Coorg (also known as Kodagu) is a place said to haunt
you forever with its timeless beauty. It is popularly
dubbed as “Southern Kashmir” and “Scotland
The name "Kodagu" is derived from the local
name “Kodavu” and the people of Kodagu, who
are known as Kodavas. However, there are many stories
explaining the origin of the name. According to the Puranas
for instance, the land of initial settlement was called
Krodadesa which later became Kodagu.
Coorg is located in the south-western part of Karnataka
bordering Kerala. Its spread over a length of 96 km (north-south)
and breadth of 64 km (east-west). The area of the district
is 4102.3 sq. km. The population is an estimated 5 lakhs.
The prominent peaks in Coorg are Kote Betta, Pushpagiri,
Nishani Motte, Tumbe Male. Tadiyandamol (1750 m), Soma
Male and Brahmagiri. The main crops being Coffee, Pepper,
Cardamom, Orange, Paddy and Anthurium flower. Coorg offers
you a fascinating past, captivating natural beauty, great
cuisine and aromas of the coffee plantations, oranges
Places to visit in coorg
Bhagamandala | Near Madikeri
This is a shrine of Bhagandeshwara . The name is derived
from Bhaganda Maharshi who installed a Shivalinga here.
It is also the “Thriveni Sangama” of the sacred
rivers of Coorg Cauvery, Kannike and Sujyothi, a sub-terrain
stream. It has an important piligrimage centre called
Bhagandeshwarea Kshethra, where piligrims take bath, offer
oblations to their departed ancestors, then ascend the
hills for a holy bath at Talacauvery.
Talacauvery | Near Madikeri
The worshipping deity of Kodagu, River Cauvery takes
her origin as a spring in Talacauvery situated on the
slopes of Brahmagiri Hills. On the auspicious day of “Tula
Sankramana” which generally falls in October 17th
every year, the holy Cauvery appears by sudden upsurge
of water in the Kundike – The Pond. It is an ideal
place for a visit by any tourist for its natural beauty.
Lakhs of people throng every year for a ‘holy dip’.
Nalknad Palace & Igguthappa temple |
A two-storeyed Palace built by King Dodda
Veera Rajendra in 1792 at the feet of the highest peak
of Kodagu “The Thadiyandamol”. This peak is
an irresistible challenge to trekkers. Paadi Igguthappa
temple is a deviation from Kakkabe on the way to this
palace. This temple was built by King Lingarajendra during
1810. To visit "Paadi Igguthappa" temple one
needs to take a deviation on the way to Nalknad Palace
from Kakkabe village.
Omkareshwara Temple | Madikeri
Just 1 km from Madikeri town is this beautiful Shiva
temple built by the King Lingaraja II in 1820 to appease
the spirit of a Brahmin who was killed by the king. The
structure is a quaint mix of Islamic and gothic styles
of architecture with a dome and four turrets at the corners.
The installed “Shivalinga” is specially brought
from Kashi. The main attraction is the holy pond in front
of the temple.
Madikeri Fort with Palace | Madikeri
It is the fort crowning the town built in 1681, with
an imposing structure built in European style. Inside
is an English church in plain gothic style. It is one
of the most significant among the tourist attractions
in Coorg and should not be missed. The palace within the
fort was rebuilt by Tippu Sultan in 1790 and again Lingaraja
during 1820. The palace of the Lingayat rulers is located
inside the fort walls. It is an imposing fort and there
is hardly any other fort that matches its grandeur. Two
life size elephants, made of mortar, catches one’s
eye on entering. It presently houses few government offices,
a public library and a museum of historical relics which
is not to be missed.
Raja's seat | Madikeri
According to legend, the kings of Kodagu spent their
evenings here. This small pavilion at the western end
of Madikeri has breathtaking views of the valley through
which the road descends to Mangalore. It is an ideal place
to explore the exquisiteness of Coorg and was one of the
most favorite spots of the Raja’s for enjoying the
panoramic beauty of the mist-covered blue hills and valleys
with green fields. It is this place where the kings used
to relish the sunset and beauty of Coorg. Nowadays, it
has been developed into a public garden and is frequented
by large number of tourists. But what's unforgettable
about Raja's seat is the spectacular sunset that one can
enjoy from here.
Abbey falls | Madikeri
Located at a distance of 8 km from Madikeri, the charming
Abbey Falls is a perfect place for picnics. It is one
of the finest among the tourist attractions in Coorg.
It is a 70ft waterfall, formerly named as Jessee Falls
in honor of the daughter of first Chaplain of Mercara.
Bathing and swimming in the deep waters is unsafe here.
Chelavara water falls | Virajpet
A mesmerizing waterfall, this is close to a little village
called "Cheyandane". This too is a perfect picnic
spot for nature lovers. The river here flows through a
tree-covered valley, splitting and merging and splitting
again around the greenery. There are towering trees and
boulder-strewn out crops which are covered only when the
river is in spate during the monsoon. The "Chelavara
falls" is about 30 kms away from "Mount Grass".
Tibetan Golden Temple | Kushalnagar
A recently built “Namdrolling Monastry”,
a famous Tibetan Golden Temple, is a feast to the eyes
in Bylukuppe. The Golden Temple adorned with a 60 ft Buddha
statue and the recent addition of Zamdong Palri the copper
coloured mountain is an exotic tourist attraction. Fascinating
shopping marts selling ethnic Tibetan artefacts and modern
fashion wares is a place to be visited. It is also the
second largest Tibetan settlement in India.
Cauvery Nisargadama | Kushalnagar
A beautiful, picturesque picnic spot, where the river
Cauvery splits forming an island with a bamboo forest
of 65 acres. There is a hanging bridge, Deer Park, Boating,
Tree House, Elephant safari are worth going to. Ecofriendly
cottages are available here. It is at a distance of 27
kms from Madikeri.
Harangi Dam | Kushalnagar
The only reservoir in Kodagu built across the tributary
of Cauvery with a height of 47 mtrs and 846 mtrs wide.
It is a real picnic spot where you can admire the gushing
backwaters and natural beauty.
Dubare Elephant Camp | Kushalnagar
It is a natural island with an elephant training camp
on the banks of river Cauvery. People visitng the place
enjoy the unusual experience of bathing, feeding and taming
the elephants. Fishing and elephant safari is an wonderful
experience here in Dubare. A journey of about 15 kms from
Irrupu Water falls| South Coorg
The river Lakshmana Theertha runs down 60 feet from
a hill to form this waterfall. This waterfall is situated
in Kurchi village of South Coorg. There is also a shiva
temple dedicated by Lord Sri Rama on the banks of this
river where pilgrims congregate on “Mahashivarathri”.
The natural beauty is a treat to the eyes.
Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi National Park
| South Coorg
The Rajiv Gandhi National Park was constituted in 1955.
It extends over 650 Sq.Mtrs and is a well-maintained sanctuary.
A large quantity of teak wood, rose wood and sandal wood
is extensively grown here. It povides an excellent opportunity
to watch wild animals like elephants, tigers, deer, bison,
and peacocks in the vehicle safari