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This stunning waterfall does not only captivates the beholder’s eyes but makes one fall in love with its unparalleled beauty. Falling along the Brahmagiri Mountain range of a tributary originating from river Cauvery.
Irupu falls is also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls and this is the hidden splendour of Coorg, a very famous and picturesque spot. While on your route to Brahmagiri peak, Iruppu fall is one of the major attraction en route along with the trekking routes to Narimale forest camp.
Height: 170 Feet.
Location: Kurchi, Karnataka 571250
Best Time to Visit: Monsoon season and winter season.
Entry fee: INR 50 per head.
Timings: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM on all days of the week.
Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 75 KM.
Suggested Read: Coorg to Bangalore Travel Guide
The place has a history of having the king of Coorg to spend his time witnessing the scenic and panoramic vistas of the place. Raja’s Seat is one of the best attractions in Coorg to watch the majestic sunrise or the fiery sunset. It is a fantastic spot for recreational activities in Coorg.
Raja’s seat sets in a glorious garden of seasonal colourful flowers and musical fountain shows. There is also a toy train that runs through the garden entertaining both adults and children. Raja’s Seat has such an unerring location that it overlooks a valley bathing in green and a horizon doused in all shades of blue and orange.
Height: Approximately 160 ft above sea level.
Location: Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201
Best Time to visit: November to March (winter season)
Entry fee: INR 5 per person. INR 20 per head for Toy train ride and INR 40 for parking.
Timings: 6 PM to 8 PM on Monday to Friday and 6 PM to 7:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday. The musical fountain show starts at 7:00 PM on weekdays and 6:45 AM to 7:20 PM on weekends.
Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 1 KM from Madikeri bus stand.
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This highest peak in Coorg, standing at an elevation of over 5,700 feet, is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Coorg. The mountain is popular amongst trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers.
The trek to the summit is moderate with sharp slopes but these challenges are compensated by the breathtaking trails dotted with some parts of the lush Shola forests, fragrant coffee plantations, waterfalls, and streams that accompany you on the hike.
The trails are full of colourful snails, butterflies, birds, and flower patches. Gorgeous views, enveloped in the crisp mountain air, of vast meadows and valleys backdropped by clear blue skies, welcome you at the summit.
The trek starts from the 17th century Nalakand Palace and half of the route is accessible by a vehicle, but only reachable by foot from the ‘Big Rock’ point. The mountain is located 37 kilometres from Madikeri.
Height: 1748 m
Location: Tadiandamol, Yevakapadi, Karnataka, 571212, India
Best Time to visit: December to May
Entry fee: No entry fee.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all seven days of the week.
Average time required to visit the place: The trek takes around 5 to 6 hours.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 37 KM
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Barapole is turbulent river full of class 2 and class 4 rapids originating from Kithu Kakathu River further extending to Brahmagiri hills to the Arabian Sea. Whitewater rafting is one recreational activity that Barpole river is famous for.
One of the most challenging rafting experience on a different level of rapids. The adrenaline rushing activity is best done in Monsoon. Launch you rafts high in the rapids and click the most adventurous pictures on your trip to Coorg or Kodagu.
Barapole is one of the adventurous Coorg tourist places in Karnataka and the best place to try rafting in Coorg. Venture into an off the beaten adventure and indulge in this heart-pumping activity.
Location: Barapole River, Coorg, Karnataka 571201, India
Best Time to Visit: Monsoon (July to September)
Entry fee: An average cost of rafting may range from INR 1200 to 1500.
Timings: Best done before 2 to 3 PM
Average time required to visit the place: Rafting is a 1.5 to 2 hours activity.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 80 KM.
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This river camp has trained Elephants and their mahout who bathe them and feed them. The Dubare Elephant Camp is a project which is run together by the forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd.
There are naturalists who elucidate the biology, ecology and the history of Elephants to the visitors and you can not only see them but even participate in the river bath, and feeding. There are about 150 Elephants in every such camp of the Karnataka Forest Department and is a great way of promoting eco-tourism in the state.
The project mainly started for the cause of conserving and understanding Elephants in India which is now becoming one of the major attractions in Coorg.
One can hear the gurgling sound of the river Cauvery as it is situated on the banks of the river and also indulge in various activities which enable a close encounter with these beautiful mammals.
Dubare Elephant camp is one of the amazing places to visit in Coorg for a wild adventure.
Location: Dubare Reserve Forest, India
Best Time to visit: Take an evening jeep safari along with a trained naturalist.
Entry fee: If you want to feed the Elephants, the kit will cost INR 20, if you want to bathe the Elephants then the fee is INR 100 per head.
Timings: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM on all days of the week.
