The magnificent river Cauvery (Kaveri) originates from the Brahmagiri Hill in the Western Ghats in Coorg district. It’s a hotspot for angling, and frequented by anglers from all over the world. The Cauvery River harbours the finest game fish Mahseer, which is the prized catch here.
However, you can’t take your catch home. According to stipulations, all fish caught must be released into the water. Also, the anglers are restricted to a specified number of fish per day. And, if you want to go fishing here, you require a fishing license. You will be penalized for fishing here without the license.
The Coorg Wildlife Association, Madikeri, provides information on fishing license and guides for Mahseer fishing. The licenses are usually not issued during the monsoon season. Most of the fish species breed during this season.
Trekking: Coorg is a paradise for Trekking enthusiasts, offering innumerable Trekking Trails. The Trekking Trail leading to Abbe Falls and Iruppu falls are the most popular among trekkers.
Other Attractions in the Vicinity:
Nagarhole National Park: Nestled in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Nagarahole National Park—recently renamed Rajiv Gandhi National Park—is surrounded by shallow valleys and gentle slopes on all sides. It offers one of the best habitats for Asian elephants to thrive. In addition, it also harbours a great number of Indian Wildlife species.
Omkareshwara Temple: Located 1 km from Madikeri town, this early 18th century temple built by King Lingarajendra is known for its beautiful architecture. One can see the influence of Keralite, Gothic and Islamic art.
Madikeri Fort: This 19th century built magnificent fort houses a temple, chapel, prison and museum. On a hillock is the Raja’s Seat which offers panoramic view of the surrounding.
Abbi Falls: This enchanting waterfall is located in the midst of coffee plantations, and 7 km away from Madikeri. This waterfall cascades down to meet with Kaveri river.
Iruppu Falls: This is another captivating waterfall located on the southern side of Coorg. It’s believed that in search of Sita, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana passed through these hills.
Advisory: You require fishing and angling permits from the Coorg Wildlife Society.
Best Time to Visit: October to May.
Exact Location: Coorg is located in the south-western part of Karnataka bordering Kerala.
Nearest Town: Madikeri
Distance from Bangalore: 252 km
How to Reach:
There are two routes to reach Coorg. The most frequented route is via Mysore, and other route is via Neelamangal, Kunigal, Chanrayapatna. However, both the routes take the same time to reach the destination. Coorg is well-linked with important cities of Karnataka, including Mysore, Bangalore, Hassan, and Mangalore. The nearest airport from Coorg is Mangalore, and the nearest railhead is in Mysore.