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    • Famously known as the ‘Scotland of India,’ there are myriads of beautiful and adventurous places to visit in Coorg. This beautiful town is just 250 km from Bangalore, making it an amazing weekend getaway too. Coorg offers wide array of places and things to experience. If you are an adventure junkie, there are various activities, in which you can take part like trekking, river rafting, etc. On the other hand, if you love peace, there are umpteen falls and monasteries to attain some peace and ditch the noise of city life.

      Falls:

      Mallalli Falls, 71 km
      Abbi Falls, 23.3 km

      Sightseeing:

      Mandalpatti, 35 km
      Barapole River, 3 km
      Kumar Parvatha, 75.4 km
      Brahmagiri, 89.4 km
      Nishani Motte, 41 km

      Wildlife:

      Dubare Reserve Forest & Elephant Camp, 17 km
      Nagarhole National Park, 74.8 km
      Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, 36 km

      Coorg is one of those destinations, which will guarantee a quality vacation for everyone, be it your family, friends or your partner.

      The following are Some of The Best Places to Visit in Coorg:


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    • 04Barapole River


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      The Barapole River is the location for rafting activities in Coorg. The white water experience here is one of the finest in the country. The river is picturesque and a treasure trove of scenic delights. On either side of the river are forested areas. The Barapole River has rapids between 02 and 04. The length of the rapid is generally 5 to 6 km. Even though this is a short distance, it is a thrilling ride. The river is a natural water body to play a range of water sports.

      There are two sections of rapids – upper and lower sections. There are some rapids for first time rafters and some are suitable for seasoned white water rafters. Even before venturing into the waters, it is expected that you do not have any serious health problems.


      Sometimes the thrilling experience could overwhelm you. Those with weak hearts, high blood pressure, fear of water and such conditions are requested to consult a doctor before indulging in this adventure activity.

      You don’t need to be an expert swimmer. But basic swimming knowledge would be helpful although you have water jackets to help you stay afloat. On the Barapole River, river crossing is yet another exciting adventure activity. Although not as thrilling as white water rafting, it is an experience nevertheless. You can also try the zip line activity here if it is part of the adventure plan.

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    • 05Sunset Jeep Drive at Mandalpatti

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      About the Activity:

      • Mandalpatti, crowned at a height of 1600m, is situated at around 18 km from Madikeri, Coorg. Gradually evolving as one of the best tourist spots in Coorg, this fascinating trail is located en route to Abbey Falls. A serene and a wonderful place, jeep drive to view sunset or sunrise at Mandalpatti provides you obstacle free panoramic views!
      • The surrounding thickets are home to some of the most beautiful and rare birds and animals. Delight in the hilly natural beauty of this heaven on earth. An amazing trail to a perfectly fascinating place, everything here strives for a pleasant experience.
      • Away from the bustling city life, this 5 hours’ jeep drive to view sunrise or sunset at Mandalpatti is one experience that promises you spectacular views with abundant natural beauty without any worries! An otherwise unknown trail, this drive will introduce you to the enchanting facets of Coorg and its tryst with the bountiful nature!
      • Select any time slot at 07:00 AM or 03:00 PM and prep up your wits for this enthralling jeep drive to view sunset at Mandalpatti. Situated on the way to Abbey Falls, you might have to endure a bumpy road ride, but when it comes to a true adventurists, these things are just some added perks.
      • Get ready for an amazing amphitheatre view of the sunset or sunrise from the top! Enthrall in the fascinating hilly beauty, mesmerize with the stunning forests surrounding your throughout your trek. While here, prep up for a complete rural experience as there is no settlement within 2 0km radius from the peak. Enthrall in an adventure experience that you have always dreamed of, make some good memories with other group members. The calmness of this entire land will surely help you forget all the buzzing of the city life!
    • 06Camping, Slush Sports and White Water Rafting in Coorg

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      About the activity :

      • On your next holiday, gear your adventure genes up for a thrilling ride and get your adrenaline pumping with a camping, slush sports and white water rafting experience in Coorg! 
      • An all adventure package for the young guns out there, this camp out in the remote woodlands is close to the white water rafting point which is just 1 km away overlooking the beautiful hills of Brahmagiri. 
      • Trekkers and adventure enthusiasts can get their action mode on as the day starts with an adrenaline pumping white water rafting experience, one of the best in South India followed by a whole range of slush sports. 
      • Savour the traditional Coorg cuisine for dinner before you call it a night. Your second day is more relaxed with a visit to the coffee plantations and the nearby unexplored stream. So, grab your bags and get going!
    • 07Camp, Trek And Raft In Coorg

