Coorg- A Nature Aficionado’s Paradise in Karnataka
Looking forward to a break from the daily hustle? Disgruntled by the increasing pollution in your city? Want some time off in nature’s lap? If yes, then you must definitely scroll down through this article on Coorg, the hidden jewel of Karnataka.
India has numerous regions that have nabbed the nature’s eternal beauty in many facades, right from imposing and blissful Himalayas in the North to serene backwaters and exotic flora in the South. The Southern stretch of the country is largely garnered by the surreal backdrop of the colossal Western Ghats that is enlivened by different cultures and amazing people that have made their home here. Talking of the Southern part of the country and its tourism, we surely can’t give a miss to the tranquil and aesthetic region of Coorg, famously acknowledged as ‘The Scotland of India’.
Skimming down the Eastern slopes of the lofty Western Ghats in Karnataka State of India, Coorg which is officially known as Kodagu; has its own tourism circuit known as ‘Coorg Tourism’ and has a wide array of places and sights to witness on its platter. With rich flora running down the valleys and waterfalls gushing down into placid pools, Coorg is a perfect place to be for all the nature admirers and honeymooners where you can knit some wonderful memories with your partner. The place offers something for everyone traversing by it, be it adventure junkies or families with kids on a weekend getaway. Kodava or Coorg language is the official language spoken in Coorg (or Kodagu).
This article provides all the information you need! Ways to reach Coorg, most famous tourist spots in Coorg and the weather and things to do in Coorg where vivacity splurges in the environment every dawn:
Weather in Coorg:
Every morning in Coorg announces its arrival with a splash of refreshment that fills your soul with an unparalleled euphoria. The entire landscape appears as if it is making an effort to reach the grayish skyline of the region. The weather in Coorg remains pleasant throughout the calendar year as the temperatures never reach extremity. The temperatures during summer range from 22o C to 38o C, during monsoon they lie between 22o C to 29o C and the winters in Coorg are relatively cool and pleasant with the mercury level ranging between 10o C to 25o C. This place in Karnataka is best visited between October and early March and you can also opt to explore it during the monsoons when the fresh breeze kisses your cheeks and plush vegetation and plantations glitter down the hills and valleys in the region. The hazy clouds and vibrant landscape drains out all your worries, leaving you enchanted by the beauty of nature in a panoramic view.
Ways to Reach Coorg:
Coorg is accessible for traveler through various modes of transportation. They take you through one of the most mesmerizing journeys of your life. The nearest domestic airport to Coorg is in Manglore city of Karnataka, which is at a distance of about 160 km from Coorg. Bengaluru houses the nearest international airport at a distance of 265 km from the Coorg circuit. If you opt for rail travel to Kodagu (Coorg), Mysore has the nearest railway station at a distance of 95 km. Several buses are operated at regular intervals by the K.S.R.T.C. from Bengaluru, Manglore and Mysore to Coorg region. Coorg is connected by a well-maintained network of highways that offer scenic views and gorgeous landscapes to voyage through. A drive to Coorg is an experience in itself, which makes the heart skip a beat every now and then. This drive is amongst the popular things to do while in Coorg region. Madikeri is the central point of the region. Several local transport facilities such as cabs and autos can be boarded from here in order to explore the surrounding region.
Places of Interest in Coorg:
Coorg Tourism has undertaken a wonderful responsibility of developing this region of Karntaka State in Southern India. Coorg is an ideal holiday destination not just for the admirers of nature, but also for the newlyweds looking to spend some moments of togetherness amidst nature and the adventurers looking to get their adrenaline rush racing through their nerves. There is no dearth of places to visit in Coorg complemented brilliantly by some amazing things to do in Coorg.
Following are mentioned some of the must visit places and points of interest in Coorg that help every traveler unwind and detoxicate themselves from the monologue of life:
Waterfalls In Coorg:
While talking of waterfalls, there is a plethora of such natural showers in the state of Karnataka in India. Karnataka Tourism needs a special mention as it is due to their constant efforts that these wonders are reachable, maintaining the artistry around it. Presented below are two such waterfalls in the Coorg region of Karnataka that are also the most visited places in Coorg by the visitors:
1. Abbey Falls:
The Mountains of Western Ghats in the Coorg region of Karnataka are a home to this incredible waterfall. Popularly acknowledged as ‘Abbi Falls’, it is an important place to visit in the Coorg Tourism. The water from this waterfall glides and drizzles over the rocks and eventually cascades down from a height of 70 feet into a pool that has a majestic appearance. These falls in due course integrate with the river Cauvery flowing nonchalantly as a silver lining to the Coorg region in Karnataka.
