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Wake up to the smell of tranquilizing coffee, and enjoy the scenic beauty of this misty land of hills and streams. Popularly known as the Scotland of India, Coorg lives up to its name with luring amalgamation of history, luxury, adventure, mouth-watering cuisine. Located along the western ghats, this famous coffee-producing hill station is well-known for its jaw-dropping ravishing scenery and opulence.

Not just the scintillating beauty, this misty landscape has a rich culture and a unique local clan - Kodavas specialised in martial arts, widely known for their hospitality. Ranging from admiring the beauty of this heavenly destination to a challenging trek or deep insight into the culture at the Madikeri Fort to the enthralling adventure at Abbey Falls or the spicy curries to the sweet heart-melting handmade truffles, Coorg will make you oscillate to the extremes in everything.

With so many activities in the house, this is indeed an ideal destination for everyone, whether you are a foodie, an explorer, an adventurer, or a tranquility seeker. Not to forget the popular festivals -  Keil Poldu (worship of weapons), Cauvery Shankaramana (return of the river goddess) and the Huttari (harvest).

Stunning mountains, the cascade of falling waters, and eye-feasting view of the flora and fauna, this place is indeed a perfect holiday destination for people who need an escape from their monotonous 9-5 hectic life. Much-acclaimed to be the preferred destination for trekking sports and white water rafting, Coorg qualifies to be the perfect location for the thrill-seekers.

Quench your thirst for adventure as you drive along the misty roads in the winter afternoons around the hills. Though the tinge of excitement is unnerving enough to boost your enthusiasm, do take care of the safety measures while you enjoy your exhilarating journey to Coorg.

Make sure you do not miss out the mesmerising towns including Gonikoppal, Somwarpet, Kushalnagar, Pollibetta, and Virajpet to add rewarding experiences to your itinerary. 