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      • On your next weekend, head to the intimidating and alluring mountain ranges of the Western Ghats, and possibly one of the most challenging as well!
      • Let the adventurer in you explore the different domains of the mountain for an exciting Brahmagiri trek and you can also engage in an adventurous white water rafting in Coorg while exploring the wide rugged terrains of this land.
      • While on the Brahmagiri trek, you can camp out in the remote woodlands close to the white water rafting point which is just 1 km away and happens to overlook the beautiful hills of Brahmagiri. 
      • Your exciting day starts with an eventful, adrenaline pumping white water rafting experience, so grab your oars and start paddling away! One of the best white water rafting experiences in Coorg takes place here, in Brahmagiri followed by a whole range of slush sports.
      • After you shower at the nearby stream, you can enjoy the bonfire and indulge in mouth watering barbecuing. Tickle your taste buds with the traditional Coorg cuisine for the dinner, marking the end of the night. 
      • The second day is more relaxed and rejuvenating with the challenging trek to Brahmagiri hills, the authentic beauty offered by the hills will let you sink in peace. The package ends with a scrumptious lunch and a relaxing trip back home.
    • 08Trekking And Camping In Madikeri, Coorg

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      About the Destination:

      • Whether you are adventure lover, traveller or nature lovers, Kodagu or Coorg will lay a claim to your hearts as soon as you get here. Nestled peacefully on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, the terrains of Coorg are hilly and green. The wooded slopes, the scenic vantage points and a rich and colourful local life captivates the imagination of every tourist who comes here. A heaven of sorts for coffee lovers, the drink is locally grown and if stories are to be believed is best tasted in the hills of this dreamy town.
      • The northern region of Coorg is bedecked with hills and valleys such as the Nishani Betta, a hill in the Talacauvery ranges. Camping in Coorg is truly an experience that can only be felt and not described.

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      Nourish that adrenaline junky in you and Stay in campsites and North Coorg to get a taste of adventure in the bounty of best that nature has to offer! Breathe the fresh air and marvel at the picturesque Nishani Hills that accompany you all the way to the Coorg camping site. Challenge yourself to various sports such as zip lining, rappelling, trekking and unwind around a campfire to take back an experience that will revitalize you from the inside!



    • 09Best Thrilling Treks in Coorg

    • 10Tadiandamol Trek

      The Tadiandamol peak is the second highest in Karnataka. This place is an active location for trekkers. The surrounding regions offer plenty of scenic delights. Located in the Western Ghats, the Tadiandamol peak is 35 km from Madikere. Climbing to the top of the peak is considered difficult but is possible and has been done many times before.

      There are many places to visit in and around this place. One such place amongst places to see in Coorg is the Nalaknad Palace. This place is often used as a base camp by trekkers. The palace is a two-storeyed structure. It is located high atop a ridge and getting there requires quite a trek.

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      The palace is also a place where a thriving bee population is maintained. The bee-keeping centre can be visited. A serpentine path leads you to the Tadiandamol peak from the palace. There is also the Padi Igguthappa temple here. You can visit this temple along the way. This temple is considered to be a very sacred place in Kodagu.

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    • 11Pushpagiri Trek

      The Pushpagiri hill range is known for the scenic delights it provides trekkers. The climate in this part of the world is serene all year round. Located in the Western Ghats, there are plenty of trekking trails here. It is here that the Kumara Parvatha is located. It is considered to be a difficult mountain to climb. The entire region is covered with dense forests. 

      The duration of treks here is generally in the range of 3 to 4 hours. September and October are the best months to visit the Pushpagiri range. Most trekkers come here to scale the Kumara Parvatha peak.


      This peak has caught the fancy of the urban populace. Some consider scaling this peak as their personal milestone. Trekking in these regions satiates your appetite for experiencing something out of the ordinary.

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    • 12Brahmagiri Hill Trek

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      Trekking on the Brahmagiri Hill is trekking at an altitude of more than 1600 metres. This range is situated in the Western Ghats. Located at the border between the Indian states of Karnataka and Kerala, this place is 270 km from Bangalore. The best way to reach this trekking region is through Coorg. From Coorg, the Brahmagiri Hill trekking range is just 60 km.