Average time required to visit the place: More than 3 hours.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 30 KM
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Between Wayanad and Kannur districts in Kerala in the north and the east and Coorg in Karnataka in the south, lies the trekker’s paradise- Brahmagiri hills, the highest peak in the sanctuary that covers an area of 181 KM and derives its name from the Brahmagiri hill.
The celestial presence of Thirunelli temple and the adorable Iruppu falls amid the green groves en route makes the trekking experience a lifetime event that states with you for long.
It is suggested that you take a guide which will charge around INR 200 but will make your journey informative and more fun.
Height: 1,608 m
Location: Border of Mananthavady Taluk, Wayanad district, Kerala and Virajpet Taluk, Kodak district, Karnataka India.
Best Time to visit: December to March
Entry fee: A single charge of around INR 200 for the guide which is mandatory to take on the hike.
Timings: Daytime, an evening trek can be tricky.
Average time required to visit the place: The trek can be of 6 to 8 hours depending on the route opted.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 60 KM
Most of the people do not think of Southern India when monastery hits their brains, but this information is incredibly intriguing that the Tibetan-Buddhism influence had reached the southern part of India ages ago.
Mandroling Monastery in Bylakuppe is also known as the Golden temple. Around 5000 nuns and monks live together in Harmony at Namdroling and It is the second largest Buddhism settlement in India.
You can even spend some time in the bookstore and the cafe that is inside the Monastery premises. Namdroling is also called Golden temple because of the golden paintings etched on the monastery and the three golden statutes named Buddha, Padmasambhava, and Amitayus.
Photography is allowed inside the monastery and one can even light some incense sticks and sit for some time to soak in the piousness of the place.
Location: Arlikumari, P.O. Bylakuppe, Mysore, Karnataka 571104
Best Time to visit: Any time of the year.
Entry fee: No entry fee.
Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM on all the days of the week.
Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 35 KM.
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Traveller Tales from Coorg
24 October 2015
Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly explor
26 July 2018
It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations...
08 January 2019
Hi this is keerthi vaasan, We are of 14 members for the trip. We reached at afternoon. The climate was really awesome. We started playing volleyball ball after long time. We played like this while we ...
17 June 2017
"One of the best places for camping. You will love the drive to reach this place, those roads!! so beautiful.\nCan't forget the hospitality of the host. Bahaddur, who is working over there and his kids...
02 July 2018
The experience was awesome! This was the first trek for my sister and me. The trek co-ordinaries Habeeb, Avinash & Shaid were very very helpful & friendly and the group we went with was awesome! The ...
17 August 2017
First of all I would like to thank Coorg local team for wonderful arrangements and management. Special thanks to Mr Pavan and Mr Arun Anna. Votecad Nature camp : If you want to feel the nature really...
03 January 2017
It was an stunning experience for me as solo traveler. Location is in 16 km cut from Madikeri towards Talakaveri and last 3 km pathway is very much into the forest and you will be enjoying that. Lo...
10 April 2016
Coorg is indeed a lovely place and the perfect place to take your spouse and kids. If you are planning a Coorg trip then you should go to this amazing elephant camp for a quick and amazing vacation! T...
15 October 2015
The term 'Gentle Giant' might have been coined especially for elephants! This was a very offbeat and enchanting experience. Totally loved our stay and activities like jeep safari, bird watching, elepha
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There are so many activities which you will love to try in Coorg like trekking, camping for having a memorable vacation. Some of these different activities are:
Coorg is a rural district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Situated on the slopes of the Western Ghats, Coorg is an astonishing land and also the biggest producer of coffee in Karnataka.
Coorg is located at a distance of 260 kilometres from Bangalore which takes about a 5-hour drive between the two places.
The unspoiled, serene and beautiful landscape of Coorg is one of the top tourist attractions in India. You will witness here the most magical hills, cool breeze, amazing climate, and the rich aroma of coffee and cardamom plantations which will enchant you.
In Coorg, we would like to recommend the following tourist attractions for a wonderful visit:
There are various options available for trekkers in Coorg. From gentle to challenging terrains, Coorg has got amazing hilltops with breathtaking views to fulfill every trekker’s dream. Some of the famous treks are:
- Nishani Motte trek
- Tadiandamol trek
- Pushpagiri Trek
- Kumara Parvatha Trek
- Brahmagiri Trek
- Kotebetta Trek
- Kopatty Hills Trek
- Galibeedu Trek
- Kakkabe Trek
Yes, it is a very safe destination for trekkers. But we suggest you be accompanied by a professional guide before going on your trek.
Coorg does not have an airport or a railway station therefore the best way to reach Coorg is via road because of its excellent road connectivity. However the nearest airport is Mangalore and the nearest railway station is Mysore from where you can hire a cab to reach Coorg.
The temperature in Coorg ranges between 15-20 degrees Celsius throughout the year with its pristine valleys and mesmerizing landscapes.