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Tadiandamol Peak
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 mLocation: Tadiandamol, Yevakapadi, Karnataka, 571212, IndiaBest Time to visit: December to MayEntry 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 KMBook Now: Tadiandamol Trek, Flat 25% Off
Kumara Parvatha Hill
During the monsoon, pools of clouds hover over the hill of Kumara Parvatha, during winter, the entire hill takes the shades of orange and summers are hot.  There are two trekking routes to reach the camping ground of Kumara Parvatha Hill- one being Somwarpet and other Kukke Subramanya.Both the routes have plenty of waterfalls and an abundance of greenery and it is among the coorg attractions. Watching the sunrise from atop has been the favourite activity among people who hike up the hill. Camping is not allowed at the peak so while you visit the forest department to pay and enter the trek route, you have to leave your gears behind. You can camp near or next to the forest department or at Manscape. The hiking trail on the Somwarpet route goes around a 6 to 7 KM (one side) deep forest patch with multiple waterfalls. The 16 KM trail from Subramanya to Kumara Parvatha peak is filled with meadows and views of the western ghats making the long route exceptionally beautiful.Height: 1712 MtsLocation: Pushpagiri, Kumaralli, Karnataka 571236Best Time to visit: October to February.Entry fee: INR 75 is paid at the forest office as a trekking fee and another 100 for Camera.Timings: 6 AM to 6 PMAverage time required to visit the place: It takes 8 to 10 hours to trek the hill.Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 63 to 64 KM.Special Deal: Kumara Parvatha Trek Flat 19% Off
Madikeri Fort
Madikeri Fort has been a popular tourist attraction to witness the lives, rise and fall of several glorious rulers and dynasty. Founded by Mudduraja in the second half of the 17th century and constructed in mud, it finally took shape in granite and has stood testimony to several incidents. It is a coming together of several religions and an amalgamation of different cultures and traditions.A Fort with a temple, Church, prison, Museum and library is pretty intriguing, especially to history lovers. Different rulers from majestic dynasties have constructed and reconstructed the Fort time and again and used it in a way they felt was justified. Located amidst rolling mountains and lush greenery, one can spend hours inside the Fort looking for artefacts mentioned in the pages of history.Currently, the Madikeri Deputy Commissioner's Office is located inside the Fort premises. St. Mark’s Church built during the British regime houses a museum, which contains several interesting items related to history. It showcases a huge portrait of Coorg's eminent personality Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa, weapons and tools used by the different rulers and the British along with several other interesting objects.It is one of the best places to visit in Coorg and the beauty and culture of Coorg have been defined in a historical monument, The Madikeri Fort. The two-storied heritage property built by the erstwhile ruler of Kodagu has undergone several changes both structurally and functionally. A Fort built-in mud housing a beautiful Palace, that too made in mud to a Church adorned with stained glass and done up in Gothic style built by the British.Tipu Sultan further fortified the monument in granite and used it for official and leisurely activities. While the British made a museum adjoining the Church, made further changes and showcased various objects and artefacts used during the different transactions amongst the rulers.Book & Checkout - Coorg Tour PackagesHistory of Madikeri Fort The history of Madikeri Fort dates back to the 17th century when the erstwhile king of Coorg, Mudduraja had made Madikeri the capital city of Kodagu. Initially, the fort was built with mud with along with a palace too made with mud inside the fort premises.The fort has born the brunt of several rulers thus undergoing demolitions and reconstruction time and again over a few centuries. It was also rebuilt by Tipusultan in granite and named the site as Jaffarabad and renamed the fort as Meraca Fort. In 1790 Dodda Vira Rajendra added to the architectural beauty of the Fort and then again by the Britishers in 1834. St. Mark’s Church built in 1859 is housed inside the Fort and has a museum built inhouse.The Architecture of Madikeri FortThe colossal Fort built against the backdrop of verdant mountains and an open sky reminisces one of an era bygone. The Fort, constructed in granite has been built in European style with elaborate pillars and checkered floor patterns. The two life-size statues of elephants at the entrance must have stod testimony to several rivalry and wars.St. Mark’s Church, in glass stained Gothic style replaced the old Vidarbha temple inside the fort also under the British rule. A grand clock tower was strategically placed to the exuberance of the fort in 1933. A sculpture of tortoise, with the name of King Vijayendra, engraved on it sits adorned upon to welcome the history aficionados.The grand architecture of the fort is not only the pride of the Kodagu region but has also attracted visitors from several parts of the world. The secret labyrinth of alleys and passes inside the fort gives way to mysterious stories associated with them which too must have seen gory and secret stories hidden within the walls.
Abbey Falls
This refreshing waterfall gushes and pounds on the rock with full force especially during the rains and the roars echoes in the valley. The entire set up is gorgeous and looks right out of a storybook. Abbey falls is a part of river Cauvery or Kaveri in Karnataka that falls from an elevation of 70 feet making an astounding natural scene fro the shutterbugs to capture in the lenses. Trekking trails of Coorg are littered around the falls region..
Raja's Seat
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 571201Best 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.Check Out: Recreational activities in Coorg
Barapole River
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, IndiaBest 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 PMAverage time required to visit the place: Rafting is a 1.5 to 2 hours activity.Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 80 KM.Book Now: Experience River Rafting in Coorg

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Which are the famous places to visit in Coorg?

Here is the list of best places to visit in Coorg:

1. Abbey Falls: 
Cascading from an elevation of around 70 feet above sea level and nestled amidst lush spice and coffee plantations, the magnificent Abbey Falls is one of the most beautiful and popular waterfalls in Coorg. This fall is fed by the Kaveri river, which cascades through rocky faces, with the flow being at its peak just after the monsoon season.

Location: Abbey Falls Rd, Hebbettageri, Karnataka 571201.
Entry Fee: INR 15 per head.
Timings: From 9 AM to 5 PM, on all days.

2. Honnamana Kere Lake
Lying near Somwarpet, Honnamana Kere Lake is considered to be the biggest natural lake of Kodagu district. With a temple of Goddess Honnamana located on its serene banks, Honnamana Kere Lake is known popularly for its spiritual and mythological significance.

The lake attracts many devotees during the famous Gowri festival when a pooja is held here. Honnamana Kere Lake also propels a myriad of adventure enthusiasts, who love to enjoy fishing and boating here.

Location: Sulimalthe Village, Coorg, Karnataka.
Timings: From 6 AM to 6 PM, on all days.

3. Raja's Seat
Also known as Gaddige Raja’s Tomb, Raja's Seat was developed by Chikkavirarajendra back in 1820. In the bygone times, the Raja’s Seat was a favourite place among the rulers of Kodagu district, who frequently visited this spot with their queens to enjoy the sunset.

Surrounded by majestic hills and lush valleys, this vantage point remains as a sunset-watching spot at the present day. The place is also encircled by a breathtaking garden, which houses musical fountains and colourful seasonal flowers.

