Coorg is a picturesque hill station located in the state of Karnataka. Known as the Scotland of India, this beautiful locale is dotted with misty mountains, cascading waterfalls and coffee plantations. Coorg also has the privilege of receiving the highest rainfall in the country. The scenic beauty of the place entails many activities which can be undertaken by a traveler.
Things To Do in Coorg
12. Bathe Elephants
All the animal lovers out there, listen well. You can actually help bathe Elephants here at Coorg. The Dubare Elephant Camp allows you to help the caretakers there take care of the elephants. This includes bathing them, feeding them and you can also go on a ride! Head there now using Paytm Bus Promo codes and save on your trip to Coorg.
Location: Kushalnagar, Coorg District, Nanjarayapatna
11. Go Fishing!
Fishing can be a leisure activity for some travellers. Coorg has some fishing camps organised on the banks of the river Kaveri. Valnur, a Coorg hamlet is well known for hosting such fishing camps.
10. Bird Watching & Nature Walks at Spice & Coffee Plantations
Coorg or Kodagu is almost synonymous with coffee plantations. One can simply take a walk through these coffee estates and revel in the stimulating aroma of coffee by availing a homestay at one of these coffee plantations. Also, the pungent aroma of cardamom and black pepper strikes you during a spice garden trail. The spice as well as coffee estates attract many rare and exotic species of birds which is a bird watcher’s delight.
9. Explore the Biodiversity with Wildlife Sanctuaries
The many wildlife sanctuaries in Coorg are a treat to wild life enthusiasts. Biodiversity in the form of diverse flora and fauna can be found in the many wildlife reserves of Coorg district. ‘Nagarhole National Park’, ‘Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary’ and the ‘Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary’ are some of the popular reserves visited by travellers. Varied species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and crawlers can be seen at these sanctuaries.
Coorg is considered as a trekker’s paradise. Adventure enthusiasts can explore their wild side by going on trek trails and scaling peaks such as the Tadiandamol peak, the highest point in Coorg. You can also explore the Kumara Parvatha Trek, Kopatty trek, trekking and camping in Madikeri as well as trekking in Brahmagiri and savour the greenery of the forests and the gurgling sounds of adjoining streams and rivers. Other related adventure activities such as rappelling, zip lining and quad biking and hiking can also be enjoyed for an added thrill.
7. Go on a Spiritual Sojourn
Coorg’s landscape is dotted with many holy and spiritual places. Most of these holy sites are nestled in the lap of nature and surrounded by lush greenery of the hilly area.
Visit Talacauvery, Omkareshwara Temple, Bhagamandala and Golden Temple (Namdroling Monastery) to experience peace and tranquillity.
6. Visit Architectural Marvels
Besides the varied picturesque temples, there are many historical sites which take a traveller back to the regal era of the Kodagu clan.
Visit ‘Gaddige Raja’s Tomb’, ‘Nalakunad Palace’ and the ‘Madikeri Fort’.
5. Water Sports Activities
Those looking for some adrenaline rush should try out the white river rafting in the Barapole river. Also Kayaking and canoeing can also be enjoyed in Coorg’s waterbodies.
4. Indulge and Rejuvenate with Ayurveda Treatments
You can head out for a spa and reenergise yourself by indulging in an ayurvedic body massage. These treatments are not only rejuvenating but can also heal many bodily ailments. The ‘Ayurjeevan Ayurveda Hospital’ and ‘Jiva Spa at Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa’ are some well known spa resorts in Coorg.
3. Enjoy a Shopping Spree
There are many markets in Coorg from where you can buy authentic jewellery pieces, souvenirs, spices and coffee. You can purchase the Kodagu jewellery and the very authentic Coorg honey from shops in and around Coorg. Noteworthy among these are the Kushal Nagar market, Friday market and the flea market. Coorg Jeweller shop from where you can buy the most popular serpent shaped Kokkethathi pendant.
2. Savour the Delectable Coorgi Spread
The traditional Kodava cuisine is predominantly a non-vegetarian spread. Traditional delicacies such as the ‘Pandi Curry’ and ‘Kadambuttu’ should not be missed out. There are many restaurants in Madikeri serving delectable local Coorgi delights. ‘Taste of Coorg’, ‘The Fort Mercara’ and ‘Raintree’ are some of the popular restaurants in the Madikeri town.
1. Enjoy the Beauty of Cascading Waterfalls
Coorg is blessed with abundant natural beauty. The many streams and waterfalls in and around Coorg add to the grandeur of the place. Many of these falls are nestled in the verdant greenery of dense forests. The most noteworthy is the ‘Abbey Falls’ which is a must visit place in Coorg. There are other falls such as ‘Burude Falls’, ‘Iruppu Falls’ etc which offer a mesmerising experience to the traveller.
Where to Stay in Coorg
Taj Madikeri Resort & Spa, Coorg| Lotus The Cottages | Heritage Resort, Coorg| Club Mahindra, Madikeri
How to Reach Coorg
Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore (286 km away)
Nearest Railway Station:
Mysore (120 km away)
Nearest Bus Stop:
You can travel by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses which ply regularly on important routes. Travelling by private company buses and taxis is another option which you can avail.
The Most Fun Way to Travel
You can travel by car from Bangalore to Coorg. You can enjoy the streams and waterfalls along the way and enjoy the lush greenery on the way.
You can also use this Uber Promo Code to save money when you book a cab.
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