Why Coorg Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

 

If you have a travel bucket list that doesn’t include Coorg, you need some solid reasons to include this beautiful destination without a doubt. For one, it isn’t simply called the Scotland of India! This little town located in the southern region of Karnataka is a little bit of everything – lush green estates accompanied by cascades of flowing water that awakens your senses to the beauty of nature, along with a combination of several adventure sports to try, and of course, the oh-so-famous authentic coffee and Pandi (pork) Curry! And if you’re there in time for Puttari or Kailpodh, two very important festivals for Coorgis, then you’ll get to see the ‘Kodavas’ (locals) in their traditional attires dancing to old folklores. Make sure you pick up some coffee and natural honey for yourself when you visit, and check out our top 10 must-visit places in Coorg.

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1. Raja Seat

One of the most visited tourist spots in Madikeri of Coorg district is Raja’s Seat (Seat of The King) which houses seasonal exotic flowers and artificial fountains which are beautifully covered with mist, most of the times. This place is among the perfect sunrise/sunset views you can have.

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2. Abbey falls, Iruppu falls, Mallalli Falls

 

With much higher flow during the monsoon season, Abbey Falls is located 8km away from Madikeri along the Western Ghats. Iruppu Falls is also a major tourist spot along with being a pilgrimage spot due to the Shiva temple en route to the falls. The Kumaradhara river is the main watercourse of Mallalli waterfall which flows through the famous Kukke Subramanya. The sight of these waterfalls will make you want to come back for sure!

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3. Mandalpatti

With much higher flow during the monsoon season, Abbey Falls is located 8km away from Madikeri along the Western Ghats. Iruppu Falls is also a major tourist spot along with being a pilgrimage spot due to the Shiva temple en route to the falls. The Kumaradhara river is the main watercourse of Mallalli waterfall which flows through the famous Kukke Subramanya. The sight of these waterfalls will make you want to come back for sure!

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4. Nisargadhama

Nisargadhama forest is situated in Kushalanagara of Kodagu district, full of lush greenery, a deer park, a hanging bridge and the sound of birds and cool breeze to tease your senses.

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5. Dubare

Dubare is known for its elephant camps and forest camps located along the banks of the river Kaveri. An ideal place for trekking, elephant rides, fishing and river rafting for the adventurous ones. You can also participate in the treks conducted by the Forest Department along well-defined routes.

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6. Golden temple

Bylakuppe has several Tibetian settlements which include the serene Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery). Best time to visit the Temple would be during the Tibetan New Year (Losar).

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7. Thadiyandamol

You need to trek to the Thadiyandamol Peak and the trek is worth the effort for the view it has to offer. You could even carry a tent along with you to camp overnight. Located in the Western Ghats range, it is considered as the third highest peak of Karnataka. Look out for leeches!.

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8. Talakaveri

Thalakaaveri is marked by a small temple which is frequented by pilgrims mostly. It is located by the Brahmagiri Hill near Bhagamandala. This place is considered to be the birthplace of the river Kaveri and is flocked by people to witness the rise of the fountainhead during the month of October.

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9. Nagara Holle

Nagaraholle National Park or Rajiv Gandhi National Park has a rich forest cover, hills, valleys, waterfalls and wild animals. There’s a lot to explore given the variety of flora and fauna managed by the forest department. You’ll need a whole day to cover the forest or you could even stay at their cottages.

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10. Omkareshwara Temple

One of the oldest Shiva Temples in Markara, Omkareshwara Temple is beautifully structured. The pond placed at the center of the temple reflects the detailing of the temple walls. It is rather less crowded and best visited at evening times.

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