Location: Madikeri, Coorg, Karnataka.
Entry Fee: INR 5 per head.
Timings: 5:30 AM to 7:30 PM on Weekdays; 6:45 PM – 7:20 PM on Weekends. Musical Fountain is held at 7:00 PM.

4. Madikeri Fort: B
uilt back in the 17th century by king Muddu Raja, Madikeri Fort was captured by a number of rulers in the later periods, due to which the monument went through numerous changes.

At the present day, the Madikeri Fort boasts two life-size elephant statues at its entrance and houses a tortoise sculpture, a church, the Deputy Commissioner’s office, and a museum exhibiting rare collections, on its premises. It also has a clock tower, which was added to the structure in 1933 under the Britishers.

Location: Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201.
Timings: From 9 AM to 6.30 PM, on all days except on Monday.

5. Kopatty Hills: K
opatty Hills offers a short, moderate trek, which is known popularly for its varied landscapes. This off-beat trek takes the hikers through vast expanses of breathtaking coffee plantations, thick forests, rolling grasslands, silent meadows, verdant valleys, and meandering streams.

The trek is packed with a plethora of camping sites, where trekkers can pitch their tents and enjoy the night in the arms of mother nature. Some of the top activities that can be enjoyed at Kopatty Hills include sunset watching, jungle walks, village walks, plantation visits, and photography.

6. Honey Valley: 
Also known as Nilakandi Falls, Honey Valley happens to be a 15 feet high, picturesque waterfall, located in the thick tropical forests, with its origin being somewhere in the mighty Tadiyandemol range. This waterfall is part of a privately-owned 56-acre resort and offers an amazing trekking opportunity. There is a 3 kilometres long trek, which takes trekkers to a serene stream, which meanders down from the waterfall.

7. Tadiandamol Peak
Perched at an altitude of around 1,748 meters above sea level, Tadiandamol Peak happens to be the highest peak of Coorg district and the second highest peak of Karnataka state.

Offering excellent trekking opportunities to beginners, the trek to Tadiandamol Peak takes you through breathtaking dense forests. One of the important landmarks of this trek is the Big Rock, which is a magnificent rock at the foothills of the hill, which serves as an ideal camping destination.

Location: Kakkabe, Coorg, Karnataka.
Timings: From 6 AM to 6 PM, on all days.

8. Namdroling Monastery
Also known as Thegchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargye Ling, the Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery was constructed by Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche back in 1963.

Considered to be one of the world’s largest education hubs of Tibetan Buddhism, this monastery has a religious college and a junior high school. The monastery is also home to more than five thousand lamas of the sangha community. There is also a fully functional hospital on the premises of the Namdroling Monastery.

Location: Arlikumari, Bylakuppe, Karnataka 571104.
Timings: From 9 AM to 6 PM, on all days.

9. Mandalpatti
Set overlooking the Pushpagiri forests and flanked by abundant greenery, Mandalpatti happens to be one of the best vantage points in Coorg.

Nestled at an elevation of around 1800 meters above sea level, this place is often visited by nature lovers and amateur trekkers, who love to hike through the easy trails to soak in the breathtaking views of the underlying greenery. Taking the trekkers through breathtaking coffee estates, Mandalpatti Viewpoint is also known to offer mesmerizing sunset and sunrise views.

Location: Madikeri, Coorg, Karnataka.
Timings: From 6 AM to 6 PM, on all days.

10. Somwarpet: 
Lying in the north-eastern region of Coorg town, Somwarpet is known popularly for its premium quality coffee and spice crops. This beautiful region also houses several important tourist attractions of Coorg, including Beelur Golf club, Malemalleshwara Betta, and Mallalli Falls. Somwarpet also serves the most authentic and delicious Coorgi delicacies, including Pandi (Pork) Curry, Koli Barthad, Bamboo Shoot Curry, Kadambuttu, and Akki Rotti.

What are the best things to do in Coorg?

Here is the list of best things to do in Coorg:

1. Spend a Day with Elephants at Dubare Elephant Camp
If you are a wildlife enthusiast, head to the very famous Dubare Elephant Camp for an exhilarating day out in the wilderness. Encounter the friendly elephants here and spend the day taking care of and playing with these beautiful creatures.

