is only less than 2½ hours drive from Coorg and is also connected to the rest of India with extensive rail network. One can also use the rail stations in Mangalore and Hassan to access to Coorg.
                    
By Air
The nearest airport from Coorg is Mangalore (135 kms). A number of airlines connect the city with the cities like Bangalore.

 

Getting around in Coorg or Kodagu


Auto Rikshaw

Auto rikshaws are the cheapest means of transport. They are available at your foot steps once you are out doors. Make sure to enquir the price before you take one. Rikshaws are better for inter-city travels but might not be comfortable for long distance visits. Every bus-stand in Coorg is accompanied by a typical Rikshaw-Stand.

Tour Taxi/Cab
Every major city of Coorg or Kodagu has a typical Taxi-Stand from where you can hire a taxi. Bargaining is allowed. Be specific or precise while booking a taxi and always give them your complete schedule for which you hire them. This avoids later problem, if in case, you change your plan or a new destination is added after hiring a taxi, in which case the rates may differ and your bargaining chances might be low. It is always better to discuss your plan with the taxi drivers as they are experienced in fixing a better schedule for you. Taxi drivers in Coorg are generally polite and friendly.
Taxi or cabs are also booked by hotels/resorts/homestays/plantation-stays upon your request. It is advised to intimate your host one day in advance to book a taxi for you.
Car Rentals
Few outlets rent out vehicle on hourly, daily basis or even on packages. Wide range of cars and bikes are available here. If you are tired of driving, you can also hire a driver who drives for you in your own car.
Bus Transportation
In coorg there are both Government and Private operated buses that runs in and around the district. However, the central bus-stand for both Government and private buses are different. The State run Government buses mainly operates to and fro the main towns or villages, while most private buses cover every corner of Coorg.
Based on time taken, buses are classified into two catagories, viz, Express and Shuttle. Express buses do not stop in the middle unless they reach their destination, whereas shuttle buses normally stops enroute destination to pick up passengers while on their way.
Government buses are normally cheaper than the private buses. Local service (within the district) is not round the clock for both private & Govt buses and may end at around 2100hrs. Prior reservations (only for government buses ) can be made for long distance travel (Eg, From Coorg to Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Kerala, Ooty, Bombay etc ).
Walking in Coorg
There is no shortage of walking opportunities at all levels in Coorg. Shorter walks up to a day towards the countryside in encouraged by the motor-less roads and chirping birds! Though walking is inexpensive, better for health and a best way to experience Coorg, it also depends on ones physical fitness.
It is always better to be well equipped with walking boots and possibly other outdoor gears. Some parts of Coorg do not receive mobile phone signals & are less inhabited, hence be wise in choosing your walking-track. Avoid late night walks especially out of the city limits. Although Coorg is a safe heaven, prevention is always better than cure.


 

 

Where To Stay

 


Coorg boasts a variety in places to stay. The accommodation options in this region start from luxury hotels to resorts, budget properties to camps and home stays.Besides this quite a few coffee estate owners offer a very comfortable home stay.  There are a few resorts which are stunningly situated among paddy fields, citronella and coffee and cardamom plantations and the prices of some places in Coorg depend on location: the prettier the view the pricier it is usually.

Considering the popularity of this place, there are large numbers of hotels in Coorg. Most of the hotels are located in District head quarters Madikeri. There is a wide range of choice from budget hotels to Luxury hotels. Every hotel provides a range of amenities.
 
Resorts Stay
Resorts are common in Coorg, recently many companies keen to start resorts. There are hundreds of large and small resorts in Coorg, Almost of them providing good services as per their standard. Resorts mostly situated in the lush plantation and perfumed with impressive aroma of Coffee and Spice.
You can feel the extraordinary feeling within the nature, resorts built as per the Coorg culture and tradition and you can taste favorite foods of Coorg. Coorg is surrounded by the rainy, thin forests and mountains with pleasant weather, indeed having stay here may be the best of your life. High class to medium resorts in all over coorg, some of the Notable Resorts are.

