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Best Places to Visit in Coorg in 2018

  • With an abundance of places to visit in Coorg, it is considered as one of the top hill stations in South India. Coorg, or Kodagu is all about endless coffee plantations, majestic and mystic hills wearing blankets of clouds and mist, several vast tea estates, pretty tributaries of Cauvery river and a plethora of wildlife. 

    Coorg is a blessed land and is a treat to the eyes of the visitors; it is another spice garden of India after Kerala where most of the land is utilized in farming- mostly Cardamom, pepper, rubber, coffee, tea and rice etc. It is a land of cascading beauty, several waterfalls such as Abbey falls, Irupu falls, Mallali falls, Chelavara falls make up a major part of Coorg tourist places.The wildlife reserves and national parks such as Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary, Nagarhole national park, Brahma Giri wildlife sanctuary etc are blessed with varied flora and exotic fauna. 

    The ultimate Dubare Elephant camp project is  ‘one of a kind' sightseeing places in Coorg which offers a unique way of indulging into eco-tourism by participating in feeding and bathing the elephants in the river. 

    From tiger leopard to giant wild elephants, from crocodile, rock python to giant flying squirrel and porcupine etc; there is a plethora of wildlife and Coorg is a getaway to venture into a land of wilderness. 

    The food is Coorg is exceptionally delectable Kadumbuttu such as the famous Bamboo Shoot Curry, Rice Dumplings, Chicken curry which is known as Koli Curry etc. Coorg is around 250 KM from Bengaluru and is a great weekend spot for the people leaving in Mysore, Bangalore, Mangalore as it is in proximity and easily accessed hideaway from these towns in Karnataka.

    Coorg is fondly known as the “Kashmir of Karnataka” and “Scotland of India” and the amazing natural beauty justifies the title. Coorg is blessed with a pleasant weather throughout the year and it is dotted with majestic landscapes, stunning waterfalls, ancient temples, royal forts, exotic fauna and flora, refreshing streams and free-flowing river.  

    The major attractions in Coorg are Bylakuppe (Monasteries and settlement) Raja seat, Omkareshwar temple, Madikeri fort, Gadduge, Abbey falls, Dubare Elephant Camp, Golden Temple, Nisaragadham, Talacauvery, Iruppu falls, Bhagamandala etc. 

    There are ample of adventure and fun actives that one can indulge in, such as trekking, river rafting, wildlife safaris, camping etc. Coorg has flourishing landscapes and refreshing air to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Coorg: 

  • 01 Abbey Falls

    Image Credit : 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. To get a better view of these falls, you can walk over the hanging bridge.

    The falls is under a private supervision and is amid stretches of the long coffee plantation. The green backdrop and the white foamy fall combine together to attract hordes of tourists every year from all across the country. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Coorg.

    Height: Falls from a height of 70 feet

    Location: Abbey falls Madikeri, 571252, Hoskeri, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: October to February.

    Entry fee: INR 15 per head

    Timings: 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM on all seven days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 10 KM


  • 02 Kumara Parvatha Hill

    Image Credit : 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 abundance of greenery. 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 Mts

    Location: Pushpagiri, Kumaralli, Karnataka 571236

    Best 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 PM

    Average 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.



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  • 03 Chelavara Falls

    Image Credit : Chelavara Falls

    It is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire region and one of the best sightseeing places in Coorg. It is situated  13 KM from Cheyyandane village on Virajpet, the nearest settlement to falls. 

    The falls is located in the interior of a forested patch and is incredibly breathtaking and equally dangerous as people are not allowed to go near the falls because of the depth of the water-pool that lies beneath the fall which is said to be 50 feet deep. 

    People often do a combined visit of Kakabbe, Nalknad Palace and Chelavara falls. One can also visit Chomakund Hill which is around 2 KM away from the falls and is undoubtedly one of the Coorg tourist places which are equally mesmerising.

    Height: 150 feet

    Location: 2 Km From Choma Kund Hill, Madikeri, India

    Best Time to visit: Monsoon is the best time but is equally risky. Winter season is the safest one.

    Entry fee: No entry fee.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: More than 2 to 3 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 43 Km



  • 04 Tadiandamol Peak

    Image Credit : Tadiandamol Peak

    This is the highest peak in Kadakke and this moderate trekking route can be taken by even amateur hikers as the path is a decent climb except after Rock Point, from where the trail becomes a little narrower. 