It is inhabited in a private area traversed by rich coffee plantations having chunky bushes and spice estates entangled with pepper vines.
The British used to call this waterfall as ‘Jessie Falls’ in remembrance of the daughter of Madikeri’s first British Captain.
There is a hanging bridge built across the chasm from where the visitors can get drenched in the splendid charm unfurled around the waterfall.
The best time to visit these falls is between September and December as the flow heavy during the monsoon which makes the sight fascinating.
The nearest accommodation facilities can be availed in the town of Madikeri, which is located at a distance of around 10 km from Abbey Falls. There are several luxury and mid-range hotels available in the Coorg region as well.
There are several bus facilities provided by the Karnataka State Road Transportation Corporation from Bengaluru, Mysore and Mangalore to the falls. They are situated at about 270 km from Bengaluru and 10 km from Madikeri.
Local transport or two-wheelers are generally used by the people staying nearby to reach the falls.
A 10 minute stroll from the parking takes you to the destination.
Travel Tip: It is dangerous to step into the pool and any such attempt shall not be encouraged. The bridge and the viewing spot built for the purpose shall be availed.
2. Iruppu Falls (Lakshmana Tirth Falls):
Iruppu Falls is a freshwater waterfall that decorates the region of Brahmagiri Hills sandwiched between the Shrimangala and Kutta in Coorg region of Karnataka. It is a must visit place for every traveler in Coorg. The freshwater from a height of 170 feet gushes down in two major drops to unite with a basin that rests at the foothills. These falls mark the dawn of river Lakshmana Tirth, which is a tributary of the river Cauvery.
The name Lakshmana Tirth is derived from a virtue performed by Lakshmana.
Historians say that when Lord Rama and Lakshmana passed through the Brahmagiri range in search of Goddess Sita, Lord Rama felt thirsty and asked Lakshmana to fetch him some drinking water. Lakshmana shot an arrow into the hills and brought into existence a stream of water which later went on to be called as Lakshmana Tirth River. It is believed that the water of this river possesses the ability to purge sins and is a major attraction for tourists during Shivratri. The place is also considered to be a pilgrimage sight and is graced by the presence of a Shiva Temple, the Rameshwara Temple en route the falls.
The place surrounding the falls is well developed and maintained by the Karnataka Tourism Department with well-laid steps and easy pathways.
Standing at the foothills and watching the waters flow effortlessly through the rocks rumbling into the pool rejuvenates your soul. The picturesque locale in this area of Coorg appears to be nature’s marvel that soaks all your drowsiness.
Monsoon is the best time to pay these falls a visit, preferably between August and December.
There are many luxurious and semi-luxurious hotels and resorts in Shrimangala, Virajpet and Kutta regions, which are close to the Iruppu Falls in the Coorg region.
The nearest international airport is Calicut International Airport at a distance of about 140 km from Iruppu Falls. The nearest domestic airport is in Mysore at 110 km.
Mysore railway station is the nearest railway station.
Iruppu Falls are well connected by road transport services to the towns nearby with Kutta having the nearest bus station.
Nature and Wildlife in Coorg- Witness the Playful Wildlife in its Den Protected by the Nature:
Coorg has some wonderful areas reserved for the wild creatures amidst the wide arms of nature. One can witness these creatures in their natural habitat from a closer perspective. Below mentioned are some of the top protected reserves and widlife sanctuaries in Coorg, which are also a retreat for the nature lovers, bird watchers and adventure seekers:
1. Nagarhole National Park- Traverse Through the Largest Protected Area in South India:
Protected within the boundaries of Kodagu (Coorg) region in Karnataka near the Bandipur National Park, this natural habitat of wild species is also famously acknowledged as ‘Rajiv Gandhi National Park.’ It is also a must visit place in Coorg for wildlife and nature lovers. The park, ranging from the foothills of the mighty Western Ghats to the southern state of Kerala, covering an area of almost 650 square kilometers was predominantly established to protect the tigers. It was declared as thirty seventh Project Tiger Reserve in the year 1999. The river Kabini lining the northern boundary of this wildlife reserve in Coorg has an imposing reservoir and a dam built across it. They delineate the Bandipur Forest Reserve from the Nagarhole Wildlife Reserve and the panoramic view at the dam is an incredible sight to behold. Along with the species of tigers, tourists can witness the Asian elephants (one of the prominent attractions at this reserve) and Indian Bison. The park inhabits myriads of species of mammals including Jackal, Panther, Hyena, Sloth Bear and Civet Cat. Krait, King Cobra, Indian Rock Python, Russell’s Viper and toads are some of the reptiles that crawl throughout the area of this reserve. Around 270 species of birds find their abode here, including some endangered species such as the Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, White-backed Vulture and Greater Spotted Eagle.
