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Coorg aka Kodagu

Coorg tourism season (2020-21) Sightseeing and activities:

Coorg is locally known as Kodagu, a district of Karnataka state in India. Kodagu, aka Coorg, a hilly area with an average elevation of 900 meters MSL, occupies an area of 4,102 square kilometers. Coordinates 12.3375° N, 75.8069° E is part of Western Ghats. Coorg, aka Kodagu, does not have any city named after it. Madikeri, aka Mercara, is the Coorg District Headquarters.

Coorg aka Kodagu

The Kodagu/Coorg comprises three talukas, namely Madikeri, Virajpet, and Somwarpet. Coorg has a long history, rich culture, rich in wildlife and heritage. Nicknames of Coorg Scotland of India, and Kashmir of South, and Coffee bowl of India. Coorg is also famous for Three Geographical indication tags “Coorg Arabica Coffee”, “Coorg Oranges“, and “Coorg cardamom”.

 

 

 

 

Top 30 Must-See Sightseeing places in Coorg aka Kodagu:

  • Raja’s Seat meaning seat of the King is a photogenic sunset viewpoint in Madikeri, it was once the platform from which the King of Kodagu used to enjoy glorious Sunset. The Spot got its name as it was the favorite recreational place for the Kings. Today it is a well-known tourist place with a beautiful garden, a panoramic view of Western ghats, and a Toy Train by name “Babasaheb Express” 1 km ride to view magnificent Madikeri town, and surrounding Mountain Ranges.
  • Dubare Elephant Camp is one of the major Elephant Camp in Karnataka over the 150 other Camps, located on the banks of River Cauvery in Nanjarayapatna village Kodagu. The Camp Lures many travelers and Elephant Lovers and it is the one place where visitors can get a closer touch of the Giant mammal. Boats are available to reach this place, trained naturalists are available to explain the various aspects of Elephants, and interaction point, photoshoot point, Elephant bathing are other activities here. Most of the Elephants trained here are used for the “World famous Mysore Dasara Jambu Savari”, so camp will be closed for 3 months during Dasara. Visiting hours only between 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.
Dubare Elephant Camp
Elephant Interaction place
  • Madikeri Fort and a palace inside is situated in the middle of the Madikeri town, and it was first founded by Mudduraja in the year 1650 CE. Madikeri Fort was eventually rebuilt in granite by Tipu Sultan who named the site Jaffarabad in the year 1790 CE. Dodda Vira Rajendra took Control of the fort later in 18th Century CE. Linga Raja II in the year 1812-1814 CE renovated the Palace. Lord Ganesha Temple and a Museum which consists of weapons and dresses used by the King and some inscriptions can be seen here. Visiting hours 10:00 am to 5:30 pm.
Madikeri Fort, Coorg
Madikeri Fort, Coorg
  • Harangi Dam built of the River Harangi a tributary of the River Cauvery at Hadgur Village. This Dam is 846 meters long with a height of 47 meters. The Dam attracts a large crowd during the monsoon season when the gates are opened and water is released. the Backwater of Harangi dam is spread across several km with islands and thick forest areas on the banks. A very beautiful garden just like Brindavan Garden is maintained here. Visiting hours 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Mallalli Falls lies in the northern region of Kodagu district, and the falls lie 26 km away from the town of Somwarpet. Mallalli falls at the foot of the Pushpagiri hills range where the River Kumaradhara takes a deep plunge of over 200 feet. Mallalli falls is one of the most mystifying waterfalls in Coorg/Kodagu, the river passes through Kukke Subramanya.
  • Mandalpatti aka Mugilu Pete situated at an altitude of 4050 feet ASL is hilltop is part of Pushpagiri reserve forest and here 4X4 Jeep safari and trekking is quite popular. The 360-degree view of Western Ghats is the first and foremost thing-to-do in Kodagu/Coorg.
Mandalpatti on a misty day
Mandalpatti, Coorg
  • Padi Igguthappa temple dedicated to Lord Shiva located at Kakkabe village in Kodagu is an ancient temple built in the year 1810 CE by King of Kodagu Linga Rajendra and later renovated by Dewan Apparanda Bopu.    Visiting hours 5:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Pushpagiri Mountain range aka Subramanya Hills aka Kumara Parvatha is the second highest peak of Coorg, the sixth highest peak in Karnataka. Lingadhahole and Kumaradhara Rivers Originates from the Pushpagiri and it is adorned by both Shola and Evergreen Forests. This quite a popular trekking spot in Coorg about 36 km from Somwarpet, 1.5 km Kumbarahalli, 10 km from Bhagati, a three-hour trek.
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushpagiri Hills, Coorg
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushpagiri Hills, Coorg
  • Omkareshwara temple was constructed by King Linga Rajendra II in the year 1800 CE and it displays a unique like a Dargah. The history of this temple is found on a Copper inscription which is fixed on the ance door.   Visiting hours 5:00 am to 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Omkareshwara temple, Madikeri
Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri
  • Raja Gaddige aka Raja’s Tomb is a vast garden with Tombs of Linga Rajendra II, Biddanda Bopu and Biddanda Somaiah. Visiting hours at 10.00 am to 6:00 pm
Raja Gaddige aka Raja's Tomb
Raja Gaddige aka Raja’s Tomb
  • Shri Mrityunjaya Temple is located Badagarakeri village near Virajpet, believed to be over 800 years old and the temple is surrounded by coffee plantation in a spacious place with a garden. Visiting hours 8.00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Tadiandamol aka Thadiyandamol is the highest mountain peak in Coorg / Kodagu and it is the third highest in Karnataka after Mullayanagiri and Kuduremukha. At an elevation of 1748 meters ASL, having Shola forests is a trekkers paradise. Nalknad palace at the foot of this mountain is the base camp for trekkers.
  • Abbey Falls just 5 km from Madikeri town in the middle of a coffee estate, lies one of the most winsome waterfalls of Karnataka. The Madikeri stream, also called Muttaramutt, Falls 21.3 meters between huge boulders to the deep rocky valley to form this picturesque waterfall called Abbi Falls ( Abbi Means Waterfalls in Kodava Takk). The British it the Jessey Waterfall in memory of Jessey, the daughter of Madikeri’s first Chaplain. Big buses, Mini Buses can’t reach up to this falls, you will be required to walk around 1 km. Visiting hours from 10.00 am to 5:00 pm.
Abbey falls, Madikeri, Coorg
Abbey falls, Madikeri, Coorg
  • Cauvery Nisargadhama a River Island formed by the River Kaveri an area of 30 acres filled with Bamboo, Teak, Rosewood, Sandalwood trees. This is the perfect place to enjoy River, Forest, Boating, Zipline, Forest Watchtowers. Visiting hours 9.00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Honnamma lake is the biggest lake in Coorg and named after Goddess Honnamma, located  6km from Somwarpet on the backdrop of a scenic hills knows as Gavi betta and Mori betta. Visiting hours at 9.00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Nagarhole National Park aka Rajiv Gandhi National Park is one of the most astonishing wildlife reserves at the backdrop of the Brahamagiri Mountain range which is filled with sandalwood, Teak, and other trees, it is also part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. Jungle jeep Safari to sight Tiger, Black Panther, and other wildlife is also possible.
  • Tibetan Colony and Golden temple located in the town of Bylakuppe has the second largest settlement of Tibetan refugees in the World ( first being the Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh). With an area over 3000 acres with numerous Monastery, study centers this Colony can be named Little Tibet of India.  Among the most visited places here are
  1. Namdroling Monastery of Nyingma popular as Golden Temple was established by his Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche (1932-2009) in the year 1963 CE. with an objective of establishing the prestigious monastery in preserving the precious of teachings of Gautam Buddha and pervade peace in this beautiful World.  The three huge idols of Padmasambhava, Buddha, and Amitayus in Gold are located inside Namdroling Monastery in Padmasambhava Buddhist Vihara is the main attraction for tourists here.
Padmasambhava Buddhist Vihara , Namdroling Monastery
Padmasambhava Buddhist Vihara , Namdroling Monastery
Golden idols of Padmasambhava, Buddha, and Amitayus
Golden idols of Padmasambhava, Buddha, and Amitayus
  • Drikung Kagyu Monastery.
  • Sakya Monastery.
  • Sera Je Monastery.
  • Sera Mey Monastery.
  • Tashi Lhunpo monastery in Bylakuppe was newly built. Inaugurated by Dalai Lama in 2016.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Tibetan Colony, Bylakuppe
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, Tibetan Colony, Bylakuppe
  • Chiklihole reservoir is an irrigation purpose dam built across the river Chichilihole River near Rangasamudra Village is one of the most scenic spots in Coorg, but hardly a few people visit here, Beware do no get to waters where there are lots of Crocodiles here. Visiting hours 8.00 am to 5:00 pm and there no entry fees.