      The trekking trails here are known to be one of the best in the country. They take you through amazing biodiversity. Some of these trails navigate through the Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is the natural habitat to a large of numbers of elephants. The trekking trails pass through dense forests. Along the way you can see rivers. You can rest along their banks and take a dip in shallow waters. The Iruppu Falls are in this hill region.

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      In the forest region there are evergreen and semi-evergreen trees. These trees attract exotic species of birds. You can also see a variety of animals and mammals in these lush green forests. A photographer’s muse spot, there is no dearth of photograph-worthy places here.

      In fact the entire region looks like a slice of paradise. Trekking through these serene and verdant forests rejuvenates your mind and body and instills fresh energy in you. It appeases your cravings for adventure.

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    • 13Nishani Motte



      A rising gem of the Bramhagiri Range in the Western Ghats, NishaniMotte is one of the offbeat treks in Karnataka in the Coorg District. The peak was previously used as a signpost or a signaling spot by rulers in ancient times. The trail being relatively unknown, is a serene and tranquil spot, away from any touristy crowds.

      Passing through gently undulating paths, the path goes through some of the greenest and aromatic Coffee plantations, making it an ideal pick for trekkers who love to climb quiet and offbeat trails. Go to NishaniMotte, and enjoy an unparalleled view of the surrounding ranges as well as of Coorg itself!
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    • 14Kumar Parvatha Trek



      The second highest peak in Coorg, Kumar Parvatha is the ‘go to’ destination for trekkers who want to experience gorgeous views of the Coorg landscapes.  Have the adventure of a lifetime passing through lush, grassy landscapes with occasional views of waterfalls and the ever present greens all around you. The rugged terrains welcome those with a brave heart to explore the trekking trail and be rewarded with impeccable views all around!
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    • 15Best Wildlife Places to visit in and around Coorg

    • 16Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary

      This wildlife sanctuary is located in the Northern part of Coorg district. Situated near Mandalpatty, the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the Western Ghats. Over here there is an abundance of evergreen and semi-evergreen forests, making it one of the pristine places to visit in Coorg.

      The sanctuary reaches a maximum elevation of 1700 metres above sea level. The highest peak here is the Pushpagiri Peak. In this region lies another favourite trekking spot and peak. Called the Kumaraparvatha, hundreds of trekkers negotiate the difficulties of this mountain and make their way to the top.


      You don’t need to be intimidated by wild animals. They are used to human beings trekking through their natural habitat. You have to ensure that you stay in a group. Apart from elephants, there are plenty of leopards, wild cats, pigs, spotted deer, barking deer, sambhar, and jackals here. You might see them on the way. It is an exciting experience walking in the heart of the jungle. At no point of time will you feel like an uninvited visitor in a jungle.

      The best time to visit the wildlife sanctuary would be between November and March. You cannot camp in the sanctuary as it is dangerous. You can only visit this place during broad daylight. There is no provision to enter the sanctuary alone. There are jungle lodges within the sanctuary. You can at best have a one-day trek here.

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    • 17Nagarhole National Park



      Also known as the Rajiv Gandhi National Park, this is a famous wildlife sanctuary located in Coorg. A Tiger Reserve, the Nagarhole National Park is also a place to see wild elephants. Apart from tigers and elephants, this national park is home to wild dogs, gaur and deer. The park is essentially a dense tropical forest. Through the jungle, there are streams that run through. The spots in and around these streams have wildlife activity.


      The best season to visit the park is during the summer. Wild animals are seen resting beside water bodies. Tigers are almost always seen near water bodies. Visiting Nagarhole National Park during the rainy season is a damp experience. The rain creates muddy roads. And animals are not seen out in the open.

      Inside the forest there are jungle lodges. Living in the jungle is a thrilling experience. Theseaccommodations are generally safe. They have all the security in place. The best time to see wildlife in their natural habitat would be dawn or dusk. Tigers can be seen during daytime but they are generally resting during this time.


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    • 18Coffee Plantation Visit

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      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.


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      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 reside beside a coffee plantation, then there are plenty of home stays adjoining these regions.

