Coorg, otherwise known as Kodagu rests on the laps of the mountains in South India (Karnataka), picturesque to the extent that it makes you fall in love with nature. The serenity and the originality of Coorg are unspoiled and the charm is surely rugged and wild.
Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu or Coorg is situated at a distance of about 255 km from Bangalore lies. The original name of this place was Kodaimalenadu which meant 'dense forest on steep hill'. The softness of nature has termed this place as India's Scotland. It is definitely an unforgettable holiday destination for all those who want to lie in the lap of nature away from the bustling crowd. Located on the Western Ghats, this hill station is spread over an area of 4,102 sq km.
Coorg is a beautiful place for tourist seeking natural picturesque spots and exciting treks. One can pay a visit to Raja's seat, Omkareshwara Temple, Abbi Falls, Madikeri Fort and other famous tourist attractions in and around Coorg. Wild life lovers can travel to the Nagarhole National Park. Coorg is different in every season, one has to come here and discover it. Tourist can travel to Coorg anytime round the year. Walk in the rains, enjoy the cold winters or simply relax in the pleasant summers.
Demographics of Coorg
|Time Zone||GMT/UTC +5:30|
|Talukh||Madikeri, Somwarpet, Virajpet|
|Population (2011 census)||349336|
|Coordinates||27.28° North and 77.41° East|
|Area||4102 Sq. km|
|Climate||Summer 19 to 34°C, Winter 14 to 29°C|
|Main Languages||Kannada, English, Kodava|
|Elevation||174 m (570 ft)|
How to Reach Coorg
The nearest airport to Coorg is the Mangalore Airport which is around 135 km from the city. Flights from different Indian cities will leave you at the Mangalore airport from where you can take a bus or an auto to reach Coorg.
Mysore railway station is the nearest railway station to Coorg. There are trains from all the major Indian cities to Mysore.
There is a well-laid-out network of roads connecting the city with important cities in Karnataka. Cities like Mysore (120 km), Hassan (115 km), Mangalore (136 km) and Bangalore (256 km) are linked by roadways with Coorg.
Shopping in Coorg
Shopping in Coorg is not the focus of activity. This is a land of unspoilt natural beauty. You would not find swanky shopping malls, rising structures in glass and concrete and raucous buyers in Coorg. It is not a typical shopping destination.
But for some, returning from a tour without buying some souvenir for near and dear ones, is just impossible. Coorg has some good news for. Shop for the local produce here. Cardamom, pepper and honey should top your shopping list in Coorg.
You can also pick delicious oranges in seasons while shopping in Coorg.
What else but the natural produce can you get in a destination like Coorg were natural beauty is the highlight. Once you have come to Coorg, buy them to take back. Such things as fresh as here are hard to get in big cities.
Coorg Travel Tips
- It is always advisable to carry some light woolens, just in case the temperature falls.
- Always take an umbrella along, whether it is the rainy season or not.
- If you are visiting in rainy seasons, beware of leeches especially in wet grass.
- Carry a pair of comfortable shoes, as there is plenty of walking to do. For adventure lovers trekking shoes are a must.
- The locals are very helpful and hospitable, though everyone might not understand English.
- Book your accommodation well in advance as the rates increase around long weekends and in tourist season.
- For commuting within the Coorg, auto rickshaws are the best options. Make sure to bargain or at least enquire the fares before hiring the rickshaw.
- Most of the hotels and resorts will book taxis for their guests if necessary.
- In some parts mobile signals are either weak or none at all, so make sure you know the way well.
- Carry your camera as amazing photographic opportunities are at every corner.
Places to Visit in Coorg
- Raja's Seat
- Omkareshwara Temple
- Madikeri Fort
- Abbey Falls
- Barapole River
Last Updated on : 9/09/2013