Club Mahindra Coorg Resort (Kudagu Valley): This resorts situated in the beautiful nature 3 km from Madikeri in Galibeedu road. . This resort surrounded by the Mountains and lush green valley of Coffee and Spice Plantations. Kodagu Valley with 188 luxurious apartments and facilities are Gym, 2 swimming pool, Holiday Activity Centre and Playing facilities (Outdoor and Indoor Games). this is located in Galibeedu road, Madikeri, Coorg.

Heritage Resort Coorg: Heritage resort is Situated in Galibeedu about 7 kms away from Madikeri Town. It has constructed in top of the green mountains, you can see the 360 view. There are 12 independent beautiful cottages, every cottage with 2 rooms. Facilities like restaurant, Swimming Pool, Conference Hall, currency exchange services, Indoor and Outdoor Games, Ayurvedic Center, Cycling, Trekking, Car Rental, Laundry Services.

Orange County Coorg Resort: This Resort is located in Siddapur, Virajpet Taluk in Coorg. Orange County very near to river Kaveri, and Dubare Reserve Forest, Surrounded by the 300 acre working coffee Plantation. There are 4 types of cottages, Country Cottage, Presidential Villa, King's Court, Pool Villa. Facilities like Health Club and Spa, Restaurant, Travel Desk, Swimming Pool, Laundry.

Misty Woods Resort: Misty Woods is the surrounded in a part of the mountains ranges, it is within estate spread over 100 acres of land, It is in best spot and the beautiful view of Coffee Plantations, Lush green Plantation, Paddy Fields. Facilities like Plantation Walk, Trekking, Doctor on Call.

King's Sanctuary Resort: King's Sanctuary is the eco friendly resort, situated within the Mango Orchards and lush lawns of 34 acres. Nagarahole National Park is situated very close to this resort. There are many Cottages, Suites, Villas. Facilities like Swimming Pool, Cycling, Indoor and Outdoor Games, Bird Watch.

 
Home Stay
 
 

 
As famous hill station in Karnataka state that has beautiful landscapes, pleasant climate. Home stays are growing service and business, and that accomodate to tourists. Most of the Home stays in Coorg are located between the coffee estates and hill places. Coffee planter keen to start thier accomodation as Homestay in their own coffee plantations. Home stays providing best services feels like home, some homestays provides sightseeing, Fire Camp, Bird Watching, Fishing, Cycling, game of tennis, table tennis, badminton or billiards and many kinds of facility that you can get in Homestays.
 
TATA PLANTATION TRAILS: This is Under maintenance of Tata Coffee, its situated in Coffee estate of Polibetta in Virajpet Taluku.

HACIENDA: Situated between the coffee plantation in Devanoor of Balale, Virajpet Taluku.

KIBBEIL HOLIDAY RETREAT: This is the Delux homestay suitable for 8 to 10 members. This is situated in Kibeil Devanoor near to Balele Village of virajpet Taluk.

RETREATROMI'S NATURE PARADISE: Nerest Town is Gonikoppal and situated in Thithimathi of Virajpet taluku.

SOM'S GETAWAY: This is suitable for 4 peoples. Located in Balele, South Coorg.

SWEET LAND: its between the nature and located in Athur Village of Poliybetta, S. Kodagu.

VJ HOLIDAYS: Total capacity of 15 members. Deluxe rooms and cottages available to stay. Situated in Mayamudi Village of Viajpet Taluku.


Hotel Stay
 
  

 
 

 
Hotel Coorg International
Hotel Coorg International - invites you to this pristine setting for a holiday. Coorg International is the only hotel in Coorg which offers all three star facilities, including a swimming pool and health club and is located near the valley town of Mercara. Hotel Coorg International has long been known for its convenient location (Close to just about everything - adventure sports, wildlife, a lazy afternoon spend on a coffee estate or even visits to places of historic interest) and of course, the food. And then there are the luxuries that come with your stay here - multicuisine restaurant, indoor games, a swimming pool and a gymnasium.
Despite its central location, the elegant Hotel Coorg International is a peaceful retreat. A hotel that provides modern conveniences and attractive personal service in an elegant surrounding that is steeped in culture.
 