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    • 19Dubare Reserve Forest & Elephant Camp

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      Undertaken as a project by the forest department, Dubare Reserve Forest & Elephant Camp is a popular tourist attraction in Coorg. The highlight of this camp is that plenty of elephants are bred here. They are not only bred, but trained. Naturalists undertake the responsibility of managing these elephants. When you visit the elephant camp, a naturalist can explain to you the ways of an elephant. They generally have first-hand information on the lifestyle and psychology of these gigantic creatures.

      There are about 150 elephants at the camp. These elephants are used in the Dussehra Festival. Apart from the elephant camp, you can visit the deciduous forests to see wild animals. You can see Sambhars, deer, and other such fauna in their natural habitat. On venue are also Asiatic elephants. Unlike African elephants these are smaller creatures. There is a river that runs through this area. Wild animals frequent the banks of this river at various spots.

      Dubare is also a bird lover’s paradise. You can see exotic birds in this region. Even the sight of some common birds can delight you. There is an abundance of partridges, woodpeckers, and kingfishers in this area. Not to forget the magnificent peacocks strutting around in their colourful feathers. If you can visit the forest reserve during twilight, you can see a mass exodus of birds. This is a sight to behold.

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    • 20Off Road Jeep Drive To Nishani Hills

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      About the activity:

      • An exciting and adrenaline inducing drive to Nishani could propel your thrill for a power packed adventure to the extreme.
      • Explore the different terrains on this intimidating peak in the comfort of an off road jeep vehicle! During the 2 hour long heart pumping drive, you will be steered along lush, forested greenery with the help and expertise of a professional designated, licensed driver.
      • A drive along the steep plains of the mountains is just what you need for an amazing and quick getaway from the busy city life.
      • During the drive, you can take in the thick, deciduous sights of the forests atop the hills and enjoy the 10 km drive up the steep, rugged slopes for added fun! In between, you could stop to click amazing pictures of the scenic landscape around you, and witness the tranquil skies touch the tips of the magnificent Western Ghats. 
      • This 2 hour guided tour can be selected for any time slot between 09:00 AM and 03:00 PM.


    • 21Most Amazing Falls in and around Coorg

    • 22Mallalli Falls

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      Located at the base of Pushpagiri Hill Ranges, Mallalli Falls are an exuberant place. This is the location where the Kumaradhara River takes a steep plunge. The falls descend for over 200 feet making it a tall waterfall. This is yet again one of those beautiful sights of waters forcing down and thrashing against rocks and boulders. The sight is exhilarating. The constant sound of thrashing water reverberates in your mind.

      The best time to visit the falls is during the monsoon. There is an impressive swell of water during this time. The brilliant combination of water and beauty will feel like it is a slice of heaven. Whether you view these falls from near or far – the effect is the same. You can just relax and listen to the orchestra of waters, the many sounds they create as waters force through rocks and crevices into giant pools.

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    • 23Abbi Falls

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      The Abbi or Abbey falls is one of the most scenic waterfalls in this part of the world. This cascade is located amongst lush coffee plantations. You have to travel 10 km from Madikere to get here. All around this place, there are enough sights to behold. Trekking trails are littered around the falls region. To get a better view of these falls, you can walk over the hanging bridge.

      The monsoon season is the best time to arrive at such places to visit in Coorg. The waterfalls run down to capacity. You need to be careful of leeches in this area. The falls are located in the high mountains of the Western Ghats. The waters join the Cauvery River. There is a Kali Mata Temple nearby. You can trek up to this temple and back.

      Black pepper trees dot the sides of the waterfalls. You can casually stroll in these regions to get a sense of how it feels to be amongst these trees. Over the falls, there is always the backdrop of misty clouds. During the monsoon season this spectacle is more prominent. The water volume is high. Several streams combine to form a swell of cascading water. The waters plunge down the slope at incredible speeds. The water makes a thunderous roar when it hits on the rocks.

      Huge boulders located at the base of the waterfalls receive these thunderous splashes. The water forces itself through crevices and comes gushing out.

    • 24Iruppu Falls

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      A magnificent waterfall in Coorg, Iruppu Falls also has religious connotations amongst places to visit in Coorg. The cascade is located in the Brahmagiri hill range. As per the Hindus, Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana passed by this region. They were in search for Lord Rama’s wife Sita. Lord Rama was thirsty and was looking for water. Lakshamana shot an arrow that struck the ground and oozed the river water. Hence, this river was discovered. It is this river that creates the Iruppu Falls by descending down a 60 metre slope.