The months of October to March are the most recommended for tourists planning a vacation in Coorg. It is a great time for adventure activities like Camping, trekking, etc as well as for the sightseeing in Coorg.
Though it is advisable to pack less while you travel to make sure do not miss out the following essentials to make your Coorg trip a smooth excursion
- Pack a medical kit with extra medications to be on the safer side.
- A Torch
- A Bottle of Water
- Packed food or energy bars
- Light cotton clothes and a jacket or sweater as it gets chilly in the early morning and night.
- Sports shoes (Make sure you check your sports shoes twice before if you’re planning to trek or indulge in biking.)
Yes, Coorg is one of the most popular as well as safest tourist attractions of India. The crime rate here is comparatively low as compared to other cities. It is a peaceful and safe area where you can stay at homestays and good hotels for an excellent vacation.
But it is always advisable to take caution while travelling, especially when you are going on adventure activities like trekking, camping, river rafting etc.
Yes, Coorg is a safe city and there should not be any issues if you are travelling alone. It is one of the safest places in India and extremely hospitable for women.
The locals here are friendly and you should not face any hassles while travelling alone in Coorg. However we advise you to take caution while going to secluded places or travelling at night by yourself.
Yes. Stealing a weekend from the fast-paced life of Bangalore to the tranquilizing serenity of this coffee producing hill station is like breaking free from the prison. Feel the cold breeze in your hair while you drive 238 kms from Bangalore to Coorg, witnessing the eye-feasting journey.
Counting as the perfect escapade, this short weekend trip will bring you rejuvenation like never before. Dive into the lap of nature and enjoy an enticing and adventurous encounter ahead as this hill station promises more than mere sightseeing to its visitors. Go on and enjoy a great weekend ahead!
Coorg is becoming a popular honeymoon destination because of its tranquil landscapes, secluded homestays and a diverse range of holiday activities. Coorg promises an irresistible combination of adventure and fun for couples on a honeymoon.
The exotic locations of Coorg will definitely kindle the romance in you when you are on your romantic retreat. Popularly called the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg has won the hearts of many couples looking for a romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of life.
The ideal duration for visiting Coorg is two days. Most of the Coorg packages range from 1-4 days. However, you can lengthen your visits depending upon how much time you wish to spend exploring the different places.
Also, your budget is a deciding factor for the duration of your trip. We advise you to check online holiday packages for Coorg for a good deal in advance.
River rafting is one of the most sought activities which you can do in Coorg in the Barapoleriver with its roaring currents. The speedy waters of the river with rapids provide the most favorable location for white water rafting. The best months for rafting in Coorg is from June to September when the South West Monsoon enters the city.
River rafting in Coorg will cost you about Rs 1,000 per person approximately.
Coorg has many impressive monasteries established by the Buddhists who practiced here. The most famous monastery in Coorg is Namdroling Monastery. This Buddhist Monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world. It is a home to more than 7000 monks and nuns. This place is also called the Golden temple on account of the gold work done on every painting.
Yes, visiting the Dubare Elephant Camp offers you a chance to engage in some fun-filled activities like wildlife safari and coracle rides. This camp hosts the majestic and friendly elephants that you get to meet up close and learn about the complexities of elephant history, ecology, and biology. Your whole trip to Dubare Elephant Camp will last for about 7 hours, but will be an exhilarating experience for you and your folks.
The mesmerizing topography of the city with hilltops, coffee plantations, thick forests, and gushing rivers make camping in Coorg an extraordinary experience. Coorg has a number of excellent locations where you can pitch your tent and gaze at the stars beyond a majestic landscape. Some places where you can go camping in Coorg are:
- Nangala Village
- Bettigeri Post
Waterfalls in Coorg is its star attraction that teases you with their splendid sights and awesome adventure activities. The best time to visit Coorg for witnessing these breathtaking waterfalls is during the South West Monsoon season from the months of June to September. The most famous waterfalls which you can discover around Coorg are:- Abbey Falls
Waterfall rappelling which is also known as abseiling is a famous adventure activity for which Coorg is known for. The wonderful waterfalls in Coorg are the best places in India to enjoy this amazing and adventurous activity. It is safe to do as you are guided by trained experts and held by thick tight ropes wearing a protective gear. So you just need to follow the safety instructions carefully for your benefit. Children under the age of fourteen are not allowed to do this.
If you are planning a vacation to Coorg, there are a number of resorts, ranging from luxury to budget offering all the modern amenities. These resorts are amazing places for a quiet weekend retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Also, there is no dearth of adventure activities which you can engage in while staying at one of these resorts in Coorg.
