COORG – SCOTLAND OF INDIA
Coorg or Kodagu as it is popularly known is an enchanting district in the south-western part of the southern state of Karnataka in India. It covers 4100 square kilometres of the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats. Coorg is very rich in wildlife and has an abundant cover of natural forests. It is also home to many wildlife sanctuaries and one national park. Its hillsides are dotted with lush coffee plantations, while its plains are emerald green with rice paddy. Vines of pepper entwine the tall trees in most plantations while patches of aromatic cardamom are part of every estate.
PEOPLE OF KODAGU
Coorg is home to many different ethnic communities with the Kodavas being the most prominent group. The Kodavas were traditionally warriors and agriculturists. They have a very intriguing history and the name “kodava” is supposed to have originated from the word “kodimalenad” meaning from the higher forest land. The river Kaveri is the primary source of all life in the Coorg region and has her origins at Talacauvery in the Brahmagiri hills. Coorgis have indeed established heritage and reputation in all areas. Coorg is India’s main coffee generating district and Coorgis are among the finest people of India with a great sense of warmth, openness, and hospitality.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN COORG
All Distances mentioned below are from Kedakal
In and around Madikeri
Distance: 10kms Traveller’s Note: – A beautiful view of Coorg mountain ranges … can and must be done by all!
Traveller’s Note: – For those interested in history and architecture highly recommended!
Traveller’s Note: – A religious tour back into history and an opportunity to take home the blessings of Lord Shiva !
Traveller’s Note: – Beautiful falls at the end of a 15min walk through a coffee plantation! (Not recommended for elderly folks and couples with kids)
En Route to Kedakal via Kushalnagar/ Suntikoppa
Namdroling / Golden Temple
Traveller’s Note :- It is a must-visit for those interested in Buddhism and its philosophy or just in general to see the hub of the burgeoning of Buddhism in India.
Traveller’s Note: – Nisargadhama offers boat rides and elephant rides and nature lovers can visit the deer park too!
Traveller’s Note: – An elephant training camp on the banks of river Cauvery where elephant feeding/bathe the elephant/all a part of the camp. Highly recommended for kids
Other Recommended Sights
Traveller’s Note: – A trip to Coorg is never quite complete without visiting Talakaveri. This is the birthplace of River Kaveri housing 2 famous temples and is quite the cherry on the icing, for those particularly spiritually inclined . You can also enjoy a good view of the misty blue Brahmagiri hills.
Traveller’s Note: – As with any popular tourist spot, expect big crowds on weekends and holidays and very little on weekdays. There is only a small shop at the foot of the hill and the shop provides tea, snacks, cool drinks etc. You can also get a very simple vegetarian meal.
Nagarahole/Kabini (Close to Wayanad)
Traveller’s Note :- For wildlife lovers a must-do as this sanctuary offers an excellent opportunity to spot wild animals in their most natural surroundings.
Traveller’s Note: – The highest peak in Coorg, drive through halfway and then a trek offers a beautiful panoramic view of misty mountains. (Not recommended for elderly couples and those with kids)