Coorg locally known as Kodagu is famous for its people and coffee, Kodagu is blessed with rich natural resource and brave inhabitants. Kodagu headquarters is Madikeri – a beautiful hill station know for its monuments and fort. One other place located in Coorg and an all-time favourite of tourist is Kushalnagar.
Kushalnagar is a gateway to Coorg while driving from Mysore. It has attracted tourist for its climate and beauty, Kushalnagar is surrounded by greenery, forest, and waterfall. It’s world famous for the golden temple, a Tibetan monastery located in Bylakuppe – a twin town of Kushalnagar. Kushalnagar homes various resorts and homestay that are affordable and best for weekend getaways. If your an adventurous with love for forest then you must visit the place. Kushalnagar is easily accessible by road, a number of Government luxury buses are on route to Kushalnagar from cities like Mysore, Chennai, and Bangalore. Best Season to visit is during monsoon ( Mid June to Mid September).
Top Things to do in Kushalnagar
If you’re in Kushalnagar or passing through then don’t miss a visit to the golden temple – Namdroling Monastery. This is one the largest Tibetan settlement, you can actually call it mini Tibet. The monastery follows Tibetan rules of Buddhism. When you are in the monastery you can witness the Tibetan architecture, style, and painting dominated in red and gold. The best part is the golden temple, you will be at peace once you enter and mesmerized by their golden statutes, your camera will never stop clicking pics, after the initial rush, relax and take a walk through the zen garden – a home for a variety of flora. Before you end your tour, do visit the shopping centre located opposite to the golden temple, it offers a wide range of selections forms trendy clothes, accessories, bags to souvenirs for your loved ones or yourself. Take your time and make the best of your shopping and if your hungry, you can always try their cuisine – the most famous fried momo, for food visit first camp. No entry fee is charged at the monastery.
Kodagu is known for lush greenery from rice paddy, coffee estates to thick forest, one such part is Nisargadhama. It is approximately 3 km from Kushalnagar, off state highway towards Madikeri. This place offers a wide range of activities from talking a stroll in the park, admiring deer’s running wild, boating, elephant ride, taking a dip in Kaveri river to adventure sport like zip line. If you are someone who loves picnics then, this place is apt for it. Entry fee is 30/- for Indians. Within the same campus, you can also visit adventure park, arcade games or just shop.
A perfect place to get lost in nature. The best time to visit is in the monsoon season ( June – August). The dam is surrounded by thick green meadows and Dubare forest. If you visit this place early in the morning, you can spot a variety of fauna. And in the evening you can enjoy a blissful sunset and get lost in nature. There is no entry fee and easily accessible by road.
Drive to Madikeri.
The crown jewel of Kodagu is Madikeri. Located 30 km from Kushalnagar is headquarters for Coorg. The best part is the drive to Madikeri, which is a visual treat to your eyes. Raja seat, Madikeri Fort and Omkareshwara temple are famous tourist spots located in Madikeri City. In your planning to stay long then take a trip to Madalpatti – once you visit this place, you would know why Kodagu is called as Scotland of India.
A Day Just for Adventure
Kushalnagar is not just limited to its beauty but if offers Adrenaline rush to adventure lovers. From quad biking, trekking, kayaking, zip line, camping to river rafting, it offers a number of adventure sports to quench your trust for trill. Prices for these activities vary, however you can always reserve these activities online. Thrillophillia is the best app to book your activities, they offer one-day trips to camping and trekking.
Is located near Hudgur village – 9 km from Kushalnagar town. The reservoir is built across the Harangi river, a tributary of Kaveri river. Best visited when all gates are open, as the water lushes out, you will be thrilled by its force. The reservoir also homes a walking park, play area for kids and Musical fountain in the evenings. Entry to the dam is free and timing for Musical fountain is between 5:00 P.M to 7:00 P.M. Apart from the above places, you can also visit Abbey Falls, Belur golf course, Iruppu Falls and Harangi backwaters.
Where to stay in Kushalnagar
When it comes to staying, Kushalnagar offers you can choose from luxurious resorts to a budget hotel and from home stay to estate experience, a few of them are purple palm, Amanvana, Halli mane, Coorg jungle stay. Nature lovers can always pick Estate to stay, as they provide a locally guided tour of the estate to experience coffee plantation.
Top three place to eat in Kushalnagar
Carnivores your in for a treat but doesn’t mean vegetarians are left behind, you would equal enjoy the food here. Don’t miss trying Akki roti, Kori roti with rich spicy curries. If you are staying in a homestay, do ask your host to make Akki Roti.
top in town
1. Top in town: to experience delicious Akki Rotis, Ceylon Paratha, Egg curry, and Briyani. 2. Mylar cafe: for South Indian breakfast delicacy like Masala Dosa, Hot and melting Idly. 3. Cafein: a cute little cafe off road for milkshakes to burgers.
Things to buy at Kushalnagar
Kodagu is known for its coffee plantation, coffee lovers gift yourself with freshly brewed homemade coffee. Apart from this, you can buy spice, honey, jams and homemade wine from grape to beetle leaf. In short Kushalnagar is a Whole package, it has everything for culture to nature and thrill to feel. This trip is apt for any age group and for all kind of travelers. Kushalnagar is a budget friendly getaway to unload your stress and rejuvenate.