You can enjoy bathing the elephants, feeding them, and even taking a fun ride on their back. If this does not satisfy your craving to explore the wilds, you can also enjoy thrilling wildlife safaris and peaceful nature walks at Dubare Elephant Camp.

Location: Kushalnagar, Coorg District, Nanjarayapatna, Karnataka.
Price: INR 670 per head.
Timings: 9 AM to 11 AM and 4.30 PM to 5.30 PM, on all days.

2. Camping in Coorg
Packed with a myriad of beautiful campsites to select from, the city of Coorg offers the best of jungle and riverside camping experiences.

Camping amidst the lap of mother nature will let you sleep to the melodies of the fast-flowing streams and wake up to breathtaking sunrise views. During their camp, the campers can also engage in many exhilarating activities including stargazing, bonfire, river rafting, and rappelling.

3. Trek to Tadiandamol Peak: E
xperience a trekking tour to the highest peak of Kodagu district, Tadiandamol Peak. Hike to a whopping altitude of around 5,735 feet above sea level through an easy 4.5-kilometre long trek, packed with exotic flower beds, picture-perfect grasslands, photogenic vantage points, and gushing streams. The trails of this enchanting trek will also take you through pristine coffee farms, the rich aroma of which will be enough to lift your tired soul.

4. Barapole River Rafting
Barapole in Coorg city offers the most amazing white river rafting experience, especially during the monsoon season.

With grades starting from 1 to 5, the mighty Barapole river offers the most adrenaline-fueled rafting opportunity to the avid adventure seekers. While you enjoy rafting on the azure blue waters of the Barapole river, you can also soak in the breathtaking lush green environs surrounding the water body.

Location: Virajpet Taluk, Coorg, Karnataka.
Price: INR 1200 per head.

5. Enjoy stay at Coffee Plantation Homestay
Plan a rejuvenating nature stay with your loved ones at a quaint homestay amidst the rich coffee plantations of Coorg.

Offering you a nest away from the chaotic city, these homestays will let you wake up to the aromatic smell of coffee beans and enchanting views of the surrounding mountains every morning. Guests can also treat their taste buds with authentic Coorgi delicacies during their stay in these homestays.

Starts from INR 700 per night.

6. Jeep Safari at Mandalpatti
Take a thrilling jeep safari to the Mandalpatti Viewpoint right from the base of the hill and ride your way up through scenic surroundings. As you ascend the hill in an open jeep, soak in the enthralling views of the picturesque coffee plantations and cascading waterfalls. Click some impressive shots of the incredible nature views to make your hilltop picnic memorable.

Location: Mandalpatti, Coorg, Karnataka.
Price: INR 1,500 per head for a group of 6.

7. Hike to Raja's Seat: 
Take a hiking tour to the very famous Raja’s Seat and get a chance to enjoy the best nature and sunset views ever! In addition to the scenic views, the reward of hiking to Raja’s Seat is also the picturesque garden surrounding the spot, which flaunts exotic colourful flowers and a musical fountain. Raja’s Seat can be accessed by a relatively easy hike, which can be done even by the amateurs.

Location: Stuart Hill, Coorg, Karnataka.

8. Enjoy Bird Watching at Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
Enjoy a bird watching tour at one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka state, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.

Packed with lush forests and verdant mountains, this sanctuary is home to a wide variety of endangered and rare birds. Some of the common birds that can be spotted here include Nilgiri wood pigeons, Malabar Trogons, hornbills, bulbuls, and parakeets.

Location: Subramanya, Road, Kumarahalli, Karnataka 571236.
Price: INR 10 per head.
Timings: From 7 AM to 6 PM, on all days.

9. Coffee Plantation Tour
Since the town of Coorg is known famously for its breathtaking coffee plantations, taking a tour of these rich plantations can never be missed.

During your visit, you can also interact with the workmen in these plantations and try to learn about their lifestyle as well as the processes involved in coffee production. You can also relish a cup of aromatic hot coffee and revive yourself after the exhausting plantation walk.

10. Enjoy Wildlife Safari at Nagarhole National ParkGo meet the exotic wildlife at Nagarhole National Park by taking a thrilling wildlife safari through their territory.

Adorned beautifully by the serene River Kabini snaking through it and the mighty Brahmagiri Mountains surrounding it, this national park offers breathtaking natural scenery to bask in. Also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park, the park will let you spot a number of gorgeous wild beasts, including Asiatic elephants and tigers.