    The view from the top can take your breath away, incredibly surreal especially if you encounter clouds, see them engulfing the apex portion of the hills. 

    This small square like design built of mortar and bricks where The king used to come with her queen to sit and enjoy the sunsets and sunrises in the distant horizon of high and low-rise mountains engulfed by white creamy mist. 

    Tadiandamol Peak counts as one of the isolated places to visit in Coorg which is a pretty getaway in the lap of mountains and greenery.

    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

    Coorg is known to be one of the best adventure destinations in India. It homes a lot of adventure camping sites, to experience the best camping trip check out the places to camp in Coorg.



  • 05 Barapole River

    Image Credit : Barapole River

    Barpole 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 the 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. 

    Barpole 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 into 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.



  • 06 Dubare Elephant Camp

    Image Credit : Dubare Elephant Camp

    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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  • 07 Brahmagiri Hill

    Image Credit : Brahmagiri Hill

    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. Experience the best of our service, book our Brahmagiri Hill Trek Tour. 

    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



  • 08 Namdroling Monastery Bylakuppe

    Image Credit : Namdroling Monastery Bylakuppe

    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.



  • 09 Nishani Motte

    Image Credit : Nishani Motte

    When you explore the lesser known destination, it fills you with euphoria and Nishani Motte peak is one of those places to visit in Coorg. It is a trek of 15 kilometres that brings the uber joy of departing into an unknown land. 

    The trail goes through forest research, long paddy stretches, aromatic coffee states and small rivulets and streams. The unadulterated sight of river Cauvery or Kaveri is so soul-altering that you can sit by the bank of the river and spend some lone time. You can book the Nishani Motte Trek Tour from our platform at the best deals.

    Height: 4167 ft.

    Location: Nishanimotte, Bhagamandala Village, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Winter and Autumn

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 days (trek)

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Around 12 to 15 KM



  • 10 Raja's Seat

    Image Credit : 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 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.



  • 11 Mallalli Falls

    Image Credit : Mallalli Falls

    Mallali falls take abode at the base of the Pushpagiri hills at a distance of 26 KM from Somvarpet village. Originating from River Kumaradhara, the falls takes a dive from more than 1000 meters and gradually drains in the Arabian Sea. 

    It is always better to visit this waterfall during the rainy season as it is a seasonal waterfall and is boasted along the Abbey falls.  

    After a 10 KM drive from Somwarpet to Kalahari Road, the trekking routes for Mallali falls starts which is around 2 to 3 KM and there are wide steps for visitors to climb up to the falls. 

    The best way to enjoy the drizzle and cool breeze at the fall is to trek through the gorgeous trails of the western ghats.

    Height: 200 ft.

    Location: Somvarpet 573123, India

    Best Time to visit: October to February.

    Entry fee: Entry is free.

    Timings: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on all the days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 4 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Around 57 to 58 KM.

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  • 12 Coffee Plantation Visit

    Image Credit : Coffee Plantation Visit

    There are numerous coffee plantations in Coorg. This region has acquired worldwide fame for its coffee plantations. There are government owned and private coffee plantations here. When you visit a plantation, you can join hands with expert coffee pickers. They entertain you with never-heard-before information on the techniques of coffee picking. Most harvesting activities are manual in these coffee plantations and only rarely are machines used.

    You can get guided tours through these plantations if you are a first time visitor. Otherwise, you can venture into these verdant regions and breathe in the pure air. There are innumerable thriving estates. The vast expanses of coffee plants beckon you to explore them.

    The winding paths leading through them are enchanting. Coffee estate owners provide these tours. More than recreational, these visits are informative. You are informed and educated on the various methodologies and processes followed to grow coffee. You get information on the entire process – from the coffee picking to the refinement procedure.

    Companies such as Tata and Bombay Burmah have their coffee plantations here. Even they provide coffee estate tours. You can check with their PR office on these details. If you want to have a coffee plantation stay experience in Coorg, then there are plenty of homestays in Coorg that provide such stays in adjoining regions.



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  • 13 Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

    Image Credit : Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

    It is incredibly amazing to know that Karnataka boasts of 21 wildlife sanctuaries and Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is one of them that adds more greenery to the state’s sizeable vegetation. 

