Coorg

Coorg

Coorg (Madikeri) is also known as the "Scotland of India". It is an endless expanse of scenic beauty - lush green valleys, coffee plantations, and majestic mountain ranges. To get a real feel of the plantations stay at one of the many homestays situated on coffee estates. Plantation Tours (on foot or jeep) are a great way to learn about the history and art of your favorite drink, as you sip on freshly brewed coffee. If you visit during the berry-picking season, you can help out on the plantation. With over 2,564 sq km carpeted shade of green and a land wrapped in white mist, Coorg, no wonder is a magical destination in Karnataka. It leaves a visitor spellbound during the rains.

Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu is 252 km from Bangalore. It is located at an altitude of 1425 meters above sea level. Kodagu is believed to have been derived from the word ‘Krodhadesa’ meaning ‘Land of Anger’. Another story traces the origin of Kodagu to ‘Kannada Kundu’, which means dense forest on a steep hill. Coorg is located on the South west end of Karnataka in the Western. Talacauvery, a few kilometers from Madikeri is the origin of the Cauvery River. The river is worshipped by the locals.

The history of Coorg dates back to the 888 AD. The region was ruled by many dynasties including the Gangas of Talakad, Kadambas, Changalvas, Kongalvas, Hoysalas and Nayakas. The Haleri dynasty, founded by a young prince was the longest ruling dynasty in the history of Kodagu

Coorg (Madikeri) General Information

  • Altitude: 1425 Meters
  • Temp:
  • Summer Temp: 35°C Max 25°C Min
  • Winter Temp: 20°C Max 15°C Min
  • Best time to Go : Oct – May
  • Summer Mar -May
  • Monsoon: Jun –Sep
  • Winter: Dec –Feb
  • Clothes:
  • Summer: Cotton clothes
  • Winter: Woollen clothes

How to get there

By Air
Nearest Airport is Mangalore 160 kms

By Rail
Railway station Mangalore

By Road
A good network of roads connects Coorg with important cities in Karnataka

  • Mysore 120 km
  • Hassan 115km
  • Mangalore 136 km
  • Bangalore 256 km are linked by roadways with Coorg

Best time to visit

The beautiful hill station of Coorg, in the state of Karnataka is one of the most popular destinations of the state. The landscape of the place is spectacular; the large stretches of coffee plantations, the magnificent mountain ranges and the exotic vegetations allure a wide range of tourists. Coorg bears a tropical weather making it an ideal holiday destination, throughout the year the climate remains pleasant to visit. However, the best time to visit is from the month of October to May.

Season Months Temperature
Summers March to May 22°C-40°C
Monsoon June to Sep 23°C-29°C
Winter Dec to Feb 11°C-28°C

places to visit

Tibetan Monastery

Located at a distance of around 6 km from Kushalnagar, on the way to Mysore, Tibetan Monastery is one of the main attractions of Coorg. Locally known as the Tibet Camp, it is the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet that is placed in Baylkuppe. This Tibetan monastery is home to around 7000 students and monks. After Tibet was taken over by China, refugees from Tibet settled in Baylkuppe and re-founded the Buddhist monastery in the year 1972. Today, this monastery is not an educational center and a religious site but is also a major tourist attraction that attracts a large number of tourists from all over

Madikeri Fort

One of the most popular tourist attractions of Coorg, Madikeri Fort is the popular historical landmark of the town as well. Located in the heart of the town, the strong walls of the fort still preserve its architectural charm. Within the premises of the fort, there are several structures that offer breathtaking views of the surroundings

Raja’s Seat

Raja’s Seat in the town of Madikeri is where the kings would sit and watch the sunsets with their consorts. This is considered one of South India’s most scenic locations. The view from Raja’s Seat is breathtaking as you gaze upon the green valleys and towering hills. This is the perfect place to sit with a glass of wine and watch cars curving up the road to Mangalore that lies in the valley like a flowing ribbon. The government has set up a garden all around Raja’s Seat.

Omkareshwara Temple

The Omkareshwara Temple was established in 1820 by Lingarajendra II with Mumammadan style architecture, which featured a center dome and four corners with turrets. According to legend, the king put a pious Brahmin to death unjustly and the spirit of the priest began tormenting the Raja. On the advice of his Dewan, Ponnappa, the Raja built the temple to appease the Brahmin’s spirit. The Omkareshwara Temple has a Linga near the door of the entrance. The history of the temple was inscribed by the king on a plate made of copper that is hanging at the frame of the door to the temple entrance.

Gaddige

Gaddige, Rajas’ tombs or the tombs of Dodda Virarjendra & Lingarajendra II is a significant historical monument in Coorg. The royal tombs provide a commanding view of the entire town. In 1820, the tomb of Lingarajendra was built. In addition, there are tombs for two army commanders and a priest. There is a plaque to commemorate General Biddanda Bopu, the Commander-In-Chief of the 18th Century Coorg Army who defeated the Mysorean Army. The tombs are Muhammadan style with center domes and turrets. Even the bars of the windows are made of fine brass and adorned with beautiful engravings

Nagarhole National Park &Dubare Elephant Camp

This is another scenic spot located 15 km from Kushalnagar famous for its elephant training camp. You can also go for rides on the Gentle Gaints. It is also an ideal place for angling in the swirling waters of the Cauvery

Cauvery Nisargadhama 25 kms

Nisargadhama is a beautiful island off the state highway, two km from Kushalanagar town and 28 km from Madikeri. The 64-acre island, surrounded by the Cauvery river, can be accessed by walking across a hanging bridge. Its breathtaking beautiful surrounding are lush with thick foliage of bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees. It has lovely river-side cottages which can accommodate five persons. Elephant rides and boating are some of the other attractions. There is a deer park, children’s park and orchidarium in the resort

Byle kuppe 40 kms

Byle kuppe near Kushalanagar is one of the largest Tibetan settlements in south India. It has several monasteries and the prominent among these are the Great Gompa of Sera Je and Sera Mey and the Namdroling monastery. The Mahayana Buddhist University is at Sera. Another important monastery is the Tashi Lhumpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama. The gold-coated Buddhist statues in the monastery are imposing and unique, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetans

Talacauvery 44km

Located in the foothills of the mighty Brahmagiri hills, Talacauvery is known as the place where river Cauvery originates. On the day of Tulasankramana, devotees stream into this pilgrimage to witness the miraculous spectacle of Teertodbhava, when water gushes up from a tiny pond known as Brahmakundike.

Shopping in Coorg

The picture-perfect hill station of Coorg in Karnataka is famous worldwide for its breathtaking natural beauty and serene environs. Although not exactly a shopper's paradise, Coorg delights visitors by offering several exciting options for Shopping in Coorg Karnataka. You can easily take home some excellent souvenirs and curios from this hill resort.

Coorg is famous for Coffee, Cardamom, Pepper, Orange, Honey, Vanilla and Coorg Wine. The Friday Market in Madikeri is an excellent place to buy local spices like pepper, nutmeg, cardamom and star anise, besides a wide variety of coffees, fruits and vegetables. Take caution before shopping. “Buyer Beware”.