COORG/KODAGU also known as “the Scotland of India”, a 4 and a half hour journey (250kms) from Bangalore is the perfect weekend getaway from everybody’s hectic schedule. Known for its exotic landscapes, misty mountains, delicious local food, enriching culture, beautiful places and people & their hospitality, it is an affluent destination for all the nature lovers. The best part about this place it that it can be visited any time of the year because of its pleasant summers and cosy winters. The calm, soothing and peacefulness of the place lighten up everybody’s mood. The best part of your vacation to Coorg would be that you can go here with anybody be it friends, family, couples, riders etc. The temperature varies between 15 to 30deg.
Recommended places to visit in COORG:
– Golden Temple (Namdroling monastery):
It is a beautiful Buddhist Monastery and the second largest Tibetian settlement in India. Present on the Bangalore – Coorg route, it is the largest teaching centre of Nyingmapa in the world which was established in 1963. the vibe of spirituality in this place is the perfect start to one’s holiday. It is open from 9 am to 6 pm every day, there takes place a prayer at 1 pm which is a not to miss sight if possible.
– Nisargadhama Forest:
Every animal lovers hideout spot. This island is accessible through a hanging bridge. It is filled with thick lush foliage, a children’s playground, a zoo to watch deer, peacock, rabbits etc. There also is a bamboo park to hang around in and also activities like boating, river rafting, elephant rides etc. a personal tip: the best time do water activities is after monsoon as the water levels rise up to get that adrenaline rush.
# Travel tip: cover the golden temple and nisargadhama forest together as they are located at a distance of 7kms. If driving from Bangalore you will be able to visit the golden temple first.
– Omkareshwar temple:
Start your morning with a visit to the temple. This temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The construction of the temple is a mix of Gothic and Islamic style. Spend some time in the pond with the fishes. It was built in the 16th century. timings to visit the temple is between 6:30 am to 12 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm. Located in Madikeri.
– Abbey falls:
The drive to reach this waterfall is worth the time. This fall is located between the beautiful coffee plantations in Coorg. The water cascade comes down from a height of 70 ft. The walk to the falls is about 200 steps (watch out if you have elderly people with you). It is a must visit for all the photographers out there to get some amazing picturesque shots. Open from 7 pm to 6 pm.
Want to have a breath-taking view of Coorg, this is exactly where you have to be. Situated about 18kms from Madikeri en route abbey falls and about a height of 1600m, one can see the layers of greenery from the top. Feel like you are among the clouds with the cool breeze blowing your hair. Opt for a 4*4 wheeler jeep here which will drive you on the rocky roads (it is an experience, trust me) till the top. The calmness around here is sure to make you forget the busy city life for some time. Entry time is from 7 am to 3 pm.
– Raja Seat:
Located in Madikeri. It is a seasonal garden of flowers and artificial fountains. It is said that the king would spend time with the queen here seeing the crimson sunset. It is a famous tourist spot among those who visit this place. Watch the setting sun with your loved ones and also click some amazing photos along with making some memories. Timings are from 6 am to 8 pm.
Supposed to be the origin of river Kaveri. It is one of the holy places for the locals (Kodava) here. There is a small temple and a pond in which people dip which is meant sacred. You can also trek up the bramhagiri hill to have a surreal view from the top of a hill. It is open from 6 am to 6 pm.
Are you an adventure lover? Do u want to trek to the highest point of COORG? This is the highest point of Coorg and it is at an elevation of 1750m above the sea. This place attracts trekkers and naturalists. The trek up the hill is wonderful and will help you burn down some calories (hehehe).
Places to eat :
For you readers to know, the kind of food eaten in Coorg is mostly non-vegetarian as they are hardcore meat eaters. Pork is a speciality there and those going to Coorg must try their pandi curry. Alcohol is consumed almost by all and sale of liquor is also easy. Few places to head up for yummy food is:
– Coorg Cuisine: Located in Madikeri near Raja seat. Head over here for some traditional Kodava food. They offer you lip-smacking vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Their pandi curry (pork curry) is one of the best you would probably find in COORG. Open for lunch and dinner.
– Fort Mercara: Offers breakfast, lunch and dinner serving alcohol. Serves Indian, Asian and Grilled food. Located in Madikeri.
– East End Hotel: Opened all day and serves really good south Indian food. Located in Madikeri.
– Cafe Hay Shack: This place is a very small shack which serves traditional Kodava, Indian and Chinese food. Mostly preferred by teens as the vibe is very different here. Located in Virajpet.
– Fish Curry Rice: Opened for lunch and dinner. Thier speciality is seafood, they serve fresh seafood every day. For all the seafood lovers reading, we have found your spot. Located in Kushalnagar.
Places to stay in :
- Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa
- The Ibnii Resort, Madikeri
- The Tamara Coorg, Napoklu
- The Windflower Resort & Spa, Suntikoppa
- Evolve Back Coorg, Siddapura
- Ambatty Green Resort, Virajpet
- Club Mahindra, Madikeri & Virajpet
- Hotel Imarat, Madikeri
- Treebo Vrindavan Coorg, Madikeri
- La Flora Prakruth Resort, Madikeri
- Casa Coorg Homestay, Bittangala
- Naadmane Homestay, Gonnikoppal
- Sky Larc Homestay, Ballamavati
One can also find a lot of options in Airbnb.
What to buy :
- Homemade chocolates
Commonly asked questions by the tourist :
1. Is Madikeri same as Coorg?
– Nope, Madikeri is the headquartered capital of Coorg.
2. How many days would you need to cover Coorg?
– Ideally, a weekend would do just fine. The maximum number of days would be 4 days.
3. Is it always cold in Coorg?
– Not really cold but the weather there is always pleasant. Winters tend to get very cold and it is always preferred to carry a jacket or shawl.