Some famous resorts which you should check out are:
- Porcupine Castle
- Coorg Cliffs Resort
- Coorg Jungle Camp Resort
- Kadkani Resort
- The Tamara-
- Evolve Back Resort
- Tata Coffee Plantation Trails in Coorg
- Coorg Evergreen County
- Old Kent Estates and Spa Resort
Coorg has got some excellent homestays which allow you to cherish the natural richness of this exotic tourist destination. Most of these are located in spectacular locations and offer a plethora of adventure activities. Otherwise, these homestays are just the perfect places to relax your mind and body on your holidays in Coorg.
Some good homestays in Coorg are:
Coorg has a number of estates amidst the coffee plantations where you will enjoy the sweet aroma of coffee day and night. They are secluded from the main city and a wonderful retreat for those looking for a serene and tranquil time either by yourself or with your loved ones. They also allow you to engage in activities like boating, trekking, plantation walk, river rafting, etc.
If you are looking to spend your vacation in seclusion on an estate to explore the city, then we have the following popular Coffee estates in Coorg listed out as follows:
The most popular products to buy in Coorg are coffee, spices, dry fruits, honey, oranges, and chocolates. For shopping in Coorg, the best places to go to are:- Kushalnagar Market
When you are in Coorg, we advise you to eat like the locals. The South Indian Cuisine is popular in Coorg and you will love the spicy flavors in your food which you eat in Coorg. The local cuisine offers many fantastic dishes, the taste of which will last in your memories for a long time in the future. To enjoy the local cuisine, the most popular restaurants in Coorg are:- Coorg Cuisine
There are many medical institutions in Coorg with expertly trained doctors in case you face any medical emergency when in Coorg. There are Vivus Hospitals and Sri Raja Rajeswari Hospital in case you face any medical emergency.
If you are more than 18 years of age, there is no problem for smoking/drinking in Coorg at the resorts.
Yes, you can go for a wildlife safari in Coorg to enjoy exploring the wildlife. It is an amazing way to have a closer look at these wild animals and make for a fun-filled activity. It is a great learning experience too when you are with friends and family. The national park which is most famous is Nagarhole National Park for undertaking wildlife safaris.
Madikeri is a part of the district of Coorg. Madikeri is an important spot for visiting popular tourist attractions like Raja’s Seat, Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, St Mark’s Church and Omkareshwar Temple in Coorg.
- Do not carry any plastic bag along as it is strictly prohibited in the proximity. Do not litter anywhere while travelling, it is considered extremely intolerable in Coorg.
- Keep enough cash with yourself or try to pre-pay on everything possible as the telephone lines and the mobile networks go down most of the time. Though there are few ATMs and Banks in Madikeri and other towns, it is better to stay on the safer side.
- Carry ample packed food and water along, so that you do not run out of the same anywhere in the midst of a secluded region. There are not many things available around the roadside in Coorg.
- Carrying a fog lamp in your vehicle and drive slowly along the road. The visibility becomes difficult after 3 pm in winter due mist all over.
Puthari means ‘new rice.’ It is the name that is given to the harvest festival of Coorg. Usually celebrated towards November end or at the start of December, Puthari brings with it a lot of singing and dancing celebrations. It can be a memorable festival for the tourists.
Built in 1820 by Lingarajendra II, the Omkareshwara Temple is a potpourri of Islamic and Gothic architecture. The Shiv Linga that is placed in this temple was brought all the way from Kashi. What makes the temple fascinating is its Islamic style of architecture. It resembles a Muslim Dargah with its four minarets and central dome.
Coffee in itself is a huge reason to be grateful for the British Rule in India. It was in Raj era that coffee plantations were introduced and today Coorg is one of the biggest coffee producers in India. The coffee from Coorg is particularly famous for its clean beans, blue color and incredible liquoring qualities which makes it the most sought after coffee all across the globe. A visit to the plantations and the coffee estates during the season will give your olfactory organs utmost pleasure. You can also try some coffee plantation stays in Coorg and experience the destination at its best.
Legends say that Coorgis are the descendants of Alexander the Great. They are staunch non vegetarians. The meat that they eat is cooked with a lot of curry leaves, spices and coconuts. Some of the most prominent Coorg dishes are Baimbale, Pandi Curry, Kadubu and Atti Payasa.
Kodava Hockey Festival
Amongst the Kodava community, Hockey is the most cherished sport. One of the families from the community hosts a hockey tournament on annual basis. This festival is also featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest field hockey events across the globe. More than 50 Kodavas have represented India in the sport. Of these, 7 of them have even played hockey in the Olympics.
Mahseet fish is a magnet for the professional anglers from across the globe. To enjoy angling, you can make a visit from November to March which is the angling season.
At Ponnampet near Coorg, one can enjoy single or two-seater gliders. You can learn the basics from an educated and well equipped instructor before you take off. Hand gliders here reach a height of 5000 feet and run at a speed of 100 km/hour. The overall view from down is simply majestic.