Travel to Coorg
 

Attractions in Coorg

 

Madikeri - Cool, beautiful—with lovely walks, wonderful views of the sea, and old buildings—this is what the small hill station of Madikeri is made of. Set in the heart of the exotic coffee-growing country, this little hill township is considered as the capital of the Coorg region. The town, which is set on a series of ridges that command breathtaking views, was an unassuming state in its own right till a few decades ago. Around Madikeri roll the coffee estates. The estates attract a large variety of birds, wild elephants and occasionally a boar. The elephants search around for tender coconut shoots, jackfruits and papayas and it is not uncommon to come across them while moving around in Coorg.

Madikeri Fort - The fort was initially constructed of mud, only to be replaced later by a stronger one in stone by Tipu Sultan, who ruled for a brief period over this region in the 18th century. Tipu's fort is an essential feature of the town even today. Inside the fort wall is housed the palace of the Lingayat rulers. Two elephants, built of cement and mortar, stand in the compound.

Abbi Falls Coorg

Iruppu Falls - Iruppu, 91 km from Madikeri, is a well-known pilgrim centre, linked with Lord Rama. A Shiva Temple stands on the bank of the River Ramathiratha. On Mahashivratri day, you will find thousands of pilgrims taking a dip in the river.

Abbey Falls - The picturesque Abbey Falls, which is 8 km from Madikeri, is a good place for picnics. However, no regular transport is available to this place and private arrangements need to be made for a trip to the falls.


Raja's Seat
- If you have come away to enjoy the natural beauty in Coorg, you must visit the Raja's Seat, a favourite spot of the kings from where you can see the sweep of the mist-covered blue hills and valleys with green fields. The kings used to sit here every evening enjoying the sunset and beauty of Coorg. Today, the area around Raja's Seat has been developed into a public garden.

Omkareshwara Temple - The Omkareshwara Temple, dedicated to both Shiva and Vishnu, is almost 200 years old and is a beautiful blend of Islamic and Gothic styles.


Quick Getaways near Coorg


Talacauvery - Talacauvery is 47 km from Madikeri and 9 km from Bhagamandala. Located 145.7 metres above sea level, it is the source of the River Cauvery.

Nagarhole National Park - The Nagarhole National Park (93 km) provides wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing. Here, you can see the swift-footed spotted deer, bison, elephant, wild boar and jackal, different species of monkey, and with luck even the mighty tiger.

Harangi - Situated near the Kushalnagar in North Coorg, Harangi reservoir is a popular picnic spot. The reservoir is located at a distance of around 36 km from Madikeri and is famous for its tree houses.
Nagarhole National Park near Coorg

Horticulture Research Centre - The Horticulture Research Centre, 24 km from Madikeri, is on the Madikeri-Siddapur-Virajpet road and is run by the government. The best months to visit this centre are March and April as it is coffee blossom time in Coorg.

Activities in Coorg

This region has some great treks, most of them lasting two or three days. Overnight accommodation is usually in schools or local houses as facilities are limited. For some of the trails, you need to get permission from the forest authorities while the shorter hikes have no formalities attached. Tadiyendamol, Pushpagiri and Kotebetta are some of the more popular treks. The trekking season begins in November and goes on till March.

The Friday Market at Madikeri has a surplus of articles made by the local tribal people. Shopping here could be a worthwhile experience. The town also has a nine-hole golf course.

Festivals in Coorg

Kail Podu - This festival of arms is held in September. The Kodavas gather at the village green to test their marksmanship with guns and pray for the blessings of the gods upon their weapons.

Huthri - The harvest festival is celebrated in November/December with parakali or ceremonial stick fights and war-like dances.

Madikeri Dasara - Held in October, this is mainly a procession of beautiful temple cars, each one carrying a different idol, and the best decorated temple winning the prize.

Sankaramana Day - This is celebrated in October. The spring at Talacauvery (a concrete complex near Madikeri) emits water at a particular and foretold moment. A bath in the water here is considered to be very auspicious.

Getting There & Away to Coorg

Flights to Coorg
Nearest airports to Coorg are Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore. From Mysore, Coorg is 120 kilometers away, the Mangalore airport is 135 kilometer far and the airport at Bangalore is 260 kilometers away.
Trains to Coorg
Nearest railheads to Coorg are at Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan (146 kilometers). These railheads further link Coorg with all the major cities of Karnataka and India.
Car and Bus service to Coorg
Good road networks connect Coorg with Mysore, Nagarhole, Tellicherry, Virajpet and Bangalore (via Mysore). From Coorg, Tala Cauvery is 47 kilometers and Nagarhole 93 kilometers away via Virajpet by road.
Coorg Holiday Packages

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