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What You Should Know More About Coorg

  • Travel Advice

    • 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.

  • What you will like there?

    Puthari Festival
    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.

    Omkareshwara Temple
    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
    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.

    Coorgi Cuisines
    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.

    Angling
    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.

    Microlighting
    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.

  • Recommended reads for destination (govt websites, travel forum articles)

    Website :

    Coorg Tourism Website

    Books :

    • Field Marshal Cariappa – His Life & Times

    • Gazetteer of Coorg

    • Snakes of Coorg

    • Feathered Jewels of Coorg

  • Where is Coorg located? How far is Coorg from Bangalore?

    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 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.

  • What are the various ways by which I can reach Coorg?

    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.

  • What is the best time to visit Coorg for a vacation?

    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 rafting, trekking etc as well as for sightseeing in Coorg.

  • What should I carry while visiting Coorg for vacation?

    While visiting Coorg, there are some essentials which you should not miss while packing your bags to make your trip easier and comfortable. You should carry light and comfortable clothing but also keep a jacket in case it gets chilly.

     

    If you are going for trekking, you should always keep medical supplies and a first aid kit. Also sports shoes are highly recommended if you wish to try out adventure activities. For other water sports you should always have a dry pair of clothes to change into after the activities.

  • Is it safe to travel to Coorg?

    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.

  • I am woman visiting Coorg alone? Will I be safe?

    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.

  • Is Coorg a good weekend getaway option from Bangalore?

    A weekend in Coorg is a wonderful getaway option from Bangalore. With so many activities like rafting, trekking, microlight flying you can experience the adventure in Coorg.

     

     It is located amidst beautiful hills with waterfalls and there are many nature reserves located in the city which is an excellent opportunity to get a closer outlook of nature.

     

    Coorg also offers opportunities to go for offbeat activities like visiting monasteries or going out on a wildlife safari. With so much things to do, Coorg is a popular holiday destination.

  • What are the different activities one can do in Coorg?

    The activities in Coorg can be both spontaneous and adventurous which would be loved by all adventure junkies. So if you wish to get your heart racing, head directly to Coorg. Coorg also allows some offbeat activities too for a peaceful and laid back time. Activities like camping and trekking in Coorg is quite famous.

     

    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:

    • River rafting at Barapole river
    • Zip lining, archery, air rifle shooting
    • Microlight flying
    • Rock Climbing at HonnamanaKere
    • Mountain Biking in Chelavara
    • Quad Biking in Chelavara
    • Plantation Walk
    • Sunset Jeep Drive at Mandalpatti

  • Is it worth visiting Coorg for honeymoon?

    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.

  • What is the ideal duration for a holiday in Coorg?

    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 for 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.

  • What are some famous tourist attractions in Coorg?.

    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:

    • Abbey Falls
    • Brahmagiri Peak
    • Dubare Elephant Camp
    • Iruppu Falls
    • Nagarhole National Park
    • Golden Temple, Bylakuppe
    • Raja’s Seat
    • Talacauvery&Bhagamandala
    • Pushpagiri Trek
    • Chelavara Falls
    • Omkareshwara Temple
    • Madikeri Fort
    • Cauvery Nisargadhama

  • What trekking options can we find in Coorg? Is it a safe destination for trekkers?

    There are various options available for trekkers in Coorg. From gentle to challenging terrains, Coorg has got amazing hilltops with breathtaking views to fulfil every trekker’s dream.

     

     Some of the famous treks are Nishani Motte trek, Tadiandamol trek, Pushpagiri Trek etc.  Yes, it is a very safe destination for trekkers. But we suggest you to be accompanied by a professional guide before going on your trek.

  • Can we do river rafting in Coorg? How much it will cost us?

    River rafting is one of the most sough 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 country.

    It will cost you about Rs 1,000 per person. You can also get a customized package from the tour operators.

  • Are there any famous monasteries in Coorg?

    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.

  • Can we visit Dubare Elephant Camp? What is special there?

    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.

  • Which places are for camping in Coorg?

    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 Gonikoppal, Nangala Village, Virajpet, Kushalnagar, Madikeri, Bettigeri Post etc.

  • What sort of tents will be provided while camping in Coorg?

    For a true camping experience, the camps will be in the form of tents on a multiple sharing basis.  Some companies have already built concrete or bamboo accommodations.

     You will have to book the camp according to your preference.

  • Which waterfalls are famous in Coorg?

    Waterfalls in Coorg is its star attraction that tease 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
    • Irpu Falls
    • Kabbe Waterfalls
    • Chelavara Waterfalls
    • Devarakolli Waterfalls
    • Mallalli Falls

  • Can we do waterfall rappelling in Coorg? Is it safe to do so?

    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.

  • Which are some famous resorts to stay in Coorg?

    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
    • Meriyanda 
    • Coorg Jungle Camp Resort
    • Kadkani Resort
    • The Tamara
    • Orange County Resort
    • Tata Coffee Plantation Trails in Coorg
    • Coorg Evergreen County
    • Old Kent Estates and Spa Resort

  • Which are some good homestays options in Coorg?