Location: Mysore – Madikeri Road, Hunsur, Karnataka 571201.
Price: INR 400 to INR 1500 per head.
Timings: 6 AM to 9 AM and 2 PM to 5 PM, on all days.

11. Visit Madikeri Fort: 
If you are a history buff, do not miss out on paying a visit to the magnificent Madikeri Fort for a memorable heritage tour. Constructed originally by Mudduraja back in the 17th century, the fort has undergone some renovation by the many other rulers, including Tipu Sultan and the Britishers. At present, the premises of Madikeri Fort is packed with a church, a museum, a park, and a clock tower.

Location: Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201.
Timings: 9 AM to 6.30 PM, on all days except on Monday.

Which are the best treks in Coorg?

Checkout the best treks in Coorg:

1. Kotebetta Trek: 
The third highest peak of Coorg, Kotebetta Peak offers an excellent trek that starts from Madhapur village and passes through open grasslands, dense forests, and breathtaking plantations. Kotebetta Trek is a 2-day trek, requiring trekkers to cover a total length of 20 kilometres.

2. Kabbe Hills Trek: 
The trek to Kabbe Hills is a 15 kilometres long trek, which passes through the picturesque Chelavara Waterfalls. This trek comes with a medium level of difficulty and offers many activities including swimming & rappelling.

3. Brahmagiri Hills Trek
Brahmagiri Hills Trek is a 6 kilometres long trek that takes trekkers to an altitude of 1,608 meters. This moderately difficult trek is known for offering the best sunset & sunrise views. It also lets trekkers enjoy bonfire and camping opportunities.

4. Kopatty Trek: 
Passing through wide valleys, rolling meadows, thick forests, and verdant coffee plantations, Kopatty Trek takes trekkers to Kopatty Hilltop. This 12 kilometres long moderate trek also lets you witness the stunning Harangi Backwaters.

5. Kakkabe Trek: 
Kakkabe Trek is a 4 kilometres long, moderate trek, which leads trekkers through dense jungles and mesmerizing waterfalls. This trek also lets adventure seekers enjoy many exhilarating activities, including bird watching, nature walks, & animal spotting.

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 the biggest producer of coffee in Karnataka.

Distance between Coorg and Bangalore is 260 kilometres and it takes about a 5-hour drive between the two places.

Which waterfalls are famous in Coorg?

Here is the list of best waterfalls in Coorg

1. Iruppu Falls
Lying in the Brahmagiri range, the very famous Iruppu falls is River Lakshmana Tirtha, cascading from an elevation of around 170 feet above sea level. Surrounded by lush green environs, this waterfall exhibits a truly mesmerizing sight for nature lovers to soak in.

2. Mallalli Falls
The beautiful Mallalli Falls is the gorgeous Kumaradhara River, cascading from the lofty Pushpagiri Hills. This fall generally receives a voluminous flow just after the monsoons and can be accessed by a forested trek.

3. Devarakolli Falls: 
Surrounded by thick forestland on all sides and dotted by colourful wildflowers and towering trees, Devarakolli Falls cascades from a great height and forms a clear pool. This waterfall is never very crowded and offers a quiet trail to trek and enjoy the scenic views.

4. Burude Falls
Known famously as Dodmane Falls, Burude Falls is a gorgeous 5 steps waterfall that cascades through a slender forest creek. Lying on the outskirts of Coorg town, this waterfall can be accessed by a small trek.

5. Nandapole Falls: 
Flanked by a dense forest, Nandapole Falls cascades through a rock-clad valley. Tucked amidst serene green environs, this breathtaking waterfall makes for an amazing picnic spot for families as well as couples.

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 from 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.

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.

Why is Coorg called Scotland of India?

Coorg, also known as Kodagu, is often referred to as the "Scotland of India" due to its striking similarity to the Scottish landscapes. The lush green hills, misty valleys, and gushing streams of Coorg resemble the Scottish Highlands. The region's cool climate, coffee plantations, and rolling hills add to its Scottish-like charm, making it a popular tourist destination in India.

Which food is famous in Coorg?