Sri Venkateshwara residency
At the Sri Venkateshwara residency, we are always innovating to make you feel fresh. Every visit will be a new experience for you because we keep on adding finest elements in services and facilities. We like to think a stay with us takes each guest beyond their expectations. That's what makes us special!
 
 The Hilltown Hotel
The Hilltown Hotel is one among the finest hotels of Madikeri, known for its heart warming hospitality. The hotel possess all sorts of rooms with reasonable rates, Family deluxe, Honeymoon deluxe, Double deluxe and Single as well as Double rooms with all facilities, which suits all type of customers who approach it. 24 hours customer care and also Tours and Travels desk are a part of the hotel. Stand by Power supply and Doctor on call is another specialty of the hotel. The hotel has an attached family restaurant – the Dinners Inn, which provides its customers with homely delicious food and also the Sangamam Banquet hall, is it’s another specialty.
 
Cauvery Holidy Residency
Cauvery Holidy Residency with its elegant rooms and state of the art facilities your are not deprived of your comfort in amidst of nature and its beauty. It is wonderfully done spacious cottages next to valley is a treat at Coorg. And not to forget that all our rooms are valley facing.
Holidays which take you away from the familiarity of one world, whilst drawing you into the bosom of another. At Cauvery Holiday Resort the natural balance of a perfect well-being with expectations is preserved and protected. What you get with us is the most exclusive holidays with family and friends, experienced in perhaps the most inclusive way.
 
 
Hotel Crystal Court
Hotel Crystal Court (a unit of Hilldale Resorts) at Madikeri is a home away from home, where you can be assured good value for your money. Hotel Crystal Court is unique in its own class and provides a peaceful serene ambience surrounded by beautiful hills and dales of Madikeri. It is conveniently located by the woods in Madikeri, away from all the hustle and bustle of the town. Crystal Court is 1 km before Madikeri bus stand on Mysore road. There is a large banquet hall below the hotel where you are welcome to witness a Coorgi style wedding. It provides the following facilities and services at a very competitive price to the satisfaction of all customers.
 
Hotel Coorg Regency
Hotel Coorg Regency, Madikeri is a budget hotel with spacious rooms. The rooms have partial view of the Western Ghats and Madikeri town. The hotel is centrally located near General Thimmaiah Circle on Mysore Road and easily accessible from Bus stand. It is conveniently situated within the city, away from all the hustle and bustle of the town. , Madikeri is a budget hotel with spacious rooms. The rooms have partial view of the Western Ghats and Madikeri town. The hotel is centrally located near General Thimmaiah Circle on Mysore Road and easily accessible from Bus stand. It is conveniently situated within the city, away from all the hustle and bustle of the town.  


Coorg Travel Tips


  • It is always advisable to carry some light woolens, just in case the temperature falls.
  • Always take an umbrella along, whether it is the rainy season or not.
  • If you are visiting in rainy seasons, beware of leeches especially in wet grass.
  • Carry a pair of comfortable shoes, as there is plenty of walking to do. For adventure lovers trekking shoes are a must.
  • The locals are very helpful and hospitable, though everyone might not understand English.
  • Book your accommodation well in advance as the rates increase around long weekends and in tourist season.
  • For commuting within the Coorg, auto rickshaws are the best options. Make sure to bargain or at least enquire the fares before hiring the rickshaw.
  • Most of the hotels and resorts will book taxis for their guests if necessary.
  • In some parts mobile signals are either weak or none at all, so make sure you know the way well.
  • Carry your camera as amazing photographic opportunities are at every corner. 

 

 



 
 
 
 

 

 

 



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