    Sprawled across an area of 102 KM, this wildlife sanctuary is world famous for its sustainable approach to endangered bird species. It is almost  290 KM from Bangalore and is situated in the Somwarpet taluk district in Coorg. 

    Many small streams chisel down the steep terrain of the sanctuary which is caved by Bisle Reserve Forest on one side and Kukke Subramanya Forest range on the other. Around 70 % of the jungle is densely covered and many exotic bird species are found such as Malaria Grey Hornbill, Nilgiri Blue Pigeon, Blue-winged Parakeet and white-bellied blue flycatcher etc.

    Height: 1712 meters above the sea level ( Pushpagiri- the highest peak in the Sanctuary).

    Location: Somwarpet, Kodagu, Coorg-571251

    Best Time to visit: Winter season (November to February)

    Entry fee: INR 10 per head.

    Timings: 6:00 AM – 6:00 PM n all seven days of the week.

    Average time required to visit this place: 3 to 4 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: 64 Kms.



  • 14 Talacauvery & Bhagamandala

    Image Credit : Talacauvery & Bhagamandala

    The temples of Talacauvery are located in Bhagamandala. These are important sites of culture and heritage. Located in the Brahmagiri Hill, Talacauvery is about 1200 metres above sea level. This place offers panoramic scenery. It is popular among tourists and locals alike. You can see many international tourists come for a holiday. In fact, many of them are repeat visitors. Such is the magnificence of the place. Don't forget to include this place in your sightseeing in Coorg bucket list.

    The temples of Talacauvery are the most frequented in the country amongst places to see in Coorg. They belong to a glorious era when this area was ruled by kingdoms. The holy river here is a pilgrimage spot for those who want to take a holy dip. It is said that the river here possesses magical powers. Taking a holy dip is said to assist you in ridding yourself of mental and physical afflictions.

    The Triveni Sangam is located at Bhagamandala. This is the place where the three rivers flowing through this region confluence. Although Talacauvery has located 8 km from Bhagamandala, they are always referred to together. If you visit Talacauvery, you ought to visit the other place and vice versa.

    Talacauvery simply means the tributary or the starting point of the Cauvery River. This river is accorded religious significance in India and the state of Karnataka. At the river located here, the locals pray to the Goddess Cauveramma, who has potent healing powers.

    Distance from Madikeri bus stand: 35.7 Km



  • 15 Irupu Falls

    Image Credit : Irupu Falls

    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.



  • 16 Nagarhole National Park

    Image Credit : Nagarhole National Park

    Nagarhole brims with streams and waterfalls along with dense forests and valleys as a part of Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. 

    Along with several swamps, the park also has the park has four lakes and perennial streams where water remains throughout the year, 41 artificial tanks, 47 streams a Dam and a reservoir. 

    It is outlined by Kabini river in the North, the western part of the park has Bamboo and sandalwood forests where tree dwellers are easily spotted and are dotted with pretty waterfalls, small streams and mountains. 

    From Rosewood and teakwood to Eugenia tree, from sandalwood, teak, crocodile bark to Indian gooseberry, cotton tree, ficus, beechwood etc; the park has the abundance of fauna and flora which are best spotted in the winter season. 

    The park is also famous for sloth bear, Bengal tiger, leopard, jungle cat, grey langur, leopard cat etc. If you plan to visit the park during summers, birdwatching can be a better sport as over 250 species of birds can be seen here.

    Height: The altitude ranges from 680m to 1,454m.

    Location: Madikeri Road, Hunsur, Karnataka 571201

    Best Time to visit: From October to May, it is always better to avoid the monsoon season as the park is full of leech and surface becomes slippery and mushy during rains.

    Entry fee: INR 150 to 500

    Timings: Jeep safari : 5:30 AM to10:00 AM, and  from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM

                    Bus safari: 6 AM to 9 AM, and from 3 PM to 5 PM

                     Coracle: 9 AM to 11 AM, and from 5 PM to 6 PM

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 90 KM.

    Where to Stay:
     Best places to stay in Nagarhole




  • 17 Sri Omkareshwara Temple

    Image Credit : Sri Omkareshwara Temple

    This architectural piece is a mix of Islamic and Gothic styles which is one of the major attractions in Coorg. There are four minarets occupying four corners of the temple and encompassing a large central dome. 