Coorg, also known as Scotland of India, is famous for its unique and delicious cuisine. The region's cuisine is influenced by the local culture and ingredients, including spices and herbs grown in the region. Some popular dishes include Pandi Curry (pork curry), Nool Puttu (rice noodles), Akki Roti (rice flour flatbread), and Koli Curry (chicken curry). Coorg's cuisine offers a unique blend of spicy and flavorful dishes that are a must-try for any food lover.

Is Coorg a good weekend getaway option from Bangalore?

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!

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 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.

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

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. 

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.

Which are the best resorts in Coorg?

Here is the list of best resorts in Coorg

1. The Windflower Resort & Spa
Spread across a lush coffee farm of 25 acres, The Windflower Resort & Spa is a luxury resort adorned with an infinity pool that is surrounded by towering rosewood and teak trees.

This resort allows guests to enjoy many rejuvenating and pampering therapies, including hydrotherapy and hot oil massages. Jeep rides, quad-biking, horseback riding, zorbing, plantation walks, and yoga are some of the on-site recreational activities guests can indulge in.

2. Amanvana Spa Resort
Packed with an open-air theatre, a coffee hut, a Jacuzzi, and a huge pool, Amanvana Spa Resort offers an incomparable laid-back stay.

Guests staying here can also experience a range of curative therapies, including reflexology, stone therapy, Vinotherapy, Effleurage, Anti-Stress Massage, and Full Body Massage. Evenings at the resort are generally about a blazing bonfire and live bbq along the river.

3. Evolve Back
Surrounded by thick forests and bordered by the serene Kaveri river, Evolve Back is a 300 acres plantation resort nestled at an altitude of around 800 meters above sea level. Featuring luxury pool cottages, pool villas, and pool bungalows, this resort is suitable for an intimate romantic stay. Guests staying at Evolve Back can indulge in a number of adrenaline-pumping activities, including bird watching, trekking, and coracle rides.

4. The Tamara Coorg
Letting you soak in the melodies of bird songs and gushing streams, The Tamara Coorg offers a high-end nature stay. Packed with a swimming pool, restaurants, a lounge bar, and Jacuzzi, this resort puts luxury at your feet. The resort offers excellent culinary options with 3 in-house restaurants serving local and international flavours to guests, including The Deck, The Verandah, and The Falls.

5. Kadkani River Resort
Kadkani River Resort offers you a heart-warming nature stay amidst the endless plantation views, whispering palms, enchanting bird chirpings, and melodic flow of Cauvery river. The resort pays special attention to the recreation of its guests and offers a myriad of activities, including River Crossing, Fishing, Plantation Walk, Boating, trekking, golf, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, and bonfire.

6. Old Kent Estates
Tucked amidst 200 acres of coffee estates, Old Kent Estates is a 4-star property featuring the British colonial style architectural design. Packed with a total of 8 tastefully appointed villas, this resort is adorned by a huge well-manicured garden that is facilitated with a nice seating area. The resort has a cozy coffee shop and a gorgeous multi-cuisine restaurant, serving delicious Mexican, Italian, Indian, Continental, and Chinese cuisine.

7. Misty Woods Resort
Nestled at the foothills of 'Thadiyante Mol' peak and sprawling over an estate of around 100 acres, Misty Woods Resort dates back to 1794. Flanked by coffee plantations, paddy fields, and verdant mountains, this resort takes you to a true dreamland away from the chaotic city. While your mornings will be draped in the fragrances of pepper, coffee, wild honey, and cardamom, your evenings will be fun around the warmth of a campfire.

8. Magnolia Estates & Resorts: L
ying cosily in a coffee plantation setting, Magnolia Estates & Resorts is a theme-based boutique resort. Packed with a board room, a conference room, and meeting spaces, this property is suitable for business travellers. The resort also conducts entertainment events, including cultural activities, local Coorgi dance, and Kalaripayattu.

Which are the best wildlife sanctuaries in Coorg?

1. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: Considered to be one of the most famous wildlife sanctuaries of Karnataka state, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is home to endangered and rare birds. Proposed to be declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this beautiful sanctuary also houses the Mallalli Falls, the Mandalpatti Peak and the Kumara Parvat peak.

2. Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: 
Spread across an area of around 181 square km, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary has been named after Brahmagiri Hills. This sanctuary features semi-evergreen and evergreen forests and bamboos. It also houses exotic birds, including emerald dove & Malabar trogon. Animals that can be spotted here include sloth bears, leopards, gaurs, Nilgiri langurs, & elephants.

3. Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary: 
Named after Talakaveri, the point of origin of Kaveri river, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary is shrouded with tropical evergreen forests that house a myriad of mammals, reptiles, & birds. The sanctuary also houses exotic flora species, including Hopea parviflora, Artocarpus lakoocha, Palaquium ellipticum, Dipterocarpus indicus, & Mesua ferrea.

4. Nagarhole National Park and Tiger Reserve: 
Nagarhole National Park is known for its varied topography, which includes shallow valleys, serene streams, and gentle slopes. The wildlife species that can be spotted here include spotted deers, sloth bears, Indian Rock Python, and Civet cats. The park also houses over 250 bird species.

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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 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

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

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

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 in 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.

What are the basic travel advice you should know before traveling to 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.

Which are the best places to visit in Coorg in 2 days?

1. Abbey FallsThis glittering waterfall is set amidst the coffee plantations and offers a sight to behold. The picturesque attraction is a must visit for photographers and nature lovers in Coorg. 
2. Raja’s SeatThis is a beautiful garden which is a delight for nature lovers and among the top picnic spots for the tourists. It offers a wonderful view of the sunset and a panoramic glimpse of the curated gardens and an array of colourful flowers. 
3. Iruppu FallsKnown for its religious significance, Iruppu Falls is a grand spectacle that attracts a number of visitors. It leads the trekking trail to Brahmagiri Peak and offers a peaceful respite for all nature lovers. 
4. Namdroling Monastery: Also called Golden Temple, Namdroling Monastery boasts of an exquisite example of Tibetan architecture in Coorg. It is built from Bamboo and is known to be home for about 5000 members of the Sangha community in Coorg.

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What are the best places to visit in Coorg for couples?

1. Abbey FallsThe famous Abbey Falls cascades down from an elevation of around 70 feet, amidst a lush spice and coffee plantation. The shimmering stream of gushing white water offers an incredibly beautiful sight to behold.
2. Mandalpatti ViewpointPerched at an altitude of around 4050 feet inside the Pushpagiri Reserve Forest, Mandalpatti Viewpoint offers picturesque mountain views to bask in with your beloved.
3. Honnamana Kere LakeMaking for the largest natural lake of Coorg, Honnamana Kere Lake is known for its spiritual and religious significance. You can visit Goddess Honnamana temple located at the banks to seek blessings for your relationship.
4. Namdroling MonasteryNamdroling Monastery is a 3-storied shrine sheltering over 5,000 Buddhist nuns and monks. You can spend some peaceful time here, marveling at the gold-clad temple and relaxing in the meditative atmosphere.

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Which are the best places to stay in Coorg?

1. The Orange County: This is a popular themed resort which gives a glimpse of the ethnic lifestyle of Kadukuraba Hadis. The resort is a perfect retreat to enjoy a romantic date or spend some great time with your family members. 
2. The Tamara Coorg: Offering luxury wooden cottages, the Tamara Coorg is a beautiful resort to enjoy a comfortable stay during your honeymoon. It is an ideal space to enjoy with your private decks and watch the sun rise from the mountains. 
3. Amanvana Resort: A perfect retreat for family vacation, Amanvana Resort boasts of natural splendour and breathtaking scenes. The resort boasts of offering various activities and allows you a private courtyard to let you enjoy a memorable holiday. 
4. Old Kent Estates and Spa Resort: Set on a coffee plantation, Old Kent Estates is a beautiful getaway from the hubbub of city life. It is a haven for nature lovers looking forward to spending a fascinating vacation in a luxurious resort in Coorg. 
5. Windflower Resort and Spa: Known for their warm hospitality, Windflower Resort and Spa is a wonderful retreat amidst the dense forests of Coorg. One of the popular activities to be enjoyed from here is a trekking adventure to Brahmagiri hills. 

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What are the best places to visit near Coorg?

1. Brahmagiri Hill: Step into the lap of nature surrounded by lush greenery that will fill your heart with peace. Brahmagiri Hill offers enthralling views that will steal your heart.

2. Chelavara Falls: One of the most stunning scenic attractions near Coorg, Chelavara Falls will woo you with its beauty. It is famous among people and one of the most gorgeous places for photoshoots. 

3. Coffee Plantation: Known for its coffee plantations, Coorg provides you insights about the techniques of coffee picking and harvesting. A tour into these coffee estates is one of the most famous places to see and experience near Coorg.

