Coorg, also known as Kodagu, is a beautiful hill station in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is famous for its coffee plantations, steep hills, countless streams, rich flora & fauna, lush forests and breathtaking views. Blessed with scenic charm and picturesque views, Coorg tourism presents some of the best opportunities to enjoy your holidays. Besides the alluring atmosphere, the hill station has a rich cultural and historical backdrop. The hill station has various attractions to lure the attention of travelers from across the world. Activities include shopping as well as sightseeing in this beautiful region. This region is well known around the world for its coffee and spice plantations. Kodagu is also known for its forest honey.
Coorg enjoys moderate and pleasant climate throughout the year and has naturally magnificent scenic surroundings. The summer season in this magnificent hill station begins in the month of March and lasts till May. During summers the temperature is on the warmer side but the maximum temperature does remain under 34°C.
The region experiences monsoon from June to September. Heavy rainfall occurs during this season especially in the month of June. To embrace the magic of rain and fragrance of the hill station, a number of visitors from different parts of the world love to visit Coorg.
Winter begins in Coorg in December and lasts till February. The minimum temperature of this beautiful hill station remains above of 13°C. The climate remains quite cool and pleasant. This season also attracts a good number of tourists. This is the best time to visit Coorg and enjoy a memorable vacation here.
How to Reach
Being an important leisure destination, Coorg is well-connected to other major cities of the country by air, road and rail.
Mangalore Airport, located about 160 km away, is the nearest airport to Coorg. The airport has scheduled flights to major Indian cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Hyderabad.
KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) provide deluxe buses to Coorg, on a regular basis from cities like Bangalore, Mysore and Mangalore.
Mysore Junction, located around 95 km away is the nearest railway station to Coorg.
Tadiyendamol: Located quite near to the town of Kakkabe and at an elevation of 1746 meters above sea level, Tadiyendamol is the highest peak in the Kodagu region. The place is quite famous for adventure activities.
Abbey Falls: Nestled near Madikeri, Abbey falls is one of the most amazing attractions in the Coorg. The picturesque view of the fall will surely take your breath away and also provide you with quite a few Kodak moments. The waterfall comes down from a height of 70 feet and provides a superb vista. You will also find a hanging bridge across the gorge from which an exceptional view of this waterfall is a sight to remember.
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary: Nestled in Somwarpet taluka of Coorg district, it is one of the renowned wildlife sanctuaries in the state of Karnataka. It is considered as a habitat of rare and endangered birds. The various bird songs are heartwarming to say the least. The best thing about this Wildlife Sanctuary is that it is connected with the Bisle reserve forest from one side and on the other side it is connected with Kukke Subramanya forest range.
Madikeri Fort: Amid those thick forests, scenic gushing waterfalls and miles of verdant coffee plantations, history holds a deep-rooted relationship with Coorg in Karnataka. And it is Madikeri, a hill station and headquarters of Coorg district that synchronizes well with its long-gone historical royalty. Madikeri Fort stands as a silent spectator for various events of historical importance. It is one of those preserved remnants of the bygone era that has not only stood the test of time, but also underwent architectural changes with passing time. Its historical richness gets exemplified when some of its elevated structures open up to astounding views of the surrounding landscape. One unique feature about Madikeri Fort is the Gothic style Anglican Church built by British rulers in 1855. While a cluster of secret pathways of the fort adds to its mystery, its architectural design and palace like structure vastly brings out the masterminds of ancient India. An exquisite display of historical weapons and artifacts in the fort in turn explains its motto to link India’s past with present extensively.
Gaddige: Gaddige or more popularly Raja’s Tomb is positioned atop a hillock that allows an amazing bird’s-eye view of the entire town. The structural-complex is a series of royal tombs belonging to the Kodava dynasty and has depictions of Lord Shiva which separate these Hindu-tombs from the likes of their Muslim counterparts. The monument is typical of the Indo-Saracenic architectural style with domes at the centre and turrets at the corners. Figures of Nandi are carved atop the corners. The central tomb houses the mortal remains of king Doddaveerarajendra and his queen, Mahadeviamma. To the right, lies the tomb of Lingarajendra, built by Chikkaveerarajendra and the left bears Rudrappa’s (royal priest) tomb, Close-by these tombs is the burial place of two brave royal officials, BiddandaBopu and his son BiddandaSomaiah. The bars of the dome-windows are made of brass and embellished with beautiful engravings.
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