Coorg is renowned for its lush bamboo and sandalwood forests, magnificent waterfalls and grand temples with vast tea estates and coffee plantations. It is known as the Scotland of India because of its beautiful hills and streams. Coorg is certainly a must visit holiday destination in India. Check out the list below for further details.
1. Raja’s Seat
For Watching Incredible Sunset
Watching the setting sun at Raja’s Seat in Madikeri with your better half makes for a memorable experience at Coorg. It is famous throughout India for its wonderful scenic beauty with the plush hills and surroundings. It was once the seat from which the royalty of Kodagu enjoyed glorious sunsets.
At Brahmagiri Hill and Kundha Hills
Coorg is a paradise for trekking lovers. A trip to Coorg is not complete without trekking in the historical mountains. The lush bamboo and sandalwood forests along with picturesque waterfalls on the route give a unique experience to the trekkers. Irrupu falls from Brahmagiri Hill and Kundha Hills near Virajpet on the way to Nagarhole National Park and Thadiyandamol Hill are the most popular trekking trails over here.
3. White Water Rafting
At Dubare Elephant Camp and Barapole
If you happen to be in Coorg during the monsoon season, try out white water rafting offered by professional adventure clubs. Dubare Elephant Camp and Barapole are the main rafting sites at Coorg that offers this amazing adventure sport.
4. Monastery and Temple of Coorg
For Spiritual Serenity Bhagandeshwara temple and Golden Temple
Apart from scenic beauty, Coorg is also home to some of the most popular religious sites. Tala Cauvery is a sacred place for Hindus. It is the origin of the River Cauvery. The Triveni Sangam and the Bhagandeshwara temple in Bhagmandala are important places of pilgrimage for the Hindus. There is a monastery at Bylakuppe which is called as the Namdroling Monastery, that houses the Golden Temple. It is one of the must visit Tibetan monasteries. The temple is presided over by a gold-plated Buddha statue that is around 18 meters high. You can sit and meditate over here.
5. Plantation Hikes
In the Tea estates and Coffee plantations
Without a visit to the coffee and tea estates, Coorg trip is considered incomplete. Visit Tata tea estate and other plantation hikes where you can get a deep insight into the spices of Coorg. You can get to learn about coffee beans and its processing in the coffee plantations over here.
6. Waterfalls like Abbi and Irrupu
Enjoying Natural Wonders
Coorg has many fabulous waterfalls that add to the magnificence of this place. Abbi falls amidst the coffee estate is definitely a place worth visiting. Besides, Irrupu waterfall surrounded by lush green forests of Western Ghats is a truly mesmerizing
7. Wildlife Spotting
At Nagarhole National Park and Dubare forest
Nagarhole National Park is an excellent wildlife sanctuary for spotting deer, elephants, bisons and peacocks. Wildlife enthusiasts and photographers should not miss out on this place. Dubare forest is also a place you should not miss out on. You can see tribals training wild elephants at this place. Nisargadama is another forest in the town where you can get to spot rabbits, peacocks and deer.
8. Brahmagiri Hill
For an awesome Aerial view
If you wish to have an eagle-eye view of the entire Coorg, you ought to visit Brahmagiri Hill in Tala Cauvery. It is one of the most important view-points in Coorg. The top of Brahmagiri Hill is pristine, green well forested and also hosts many species of wildlife.
Best Coffee Ever
Coorg coffee is famous worldwide. You can buy coffee beans and tea leaves from the local shops over here. Apart from that, cardamom, pepper, pineapples, pickles and papads are also available for sale. Other shopping options include traditional Kodava sarees of silk and jewellery. You can buy Tibetan artifacts from Kushal Nagar Area.
10. Madikeri Fort
Visit Madikeri’s Fort is one of the most important land mark of Coorg and also a well known tourist attraction. It is around 200 years old and was built by Raja Lingarajendra II. There is an old church over here, with a museum exhibiting some artifacts.
11. Toy Train Fun
Kids Fun Zone
Behind the Raja’s Seat are gardens and a toy train line for kids and adults as well . Known as ‘Puttani Rail‘ this train passes through craved tracks and human made valley and offers your little ones a exhilarating experince. A tiny Kodava style temple is also present over here.
12. Hike to Raja’s Tombs
Hiking and site seeing
On the way to Abbi falls, an amazing 7 kilometer picturesque hike from the town center, you can visit Raja’s tombs. It is also known as Gaddige. If you are seeking solitude, this is the place to be.
13. Nalakunad Palace
About 40 kilometers from Madikeri, the region around the Kakkabe village is the perfect destination if you wish to check out the highest peak of Kodagu, Tadiyendamol. At the bottom of the peak, 3 kilometer from Kakkabe, you can visit Nalakunad Palace, which is more than 2 centuries old. It was the hunting lodge of a Kodagu king in 1794.
You can hire a vehicle from Madikeri and explore the city on your own. Carry your driving license whenever you happen to visit Coorg if you are interested in doing so. You can even check out Valnoor Fishing Camp at Kushal Nagar and try catching the Mahseer Fish. Nestled amidst verdant hills, Coorg is undoubtedly one of the best holiday destinations for families, youngsters as well as new couples.