This National Park in Kodagu (Coorg) also boasts of a rich flora with Sandalwood, Rosewood, Silver Oak and Teak trees rising sky-high with their branches wide open throughout the territory of the park. The sight appears as if every wood is welcoming the backpackers with open arms into the lap of nature flourishing with exotic vegetation and topography all around.
Loaded with a rich cluster of vegetation, gushing streams, shallow valleys and varied topographic regions, this wildlife reserve adjoining the Bandipur National Park, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary and Mudumalai National Park, forms the largest protected area in Coorg in southern India. This place is an absolute delight for wildlife lens-men, nature devotees and backpackers.
Summer is the best time of the year to pay your visit to this protected reserve in the Coorg region. The animals can largely be found near the ponds and other water bodies, chilling out in waters in order to elude themselves from the summer heat. Tigers can be seen in number napping besides the ponds. The elephants splashing water with their trunks on their little ones is absolutely delightful to witness. Visiting this sanctuary during monsoon should be avoided as the area is pretty damp and roads are muddy with a lot of puddles blotted on them. Animals in their playful best can rarely be seen.
The tourists can avail accommodation in the jungle lodges erected inside the park. Living amidst the wildlife and peeking into their life is a one of the most thrilling experiences to have in Coorg. The lodges are absolutely safe and constantly guarded by park officials.
The easiest way to reach Nagarhole National Park in Coorg is to hire a taxi from Mysore which is at a distance of about 90 km from the park. Several local state transport buses also ply from Mysore in Karnataka and Manathavadi Town (if you are coming from Kerala) to and fro this national park.
2. Dubare Elephant Camp- Know Everything About Elephants on a River Island in Coorg:
The Dubare Forest Range in Karnataka is a well-known park in Coorg, for its Elephant Camp that breeds, trains and manages a plenty of elephants. The Dubare Elephant Camp lies on the banks of Cauvery river in Dubare, which is a natural island formed by the river in Coorg District of Karnataka in South India. It is at a distance of 29 km from Madikeri and 15 km from Kushalnagar. This project of training the elephants undertaken by the Forest Department of Karnataka is a commonly visited tourist site in Kodagu (Coorg) and it forms one of the major attractions of Coorg Tourism.
Home to about 150 elephants, Dubare Forest Reserve and Elephant Camp in Coorg is packed amidst dense deciduous trees and vegetation of Karnataka. The elephants that are used during Dussehra Festival Procession in Mysore are trained at this camp. Naturalists have undertaken the job of managing these mighty creatures and are well-versed with their lifestyle and psychology. The visitors are privileged with various activities like feeding the elephants with jaggery, ragi and banana. Travelers also get to see the elephants being showered, scrubbed and later oiled on their forehead and tusks. The trainers also impart knowledge of the daily chores of these trunked creatures and about the ecosystem that is most favorable to them.
In addition to mammoth Asiatic elephants, Dubare Forest Range is also known to be an abode to many wild animals and birds. The tourists can have glimpses of tigers, leopards, sambar, spotted-deer and wild bears. A canoe boat ride in the backwaters of river Cauvery is one of the must to do things at Dubare. Several visitors have boating in Coorg atop their wish list due to these serene backwaters. While on your boats, you can spot the crocodiles having a sun-bath on the river banks.
When you’re exploring the treasures of Dubare in Coorg, a wildlife safari or a boat ride isn’t enough on the platter. This place also caters to the trekkers and adventure enthusiasts, bird-watchers, river-rafters and the ones who love fishing. Infact, river rafting in Coorg at Dubare Forest Reserve is one of the top things to do in Coorg. The Karnataka Forest Department and Government have jointly made efforts to organize these activities here. Trekking can be done in the dense vegetation surrounding the camp along the Cauvery river. This reserve is an absolute feast for the bird-watchers as they get to witness some exotic birds in this region. Partridges, kingfishers and woodpeckers along with the common birds can be seen chirping and knocking on the woods. Peacocks can be witnessed swaying around in their colorful feathers. The entire sight is a delightful one which brings out some simple moments of joy for every guest in Dubare.
Dubare Elephant Camp in Coorg is best visited after the retreat of monsoon, in between the months of September and March.
