Also known as “The Scotland of India” Coorg or Kodagu (originally called Kodaimalenadu) means’Dense forest on steep hill’. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination. The region is scattered with hamlets, villages and townships surrounded by coffee plantations, orange groves interspersed with cardamom and pepper plants and dense forests. Cauvery, a major river of South India orginates from the Brahmagiri hill in Kodagu.
According to Puranas, Kodava is the redefined name of Krodhadesa meaning Land of Anger, said to have been inhabited by the Kodava tribe. Some historians believe that it is named after the River Cauvery. Coorg was under the Gangas rule during 9th and 10th centuries and Cholas in the 11th century followed by Hoysalas. Later Coorg was relatively independent under Haleri Rajas until British occupied the region in 1834. Coorg was a separate state before its merger with Karnataka in the year 1956.
Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Also, it is one of the places with highest rainfall in India. The Kodagu district comprises different communities like Kodava, Tulu, Gowda and Moplah out of which the largest is the Kodava community, both economically and politically. The economy depends on agriculture, coffee plantations, forestry and tourism.
Misty hills, lush forest, tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views have made Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination. Madikeri is the heartland of Coorg region and was the seat of ruling dynasty. Places like Raja’s seat, Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe, Talacauvery and Dubare are the major attractions. The famous Cauvery River is originated in the hills of Coorg at Talacauvery.
Being a part of the Western Ghats, Coorg is rich in flora and fauna. It has three wildlife sanctuaries – the Talacauvery, Pushpagiri and Brahmagiri Sanctuaries, and one national park, the Nagarhole National Park. Some of the animal species found in these wildlife parks include the Asiatic elephant, tigers, leopards and wild boars.
What to See and Do
Dubare Elephant Camp,
Golden Temple / Tibetan Monastery – Bylakuppe
Nagarhole National Park
Where To Stay
Many Hotels and Resorts are available in Coorg
How To Get Around
Nearest Airport: Mangalore – Mangalore Airport (146 Kms)
Direct Flights to Mangalore
Nearest Train Station: Mysore Junction (117 Kms)
Mangalore Central Railway Station (131 Kms)
Direct Trains to Mysore, Mangalore
Nearest Bus Station: Madikeri Bus Station (0 Kms)
Direct Buses to Coorg
Coorg is 265 km from Bangalore, 117 km from Mysore, 132 km from Mangalore, 322 km from Coimbatore & 362 km from Kochi.