A trip to “Coorg – Scotland of India”

It was delightful when we started our day to visit “Coorg – Scotland of India”. A longtime desire to visit the coffee land Coorg otherwise known as Kodagu is fulfilled. Tourism in Coorg is beautiful in almost all seasons. Madikeri, the district headquarters located 100kms from Mysore is 3 hours drive. Coorg, being an hill station attract many tourists from leisure to adventure and it has something to offer for all ages. Let us see the places to visit in Coorg in this blog post.

Namdroling Monastery

We departed from Mysore early in the morning to Coorg. First of all, we visited the Namdroling Monastery situated in  Bylakuppe . Bliss! Happened to see large Buddha statues for the first time. Lot of monks were in the premises. Small kids were happy roaming around the temple. Serene place maintained neatly. It is the largest teaching centre for Tibetan Buddhism in the world.

Namdroling Monastry

Namdroling Monastry at Bylakuppe

Dubare Elephant Camp

After having our lunch we left Bylakuppe and we travelled to Dubare elephant camp only to know that it was closed for some reasons. Dubare elephant camp  is a rejuvenation camp for the elephants. To reach the camp, you will need to board a boat to cross the river. When it is open, you can see the giants closer and can have the opportunity to  feed and bath elephants. You can also see the baby elephants bathing in the river. This camp is maintained by the Karnataka Forest department. There is an entry fees to visit this camp.

Dubare

Dubare Elephant Camp

 

Luckily there were rafting boats nearby. Immediately we hired it. The activity took about an hour for one rafting session in the River Cauvery. We enjoyed the rafting. The rafting guide stopped the raft in the middle and we took photos near the rocks. Then we came back to the banks rafting. Since we went in the winter season, the water flow was low. The best time to do the rafting is during monsoon (June – September) when the water flow is high. Then, we headed to Madikeri.

Madikeri

Madikeri is the district headquarters of Coorg. On reaching Madikeri, we checked-in at the hotel. In the evening, we visited the Madikeri Fort. It was an old fort built in the 17th century built by Mudduraja which is now maintained by the Government of Karnataka. A picturesque location, which houses a museum as well. Later, we visited Raja’s seat, the sunset point in Madikeri. Raja’s seat is an important tourist attraction in Madikeri.  A toy train is operated in the garden for children. Erstwhile kings of Kodagu spent their evenings here watching the setting sun. This is surrounded by high-rise mountains, valley and mist. Now, this place is maintained well with a garden. The sunset point is well built in large space with proper safety infrastructure for the tourists to enjoy the evening beauty. The sunset point overlooks a deep valley and during winter it will be covered with mist.

Places to visit in Coorg

Some of the other important places to visit in Coorg are below.

  • Abbey Falls
  • Tala Cauvery
  • Nisargadhamma
  • Omkareshwar temple
  • Bhagamandala
  • Iruppu waterfalls
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • Birdwatching
  • Trekking / Hiking
  • Camping / Tent
  • Adventure activities
  • Plantation walks
  • Cycling tours in the countryside
  • Jeep safari in Nagarhole National Park

Tala Cauvery is a must visit place which is the origin of river Cauvery, which flows south and east through Karnataka and TamilNadu. River Cauvery is the important source for irrigation, hydro-electric power and drinking water. The water flow is high during monsoon season. Best time to visit Nagarhole National Park is October – May. Jungle safari is operated in this park and you can book it through travel agent or the staying hotel. Coorg provides a lot of opportunities for camping and adventure tourists with adventure parks and clubs offering bundle of activities to keep engaged.

Accommodation in Coorg

All type of accommodations are available in Coorg from Dorms to luxury resorts. Some of the suggested accommodations are below.

Budget category

  • Hotel Madikeri Heritage
  • Misty Woods
  • La Flora Prakruth Resort

Deluxe category

  • Heritage resort
  • Ambatty Greens Resort
  • Club Mahindra Madikeri

Luxury category

  • The Tamara Coog
  • Vivanta by Taj Madikeri
  • The Windflower Resorts

In addition to the hotels and resorts, Coorg is famous for its home-stays.  Rather than to stay in hotels, prefer to stay in home-stays for an experience. There are many government certified home-stays which are equivalent to hotel. They offer limited number of rooms and services, but still give a different experience where you can’t get anywhere else. Some home-stays are located amidst the plantations,the experience which the hotels cant give. Some of the famous home-stays are Noting Hill, Victorian Verandaz etc. Jungle Lodges Resorts operate a resort “Dubare Elephant Camp” in Dubare which offers wildlife safari, bird watching and trekking with accommodation.

Food Joints

As far as food joints concerned, there are certain restaurants in the market area in Madikeri. Some are Coorg Cuisine, Raintree Restaurants, Hotel Popular Guruprasad. Since most of the hotels operate out of the town limits, they provide all-meals plan (breakfast, lunch & dinner) as the restaurants are limited in those areas. Hence, plan your meals well ahead. While in Coorg, do not miss to taste the Kodagu cuisine.

Connectivity

Coorg is well connected to other cities. Mysore is the nearest railway station at 120kms from Madikeri. Several buses are operated from Mysore. The nearest airport is Mangalore airport 145kms from Madikeri.

Climate

Coorg experiences 3 climatic seasons – Summer, Monsoon and Winter. Summer season prevails from March to May while Monsoon season starts from June through September. Coorg gets maximum rainfall during South-West monsoon. Avoid monsoon season if you are not a fan of rains as there will be traffic congestion and roads will be damaged in many places. Winter sets in around October mid and spans till February.  Occasionally, there may be some rains. December and January will the coldest month of the year. The average temperature in Coorg is around 10°C during winters and 30°C during summers.

So, pack your bags and start your travel for the upcoming season.

Happy travelling 🙂

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