    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:

    • Coffee Trails
    • Cottage Stay near Dubare Elephant Camp
    • Plantation Stay Experience near Virajpet
    • Silver Brook
    • Honey Pot
    • Chilipili Estate
    • Farm Stay in Virajpet
    • Cottage Stay in the Valley
    • Rustic Wooden Cottage Stay
    • Cottage in the Valley near Somwarpet

  • Which are some famous estates in Coorg to stay?

    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 of Coorg, then we have the following popular estates listed out as follows:

    • Estate Bungalow Stay in Madikeri
    • Abbydhama Estate Homestay
    • Silver Brook Estate
    • Sadalkad Estate
    • Chilipili Estate
    • Maracad Estate

  • Where can we do shopping in Coorg? Which thing is a must buy in Coorg?

    For shopping in Coorg, the best places to go are:

    • Kushalnagar Market
    • Stop n Shop Coorg
    • Friday Market

    The most popular products to buy in Coorg are coffee, spices, dry fruits, honey, oranges and chocolates.

  • Which restaurants are must to visit to taste the local cuisines of Coorg?

    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
    • Taste of Coorg
    • Udipi the Veg
    • Tiger Tiger Ethnic Kodava Dining
    • Fish Curry Rice etc.

  • How to deal with any medical emergency we might face in Coorg? Is there any good hospital?

    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.

  • Is smoking/drinking legal in Coorg?

    If you are more than 18 years of age, there is no problem for smoking/drinking in Coorg at the resorts.

  • Can we go for a wildlife safari in Coorg? Which national parks are famous?

    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.

  • Is Coorg and Madikeri same?

    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.

Traveller Tales from Coorg

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Agnimitra Banerjee

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 exploring more of South India now.

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Mallikarjun Devaramane

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 are so much fun to talk. They served delicious authentic madikeri food. walk around the estate, don't worry Bahadur kids can take you there and be such a wonderful company. Bonfire, you get to meet different people from different places, share a drink, exchange of thoughts, what not. Overall its one of the affordable best packages in madikeri."

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Muthuvel Raman

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. Location is untapped by many and road in the last stretch is not so comfortable and that is the beauty of the place. The place is very much into the forest and you wont here any sound other than birds,leaves and wind. No Wifi and Network is very weak and that's exactly what we need when we are in holidays. Temperature is damn low at night and camp fire sets the mood for it to enjoy. Tent sleep is a different experience for me and i am sure it would be the same for all. Water stream flows nearby and we can go and pass time there. Morning, we walked around 2 Km into the forest to see a jungle falls which is icing on the cake. Trekking path is also untouched by many i believe. Also you can coffee estate to walk around. No need to mention that food is very delicious and so are services. On a whole, I am sure it would be a complete package for a camp day or two. if it is Coorg, this should be your stay place. I landed at thrillophilia accidentally and it is a needed one. If i want to say in Rajini style, "Magizhchi"

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Madhuri Prajapat

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! There are whole lot of activities and specially elephants. My kids loved it a lot.

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Gandharv Asan

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, elephant interaction for best part of the whole trip.

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Debasish Nayak

22 September 2014

It was an amazing and adventurous experience. The whole camping area was great with very good homely food. Theexperience staying out there was remarkable. The service people out there are very generous and behaved very humbly. The bathrooms were pretty clean and well maintained with supply of hot water . The best part was bonfire. Truly speaking , it was worth going and staying out there and its one of the best days for us. Thanks Civet Creek Camping Team & Thrillophilia Team for coordinating. Cheers !!! Thanks and Regards, Debasish Nayak

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Manoj Acharya

29 December 2015

Coorg is totally made for trekking,,,,with the green surroundings and trails...it is always peaceful and amazing to trek here....our trek was perfect and the best part..is that i got to meet alots of new people becaus eof this trek. amaizng time!!

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Anandh Dhanasekaran

18 July 2017

"If you've ever been to a camp, you quite know the drill!\nBut this one is off tracks (in a good way), right from the route one has to take to get to the camp -- to the view one gets from those tents -- the brilliant landscape -- homecooked feel good food -- the numerous options one has to pass time! from TT, badminton, volleyball, cricket to cards! The essentials and minor needs of visitors are taken care in the most adorable way, this makes one's stay even more pleasant.\n\nThe hospitality will blow you away!\n\nThe icing on the cake is the trek and the waterfall ????"

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vijay kumar

08 October 2014

Hi everyone,this is my 2nd trip with you people and am as happy as the first one. The journey started with unknown place and unknown people,but during the course of the journey we all became friends and the place started feeling like home. I loved the place too with so much of nature and wildlife that once I thought of staying there forever.Trekking was a good adventurous journey with in nature with the irupu falls as a good climax to it. Thank you so much for organizing this trip with so many activities and I am waiting for my next trip with you people.

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