Places to Visit in Kodagu / Coorg For a Memorable Trip
Coorg or Kodagu is one of the first options for travel which occur to people in Karnataka. It can be called as a jewel in Karnataka’s crown of tourist places.
Kodagu is a hidden treasure, you’ll enjoy more as you explore. Western Ghats distributes all the beauty to the nook and corner of this district. These unexplored places are a must visit in Coorg, as they’re also as enticing as the famous tourist spots here.
The coffee plantations of Coorg covered with stunning greenery would charm anyone. With its undiluted landscapes, lovely waterfalls and an amazing assortment of flora and fauna, it has much to offer visitors. Wake up to the view of misty mountains in the morning and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee. But of all the places to visit in Coorg, the wildlife sanctuaries are the most fascinating if you are with a loved one or on a family trip. Spot a bison, an elephant and if you in luck then a Panther. Take a look below for some of Coorg’s tourist places and plan your trip to the ‘Scotland of India’.
How to Reach Coorg
The nearest railway station is Mysore about 120 kms away. The nearest domestic airport is the Mangalore International Airport, about 160 kilometres away. KSRTC bus services connects Coorg to nearby Karnataka cities such as Mysore, Mangalore and Bangalore among others.
Top 10 Places to Visit in Coorg
1. Raja’s Seat – Mystical views and cottony clouds
Present in the town of Madikeri, Raja’s Seat is considered one of the most scenic places to visit in Coorg. A popular sunset point, it provides a breathtaking view of the green valley and the surrounding hills. It is also surrounded by a beautiful garden of seasonal flowers and musical fountains. The best time to visit is during the early morning and evening hours.
2. Abbey falls – Gushing through the rocks
Abbey Falls makes for one of the most popular places to visit in Coorg. Located 1 km from the town of Madikeri, the waterfall is located between coffee plantations and spice estates. Enjoy the gushing beauty where the Kaveri River cascades down a rockface turning into the falls. The best time to visit is November and December, just after monsoons.
3. Brahmagiri Peak – Trek through the verdant trails
Brahmagiri Peak is a scenic spot full of forested woods and mist-topped hills. On the way to the peak, you will trek through grasslands, colourful floras and sparkling streams of clear water. It also has a wildlife sanctuary which includes Lion-tailed Macaque, Jungle Cat, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Langur, Giant Flying Squirrel amongst others. It is one of the most beautiful places to see in Coorg.
4. Dubare Elephant Camp for animal lovers
One of the most interesting things to do in Coorg is get close to elephants at the Dubare Elephant Camp. With over 150 elephants, the camp is a great chance to get to know these enchanting creatures. Watch the elephants being given a bath, fed and trained by Mahouts. In addition take a coracle ride on the River Cauvery and spot a crocodile, gaur, the wild dog, sloth bear and peacocks.
5. Iruppu Falls – Rush of the torrents
Of all tourist places in Coorg, Iruppu waterfall is one of the most popular. River Lakshmana Tirtha takes a 60 feet plunge amidst the green mountains to turn into these falls. The picturesque view of the ferns along with the gushing sound of the falls makes for a memorable experience.
6. Chettalli – The less trodden pathways
If you are into cultural tourism, an interesting thing to do in Coorg would be to visit a local village. Chettalli is a small village on the Madikeri – Siddapur Road is just the place. With the misty hills being perfectly complimented by the unending greenery it provides a great place to enjoy the serenity and relax.
7. Nagarahole National Park for the love of the wild
If you are interested in wildlife, the Nagarahole National Park is possibly one of the best places to visit in Coorg. Despite the dense jungle, it has open sight-lines along the river bank, which makes for fantastic place to watch animals and over 270 species of birds. The best time to visit is during summer (April to May) or winter (November to February).
8. Bylakuppe – A cultural delight
Of all tourist places in Coorg, Bylakuppe is full of cultural delights. The second biggest Tibetan settlement in India, the main attraction in Bylakuppe is the Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery which adheres to the typical Tibetan style of architecture. The town is especially great to visit during the festival of Losar (Tibetan New Year), which is celebrated with much fervor.
9. Cauvery Nisargadhama – Time to the beaten tracks
Nisargadhama is a beautiful island, 28 km from Madikeri, surrounded by thick foliage of bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees. An interesting things to do in Coorg would be to stay in the treetop bamboo cottages here, and enjoy the elephant rides and boating on the river side.
10. Mandalpatti View point – Nature at it’s best
With abundance of greenery, trekking is definitely one of the things to do in Coorg. And Mandalpatti is one of the best tourist spots to indulge in the adventurous activity. Climb up towards the Mandalpatti View Point via the scenic Makkandur route but be sure to pack some water for the way!
Best Time to Visit Coorg
Plan a trip to this hill station between November to March not just for the pleasant weather but also to celebrate Puttari, the harvest festival and indulge in some mouth-watering local delicacies.
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