The Forest Department and Coorg Tourism have set up comfortable jungle lodges and stays within the Dubare Forest Reserve for overnight visitors.
The scenic Cauvery Nisargadhama and Veerabhoomi are other prominent attractions in Coorg near Dubare Elephant Camp to experience the surreal backwaters of river Cauvery. These places are most commonly visited by the guests at Dubare.
The visitors at Dubare Forest Reserve can opt for boating at a minimal rate of Rs. 20. Elephant safari can be availed twice during a day, from 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the morning and 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM in the evening, at a fee of Rs. 800 (for Indians). For foreign nationals, the fee is Rs. 1437.
Situated at a distance of 29 km from the central town of Madikeri in Coorg, Dubare Forest Reserve and Elephant Camp can be reached through various public or private transport services. If you’re travelling by air, you can hire a cab from Bengaluru airport which is located at a distance of 270 km from this reserve in Coorg.
Travel Tip: Fishing is permitted within the premises of forest reserve with prior permission of the wildlife society. It is recommended to visit Cauvery Nisargadhama as it is one of the most spectacular locations in Coorg region of Karnataka.
3. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary- The Region in Coorg Where the Birds Rule:
Preserved as a home to several endangered and rare species of birds, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in Coorg is one of the well-known bird sanctuaries of the world and a popular tourist spot in Coorg. It is guarded within the boundaries of Somwarpet Taluka of Coorg District in the state of Karnataka in southern India. It is one of the 21 well-known wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka and is one of the must visit places in Coorg. The Government of Karnataka and Karnataka Tourism circuit have undertaken a commendable task for the conservation of wildlife by reserving certain natural habitats for them. This bird sanctuary in Coorg is neighbored by the Bisle Reserve Forest range on the northern front while the Kukke Subramanya Forest Range blends in from the west. The entire reserve is a multi-terrain region with several steep valley and terrains carved out here and there. Beautiful cataracts of the Coorg region including the Kotte Abbe Waterfalls and numerous mountain streams garner this place with an unparalleled charm. Karnataka Forest Department has also established the Kadamakkal Reserve Forest as a part of Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. Pushpagiri is the highest peak in the area while Kumar Parvat peak follows it. This wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka has been named as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations.
Enraptured within a dense cover of evergreen vegetation, tourists can spot many exotic animals in this sanctuary along with some rare and wonderful species of birds. The local and migratory birds inhabiting and embellishing this place are gray breasted laughing thrush, Nilgiri Flycatcher, black and orange Flycatcher, Nilgiri Wood Pigeon, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Grey Headed Bulbul and the blue winged parakeet. Apart from these flying cookies, travelers can also have glimpses of animals and reptiles such as the Indian Hare, Otter Species, Flying Squirrel, Spotted Deer, Gaur, Indian Wild Dog, Asian Elephant, Sambar, Stripe-necked Mongoose, King Cobra, Olive Keelback, Indian Rock Python and Bamboo Pit Viper. Primates can also be seen hopping from one tree to the other. The place is one of the ideal getaways in Coorg for bird watchers and people who are fond of trekking.
It is advisable to surf through this place soon after the withdrawal of monsoon between September and March. The rainy season may be difficult to explore this reserve as it is extremely dense and swampy. During the months of September to December, the entire belt of this protected area in Coorg is highlighted by the blissful aura of greenery all around, picturesque locales and playful chirping of the birds, which makes it a perfect one for all the shutterbugs interested in wildlife photography, trekkers and bird-watchers.
Numerous hotels, home stays and guest houses are available nearby this reserve in the Coorg region Karnataka where one can enjoy a pleasant and a comfortable stay.
If you are planning to visit Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary by air, the nearest airport is in Manglore which is at a distance of about 135 km. Mysore railway station at a length of around 146 km is the nearest railway station to this wildlife sanctuary in Coorg. Madikeri, which is also the central point of the entire Coorg region of Karnataka is at a distance of 25 km from this Sanctuary. You can avail several transport facilities like buses, taxis and autos to and from Madikeri to this reserve. Madikeri is well-connected by roads to major cities of Karnataka and Kerala.
