Feb 082015
 
Coorg is a beautiful and relatively undiscovered area. Picturesquely set amidst the forested mountains of the Western Ghats, it is renowned for its large number of sprawling coffee plantations. It is rich in culture too; the local people, known as Kodavas, are a distinct ethnic group with their own language, Coorgi. Many of India’s armed forces generals have come from this community.
  • Abbey falls

    Abbey falls

  • Cauvery river

    Cauvery river

  • Backwaters of the river Cauvery

    Backwaters of the river Cauvery

  • Blue winged parakeet

    Blue winged parakeet

  • Coorg scenery

    Coorg scenery

  • Coorg forest

    Coorg forest

  • Kodava culture

    Kodava culture

  • Thalakkaveri temple

    Thalakkaveri temple

  • Bylekuppe monastery

    Bylekuppe monastery

  • Coffee

    Coffee

  • Dubare reserve forest elephant camp

    Dubare reserve forest elephant camp

  • Golden temple bylekuppe

    Golden temple bylekuppe

  • Madikeri palace now used as district administration seat inside fort

    Madikeri palace now used as district administration seat inside fort

  • Coffee

    Coffee

Coorg (or Kodagu) was an independent state until 1956 when it was incorporated into the newly formed state of Karnataka.

Things to see


Coffee Plantations

CoffeeCoorg produces some of the world’s finest varieties of mild coffee. The many plantations are both interesting to visit and pleasant for walks.

Bylekuppe 

Bylekuppe monasteryBylekuppe is the second largest Tibetan settlement outside Tibet. There is a Tibetan monastery with 7,000 monks, a Tibetan village and a flea market.

Madikeri

Madikeri palace now used as district administration seat inside fortMadikeri is the district headquarters of Coorg and is a charming hill town surrounded by rolling coffee and orange plantations. The Fort in the centre of town contains a simple palace of the Lingayat rulers, a temple, an old church, and a museum. The famous Omkareshvara Shiva Temple lies just to the East of the Fort.

Abbey Falls

Abbey fallsThe walk up to Abbey Falls, 5 miles from Madikeri, is popular and takes trekkers through forests and coffee plantations.