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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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What You Should Know More About Coorg

  • About the Destination

    Nestled amidst ageless hills that line the southernmost edge of the state of Karnataka, Coorg is another exotic destination for you. It is a gifted town with acres of plantations and emerald green landscapes. A major hub for spice and coffee production, this rural town is home to the exquisite Kodava race. It is believed to have been descented from the migrating Kurds and Persians or even Greeks who were left behind from the army of Alexander the Great. The cool climate and uneven terrain make it an eccentric area for trekking, lazily dawdling around the less trodden paths around the carpeted hills and simple bird watching. Barpole river here is the ideal rafting destination especially for the first time rafters. It is surrounded by rafters and has a rapid upper and lower section. All in all, Coorg is revitalization guaranteed.  

    Coorg also known as Kodagu was a separate state until the year 1956 after which it merged with Karnataka. The key town and the transport hub of the Coorg is Madikeri. To make the most of your trip to this beautiful destination, you must take a plunge into the thick coffee plantations here where you can join the coffee pickers. Avoid visiting during weekends as the place gets quickly filled by weekenders from Bengaluru.   

  • 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.

  • Drinking Laws

    In Karnataka, the excise commissioner regards 18 as the legal drinking age while the deputy commissioner of excise regards 21 as the legal age for drinking. KV Dhananjay, Supreme Court advocate says in case of any discrepancy, the Karnataka Excise Department Act of 1965 is the parent law. This means, any person below the age of 18 should not be served with alcohol in any form.   

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Abbey Falls
    When in Coorg, Abbey Falls is a must visit. Located in close proximity to the town of Madikeri (about 1 km), River Cauvery gushes down a rock face creating a breathtaking view. Enjoy the lush green surroundings and the enchanting views of the coffee estates and plantations when you drive through the road to reach the Falls. To witness the falls in full glory, you can plan a visit during monsoon.

    Nagarhole National Park
    Want to get up and close with the wildlife of Coorg? Make your way to the Nagarhole National Park. The national park is a home to 270 different species of birds, elephants and a myriad of other animals. On the whole, the major chunk of the park is covered with dense jungle.

    Mandalpatti View Point
    A trip to the hill station is incomplete without a little trekking. In Coorg, there is no better place to engage in this adventurous activity than the fascinating Mandalpatti View Point. You have to trek your way up through the Makkandur route to reach on the top. Wear sturdy shoes and carry with you some water and a supporting stick to be able to travel with ease.

    All the important sites mentioned above are scenically beautiful however Bylakuppe is packed with cultural delights. The monuments and the building here bring forth an opulent Tibetan architecture. Places like Namdroling Monastery and Golden Temple are attractive sites here. The key highlight here is the Tibetan New Year or the festival of Losar that is celebrated extravagantly.

    Raja’s Seat
    People who love to spend time with nature will definitely fall in love with the panoramic beauty pf the Raja’s seat. This is a popular sunset point that majorly attracts the couples and honeymooners. You can come here to witness the sunrise and start your day here with a hot cup of coffee and Maggie amidst the aromatic flowers and gardens here.

  • 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 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.   

    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.

    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.

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

    Website :

    Coorg Tourism Website

    Forum :

    Coorg TripAdvisor Forum

    Books :

    • Field Marshal Cariappa – His Life & Times

    • Gazetteer of Coorg

    • Snakes of Coorg

    • Feathered Jewels of Coorg