    Sri Omkareshwar temple is a shrine which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the Shivalingam can be seen at the entrance itself. The existence of a tank inside the temple is a very intriguing sight and a  mandapa in the centre with a well-connected walkway is. 

    Fair deal for the one who wants to enjoy standing in the middle of the water, watching various colourful fishes. The quaint temple is on the list of every devotee who visits Madikeri and the significance of the temple keeps it flooded with worshipers.

    Location: Omkareshwar Mandir Road, Mandhata, Madhya Pradesh 451115

    Best Time to visit: November to March.

    Entry fee: There is no entry fee.

    Timings: 6:30 AM to 12:00 Noon and again from 5:00 PM till 8:00 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: Minimum 1 hour.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 1 KM.



  • 18 Burude Falls

    Image Credit : Burude Falls

    Taking a plunge down over a height of 90 ft., Burude falls are hidden in the green thickets on Siddapur-Kumta road in Sirsi district of Karnataka. 

    Once reached the bottom of the waterfall, you will find a marvellous sight of milky white water pounding the rocks and making it impossible for you to fall in love with the view. Burude falls is also known as Illimane Fall that follows a course of five concrete steep steps. 

    This spectacular waterfall is one of the places to visit in Coorg which you can not afford to miss. During the monsoon, one has to pass through a small gurgling stream through the forest and

    Height: approximately 90 feet.

    Location: SH-489, Siddapura - Kumta Road, Sirsi 581355, India

    Best Time to visit: October to February, however, Monsoon is the time when the volume of water increases but the trail will be covered with swarms of leeches.

    Entry fee: Free

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 1.5 Hours (Gradually through easy and moderate trekking route)

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 20 KM



  • 19 Madikeri Fort

    Image Credit : Madikeri Fort

    The fort is situated in the centre of Madikeri and is one of the famous places to visit in Coorg. The monument dates back to the 17th century when king Muddu Raja had constructed a mud structure as Madikeri Fort. 

    Since then, the fort has seen many changes and was captured by many rulers like Tipu Sultan, Dodda Virarajendra etc. In its proud walls, the fort hosts a temple, a prison, a museum and also an Anglican Church. 

    The fort is an architectural symbol of the bygone era where right at the entrance, there are two stone replicas of elephants standing huge at the corners, the grand clock tower, a tortoise sculpture, a small sone made a square mantapa etc are few of the prominent designs which draw visitors eyes.

    Height: 110 feet tall building.

    Location: Madikeri Fort, Stuart Hill, Madikeri, Karnataka 571201

    Best Time to visit: Any time of the day is a good time for visiting Madikeri Fort.

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 9 AM to 5:30 pm on all days of the week except Monday.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 700 to 800 M.



  • 20 Nisargadhama

    Image Credit : Nisargadhama

    Indulging in an island escape is always exciting and when the island is located in the middle of a river, it feels like ‘ a cherry on a cake.’ Nisargadhma is an unspoilt and naturally blessed island on the river Kaveri in Karnataka. 

    To reach this ultimate picnic spot you have to walk through a patch of bamboo groves, sandalwood trees and teak trees etc. One can even walk through the shallow beds of the river and enjoy the chilled rush of the water. 

    Nisargadhama island is very close to Bylakuppe Tibetan Settlement which is another incredible place to hit while in Coorg. Spend some hour of solitude at this island or enjoy the boat ride and elephant safaris. This is one of the offbeat places to visit in Coorg for a unique island escape.

    Location: Madikeri, Coorg, Karnataka 571234, India

    Best Time to visit: From October to April.

    Entry fee: INR 10 per head (adults) and INR 5 per child.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: half a day or a day.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 28 KM.




  • 21 Honnamana Kere Lake

    Image Credit : Honnamana Kere Lake

    The biggest natural lake in Coorg is located in the Daddamalthe village which is around 7 to 8 KM from Somwarpet village. Emanating stillness and serenity in the air, nestled amid coffee plantation, verdant hills, and man-made caves the lake looks emerald clear. 

    Gowri festival is celebrated with grandiose and the temple near the lake which is dedicated to Goddess Honnamana is decorated and people gather to conduct a full-fledged pooja. 

