Top 9 Coorg things – India’s Scotland
Coorg is a quaint mountain resort hidden by hypnotic, natural beauty in Karnataka tucked away in the Western Ghats. Kodavas are as beautiful as possible with its misty landscape, impressive mountains, wilderness, dense forests, cool weather conditions, spectacular coffee plantations, aromatic spice gardens, amazing fauna, and naturally a mind-blowing food. No wonder, and rightly so, this place is called Scottish India.
Then why wait? Why wait? Reserve your room in one of the best hotels in Coorg, preferably in the district headquarters of Madikeri, and prepare for a memorable trip. And, if you need assistance in preparing your route, here is a list of the nine best things to do on your vacation in Coorg.
1.Visit the Namdroling monastery or the Golden Temple
The Namdroling Monastery is the largest educational facility of Tibetan Buddhism’s school in Nyingma, which has more than 5,000 lamas and the Golden Temple. Built-in 1963, the monastery features Tibetan art and architecture. While you are here you can participate or witness the prayer rituals, turn the prayer rolls or simply go around in the spiritual vibration.
Timings: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: Free
Distance from Madikeri Town: 35 km approx.
2.Discover Abbey Falls’ surreal beauty
One of Coorg’s best things, especially if you are a nature lover or a shutterbug is to visit the scenic Abbey Falls. The waterfall blows from a height of 70 metres amidst private coffee and pickle plantations. Opposite the falls is a hanging bridge which is a great spot to capture some amazing shots.
Timings: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
₹ 15 per person
Total 15 to Total 50 depending on the vehicle for parking
Distance from Madikeri Town: 7 km approx.
3.Dubare Elephant Camp spend some time with elephants
On the bank of the Cauvery River is the Dubare Elephant Camp with its various elephants and offers you the chance to watch, bathe and feed these majestic creatures and spend your time with them. There are cottages inside the camp if you plan to stay overnight. During your stay, you will also be able to enjoy nature hikes, jeep safaris and wildlife film shows. If you have a little time, you can also choose a day’s visit.
Check-in time: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Entry fee: abonnés 690 to abonnés 1330; abonnés 1467 to abonnés 2270
Cottage Tariff: Starts at ₹ 5000 (approx.)
Distance from Madikeri Town: 37 km approx.
4.Go to Talacauvery Tour
Talacauvery is known as the source of Cauvery Rivers, nestled on the Brahmagiri Hills. The most important attractive sites are a shrine dedicated to goddess Kaveriamma and a spring-feeding tank (that is thought to be the source of the river). Apart from praying, you can enjoy panoramic views from the hill that can be accessed via a 400-step flight.
Timings: 6:00 am to 8:30 pm
Entry Fee: Free
Distance from Madikeri Town: 43 km approx.
5.See the Sunset at the Seat of Raja
The Seat is a beautiful garden with flowers, lush greenery, and artificial springs once served as the favorite recreation spot for the region’s Rajas. It has beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Check the place in the night to observe the sunset, just as the Rajas did in the past. The garden is also equipped with a toy train for your children.
Location: Stuart Hill
Timings: 5:30 am to 8:00 pm
Entry fee: Title 5 for entry into the garden; Title 20 for the train journey
Distance from Madikeri Town: 1.5 km approx.
6.Take a Whitewater Rafting Session in Barapole
Looking for an adventurous Coorg experience? Get to the Barapole River, which is one of the region’s largest whitewater rafting destinations. Flanked on both sides by picturesque scenery, the river has superb rafting rapids. Easy to moderate the difficulty level, so you can try it even if you’re a rafting newbie.
Timings: 9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
Best Time: July and August
Cost: ₹ 1200 per head (approx.)
Distance from Madikeri Town: 70 km approx.
7.Go wildlife at the Wildlife Sanctuary of Pushpagiri
Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or a birdwatcher, you have to list things in Coorg to visit the Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary. Enclosed by the forest of the forest of Kukke Subramanya and the forest of Bisle, it houses a few rare, endangered species of birds. Amongst the trekkers are the trails of Kote Beta and Pushpagiri Peak.
Location: Somwarpet taluk
Timings: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Entry Fee: ₹ 10 per head
Distance from Madikeri Town: 67 km approx.
8.Try history in the fort of Madikeri
Would you like to take a time trip and explore Kodava’s glorious history? Go to Madikeri Fort, a top tourist attraction for visiting Coorg history buffs. Built by the Mudduraja in the 17th century, later reconstructed by the sultan of Tipu, the fortress consists of a church and museum that displays the weapons and the artefacts of Tipu Sultan’s time.
Location: Stuart Hill
Closed on Mondays: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Entry Fee: Free
Distance from Madikeri Town: 1 km approx.
9.Enjoy the genuine food of Kodava
You should eat in Coorg just as the Kodavas do. And that means that a wide range of flowers is prepared for you, including the Pandi Curry (pork), Kadamuttu (rice ball), and Akki Roti (rice roti), Bamboo Shoot Curry, Noolputtu (string curry), and Kommu Curry (mushroom curry). And don’t forget to add a cup of genuine and aromatic home-grown coffee to everything.
- Among Coorg’s best restaurants are:
- Stuart Hill Coorg Cuisine
- Coorg Taste (Hill Stuart)
- The KSRTC Bus Stand Road, Beans and Brews café
- Behind Town Hall Raintree Raintree
- Mysore Madikeri Road coffee cup Coffee coupe