 

  • Sri Bhagandeshwara temple on the banks of three river confluence namely, Cauvery, Kannike, and Sujyothi are popular as Triveni Sangama. This Temple Complex houses Sri Bhagandeshwara, Sri Subramanya, Sri Mahavishnu, and Sri Ganapathi shrines believed to built by Cholas in the 11th Century CE in Kerala Temple architecture Style.
  • Irupu Falls Tumbling through the hills, the Lakshmana Tirtha river falls from 51.8 meters into the valley, flowing northwest from here to join another rivulet, the Rama tirtha it changes course northeast to join the Cauvery River in Mysore District. Blue Flutter is one of the most beautiful butterflies in India, Endemic to the Western Ghats, the Malabar Banded Peacock ( Papilio buddha), is common here. The Common Banded Peacock and the Paris Peacock are related species. These Brightly colored butterflies thrive in the undisturbed ambiance of this area. and the Iruppu Falls is actually located inside Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
Irupu Falls walk path, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Irupu Falls walk path, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

 

  • Irupu Rameshwara temple
  • Nalknad Palace
  • Talacauvery and Brahmagiri peak
  • Chelavara Falls situated on Cheyandane Village on Virajpet – Talakaveri Road formed by steam that drops from a height of 150 ft into a big pool which has a depth of over 50 ft. Due to its Shape like a tortoise, it is also known as Embepare ( in local Kodava language it means Tortoise).
  • Kotebetta
Kotebetta
Kotebetta, trekking paradise Coorg
  • Nishani Motte
Nishani Motte, Coorg
Nishani Motte, Coorg
  • Toy Train Madikeri
Toy Train Madikeri,
Toy Train aka Puttani Express
  • Kote Abbi Falls
Kote abbey falls, Mandalpatti, Coorg
Kote abbey falls, Mandalpatti, Coorg
  • Bheeman Kallu-an ancient cave
Bheeman Kallu-an ancient cave, Coorg
Bheeman Kallu-an ancient cave, Coorg
  1. Kutta
  2. Madikeri.

 

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