    The lake is also named after goddess Honnamana who has said have sacrificed her life for a cause that saved the village. Through pure serendipity, if you ever to visit Honnamana Here lake as one of the places to visit in Coorg, you would definitely call for a treat to your heart, soul and mind.

    Location: Honnamana Kere, Somwarpet, Coorg, Karnataka, 571201, India

    Best Time to visit: Winter season

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM on all the days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 to 2.5 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 45 KM



  • 22 Chettalli

    Image Credit : Chettalli

    The place hangs in a sap sweet aroma of the coffee estates which are widespread in the endless stretches of this village makes it a favourite among the Coorg tourist places. 

    The Chettalli waterfall must be in your bucket list as you have to cross two streams and walk a couple of kilometres through the rich shola forests and thick coffee plantation to reach the falls. 

    The interesting fact about Chettali is that it is home to the Indian Institute of Horticultural Research and is one of a kind the entire country. The temple at Todikana is the landmark from where one starts hiking and walking towards the falls.

    Location: Cherala Srimangala, Karnataka

    Best Time to visit: Evening, morning, and day.

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 24 hours.

    Average time required to visit the place: 2 Hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 17 KM



  • 23 Pushpagiri Hill

    Image Credit : Pushpagiri Hill

    One needs to register their names at the checkpoint before starting the trek, however, there is no entry fee, it is highly suggested to hire a guide at Bidahalli or Heggadamane villages for a smooth trekking experience. 

    Pushpagiri is the second highest Peak in Coorg, first in the Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary and sixth in the entire Karnataka state. It is one of the best Coorg tourist places to wander around. 

    The trekking route gradually changes into difficult from moderate as you near the peak, the 7 KM route from the check post is usually covered in 3 to 4 hours one way.

    Height: 5626 feet

    Location: Pushpagiri, Kumaralli, Karnataka 571236

    Best Time to visit: November to March.

    Entry fee: No entry fee.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 70 KM.



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  • 24 Gaddige

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    Raja's tomb aka Gaddige is an archaeological site in Coorg and is a protected monument, but however, the place needs a little more attention. 

    The Indo- Sarcenic Muhammadan style monument has three tombs. On top of the corners, carvings of Nandi can be seen and Lord Shiva is worshipped inside the tomb. 

    The intriguing factor of this monument is the confluence of Mohammadan style architecture and Hinduism based carvings and that labels it as one of the Coorg tourist places which are offbeat and something different to offer. 

    Gaddige is situated in Mahadevpet which around one and a half kilometres away from Madikeri.  This is an ideal hilltop escape that is shrouded with stories from the past.

    Location: Madikeri 571201, India

    Best Time to visit: The winter season, between November and February.

    Entry fee: INR 2 per head.

    Timings: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: It is situated at a distance of around 1.5 to 2 KM from Madikeri.




  • 25 Harangi Dam

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    The dam is built against a small tributary of river Cauvery known as Harangue in the Hadgur village of Coorg and is mostly a combined visit with Cauvery Nishargadhama which is hardly 8 to 10 KM from the Dam. 

    Harangi river originates from the Pushpagiri hills and runs through 50 kilometres of a distance before meeting the main river Kaveri or Cauvery. The water depends on the south-west monsoon and heavy rainfall as it is a seasonal fall. 

    The dam is located at distance of 9 KM Kushalnagar town in Coorg and is a marvellous example of civil engineering. The place is now becoming one of the main attractions in Coorg and gaining popularity with time.

    Height: 47 meters.

    Location:  Harangi Dam, Hunger, Somwarpet, Kodagu, Karnataka, 571234, India

    Best Time to visit: During the monsoon season.

    Entry fee: INR 10 per person (adult), INR 5 for children below 12 Years of age and INR 10 for parking.

    Timings: 8 AM to 6 PM on all the seven days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: It is situated at a distance of around 34 to 35 KM from Madikeri Bus stand.



  • 26 Mandalpatti

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    The shorter route being the Abbi Falls Junctions and the longest being the Makkanduru, visitors often sped up from Abbi Falls Junction and return from Makanda. 

    One can even take an early morning Jeep ride to the hill-top viewpoint, a popular spot in Mandalpatti. Mandalpatti is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and trekkers. 

