Coorg is an inspiration for holiday plans steeped in tranquillity. Take a trip to this cloud-wrapped district situated in southwestern Karnataka at an average elevation of 3000 feet above sea level. Coorg’s official name Kodagu comes for ‘Kodimale Nad’, meaning steep hills of dense forests. Its enviable setting in the crescent shaped mountain folds of the Western Ghats makes it a prominent tourist destination. It is spread across a length of 60 miles and the breadth of 40 miles. The splendour of mountains rising suddenly from the plains gives Coorg a unique feature. Some of its highest hills are Tadiandamol (5,729 feet) and Pushpagiri (5,626 feet). Coorg is also called the ‘Scotland of India’.
You can stay at Madikeri and make day-trips for your sightseeing. Nature’s finest is waiting for you at these places to visit in Coorg.
In Coorg tourist places are not confined to major attractions only. Run along the pulse of Coorg as you explore its misty hills, spiritual landmarks, roaring rivers and the fascinating wildlife. Book your SOTC’s Coorg tour packages and Karnataka tour packages today!
A refreshing delight just 7 km away from Madhikeri Town. Catch the spritz of cascading waters of Abbey Falls as you stand at the viewing gallery of the bridge. There is no point opening an umbrella, the winds will fly away with it. This 70-foot waterfall and its gurgling pool is one of the most famous places to visit in Coorg.
Call of the wild comes from a small island in Kushalnagar, by the river Cauvery. In Coorg tourist places have a unique way of welcoming you. A boat will take you to this enchanting Elephant Training Camp 35 km south of Madikeri. You can feed and help bathe the elephants if you reach early in the morning. Enjoy the jeep safaris, fishing, rafting, cottage night stays, elephant rides and trek trails with a trained naturalist. The camp houses over 150 retired elephants for the Karnataka Forest Department. Interesting stories and anecdotes of their history, ecology and biology await you.
Open: 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry: Boat fee + Feed fee + Elephant ride fee INR 100/-
Your spiritual self will find an instant connect at this serene monastery at Bylakuppe, 35 km from Madikeri. His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche established it in 1963 after his exile from Tibet in 1959. It houses over 5000 monks and nuns, dedicated to Buddhist teachings of the Palyul lineage. Monastery’s magnificent Golden Temple is one of the must visit places in Coorg.
Nisargdhama is a 64-acre forested island formed by the river Cauvery, 3 km from Kushalnagar on the Mysuru-Madikeri state highway. The quiet of this botanical wonderland is teeming with wildlife, nature lovers and picnickers alike. Children would love to interact with deer and rabbits at the Deer Park. In Coorg tourist places have ample parking. You can take your vehicle close to the entrance. Raise the adventure quotient with a thrilling zip line experience. And add to that a bottle of Banana wine from the souvenir shops, as you leave.
Open: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry fee: INR 10 per adult and INR 5 child
Coorg is synonymous with coffee. Expanses of lush green coffee estates can be seen all along the highway reaching Madikeri. You can plan a short stopover or experience the quintessential plantation homestay. Wondrous charm of your surroundings will take your breath away. The estates offer guided tours of the complete coffee-making process – from handpicking the berries to the refined aroma of freshly packed blends.
Talacauvery is considered to be the sacred origin of Cauvery River situated in Brahmagiri hills. The udgam, at an elevation of 4186 feet, has a temple and a pond where you can take a dip. Carrying an extra set of clothes would be a good idea. A dedicated 43-km drive from Madikeri to Talcauvery and a climb of 250 stairs may seem like a challenge at first, but they are absolutely worth the breath-taking experience. The 360° view from the summit is surreal beyond words.
Madikeri is the district headquarters of Coorg. This tropical highland is dotted with architectural gems that have stood the test of time. Coffee estates near Madikeri are one of the best places to visit in Coorg if you are looking for unmatched homestay experiences. The sunset views are celestial as the horizon extends all the way up to Kerala. Madikeri is also the gateway to Nagarhole National Park and Tiger reserve.
Must see: Raja’s Seat viewpoint, Omkareshwar temple, Madikeri Fort
Must try: Coorg cuisine, dine in the rainforest, golf at the 18-hole course
Everywhere you look, you can soak in winding vistas of green. Of all the scenic places to go to in Coorg, Tadiandamol Peak is a star attraction, with the highest viewpoint at 5735 feet above sea level. A canopy of clouds and shola forests all around make trekking in this area something to look forward to.