Coorg or Kodagu is a beautiful hill town in Karnataka. It is known as the Scotland of India, because of its jungles, hills, and amazing Flora and Fauna. It is a paradise for nature lovers and is covered with lush greenery, plantations, and forests. Coorg is known for its coffee plantations and is one of the major producers of coffee in the country. It has an avg. elevation of 3000 to 5000 feet above sea level.
In 1956, Kodagu was merged with Karnataka (Mysore state back then), before which it was a separate state. The Kodavas were the earliest agriculturists and inhabitants in Coorg and have lived there for centuries. The British ruled here from 1834, after the Coorg war, to 1947.
Coorg or Kodagu is filled with rich history and culture. It has monasteries, temples, beautiful hills, and so much more.
The best time to visit Coorg for trekking and other adventurous activities is around October to March. If you want to experience the valley shrouded with beautiful white flowers, March and April are the best time to visit.
TADIANDAMOL PEAK (Source)
IRUPPU FALLS (SOURCE)
DUBARE ELEPHANT CAMP (SOURCE)
RAJA’S SEAT (SOURCE)
ABBEY FALLS (SOURCE)
You can take over the western Ghats here, and go on treks from Coorg. You can go Camping, Trekking, River Rafting, Ziplining, Kayaking, Jeep Safari, Quad Biking, Microlight Flight, etc. Some of the best places to go trekking are, Tadiandamol Trek, Iruppu Falls Trek, Subramanya–Kumara Parvatha Trek, Kopatty trek, Galibeedu- Subramanya trek, Madikeri trek, Pushpagiri trek, etc.
The nearest airport to Kodagu is the Mangalore International Airport, located about 140 Km from the city center. The nearest domestic airport is the Mangalore International Airport which is about 160 kilometres away from the city.
There is no railway station in Kodagu, but the nearest ones are the Mangalore Central Railway station (134 km), and the Mysore junction (95 km). You can reach Mysore Junction by train and then go by cab or bus.
The roads to Kodagu are very well maintained, so you will undoubtedly have a pleasant drive. You can also stop on the way to look around the beautiful places. There is more than one route you can take to reach Kodagu.
The staple diet here is boiled rice and rice gruel. Some of the best street foods in Kodagu are Kadambuttu (Rice ball), Pandi Curry, Kupleputtu, Nuuputtu or Noolputtu.
BREAD AND KADUBU (SOURCE)
Some of the must-buys in Coorg are Coffee, Coorg honey, Organic Spices, and Dry fruits, Chocolates, honey and Oranges, Tibetan Artefacts, Kokkethathi Pendant, and Homemade Coorg wine.
A few of the many amazing places to shop in Kodagu are Choci Coorg, Tibetan flea market, Kushal Nagar market, etc. The most famous markets here are the Kushal Nagar market and the Friday market.
Two days are enough to visit all the major attractions in Coorg. If you want to go on treks, you can stay back for a day or two.
The climate here is usually pleasant with an average of about 15˚ throughout the year. In Summer, the temperature ranges from about 15˚C to 35˚C.