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About Coorg

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 of India”.

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 and honey.

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 | Virajpet

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 Kushalnagar.

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


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