Kodagu earlier known as Coorg, in Karnatake state, India is located on the Eastern Slopes of the Western Ghats sharing borders with Kerala districts Wyanad and Kannur. Madikeri, a hill station, is the head quarters of Kodagu alias Coorg district.
Kodagu hill station’s high-ranges is famous for its Coffee Plantations along with Eucalyptus and Vanilla. The Coorg valley is famous for its Ginger and Paddy. Spices like black pepper, cardamon, etc, are also cultivated hereg. Rubber, Coca, etc, are also found in plenty in Kodagu and surrounding hill areas.
Kodagu is famous for its amazing food and the hospitality of its people. Kodagu alias Coorg is also famous for its brave warriors. India’s first Army Chief Field Marshal Kariappa was from Kodagu. Kodagu has its own language ‘Kodava’ even though there is no script for the language.
Two members of Legislative assembly to Karnataka State are elected from Kodagu; one each from two taluks (taluk is an administrative unit in India) of Kodagu.
Visiting Coorg, or Koadag as it is called now, is an experience one will never forget in his or her lifetime. October to April is the ideal time to visit Coorg hill station.
What are the Nearby Tourist places to visit in Coorg
Barapole river offers excellent Whitewater rafting and is very popular among tourists to Coorg. There are many places in and around Kodagu, offering Whitewater rafting. Kayaking and Rappelling facilities are also available in Kodagu and its surrounding areas.
Raja’s seat, one of the most scenic location in south India, is a major sight seeing spot which offers panoramic view of the hills and valleys. Abbi fall is another beautiful place in Coorg. Tala cauvery, the place where river Cauvery originates, is at 44 kilometers from Madikeri. Every year water gushes out of a small pond here at a per-determined time and is a famous tourist and pilgrimage center. 28 kilometers from Madikeri is the famous 64 acre Nisargadhama island off the state highways which can be reached by walking across a hanging bridge. Nisargadhama island offers elephant safari and boating facilities.
Tadiandamol, is the highest mountain peak in Kodagu district and is famous among trekkers. Nalaknad palace at Tadiandamol foot hills is an important historical landmark near Kodagu; mapped during the Great Trigonometric Survey, carried out by the Survey of India in the 19th century.
Bylekuppe near Kushalanagar is one of the most famous Tibetan settlements in India. Namdroling Monastery is a major Buddhist Monastery here. 15 kilometers from Kushalnagar is the famous Dubare elephant training camp, inside reserve forests. Here also one can go for an elephant ride. Omkareshwara temple is another major tourist center near to Coorg. This 200 year old Lord Shiva temple in Islamic and Gothic style of architecture looks similar to Taj Mahal. Madikeri Fort is another nearby tourist attraction. Raja Tombs, an Islamic style tombs built by Hindu Kings, have deity’s of Lord Shiva being work-shipped. Igguthappa temple is one among the two sacred temple for Kodugas.
How Do I Go to Coorg alias Kodagu?
Coorg is at a distance of 116 kilometers from Mysore. Bangalore alias Bengaluru is at a distance of 239 kilometers from Kodagu which takes around 5 hours drive. Nearest airport to Cooorg is at Mangalore, at around 135 kilometers distance. Bangalore is the nearest international airport to Coorg hill station.
Thalasserry railway station, with station code TLY, near to state’s border with Kerala, is the nearest railway station to Coorg at around 100 kilometers distance. Mysore, Mangalore, Hassan and other nearby railway stations stations connects Kodagu hill station to other parts of India.