4. Omkareshwara Temple: Built by the King Lingarajendra, this temple allures the tourists with its lovely yet unique architecture. One of the best places, Omkareshwara Temple shows a blend of Gothic and Islamic architecture.

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What are the famous places to visit in Coorg with friends?

1. Pushpagiri Wildlife SanctuaryPushpagiri is home to umpteen varieties of rare and endangered bird species, such as the Hornbill, Malabar Grey, Gray-breasted Laughing Thrush, and Nilgiri Flycatcher. You can also spot a number of exotic animals here including the Brown Palm Civet, Indian Giant Squirrel, and Spotted Deer.  
2. Harangi DamStanding against the beautiful Harangi river, the famous Harangi Dam offers the best camping and kayaking opportunities in the whole Kodagu district.
3. Raja’s SeatNestled on an enchanting hillock, Raja’s Seat is a sprawling green garden, where the Kodava kings once spent their leisure hours. You can easily witness spellbinding sunset and valley views from this spot.
4. Iruppu FallsTucked in the mighty Brahmagiri mountains, Iruppu Falls cascades in two different stages, from an elevation of around 170 feet. Travelers visiting this place enjoy soaking in the breathtaking views of the cascading waters and taking a bath in it.

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What are the best Coorg places to see at night?

1. Hive Bar: Residing in Vivanta by Taj, the Hive Bar is known for its service and the splendid views it offers. With fine interiors, it offers a variety of exotic drinks including fruity wines and cocktails accompanied by some of the most scrumptious food. 

2. The Falls Restaurant: Encapsulated by greenery, this restaurant offers multiple cuisines to choose from including Chinese, Corgi, Indian, Continental, Thai and South Indian. The ambience is beautiful and the outdoor seating provides an even better experience. 

3. Virajpet Market: With plenty of shops open at night, Virajpet market is bustling with tourists at night. You can shop for aromatic oils, spices, coffee and honey or souvenirs to back home.

4. The Lost Horizon Bar: With a rustic feel, The Lost Horizon Bar seems nothing less than a British Pub. Offering authentic local cuisine along with other cuisines, this place provides exotic drinks letting you have the best time.

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What are the Coorg tourist places to visit with family?

1. Madikeri Fort: One of the popular tourist attractions in Coorg, Madikeri Fort is a sight worth witnessing while traveling with family. Home to a temple, prison, church, museum and library, this fort is a blend of various cultures and traditions. 

2. Abbey Falls: One of the most beautiful and fascinating sights to visit, Abbey Falls will provide you with a day replete with fun and adventure. Visit the falls with your family and take in the charming, tranquil views. 

3. Raja’s Seat: Witness the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset from Raja’s Seat that offers you a panoramic view of the surroundings. Refresh yourselves and visit the place with your family for an enchanting experience. 

4. Barapole River: Visit the Barapole River and indulge in the adventure water sports with your family. Take part in white water rafting and let the adrenaline rush take over you making it one of the best places to visit in Coorg.

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Coorg Reviews

Sushru Sunil Karpe
Reviewed: 09 Jul 2023
Hello Team, Before starting with feedback about experience on the trip, here is feedback about two people with whom I interacted, Karan and Komal, they were lot helpful and were always available on the single call, even after their working hours. So 10/10 for them . Now about the trip, the language... Read More
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Reviewed: 26 Jul 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 close-by and it was raining the whole time. Trek is an easy to medium range one. Except for the ra... Read More
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Anjan Singh
Reviewed: 25 Jun 2022
Booking through thrillophilia was an excellent choice. They recommend the best properties, Only thing i did not like that the room which was provided to us was worn out as compared to the other rooms which had proper n clean built. Maybe bcz thrillophilia gave us discount so we did not get proper we... Read More
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Reviewed: 21 Aug 2023
Good experience. Whatever promised in itinerary was covered. Good co- ordination by POC Ms Komal & driver Mr Gagan..!!
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Ayush Agrawal
Reviewed: 21 Jul 2023
My experience with thrillophilia was just amazing specially the coordinator miss komal helps a lot her behaviour was very nice she coordinated very well the property provided by thrillophilia was awesome weather of Coorg ooty and Kodaikanal was very nice and very beautiful place must go places and t... Read More
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Reviewed: 06 Jun 2023
Good experience to me
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