    You can park your vehicles near Mandalpatti forest checkpoint and then start trekking or take a jeep ride to the top. One of the nearest Coorg tourist places that have better points and spots to explore on a trekking excursion.

    Height: 4050 feet

    Location: Madikeri, India

    Best Time to visit: November to June. It is better to avoid monsoon as while climbing as to avoid slip-ups.

    Entry fee: Entry is free.

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all the days of the week.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 25 to 30 KM



  • 27 Nalknad Palace

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    Kakkabe is a hamlet in Coorg that is famous for many timeless splendours and some of which are Igguthappa Temple, Thadiyandamol Peak, and Nalnad Palace. Kodava king Dodda Veerarajendra constructed this palace after escaping from the attack of Tipu Sultan and invading Coorg. 

    There is a stunning mantapa in the centre of the palace which was built for the wedding ceremony of Dodda Veerarajendra with Mahadevammaji in the year 1796. This palace is believed to be the last abode of the King of Kodagu and is now a conserved monument under the supervision of the Directorate of Archaeology and Museums of Karnataka. 

    This palace has an underground tunnel that ends at Madikeri and it was built to dart enemies.

    Location: Tadiyandamol Hills, Kodagu District, Kakkabe, India

    Best Time to visit: Any time during the day.

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM on all the days of the week

    Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Around 35 KM.



  • 28 Kabbe Hills

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    In the Southern part of India, Coorg is wedged at the conjunction of two majestically interesting states- Karnataka and Kerala. From the top of the Kabbe hills, you can peep into the forested region of the bordered state of Kerala on one side and a vast patch of coffee estates and chola forests of Karnataka on the other. 

    The trek is easy and very relaxing, the view from the top of the peak is mind-blowing and it actually takes your breath away.  The beckoning hilly stretches and the muddy path towards the peak of the hill is an adventure worthy to be explored.

    Height: 3800 ft.

    Location: Chelavara Village | Cheyandane Post, 571212, India

    Best Time to visit: Winter season (October to March)

    Entry fee: INR 3000 for safaris.

    Timings: Safari starts from 3 PM.

    Average time required to visit the place: 3 to 5 hours

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: 37 Kms.



  • 29 Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple

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    This Kerala style temple is situated at the confluence of three holy rivers - Cauvery, Sujyothi, and Kannike. The confluence is famous as Triveni Sangama and is a very significant pilgrimage sight. 

    The temple is dedicated to Lord Subramanya, Lord Narayana,  and Lord Bhagandeshwara and is said to be more than a thousand year old. Over the rule of various dynasties in the past, the temple has been renovated from time to time and presently, it is still a well-maintained temple proving the test of time and attracting flocks of devotees every day. 

    If you attend the Pooja, the priests would explain the brief meaning behind every action and the historical story of idol installation. Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple is one of the ‘must-go’ places to visit in Coorg. 

    The temple remains closed from 1:30 to 2:30 PM and the food is available to devotees and worshipers as well. As a visitor, it is our duty to maintain the peace and tranquillity of the place and let the positive aura reach to everyone who comes to worship.

    Location: Bhagamandala, Karnataka 571201

    Best Time to visit: October to April

    Entry fee: Entry is free.

    Timings: 6 Am to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: Not more than 30 minutes.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 36 KM.



  • 30 Kote Betta Hill

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    Kote Better Hill is one of the sightseeing places in Coorg which is also the third highest peak in Coorg. It is definitely a place for the sore eyes, a slice of heaven and a maze of greenery. 

    Take a bumpy jeep ride crossing the twisty and muddy narrow lanes until you reach the foothills of Kote Betta. Start your climb to reach the peak, you will find temples and lakes such as Ardhanarishwara temple and a couple of lakes nearby the temple en route. You can book our Kote Betta Trek Tour to have a best trekking experiences. 

    Once reached the top you will find an extraordinary view of the valley that falls beneath, a distant view of the Harangi dam and the silhouettes in the sky followed by a beautiful sunset. A day at Kota Betta hill is always a day well spent.

    Height: 1748 Metres

    Location: Somvarpet, Coorg, Madikeri, India

    Best Time to visit: November to February.

    Entry fee: No entry fee

    Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.

    Average time required to visit the place: A day.

    Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 30 KM



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