Coorg, also known as Kodagu in the native tongue, is a state in Karnataka that many tourists love to visit because of its natural beauty. In fact, it also goes by the nickname, “The Scotland of India.” The weather remains pleasant most of the time, and as such, you can visit it pretty much any time of the year. However, the ideal visiting time is from October to March.
List of Tourist Places in Coorg:
Dubare Elephant Camp: It hosts more than 150 elephants, and spending time with these big creatures is a sure shot way to have fun with your entire family. The place has many well-trained naturalists who can help you get in close contact with these elephants. Many more wild animals roam in the deciduous forests nearby. In addition, birds like woodpeckers, peacocks, and kingfishers can also be observed here.
Iruppu Falls: Iruppu Falls have sacred legends behind it. According to mythology, Lakshmana shot an arrow at the Brahmagiri Mountains, creating the Lakshmana Tirtha River. And it is this river that gave rise to the Iruppu falls. Many pilgrims visit the falls as a dip in its water is considered to wash away one’s sins. The best time to visit is during the monsoon when there is a high flow of water.
Thadiyandamol Hills: This is the highest peak in Coorg and is located in Kakkabe. With an altitude of 5,730 feet, Thadiyandamol offers a gorgeous view of the surrounding hills and is a favorite among many trekking enthusiasts. The September-February season is a good time to visit the place. The dense forests also offer bird watching opportunities.
Namdroling Monastery: The monastery is home to around 5,000 monks and is well known to be a place that upholds the true teachings of the Buddha. Be sure to visit the Golden Temple, with an architecture different from other temples commonly found in India. There are many restaurants in the area which offer authentic Tibetan food. The monastery also features a retreat center.
The Abbey Falls: It is said to offer some of the most beautiful sceneries among waterfalls in India. This has mostly to do with the lush coffee plantations that surround the cascade. The sides are dotted with black pepper trees. There are many trekking trails in the region. A popular trail leads to the nearby Kali Mata temple. The waterfall is located approximately 10 kilometres from Madikere.
Barapole River: If you are into river rafting, then a visit to the Barapole River should be at the top of your list. The rapids generally have a length of about 5 to 6 km and offer a short, yet thrilling ride. Some rapids are exclusively open to experienced rafters. And if you are just a novice, you can try out the rapids that have been marked for beginners. Just make sure that you are in perfect condition before signing up for river rafting in the waters.
Nagarhole National Park: Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, this is the place to visit if you want to observe tigers, elephants and other wild animals in their natural habitat. You can sign up to stay a few days at the jungle lodges located inside the park. Visit the park during summer as this is the time you can see animals resting by the numerous water bodies. Avoid visiting during rains, since the animals are rarely seen out in the open during the season.
Mallalli Falls: The Mallalli Falls is generally regarded as the most beautiful waterfalls in Coorg along with the Abbey Falls. The waters originate in the Kumaradhara River and flow down in two levels. It is located in the foothills of the Pushpagiri. As with the other waterfalls, monsoon season is the best time to visit the place.
Raja’s Seat: The place is famous for its beautiful gardens and used to be a leisurely spot for the kings of old. Many varieties of flowers exist in the place, which is sure to uplift the mood of the visitor. This is why it makes for a good picnic spot if you are with your family and just want to relax and watch the sunset.
Omkareshwara Temple: Constructed in 1820, Omkareshwara Temple is unique since it is one of the few Hindu temples in the country constructed incorporating Islamic style. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is said to have been built by a king who sought to console the spirit of a Brahmin he had killed.
Coffee Plantations: If you are near Coorg, a stroll through its coffee plantations is a must-do. Numerous plantations dot the region and the estate owners provide guided tours of the place. In addition, you can also educate yourself on the process of how the coffee beans are cultivated, harvested and processed. This is an ideal learning trip to take with your kids.
Nisargadhama: This is a 64 km wide island located near Kushalnagar and surrounded by the Cauvery River. The place is known for its rich flora which includes dense forests of bamboo trees, teak wood, sandalwood and other varieties. In addition, numerous bird species and animals like deer, rabbits, etc. can be seen on the island. Plus, elephant rides are also on offer.
Harangi Dam: The dam gets its name from the stream over which it is built – Harangi. Located approximately 30 km near Coorg, many people visit the place for its scenic beauty. During monsoon, the shutters of the dam are opened and the waters rushing out make for an impressive sight. A little garden with an idol of Goddess Cauvery is also located very near to the dam.
Mandalpatti: The place is considered an ideal place for a long jeep drive where you can observe the sunrise and sunset in their full glory. Most of the time, you will have an obstacle free view of the sky. If you are looking to get far away from the busy city life and just relax with friends, a drive through Mandalpatti is highly recommended.
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: This wildlife sanctuary is often regarded as one of the most important in the country, mainly because it houses some of the world’s most endangered bird species. The region is also home to many animals like the Asian elephant, Sambar Deer, flying squirrel, Stripe Necked Mongoose and so on. If you are a wildlife and nature enthusiast, this is the best place to visit.
Kumara Parvatha Trek: Within the Pushpagiri is the Kumara Parvatha Peak, which is considered to offer one of the toughest, most grueling trekking options in South India. You may have to camp out for a night to finish trekking the region. The crest of the mountain is located about 5,600 feet above sea level.
Nalknad Palace: For those of you who want to explore kingly palaces, the Nalknad Palace offers you a great glimpse into the architectural heritage of the region. Built in the late 1700’s, the palace is adorned with ancient paintings and intricate carvings. It is situated in Kakkabe, nearby the Tadiyandamol hills.
Nishani Motte: The nearly 15 km trek to the Nishani Motte peak will take you through the coffee plantations, paddy fields and wildlife reserves in the region. Once you reach the top of the mountain, you can view the majestic beauty of the surrounding peaks, which will fill you with a sense of euphoria.