COORG TOURISM | TOURIST PLACES TO VISIT & TRAVEL GUIDE TO COORG
#1 of 33 Places to visit in Karnataka | #29 of 100 Places to visit in India
Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days
Nearest City to Coorg: Mysore (117 Kms)
Best Time to Visit Coorg: October to March
Peak Season: December to January & May to June
At a distance of 265 km from Bangalore, 117 km from Mysore, 132 km from Mangalore, 322 km from Coimbatore & 362 km from Kochi, Coorg or Kodagu is a district in Karnataka and Madikeri is the district headquarters. Coorg is one of the top places to visit in Karnataka, and among the must include places in honeymoon tour packages.
At an altitude of 1525 meters on the Western Ghats, Coorg is often called the Scotland of India. Talacauvery, Abbey Falls and Dubare are some of the best places to visit as part of Coorg Tour Packages. According to Puranas, Kodava is the redefined name of Krodhadesa meaning Land of Anger, said to have been inhabited by the Kodava tribe. Some historians believe that it is named after the River Cauvery. Coorg was under the Gangas rule during the 9th and 10th centuries and Cholas in the 11th century followed by Hoysalas. Later Coorg was relatively independent under Haleri Rajas until the British occupied the region in 1834. Coorg was a separate state before its merger with Karnataka in the year 1956.
Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Also, it is one of the places with the highest rainfall in India. The Kodagu district comprises different communities like Kodava, Tulu, Gowda, and Moplah out of which the largest is the Kodava community, both economically and politically. The economy depends on agriculture, coffee plantations, forestry, and tourism. Coorg is one of the best hill stations near Bangalore.
Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets, and breathtaking views have made Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination. Raja's Seat, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare are the major places to visit in Coorg. The famous Cauvery River is originated in the hills of Coorg at Talacauvery. Coorg can also be visited along with Mysore Tour Packages.
Being a part of the Western Ghats, Coorg is rich in flora and fauna. It has three wildlife sanctuaries - the Talacauvery, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri Sanctuaries, and one national park, the Nagarhole National Park. Some of the animal species found in these wildlife parks include the Asiatic elephant, tigers, leopards, and wild boars.
Coorg is also famous for trekking activities with peaks like Thandiyandamole, Brahmagiri, and Pushpagiri. Elephant rides at Dubare Elephant camp and white water rafting in the Upper Barapole River are other interesting things to do in Madikeri. Besides, Coorg can also be visited along with Wayanad packages, and Ooty tour packages.
Mangalore airport is the nearest airport which is 146 km from Madikeri. Mysore Junction and Mangalore Junction railway stations are the nearest stations. Mangalore Junction Railway Station is about 131 km and Mysore Junction Railway station is about 117 km from Madikeri. KSRTC buses as well as private buses provide services to Madikeri from nearby cities like Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Ooty, etc.
Coorg has pleasant weather throughout the year, though October - June is the best time to visit Coorg. It usually takes about 1-2 full days to visit the important places in Coorg.