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Nestled amidst ageless hills that line the southernmost edge of the state of Karnataka, Coorg is another exotic destination for you. It is a gifted town with acres of plantations and emerald green landscapes. A major hub for spice and coffee production, this rural town is home to the exquisite Kodava race. It is believed to have been descented from the migrating Kurds and Persians or even Greeks who were left behind from the army of Alexander the Great. The cool climate and uneven terrain make it an eccentric area for trekking, lazily dawdling around the less trodden paths around the carpeted hills and simple bird watching. Barpole river here is the ideal rafting destination especially for the first time rafters. It is surrounded by rafters and has a rapid upper and lower section. All in all, Coorg is revitalization guaranteed.Coorg also known as Kodagu was a separate state until the year 1956 after which it merged with Karnataka. The key town and the transport hub of the Coorg is Madikeri. To make the most of your trip to this beautiful destination, you must take a plunge into the thick coffee plantations here where you can join the coffee pickers. Avoid visiting during weekends as the place gets quickly filled by weekenders from Bengaluru.
Never put your purse or wallet in the back pocket of the jeans. You can either place it in the front pocket or keep the wallet inside the jackets. While moving you must watch out for the pick pockets especially in the crowded places.
When you visit any religious place or a temple, dress appropriately.
Deposit all your valuables as well as copy of important documents such as passport, license and ID in the hotel’s safety box.
Read about any new destination before making a visit so as to avoid being miss-lead.
Whenever, you hire a public transport, make sure you negotiate the fare before sitting. Try opting for prepaid vehicles to avoid any hassle in the end.
Check the approximate fare of the destination on the internet so that you know how much is appropriate to be paid.
If you have to travel to a location far off from the city center, it is advisable to move with the other tourists in a group.
When you travel, avoid carrying a huge amount of money with you rather use credit cards or travelers’ cheques.
Do not flash your valuables in public.
If you purchase a bottle of drinking water from a stall, make sure the seal of the bottle is intact.
Check the bills thoroughly.
Do not become friendly with the strangers.
Don’t accept anything to eat or drink from anyone you don’t know.
In Karnataka, the excise commissioner regards 18 as the legal drinking age while the deputy commissioner of excise regards 21 as the legal age for drinking. KV Dhananjay, Supreme Court advocate says in case of any discrepancy, the Karnataka Excise Department Act of 1965 is the parent law. This means, any person below the age of 18 should not be served with alcohol in any form.