Pilgrimage Places to Visit in Coorg- Get Enchanted by Spiritualism:
Coorg Tourism is also renowned for maintaining the sacredness and beauty of some absolutely majestic and enlightening pilgrimage places down the Southern part of India. Following are mentioned a few pilgrimage places in Coorg, Karnataka, where the pilgrims are showered with the positive aura of spiritualism and peacefulness:
1. Namdroling Monastery- Welcome to the Little Tibet of Southern India:
Exceptionally architectured in the Bylekuppe region in Mysore district of Karnataka and 35 km from Madikeri of Coorg region, the Namdroling Monastery or the Golden Temple belongs to the Sangha Community of Tibetan Buddhism. Bylekuppe region has a large concentration of people following Buddhism and is the second largest colony of Tibetan Buddhists in India after Dharamshala. The monastery was established by His Holiness Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche in 1963. This region is also known as ‘Little Tibet of India.’ It is one of the major attractions in Coorg and Mysore regions.
The architecture of this temple is pretty different from the ones generally found all over India. An 18 m high idol of Lord Buddha gilded in gold presides over the monastery. It also houses 40 feet high gold elaborated statues of Guru Padmasambhava, Budhha Sakyamuni and Amitayus. The shrine and the temple tower are highly embellished. The doors are huge and are wonderfully garnered by gold knockers and thick-plaited ropes that have several tassels hanging on them. The walls of the temple exhibit beautiful paintings depicting events from the life of Lord Buddha. Some paintings also showcase Gods and Demons from the Tibetan Buddhist Mythology. Sacred texts, scriptures from Buddhist Mythologies, prayer flags and wheels are also preserved in this Monastery. The pilgrims and disciples can light incense sticks here, sit on the carpet unfurled on the marble floors and offer their prayers in supreme peace and tranquility.
As soon as you step in the premises of this temple near Coorg, your soul is poured in with extreme serenity and balance. The landscaped gardens and the craft work in the premises is a delight to the eyes. Every year, the Namdroling Monastery hosts a large number of young Tibetans in search of enlightenment. In addition to young disciples, this place is also one of the must visit places for travelers in Coorg, Karnataka.
The month of February/ March, when this town celebrates the Tibetan New Year (Losar) with much avidity over a period of 15 days is the best time to plan a visit to Namdroling Monastery near Coorg and get enchanted by the Buddhist value system and Tibetan Culture.
The temple welcomes the tourists and devotees from 9 AM in the morning to 6 PM in the evening. It hosts a prayer at 1 PM which is a splendid sight to witness. The tourism of Coorg and the locals of Bylekuppe must be applauded for preserving this marvel throughout the years since it was established.
There is no dearth of accommodation facilities in Bylekuppe as it is one of the prominent pilgrimage places for Tibetan Buddhists. Home stays and hotels in Coorg can also be easily availed for overnight stays.
Located at about 215 km from Bengaluru, 110 km from Mysore and 4.5 km from Kushalnagar and 35 km from Madikeri, the Namdroling Golden Monastery near Coorg is easily accessible through a well-maintained network of highways.
2. Bhagamandala- A Sacred Site in Coorg at the Confluence of Three Rivers:
A famous pilgrimage place in Coorg region of Karnataka, Bhagamandala is situated on the confluence of the river Cauvery (or Kaveri) and its two tributaries, the Kanneki and the Sujyothi (which is believed to be mythical). The locals have termed Bhagamandala region as ‘Bhagundeshwara Kshetra’ and is one of the must visit places in Coorg for every visitor. It is situated at a distance of 35 km from Madikeri and around 8 km from Talacauvery.
This place in South India is commonly acknowledged as the ‘Triveni Sangama’ (confluence of three rivers) and due to its piousness, it is regarded as ‘Dakshina Kashi.’ The pilgrims and devotees here follow a customary practice of taking a dip into the Holy confluence and performing several rituals to their ancestors. This helps in getting them rid of their physical and mental distress. After this, they start their journey to Talacauvery, which is the origin of the Holy river Cauvery in Karnataka. The Karnataka Tourism Department and Karnataka Government have collectively made efforts by laying out proper infrastructural facilities for the comfort of thousands of pilgrims and travelers that visit this sacred place in Coorg every year.
History has it that this was a territory ruled over by Tipu Sultan from 1985 AD-1790 AD. During his reign. this place was referred as ‘Afesalabad’. Later in 1790 AD, King Dodda Veerarajendra took over the reigns from Tipu Sultan and turned this region into an independent Kodagu region (Coorg region).
