Coorg is called the Scotland of India and is blessed with natural beauty. A major tourist destination, its a heaven for people passionate about trekking. This hill station offers spell-binding views of hills covered with carpet of green, verdant valleys, undulating paddy fields, densely forested hill slopes, pristine waterfalls, and more.
Nagarhole National Park, Irpu and Abbi Falls are the major destinations for trekking in Coorg. There is another trekking trail close to the temple at Bhagamandala, where the majestic Cauvery River meets with Sujoythi and Kanike rivers.
From Coorg, you can also trek to reach the highest peak in the region, Tadeyendamol. Standing atop this peak, you get a crystal clear view of the Arabian sea in the distance. Alternatively, you can also follow the mountain trails interspersed with little shrines, some beside waterfalls and others on the banks of rivers.
Angling: The Cauvery River in Coorg is an ideal destination 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.
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 is at Mangalore, and the nearest railhead is in Mysore.
Exact Location: Coorg is located in the south-western part of Karnataka bordering Kerala.
Nearest Town: Mysore (55 km), Hassan (115kms), Mangalore (136kms)
Distance from Bangalore: 196 km
Best Time to Visit: October to the beginning of February.
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 Rajas Seat which offers panoramic view of the surrounding areas.