      The otherwise silent forest is pleasantly noisy given the beautiful resonating sound that the gushing waters make. Amidst the lush and verdant forest, the majestic waterfalls seem the only busy place in this part of the world.


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      You can hear the sonorous sounds of water hitting the ground kilometres away. Also known as Lakshmana Teertha, there is a temple named Rameshwara Temple close by. You have to visit this place during Shivaratri. Accompanying you will be hundreds of pilgrims from all parts of the country offering their prayers at the temple.

      Iruppu Falls are sacred. It is believed that taking a dip in the waters here cleanses ones sins. This belief is very prominent in many pilgrims who take a dip here every year. The fact that the legendary Lord Rama passed through this region is one of the reasons.

    • 25Chelavara Falls

      The Chelavara Falls is known to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in this region. Also known as Embepare, the sight of the cascading water amidst the verdant coffee plantations is a sight to behold. The Chomakund hill is located a couple of kilometres from these falls. Atop this hill, you get an eagle’s eye view of the plains beneath. The hill is foggy at most times. You can even see the Arabian Sea from this hill.

      The regions adjoining the falls are good for trekking and hiking. You can camp at a good open space for about a day. There are people who camp here for days. The water formed by the falls is shallow at certain points. The bed of this water body is rocky. Some areas could be slippery. It is important to exercise discretion when entering into the water.

      The falls seem to be a figment of divine architectural imagination – rightfully placing it amongst the top Coorg sightseeing places. The very sight of the falls essays this fact. You may wonder what makes this cascade of water so beautiful. It is a combination of everything. The lush green foliage the envelopes this cascade.

      The black rocks on which the water slopes down. The sight is a combination of majestic ambience and inviting character. Together they give you the impression that the falls are receptive to your audience.

    • 26Most Popular Sightseeing places to visit in and around Coorg

    • 27Omkareshwara Temple

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      This temple was constructed in 1820. The architectural design is based on the Mumammadan method. Turrets flank the corners of the temple. The centre of the structure is dominated by a dome. Lingarajendra II built this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. 

      The Omkareshwara Temple is built incorporating Islamic and Gothic styles. As per legend there is an interesting story behind the building of this temple. A Brahmin was killed by the king. So this temple was built to console the spirit of this Brahmin.

      It is said that in order to banish the spirit, the king installed a linga in the temple. The linga was brought specially for this purpose from Kashi. A water body exists in front of the temple. There are plenty of fish in them. On first impressions, this temple could look like a Muslim dargah.


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      To know more about the history of the temple, read the copper plate installed at the front of the temple. On this copper plate is inscribed a chronological history of the temple.

      The Shivalinga is worshipped fervently in the temple. Given that this religious idol has its origins in Kashi makes it all the more holy. Kashi is considered to be a holy place. In between the bars of the temple windows the alphabet ‘lim’ is positioned. This is an interesting piece of design that exists here.

    • 28Raja’s Seat

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      Nowhere will you see flowers in full bloom as much as you see them at Raja’s Seat. Over here, a sprawling seasonal garden exists. Artificial fountains sprinkle water on them. This place is like a refreshing round of greenery despite Coorg being a green place. Even then, you are not saturated with the greenness. Frequented by the Kodagu kings once as a place of leisure, Raja’s Seat is a great place to watch sunsets.

      There is a small structure constructed amidst the verdant greenery. Made of brick and mortar, the structure is pillared. These pillars are connected to each other by arches. The architecture is sublime. It is a fantastic spot for recreational activities. Merely sitting on the park benches is a delightful experience. As you see the vast assortment of some of the most beautiful creations of nature, your mind is uplifted. It is like a mood lightener. These simple things give so much happiness.

      The garden resides on an elevated stretch of land. From here you can view the adjoining cliffs. To the West of Raja’s Seat are vast valleys. You have to come here early in the morning. At this time, the valley is covered with mist. It is like the valley has been dressed with a flowing white wedding gown. This beautiful sight has to be seen to be experienced.

    • 29Talacauvery & 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 amongst 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.

      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 is 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.

    • 30Cauvery Nisargadhama

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      This is an island formed by the Cauvery River. Cauvery Nisargadhama is a popular picnic spot amongst locals and international visitors looking for places to visit in Coorg. Located near Kushalnagar, this place is an island that spans an area of 64 km. The foliage on this island is varied. Bamboo groves are packed densely in certain pockets of the island.