At a short distance from Bhagamandala lies another famous temple of Coorg known as the ‘Shri Bhagundeshwara Temple’ that resides Holy idols of Bhagundeshwara (Shiva), Ganapati, Subramanya and Mahavishnu. The temple is constructed in the Kerala Temple architectural style that has gabled roofs above. The wooden carvings inside the temple complex are exquisite and noteworthy. The Bhagundeshwara Temple along with Mt. Koppatti are overlooked by a lofty peak named Mt. Thavoor, which is also the highest peak of the Bhagundeshwara Kshetra in Coorg. It serves as a terrific trekking route for the ones who love trekking and relish the enthralling beauty of the Shola Forest Range of Karnataka in southern India.
The Tula Sankramana Festival which falls on 17th or 18th October every year attracts a large number of pilgrims to Bhagamandala. Thousands of pilgrims offering their prayers together is a mesmerizing sight to watch.
There are ample of accommodation facilities available near the Bhagamandala region as it is one of the prominent tourist places to visit in Coorg region.
Travelers and pilgrims can avail the KSRTC or private buses to reach Bhagamandala as it falls at a small distance of 35 km from Madikeri.
Travel Tip: Don’t forget to visit Madhuvana, which is a bee rearing centre of Coorg in Bhagamandala. It also houses a small and rare museum showcasing objects related to beekeeping. It is one of its kind in the entire state of Karnataka.
3. Talacauvery- Attend and Grace the Birth of River Cauvery in Coorg:
Arrested at an elevation of 1276 m above sea-level in the slopes of Brahmagiri Hills in Coorg District of Karnataka, Talacauvery is considered to be the birth place of the Holy River Cauvery. It forms one of the key attractions in Coorg and is a popular pilgrimage site in Karnataka.
The Kodavas had built a square tank at Talacauvery which is called the Cauvery Kundike or the Brahma Kundike. It is believed to be the birth place of river Cauvery (or Kaveri), which emerges in the form of an eternal spring only to hide itself underground and again splurge out at Nagatirtha to meet Kanneki and Sujyothi at the Triveni Sangama in Bhagamandala region of Coorg. This place is a major attraction to thousands of international visitors in the Coorg region.
On the historical front, it is said that Goddess Kaveriamma was held captive by sage Agasthya in a pot carrying sacred water. To save her, Lord Ganesha personified as a crow and toppled the pot down the Brahmagiri Hills and Cauvery took its form as a river flowing down the hills. Next to this square tank (Kundike) is a temple dedicated to Kaveriamma. A big tank is constructed in front of this temple for the pilgrims and devotees to bathe out their negativity and vices. Along with the Kaveriamma Temple, this place also houses shrines dedicated to Lord Agastheeshwara and Lord Vinayaka. The place itself is full of splendour and magnificence that it is bound to purify your souls. It is for this reason, river Cauvery is honored with a religious significance in India and is considered sacred.
Talacauvery is entirely adorned with colorful lights on Cauvery Changrandi (the first day of Tula Sankramana) which is a remarkable sight to witness in Coorg. Myriads of pilgrims, devotees and travelers visit this place during Tula Sankramana to see the water surging out of the Cauvery Kundike. It is recommended to visit this place in Coorg during the auspicios Tula Sankramana as it is wonderfully lit and the visitors get an opportunity to witness the upsurge of water in the Brahma Kundike and several cultural rites performed at the Kaveriamma Temple.
Apart from holding a religious significance, this marvel in Kodagu District is also well-known for its breathtaking and picturesque views. There is a trail of about 400 steps built by the Karnataka Government that take you to the pinnacle of Brahmagiri Hills. The layers of green vegetation running through the hills and clouds kissing your cheeks makes your heart skip a beat.
Being one of the notable tourist spots in Coorg region, there are numerous stay facilities in the vicinity that can be availed to accommodate yourselves.
Talacauvery is 8 km from Bhagamandala and 44 km from Madikeri. Hence, several state and privately operated buses can be boarded to this birthplace of River Cauvery. Manglore has the nearest airport at a distance of about 140 km from Talacauvery in Coorg region.
