Coorg – Scotland of India
Coorg is 1,593 square miles of undulating topography carpeted in every shade of green. High up in these coffee covered hills, the sacred Cauvery river is born. An ideal destination for honeymooners, leisure & adventure seeking patrons. A must see hill station for all.
Resorts & Hotels in Coorg cater to all types of tourists – from the budget to the most demanding tourists. The best resorts in Coorg are the most luxurious ones & are at par with the best in the hotel industry.
The capital of Kodagu district is located on a hilly setting surrounded by the forested slopes of the Western Ghats. Here, time seems to have stopped. Situated at an elevation of over 5000 ft (1,525mts.) above mean sea level, Madikeri has a charming old-world look & provides access to some excellent picnic spots.
The best time to visit Coorg is from September to May included & June, July + August are wonderful months for those who love rains. The beauty of the seasonal waterfalls of Coorg is best experienced during the months between July and September. Monsoon is also the season for the adventurous people as this is the season in which river rafting is in full swing. The natural beauty is there in abundance for you to enjoy all year long.
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Just a stone’s throw away from the fort is the Omkareshwara Temple, built in 1820 & featuring a blend of red-tile roofed Kerala architecture & Islamic – style domes.
Raja SeatPerched atop a hill, is where the kings of yore spent many pleasant evenings watching the golden sunset.
Tucked away between private coffee & spice estates, Abbey falls offers a splendid backdrop for picnics. As you make your way past stocky coffee bushes and tall trees entwined with pepper vines, the falls make a sudden & dramatic appearance as they cascade their way down steps into limpid pools to join river Cauvery. These falls are most impressive during the monsoons.
Distance from Madikeri: 09 Kms
Distance from Madikeri: 85 Kms
Nestling beside the Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Nagarhole) & 48 kms. from Virajpet, Iruppu Falls presents a stunning sight during the monsoon. From its humble origin in the Brahmagiri range, the Falls plunges down 170 feet in two distinct stages. The never-ending music of the falls & the hush of the surrounding densely wooded forest make this a great picnic spot.
It is breathtakingly beautiful riverside island carved by the Cauvery river in the plains, 2 kms. from Kushalanagar. It can be accessed by traveling over a hanging bridge. Nisargadhama teems with lush foliage, thick bamboo groves, teak, and rosewood. The sprawling 64 acres nature resort has a deer park, orchidarium, and elephant and boat rides. You can also picnic on the sandy banks of the river.
Distance from Madikeri: 25 Kms. | Distance from Kushalnagar: 2 Kms.
Distance from Madikeri: 44 Kms.
Set amidst the picturesque Brahmagiri hills is the source of Cauvery river, with the Talacauvery temple built around it. On Tulasankramana day – 17th of October – thousands of pilgrims flock to the river’s birthplace to witness the miraculous rise of the fountainhead, when water gushes up from the spring at a predetermined moment. Steps lead from the spring to the summit of the hill, commanding superb views en route.
This is the confluence of three rivers: Cauvery, Kannika & Sujyothi. Among many small shrines dedicated to various gods, the Bhagamandala temple, standing in a large courtyard surrounded by Kerala type temple is the most impressive. Bhagamandala is known for apiaries & Kodagu honey.
Distance from Madikeri: 36 Kms.
Nagarahole Wildlife Santuary
Distance from Madikeri: 52 Kms.
Explore the environs of Nagarahole, Kannada for “Snake River”. Nagarahole derives its name from the winding course of the river that flows through the forests. Nagarahole has an astonishing abundance of wildlife, especially the Asiatic elephant. The backdrop of the distant misty blue Brahmagiri Mountains, the natural sounds of the jungle, the gurgling of streams & rivers, and the twittering of birds make Nagarahole a memorable experience.
Bylekuppe & Golden Temple
One of the largest Tibetan settlements in South India, it is known for its monasteries, handicrafts, carpet factories, and an incense factory. The landscape is dotted with several monasteries, the main ones amongst these are Great Gompa of Sera Je & Sera Mey. The Mhayan Buddhist University is located at Sera. The other important monastery in the neighbouring settlement of Bylekuppe is Tashi Lhampo monastery, renowned as the seat of Panchen Lama. Visit to the Golden Temple is a must.
Distance from Madikeri: 40 Kms.
Chembra Peak is 2,100 meters above sea level & the tallest point in Wayanad. Scaling this peak & back is an exhilarating 5 - 6 hours trek from the base. At 1,500 meters from the base, there is crystal clear lake hardly touched by human hands. This peak is a trekker's paradise & an ideal site for camping out at night. The scenic beauty of Wayanad, that is visible from the top of Chembra peak, is really mesmerizing.
Distance from Madikeri: 38 Kms.
Distance from Kushalnagar: 6 Kms.
Dubare Elephant Camp
Distance from Kushalnagar: 15 Kms.
The reserve forest is famed for its amazing variety of avian fauna, an elephant training camp, and angling possibility on the Cauvery.
Valnur Fishing Camp
Located near Kushalnagar on the banks of the river Cauvery is the Valnur Fishing Camp, where avid fishing enthusiasts can indulge in the luxury of angling for Mahseer. Fishing permits can be obtained from the Coorg Wildlife Society. Valnur is also a haven for birdwatchers, with innumerable avian species to be spotted & identified.
Coorg is well connected by road from Bangalore, Mysore, Mangalore, Hassan & Calicut (now known as Kozhikode). Coorg does not have a railway station; but the closest railway stations to Coorg are at Mangalore, Mysore, Hassan & Calicut.