Coorg also called Kodagu is the coffee town of India. Nestled amidst the Western Ghats in the beautiful state of Karnataka, Coorg is major travel goals for solo as well as group travel. The lush green flora, coffee plantations, sublimely beautiful hills, all constitute the perfect getaway for the weekend. Coorg is the largest producer of coffee in the country and is also one of the places to receive the heaviest rainfall. It is ideal for trekking and hill biking. You can also visit the national park, waterfalls and some religious places while you are here.
Best time to visit: Best time to visit Coorg is between October to May. The place has maximum tourists in the months of March, April and May as it is cooler than most other cities in the Summer. November and December have the most clouds floating around the hills and there’s mist too.
Ways to reach Coorg:
- By air – The nearest airport is in Mangalore which is 135 km away. From here you can easily get cabs to get to Coorg. Bangalore International airport is 260 km away. There are regular flights from all major cities at these two airports.
- By train – The nearest railway station is in Mysore at a distance of 120 km. From Mysore, you can take a bus or a taxi. Next nearest railway station is at Hassan. Bangalore Express, Shatabdi Express and Mysore Express all have stoppages at these two railway stations.
- By bus – Coorg is a short ride on the bus from Bangalore, Mysore, Trivandrum, Chennai, Pondicherry. There are Karnataka state buses plying between all major cities of Karnataka and Coorg.
- By road – Roadtrip to Coorg is also fun especially over the weekend from cities like Mysore, Mangalore, and Bangalore. Some people even travel from Mumbai as well. The serene air and cold breeze will not make you feel exhausted as well. You can either take the route via Mysore and stay a night there or take drive through NH 48.
Places to stay:
Some good places to stay in Kodagu are-
- Parampara Resort Spa
- Ambatty Resorts Spa
- Serene Woods
- Le Coorg
- Paddington Resort
- Palm Valley
- Shanti Castle
These places are urbane and cosy. Per night costs range between 2000-8000 rupees.
Places to visit in Coorg:
- Abbey Falls- The beautiful falls among coffee and cardamom plantations are the main tourist attraction of Coorg.
- Hoonnamana Kere- This is the temple of the Hoonnamana goddess which is located on a cliff. The clouds surround the temple all around and give it a sublime view. There are special poojas held during Gowri festival.
- Mallalli Falls- The river Kumaradhara gushes through here and falls into a gorge.
- Madikeri Fort- This fort is said to belong to Tipu Sultan and consists of a museum, a small prison and a Ganesh temple. The architecture of the fort is inspiring and is said to look like an irregular hexagon as it is built on uneven land.
- Talakaveri- This is the spot where the river Kaveri originates. There are a shiv temple and Ganesh temple here that are worshipped by the people here. It is also believed that at a place nearby there was a mahayagna which was performed by the seven great sages (saptarishi) long ago.
Festivals in Coorg:
Some major festivals celebrated here are-
- Ugadi in April
- Kali Podu in September
- Madikeri Dassera in October
- Huthri in November/December
Must eat foods in Coorg:
While in Coorg you should not forget to eat these amazing delicacies-
- Kadambuttu (rice dumplings)
- Pandi curry (Pork curry)
- Kodi curry (chicken curry)
- Noolputtu (rice noodles)
- Baimbale curry (bamboo shoot curry)
- Votto (rice curry)
Shopping and local markets in Coorg:
Shopping in Coorg is fun when you know what to buy and from where to buy. Lucky for you, we will tell you exactly this.
- Coffee- You can buy both Arabica and Robusta coffee beans at many estates and individual stores which are lined up here.
- Spices like sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, pepper, clove etc. are all quite famous here and you can buy them at the Friday market near the railway station. Other good places are Stop N Shop, Spice Palace Coorg Avenue Super Bazar near Madikeri.
- Honey from the flea market.
- Home-made melt-in-your-mouth chocolates from any small bakery. Chikalunde and Kajaya are the most famous ones.
- Exotic wine makes from passion fruit, litchi, apricot and pineapple. You can get them from any winery near Madikeri.
- Silk sarees- South India is famous for its silk and while you are here you should buy some. You can get fine quality ones from Kushalnagar market.
Tips in Coorg:
- Avoid going to Coorg in the monsoon season as this place experiences some tremendous rainfall and you would be forced to stay in your hotel rooms.
- Coorg has a strict policy of no littering around. Carry a bag and put all your trash in it and throw it in a dust bin.
- There are few ATMs around, so pre book and pre pay for hotels and transport. Also carry some cash with you as the local merchants don’t take cards.
- Mobile network may be weak here, especially during the monsoon season.
Festival Calendar of Coorg
|Oct||1.Madikeri Dassera, 2.Kaveri Shankaramana|