Historical Places and Sight Seeing in Coorg- Learn About the Rich Cultural Heritage in this Region:
When it comes too history and sight seeing, Coorg region is ranked as one of the top visited places in the state of Karnataka. The Karnataka Government and the local Coorg Tourism have done an applaudable job of preserving the rich history that prevailed in this region and have set up some amazing sight seeing places much to the delight and awe of every traveler. Listed below are some of the must visit historical places in Coorg if you wish to explore through its heritage and breathtaking views:
1. Raja’s Seat- Experience Sunrise and Sunset in Coorg Never Before:
Once a favorite place of recreation for the Kings of Kodagu, Raja’s Seat (meaning: The Seat of the King) rests amidst a verdant garden full of perennially fresh blooming flowers and artificial fountains that water them. The entire place is lofted in between colossal mountain cliffs and valleys. You can enjoy some breathtaking and mesmerizing views of the surrounding locality to the south of Madikeri Fort from this point. Sunrise and Sunsets are not to be missed from this place when you are in Madikeri. The Sun beautifully unveils the refreshing aura of dawn with mist-cladden cliffs and mountains appearing as a fairy dressed in a beautiful white gown during the daybreak. After imparting its share of brightness, the Sun subtly loses its presence in the beehive of towering mountains and paves a way for the cool and placid Moonlight to enlighten the nocturnals. Merely sitting at this place lightens every nerve of your body and fills in an unparalleled zeal down your gut. This place is one of the most popular places to visit in Coorg. It is an ideal place for the honeymooners in Coorg to sit, relax and tune into the pulping grace of their partners in a calm and majestic backdrop of the panoramic mountains.
The principle structure is square in shape, erected by four brick pillars, a mortar and bridged by arches. The garden is roped in with myriads of colorful flowers and a lush green blanket of vegetation that is bound to rejuvenate your souls. There are artificial fountains set up by the Karnataka Government that dance to the rhythm of some melodious music played here gushing out water which is enhanced by colorful lights in the vicinity.
Morning and evening hours when the Sun plays its game of hide and seek with the lofty mountains is the best time to grace this place with your presence. Apart from the colorful flora and musical sprinklers, a toy train is also an important highlight of this garden. The train takes children and adults on a voyage through this garden to witness fine panoramic views of surrounding cliffs and valleys.
The place attracts a large number of tourists and walkers in Coorg throughout the year. It opens up from 5:30 AM in the morning and shuts its gates at 8 PM after the guests are done experiencing the Sunset and musical fountains.
Raja’s Seat is easily accessible from Madikeri as it is hardly at a distance of about 1.5 km from the central point of Coorg in Karnataka.
2. Madikeri Fort- Walk through the Splendid Architecture of 17th Century Coorg:
Wonderfully architectured atop a hill in the heart of Madikeri of Coorg region in Karnataka, Madikeri Fort is a historical fort that was originally constructed as a Mud Fort by the then King of Kodagu (Coorg), Mudduraja in the final chapters of the 17th Century AD. It is a prominent attraction in Coorg and is perennially occupied by tourists on tour in this wonderful place. A Palace in the European style of architecture was also built inside the Fort during the reigns of King Mudduraja. Later, when Tipu Sultan took over the sovereignty, it was re-constructed using granite and was renamed as ‘Jaffrabad.’ Since then, this historical marvel in Madikeri has changed many hands and has undergone several refurbishments. King Linga Rajendra Wodeyar was instrumental in reconstructing the structure in bricks and mortar during 1812-1814 AD before it was finally seized by the British in 1843 AD.
Madikeri Fort is one of the intriguing places to visit in Coorg for its beautiful construction and architectural brilliance. The entrance to the Fort is flanked by two life-size masonry elephants exquisitely sculpted out of stones. The Palace inside the Fort is two-storeyed and is believed to have numerous secret pathways that enhance the mystery quotient of this place. The Palace complex inside the Fort measures around 110 m in length and is extremely spacious. Statues of horses guard the entrance to this Palace. After the Britishers took over the reigns of the Madikeri Fort, they added an imposing clock tower to the Palace complex and also removed the temple of Virabhadra only to set up a Church in Gothic style of architecture in that place. The Church has now been transformed into a museum by the Archaeological Department of India. It exhibits a number of historical objects and artifacts dating back to the era of Tipu Sultan and the British rule. The weaponry used during the time of Tipu Sultan and several events that took place during the British rule are showcased in this museum along with a huge portrait of Coorg’s eminent personality Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa.
In addition to the Palace, clock tower and museum, this Fort in Madikeri town of Coorg also houses the Mahatma Gandhi Public Library and the district prison. Notably, the District Commissioner’s Office also resides in the Fort premises.
Being one of the well-known attractions to visit in Coorg region of Karnataka and in the heart of Madikeri town, the Madikeri Fort can be easily reached by using public transport services as it is just about 1 km from Madikeri Bus Station.
3. Gaddige- The Mortal Remains of The Kodavad Royalty in Coorg:
Gaddige, also acknowledged as ‘Gadduge’, is an appealing hill station in Coorg located in Mahadevpet that lies at a distance of about 1.5 km from Madikeri city center. It is one of the noteworthy places to visit in Coorg for the ones who love being taken back into the history and also for tourists and travelers. There are mortal remains of the Royal Kings of the Kodavad Dynasty at Gaddige in the form of some exquisitely built tombs. They are devised in the infusing Indo-sarcenic style of architecture. This place is also well-known as Raja’s Tomb in Coorg. It attracts a lot of history diggers in search of nuances from the historical times.
