Kodagu which was earlier known as Coorg in Karnataka 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 headquarters 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, cardamom, etc, are also cultivated here. 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 (a 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.
Which are the Nearby Tourist places to Coorg
Namdroling Monastery or Bylekuppe Monastery
Bylekuppe at around six kilometers from Kushalanagar is one of the most famous Tibetan settlements in India. Namdroling Monastery alias Bylekuppe Monastery is a major Buddhist Monastery here. The Golden temple inside the Namdroling Monastery is a Buddhist temple. Golden statues of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Sakyamuni, and Amityaus can be seen here.
Prayer rituals are conducted around 1 pm or so. Prayer wheels and the shrine should be circled with the right hand in the clockwise direction. It is the largest teaching center for the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. It is situated on the Madikeri-Mysuru road, after crossing the Kaveri River Bridge.
Dubare Elephant Camp and River Rafting
Dubare elephant camp and river rafting are at around 15 kilometers from Kushalnagar. It is very famous among tourists to Koorg and is situated inside reserve forests. Here you can go for an elephant ride (in the morning and evenings only). Dubare water rafting is allowed all through the day. It is shallow waters.
Barapole River Rafting
Barapole river which originates in the Brahmagiri range in south Coorg also 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.
28 kilometers from Madikeri is the famous 64-acre Nisargadhama island, off the state highways, which can be reached by walking across a small hanging bridge (suspension bridge) over River Cauvery. The entry fee is INR 10.
Nisargadhama island has a beautiful garden, which is ideal for a nature walk. There is a small zoo, with deer(s), rabbits, peacocks, sparrows, etc. Few tree top watchtowers are also there. You can take selfies here.
Nisargadhama island offers elephant safari. Boating is also available here (both are separately charged).
Just outside of Nisargadhama, there are adventure activities like wall climbing, zip line ride, 3D glass maze.
Tadiandamol is the highest mountain peak in Kodagu district and is famous among trekkers. Nalaknad palace at Tadiandamol foothills is an important historical landmark near Kodagu; mapped during the Great Trigonometric Survey, carried out by the Survey of India in the 19th century.
Omkareshwara Temple is another major tourist center near to Coorg. This 200-year-old Lord Shiva temple in the Islamic and Gothic style of architecture looks similar to the Taj Mahal.
Other Tourist Attractions
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 of the two sacred temples for Kodugas.
Raja’s seat, one of the most scenic locations in south India, is a major sightseeing spot that offers a panoramic view of the hills and valleys. Abbi fall is another beautiful place in Coorg. Tala Cauvery, the place where river Cauvery originates, is 44 kilometers from Madikeri. Every year water gushes out of a small pond here at a pre-determined time and is a famous tourist and pilgrimage center.
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. The nearest airport to Coorg 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 connect Kodagu hill station to other parts of India.
When are you going to Kodagu Alias Coorg, famous for its beauty of nature and the famous Bylekuppe Monastery and the Buddhist Golden temple at Namdroling Monastery? Please leave your comments.