Besides being one of the most beautiful hill stations in India, Coorg is also a paradise for adventure enthusiasts. When in this misty land, you can turn up the thrill quotient with some action packed activities.
From making your fantasy of flying turn to reality to riding on milky waters, ambling through green lands to going rock climbing, the excitement and adventure is unmatched in Coorg. Listed below are some of the best things to do in Coorg. Be prepared for a memorable experience to take back home.
Some of the must do things in Coorg:
1) Microlight Flying
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Microlight flying in Coorg can be best described as an unforgettable experience. Allowing you to fly at around 5,000 ft above the surface of the earth, it gives wings to your dream flight. When up in the air, enjoy the aerial views of Coorg's mist clad landscapes, mountain peaks and forests.
The hand glider is perfect for two people and comes with a robust machine that can easily accelerate to a speed of 100 km/hr. Most of these gliders are usually imported from other countries and are fitted with other parts here.
2) Barapole River Rafting
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The Barapole region is located proximate to the banks of the river located in Coorg. Situated near Bangalore, it is easily accessible by road and is a sought after destination for river rafting. Before embarking on a rafting expedition, the tourists are briefed with all the pros and cons of rafting. Rapids in this region are quite strenuous and vary from Grade-II to IV, which makes the briefing mandatory for both amateurs as well as expert rafters too
Prior to embarking on this exhilarating journey, all the rafters are equipped with necessary gears and equipment including life jackets, helmets and the likes. River rafting in Barapole is considered to be one of the best things to do in Coorg.
3) Dubare Rafting Coorg
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One of the most picturesque places in Coorg, Dubare has a plenitude of host camps that organises rafting trips. As the water level reaches the highest during the monsoons, it is considered as the peak time for a rafting expedition.
There are close to 18 different rafting routes which range from easy to moderate to difficult. The activity begins at Dubare and then stretches for about 11km. Life jackets and other equipments are provided to ensure a safe trip.
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Trekking offers tourists the chance to explore and discover the beauty of nature in all its glory on foot. Bestowed with towering mountains, alluring forest areas, picturesque plains and valleys, Coorg offers some of the best trekking destinations in South India.
Amongst all the treks in Coorg, the Tadiyandamol, Mandalpatti and Koppatty treks are the most sought after. Tadiyandamol is the highest peak in the area and has around 18 different routes, with 'Honey Route' and the 'Palace Route' topping the list most favourite by trekkers.
Mandalpatti Hills is also dotted with fascinating routes and the best time to undertake this tour is between September and November. The Koppatty trek takes you through scenic coffee plantations, dense forests and streams, which in turn tops the list of popular trek routes in Coorg.
5) Plantation Walk
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Owing to the expanse of coffee plantations that dot the area, plantation walks are considered to be one of the most popular things to do in Coorg. The activity is soothing as well as fun as it offers tourists a chance to witness the natural beauty of the surroundings. A regular walk covers around a stretch of 6-8 kms and takes around 3-4 hours to cover with adequate breaks in between.
During this experience, you will be amazed at the amount of dedication it requires to maintain such a vast plantation. Within the walk, you can witness coffee plucking and if lucky, get a chance to experience a private coffee tasting session.
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Valnoor and Bheemeshwari fishing camps are considered to be two best fishing destinations in Karnataka. These camps possess authentic fishing licenses for serious anglers and have some rare species that are only meant for viewing and not fishing. The ambience is perfect for this recreational activity and is widely considered as one of the quietest places in the area.
The Maral and Mahseer variety of fish are considered to be the most prized catches in the area. The other fish found here also adds an element of surprise. This fish camp is located around 250km away from Bangalore.
7) Monastery Visit
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One of the more pleasant and historically significant things to do in Coorg is to visit one of the many monasteries. The Tibetan Golden Temple is one such spectacle which deserves a mention. Located around 6km from Kushalnagar, this place is home to around 7000 monks and is also visited by a large number of tourists every year.
Known for its architectural brilliance, this pious place also depicts the ways of life led by Buddhist monks. Souvenir shops in the monastery are also one of the main attractions as they largely showcase the cultural and traditional significances of the region.
