Coorg - Scotland of India

by - November 18, 2020


                Situated amidst imposing hills in Karnataka with a perpetually cloudy scenery, Coorg is the spot to be for all nature lovers. This famous coffee-producing hill town is not only popular for its stunning green hills and the streams cutting right through them. It is also a great attraction because of its culture and people. The Kodavas, a local community specialized in martial arts, are particularly noteworthy for their warm hospitality. Kodagu (Coorg) is ranked as one of India's best hill station attractions. Some of Kodagu's most popular places to visit include Talakaveri, Bhagamandala, Nisargadhama, Abbey Falls, Dubare, Nagarahole National Park, Iruppu Falls & the Tibetan Buddhist Golden Temple.

                Coorg, commonly known as Kodagu, is Karnataka's most prosperous hill station. It is well known for its stunningly exotic landscape and lush greenery. Tree covered valleys, herbs & coffee plantations further contribute to the scenery. Madikeri is the hub of the district with all the means of transport to get around from here. On a visit to Coorg, visit the beautiful towns of Virajpet, Kushalnagar, Gonikoppal, Pollibetta & Somwarpet and explore the wonderful idea of "homestays" to make your experience more unforgettable.

Abbey Falls

                Abbey Falls, also popular as Abbi Falls, is situated about 12 km away from the town of Madikeri and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in and around Coorg. The water waterfall, which falls down from the cliff from a height of 72 feet, offers a stunning view. Situated in the lush greenery typical of Western Ghats, the waterfalls attract millions of people throughout the year, particularly nature lovers and tourists. The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations with cupcake bushes and spice estates with trees lined with pepper vines. There is an over-bridge that hangs opposite the waterfalls, from which the most picturesque sight of white foams gushing down the hill can be heard, filmed & recalled. The movement of the falls leaves a substantial amount of water spray on people who have been waiting on the bridge for some time.

            Few small mountain streams and flows come together to create one of the most spectacular waterfalls in South India and plunge off its hill as the waterfalls into the Kaveri. The path to the falls from the main entrance is about 210 steps down and takes you across exotic coffee, cardamom, pepper & other spice plantations. It's a great way for shutterbugs to document the genuine elegance and grace of the natural world. Even though bathing is now forbidden in the waterfalls, the essence of the location itself is enough to attract visitors every day.


               Talakaveri is the origin of the Kaveri Dam, situated on the Brahmagiri hill near Bhagamandala in the Kodagu district of Karnataka. Kodavas have erected a reservoir which is now known to be its root. It is assumed that the river originates as a spring that feeds a tank or a Kundike, and then runs underwater to re-emerge as a Kaveri some distance downstream. This location has a temple dedicated to the goddess Kaveriamma, which is situated next to the tank, and baths in it on special events is considered sacred.

                On the day of Cauvery Changrandi, thousands of pilgrims and visitors flock to the river to see the rise of the spring fountain, as the water of the river gushes up at a predetermined moment. You will ascend the 409 stairs to the top of the hill to get a birds-eye view of the evergreen forested land and the foggy hills of Coorg. The most thrilling thing about the hills is that even though you're up on the top floor, you can still notice the bells of the temple ringing down in the temple.

Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary 

            The Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary occupies an area of 180 sq. km and is named after Brahmagiri Park, the highest peak at a height of 1610 m approx. The predominant flora of the sanctuary comprises evergreen and semi-evergreen trees, grassland shoals & bamboos. The sanctuary was founded in 1974 and is covered by coffee and cardamom plantations.

            Few interesting birds such as include the Black Bulbul, the Malabar Trogon, and the Emerald Dove. Cobra, Python & King Cobra are other snakes that can be readily spotted. Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to many species including macaques, gauntlets, elephants, lions, leopards, cats, wild pigs, Nilgiri lobsters & sloth bears. It's a popular destination that visitors have seen almost all year round. It's popular among the trekkers, too. It is said by the locals living there that seven sages meditated on the top of the hill.

Namdroling Monastery (Golden Temple)

                The Namdroling Monastery, 34 km from Coorg, is the education curriculum centre in the Tibetan Buddhism School known as Nyingmapa. Commonly known as the 'Golden Temple,' the Namdroling Monastery features some outstanding examples of Tibetan architecture and artwork, as seen in the elaborately carved temple tower and ornate exterior walls, artfully decorated with beautiful paintings. It is distributed over an area of 80 square feet and was made from Bamboo, which was provided by the Government of India to the Tibetans in exile.

                Padmasambhava, Buddha Sakyamuni & Amityaus, accompanied by exquisite paintings of different facets of Tibetan Buddhist mythology. The rites of meditation done by the monks are a rare sight that must not be overlooked. The serene atmosphere of the place is enhanced by the well-manicured gardens that surround the location.

Rafting in Barapole River, Coorg

                The Barapole River is a popular white river rafting resort in Coorg. The white foggy river, with its swift waters and rapids, running across spectacular landscapes, is the perfect river rafting trip. Set against the backdrop of the Western Ghats and bordering the Deccan Plateau, Coorg is a famous destination for travelers. White water rafting is organised in Upper Barapole, called the Kithu-Kakkatu River, which is a good catchment area for monsoons, including some of the most difficult rapids. The Barapole River runs through thick forests and gives a spectacular view of the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary to rafting members.


                The closest railway stations is Mysore Junction, situated approximately 96 km away, and Thalassery and Kannur, located in Kerala, 80 km away. The closest airports are Kannur International Airport in Kerala (60 km from Kodagu) and Mangalore International Airport (118 km from Kodagu).

            Coorg is only accessible by road. There are a number of government and private buses, taxis, fare cars heading to Coorg from the major cities of Karnataka.

Best time to Visit

                The best time to visit Coorg is from Oct to Jun, as the season is good, without any rain and the weather is great. However, if you want to go trekking, October to March is the best time to visit Coorg, since this is the right weather if you want to spend some time outside. During the monsoon months of late Jul and Aug, it is safer to postpone a visit due to heavy rainfall and landslides.

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