The place houses three tombs of eminent royal personalities. The central tomb which is the largest is the tomb of Kodava King Doddaveerarajendra and his wife Mahadeviamma. The right tomb is of Lingarajendra while the left one is of Priest Rudrappa. All of them were constructed during the 18th Century. There are also special burial places of two brave soldiers from Tipu Sultan’s army, Biddanda Bopu and his son Biddanda Somaiah, near these tombs. The tombs have a resemblance to the Mohammedan architectural style, with the tombs at the center and minarets at the corner. The walls on the entrance are engraved and there is a deity of Lord Shiva inside the tombs as the rulers were all Hindu. This manifests the prosperity that swayed the kingdom during their rule.
There is an open area which is perennially covered with a layer of greenery around these tombs. Several outdoor activities are carried out by the locals here. It is often visited by the people who are learning to drive and small groups of friends in their pursuit to sport some activities in open.
Accommodation is readily available on hand as Gaddige is in the vicinity of Madikeri city center. You can also spot several restaurants on the way to Gaddige that are instrumental since years in feasting their guests with some authentic Kodava cuisine.
There are several ways to reach Gaddige. The nearest airport is in Mysore at a distance of about 120 km. From Bengaluru, the distance is roughly around 260 km. You can hire private taxis from there in order to reach Gaddige and Madikeri in Coorg. Mysore railway station is the nearest if you opt to travel by train, falling at a distance of 115 km from Gaddige. Travelers and tourists can easily reach Gaddige by boarding either public or private buses as they are connected to major parts of Karnataka through a well-maintained network of roads.
Things to do in Coorg:
1. Mandalpatti Sunset Jeep Drive:
This serene 5 hour jeep drive to Mandalpatti, a hill station in Coorg rested at an elevation of 1600 m above sea-level and 18 km from Madikeri is one of the must do activities in Coorg. Witnessing the Sun in its pursuit to arise and descend behind the mountains, with some rare species of birds flocking in the golden sky is an enthralling experience. This drive up the hills to a completely fascinating place locked amidst rurality is an absolute delight for people looking for a retreat away from the bustling life. Every traveler by this route drops their jaw in the awe of some stunning panoramic views and tranquility that this trail offers. This place welcomes people of all age groups and is known to be a memory for the honeymooners. It is known to bring the newlyweds closer in its serenity and absolute splendor.
2. Barapole River Rafting:
Unleashing the inner adventurer and splurging along with gushing waters in the Barapole river should be atop the bucket list of every visitor in Coorg. Barapole river rafting is one of the notable activities to do in Coorg region. It offers one of the most amazing white water experience in the country. Bolting through the waters for a distance of about 5 to 6 km in Barapole river, lined by forested areas and bewitching views, this is one of the most thrilling experience to have in Coorg. There are sections distinguished for the first time rafters and seasoned rafters. It is always advisable to consult a doctor in case you are suffering from any health condition before making your way into the hastening waters.
The region of Coorg is Karnataka is well-known for some breathtaking and simply amazing treks that it has to offer. It is often regarded as the trekkers paradise in Coorg in Southern India. Some of the popular treks in Coorg are Tadiandamol Trek, Pushpagiri Trek, Brahmagiri Hill Trek, Nishani Motte trek and the Kumar Parvat Trek. The scenic delights that these treks offer are enough to pump up the adrenaline in every trekkers’ nerves. The trekking trails at these places traverse through the exotic vegetation in Coorg and there are chances that you may occasionally spot some animals in their natural habitat. It is strongly recommended to carry a camera with you as you never know what marvel of nature you get to fuse in your memories forever.
4. Coffee Plantations Visit:
Coorg is renowned throughout the world for its exotic and aromatic coffee plantations. Several private and government owned coffee plantation estates can be found in this region. On your visit to these properties, you are treated with a refreshing sip of freshly brewed coffee. The experts there educate you with the methodologies to grow, cultivate and harvest a plantation of coffee. These estates find their reach to vast expanses. The never ending trails twirl you throughout these estates and enchant you with the authentic aroma of coffee beans. Tata and Bombay Burmah have a plenty of such properties in Coorg region and they serve the tourists with coffee tours. Accommodation options are also available in the vicinity.