      There is a large population of sandalwood and teak trees on the island. You reach the island traversing a hanging rope bridge. Not just flora, there is fauna on the island as well. On location you can see plenty of deer. As they gallop in leaps and bounds, you are amazed at their agility. Rabbits are found here as well. These creatures add so much grace to the surroundings.

      Adding colour to the naturalistic ambience are the peacocks. These birds are found in abundance here. You are amazed at how nature has dressed these birds in bright hues. Not just for the adults, Cauvery Nisargadhama is for kids as well. There is a children’s playground and orchidarium on location. Boating is conducted here. Elephant rides are a popular activity here as well.

      The Cauvery River envelopes the island. There are a few shallow points where you are allowed to get into the waters. Overall, the experience here is scintillating. You have a hearty experience of naturalistic delights. Your appetite for adventure and leisure is fulfilled.

    • 31Golden Temple, Bylekuppe

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      The region of Bylekuppe has a large concentration of Buddhists. There are many impressive Buddhist monasteries that have been set up here. The practice of Buddhism is taught here at the numerous Buddhist monasteries. The Golden Temple is located at Bylekuppe. As with other tourist attractions, this temple is a well-known tourist destination as well. The temple has an interesting architecture. It is quite different from the architecture of a majority of temples found in India.

      When you reach here, for a moment it could seem that you have visited Sikkim! There are so many Tibetan flags that fly high here. These multicoloured flags have a distinct identity. Many homes have temple shrines too. In fact, these are small shrines. But nevertheless, it is an unusual sight.

      You can see Tibetans in and around this place. There are plenty of them here. The Golden Temple is part of the Namdroling Monastery. Around this place there are many restaurants that serve Tibetan food. If you have never had Tibetan food before, this is a good opportunity for you to do so. There are miscellaneous shops that sell Tibetan items. Among the well-known restaurants here, Malaya is one.


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      Just looking at the Golden Temple is a unique experience. The extravagance of the architecture is enchanting. There seem to be very less people administering the temple. So people are all over the place. It could become noisy.

    • 32Gaddige

      The tomb of the Raja of Gaddige is a historical structure. Built in the Indo-Sarcenic style, this site is a popular attraction with history buffs looking for places to visit with historical connotations. The tomb houses the mortal remains of prominent royal members.


      On location there are tombs of well-known and acclaimed historical personalities. Some of them are the tombs of Lingarajendra, priest Rudrappa, and Tipu Sultan’s warrior Biddanda Bopu. These tombs are protected and administered by the Karnataka Ancient and Historical Monuments.

      The tombs of administrators were called Sirkarekars by the ruling kings during that time. These tombs were distinguished from the others given that on them were engravings of basavas or bulls. The tombs have domes at their centre.

      This is reminiscent of the Mohammedan style of architecture. The area around this structure is vast and verdant. There are open fields everywhere. On some open fields outdoor sporting activities are conducted. Cattle grazing is prominent in these regions. People also come here to learn driving.

      Gaddige is known as the place where the tombs of Virarajendra and Lingarajendra exist. The two people were kings in the erstwhile Wodeyar dynasty. They ruled Madikeri and the adjoining regions for many years. An interesting observation is that though these kings were Hindus, their tombs are built in the Mohammedan style. You can stroll around this place to get a sense of the glory that existed in this region in those times.

    • 33Harangi Dam

      This water reservoir is located near the village of Hudgur. This dam is the main source of irrigation for a majority of farmlands in the Kodagu district. The dam has an official capacity of 8.5 TMC. The crest gates open a flood of water that flows out with great force.

      On first impressions you could find the sight of so much water as an incarcerated sea. Although intimidating initially, it is also pleasing on your eyes. The mere sight of serene waters is enough to de-stress you.

      The dam water is released periodically into farmlands. A siren alerts farmers about this process. The siren sets off thrice. During this time, the people in low-lying areas such as farmlands seek shelter. They immediately rush to high lands and let the water flow through their farmlands. During June, the Harangi Dam has lots of water. There are no irrigation problems for farmers. Almost always there is excess water in the dam during this month.