8) Waterfall Visit
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Home to some picturesque hills and mountains in South India, Coorg is also home to some stunning waterfalls. Iruppa Falls, Abbi Falls as well as the Chelavara Falls are the most popular falls within this vicinity. Ranging from 100-200ft, the cascading waters make for a captivating sight to behold. These falls also have some interesting places to visit including national parks, temples and other natural reserves. Most of these waterfalls can only be reached by trekking and thus it also promotes camping in the locale.
Sitting or picnicking beside their waters is considered as one of the most relaxing things to do in Coorg. Most trails leading to these waterfalls are not too far away and may span just 2-3km.
9) Rock Climbing at Honnamana Kere
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Honnamanna Kere is widely considered as one of the best destinations for rock climbing in Coorg. The adjoining Gavi Betta and Mori Betta hills offer great opportunities for rock climbing enthusiasts. Before embarking on such a tour, ensure that you are properly harnessed with all the necessary safety gears, right type of footwear and gloves.
Paying heed to the instructors and complying with their instructions and suggestions is mandatory. Rock climbing is best enjoyed during the winters when the sun is relatively weak.
10) Visit Dubare Elephant Camp
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Located only 4km from Kushalnagar, the Dubare Elephant Camp is the neighbourhood where you can witness the massive Elephants and know more about them. One of the best things to do in Coorg, a visit to this camp will get you acquainted with how these giants are fed, groomed and trained.
This is also the camp that has been training the Elephants for the world renowned Mysore Dasara festival. On this visit, you can also undertake an Elephant ride, wildlife safari, nature walk, coracle rides or can go for wildlife spotting in the nearby forest areas.
11) Camping in Coorg
If you are planning an enthralling camping holiday, Coorg will satiate all your yearnings! Most of the camps in this ambrosial land last within 1-2 days and they also offer the chance to go trekking, bird watching, nature walks and cycling expeditions.
Some of the camps also provide guided night trails that bring about a certain degree of excitement. Campfires or bonfires during the camping tours is also one of the most exciting affairs that shouldn't be missed!
12) Quad Biking in Chelavara
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Picturesque hills and plains, rugged terrains, challenging curves and the off-roading tracks; all these make Coorg a sought after destination for Quad Biking. Ideal for every kind of tourist, these rides can be undertaken for around 25 minutes between 10 AM to 4 PM. Chevalara in Coorg has some of the most exhilarating and exciting Quad Biking tracks.
Riding on these 250cc beasts that howl through any kind of terrain offers the much desired adrenaline kick to adventure buffs and thus making it one of the most exciting things in Coorg.
13) Waterfall Rappelling
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Soak up the mesmeric beauty of the waterfalls in Coorg while rappelling through these cascading splendours! An activity that involves climbing down a rocky surface while harnessed to a safety rope, rappelling in Coorg is all about fun and excitement.
In this activity, the participants are briefed about all the safety measures, tips and tricks of rappelling. Safety gears include a helmet, carabineers, gloves and other such necessities.
14) Stay in a Home Stay
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Homestays are indeed the best ways to mingle with the local folks and get a glimpse into their lives, cultures and traditions. In addition to all the luxuries and comforts, these homestays also offer a rustic feel of a home away from home, which makes them impeccable places to stay.
Above all, most of the homestays in Coorg are located in surroundings that are usually secluded from the bedlam of city life thus peace and solitude to its visitors.
15) Mountain Biking in Chelavra
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Challenge your pedalling skills, ride through uneven terrains and get crazy with the Mountain Biking trails in Chalevara. One of the best things to do in Coorg, Mountain Biking involves riding through tricky dirt tracks, forest areas, hills and plains that offer you a splendid backdrop of Coorg's undulated beauty.
To add to the excitement of riding, the tracks for these rides are usually selected away from the busy roads. Though these rides are easy in comparison to other adventure rides, the riders should always pay heed to the biking instructors or felicitators.
The enticing land of Coorg offers a plethora of things to do for tourists and local travellers alike. There is never a dull moment owing to the many adventure activities one can engage in when holidaying in this misty land. A weekend getaway in this charming hill station is a great way to enjoy some quality time away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
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