    • 34Madikeri Fort

      Built in the 17th century, the Madikeri Fort was restructured by Tipu Sultan. During the second re-construction the fort was augmented with granite. So from a mud fort it became a granite fort. The fort is situated atop a hill.

      When Muddu Raja built the fort initially, the king also built a palace inside the fort. Also called Jaffarabad, the fort has changed hands. It was administered by many prominent kings and administrators throughout its illustrious history.

      Although the fort is not, the palace inside it is built using European architecture. The palace is said to house clandestine underground routes, and is one of the intriguing places to visit in Coorg. Visiting this palace is like visiting a European palace. Horse statues flank the entrance to the palace. Some parts of the fort were reserved for prisons. You can visit these forbidden places that once housed trespassers, traitors and enemies.

      There is a small museum here. The British built a chapel here in 1834. The museum is located in this chapel. The museum displays weaponry used during the era of Tipu Sultan. On display are various artifacts that could give you an insight into what elapsed during the time of Muddu Raja and Tipu Sultan.

      A public library on location houses interesting historical books. There are also government offices in the venue. Visiting the Madikeri Fort is an eye-opener. It portrays the rich cultural heritage of the Kodagu region.

    • 35Best Off-Beat Stays in and around Coorg

    • 36Hilltop Heritage Bungalow Experience

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      • Tucked in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Kodagu or Coorg is a prismatic holiday destination. Whether you are one of the nature devotees, or looking for fun and excitement, the scenic forests, evergreen plantations, the rolling hills and the pristine ambience of Coorg is all you need to explore.
      • Join the hilltop heritage home stay experience in Coorg for an amazing time in pure serenity. The bungalow on the hilltop, where you can have this amazing experience, is located in Kabbinakad; near Kakkabe, and offers astounding views of the Tadiandamol Peak. One can witness the antique artefacts engraved on the walls in the property and it is an ideal destination for families as well as honeymooners.
      • Indulge in a plethora of energising activities such as plantation walk, breathtaking views and fun bonfire sessions during your stay.
      • Check in at 11:00 AM and check out at 11:00 AM the next day after a well knitted holiday package in Coorg.

      • This bungalow has four rooms with attached bathroom, hot water facility and backup power supply.
    • 37Cottage Stay near Madikeri

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      • Located 13 kilometers from Madikeri city at the edge of a mountain overlooking the valleys in complete harmony with the surrounding jungle, this home stay is the perfect getaway. 
      • Check in at around 02:00 PM and indulge in an array of top notch amenities and exciting activities.
      • Tread along the riveting surroundings, the plantation of coffee which spread an exotic aroma and sink in the best moments of getting closer to nature.
      • Stay with utmost comfort, gather with your friends and family in the evening, spare the time to share your feelings and the best happenings of your life.
      • Check out time is 11:00 AM, after spending a quality time amidst the pristine location.
      • This cottage has eight rooms with attached bathroom, hot water facility and backup power supply.
    • 38Stay at the Foothills of Brahmagiri

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      • An experience of jungle stay in Coorg will take you to Virajpet, a town that is dotted with lush green forests and glorious history, one of the highest visited tourist destinations in Karnataka.
      • You will be staying in a property that is situated on the scenic river banks of Virajpet’s Chambebellur Village
      • All you need to do during your stay is keep yourself close to the nature and be a part of it.
      • Enjoy the scrumptious South Indian cuisines and also feel more warmer with the bonfire included in the package.
      • Check in at around 11:00 AM and after the wonderful time spent at the location, check out at around 11:00 AM the next day.
      • The homestay has five rooms with attached bathroom, hot water facility and backup power supply.



    • 39Stay at the Backwaters of River Cauvery

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      • Relax as you hear the gushing sounds of water from the backwaters of Cauvery during your lovely stay at this location. 
      • Situated near the Harangi Dam in Coorg, this beautiful home stay is amidst abundant greenery and beauty. 
      • Spend the time according to your convenience which may include a walk along the greenery or visiting the locales to know more about the rustic life or stroll through the soft river banks.
      • There is also an option to camp out at this property so you can enjoy the fresh crisp air, afterwards, kick back and enjoy a warm bonfire where you can relax and share your memories with your friends or family.
      • Enjoy delicious food served during your stay that includes traditional cuisines of South India.
      • Check in time is 11:00 AM and check out time is 11:00 AM, the next day.

      • This homestay has four rooms with attached bath, hot water facility and backup power supply.