A travel Guide to Coorg
Coorg which is officially known as Kodagu is a coffee producing hill station nestled in the mountains of Karnataka. It is gaining popularity as a luxury holiday destination where you can live in a homestay for a memorable getaway from the monotonous city life. You can choose to stay in for a lazy weekend or visit some of the most popular Coorg tourist attractions like Abbey Falls, Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Raja’s Seat, Madikeri Fort, Dubare Elephant Camp, and many more. You can visit this place with your family or your loved ones and just in case you do, here’s a Coorg tour guide for you.
Places to visit in Coorg
1. Abbey Falls
2. Raja’s Seat
3. Namdroling Monastery
4. Nishani Motte
5. Madikeri Fort
Things to do in Coorg
Coorg tourism offers several activities that you can involve in during your visit to the town and some of them have been mentioned below.
Trek to Tadiandamol Peak
It is the highest peak in Coorg and second-highest in the Karnataka state. It gets its name from the Kannada language and means ‘a big mountain’. Trekking to Tadiandamol Peak is one of the top things to do in Coorg. Located at 5735 ft above sea level, the peak caters to the best view of the neighbouring Shola Forest. The trek begins at the Nalknad Palace which was built in the year 1792 by Dodda Vira Rajendra. The trek itself is scenic in every sense but if you want the complete experience, you should camp at the summit for the best sunrise and sunset views.
Barapole River Rafting
Coorg offers river rafting to its visitors in Barapole. It is one of the most popular Coorg attractions. There are different rapids for different experiences that are named after the difficulty levels such as Morning Coffee, Grasshopper, Wicked Witch and the Big Bang. If you want to explore your adventurous side, then you should add this place to your Coorg travel guide.
Yes, this is a very popular thing offered by Coorg tourism. Dubare Elephant Camp is a place where the elephants of the Kerala Forest Department enjoy the natural habitat with their fellow mates. You can observe the remarkable elephants and if you wish to, you can even scrub them. If you want to be involved in this activity, make sure to reach the camp before 9 AM as that is when the bathing of the elephant takes place.
One should experience camping in nature at least once in their lifetime. Coorg is one such place that offers this experience. Trek through the forest and plantations, pitch your tent and sleep under the stars, in the serene atmosphere of the hills of Coorg with the aroma of plantations to make one of the most romantic experiences for you and your loved ones. Wake up to a musical performed by the birds and enjoy a local breakfast. Doesn’t it sound like an experience you would love to have?
Visit Iruppu Falls
Iruppu Falls is one of the most stunning waterfalls preserved by the Coorg tourism department. It is one place that you shouldn’t miss out on when you’re in Coorg. The Iruppu Falls is widely known for being the home of a famous Shiva temple. You should add it to your Coorg travel guide where you can indulge in nature’s lush greenery, witness the sparkling white waterfall and enjoy its delightful rustling sound.
Best time to visit Coorg
Coorg is a year-round destination so you can plan a trip whenever you want. It has a moderate climate that makes every season the best season to visit Coorg. Coorg receives heavy rainfall during the monsoons making the roads muddy but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying a lazy weekend getaway in the hill station. However, if you wish to indulge in adventure sports like trekking, then the months between October and March is the best time to visit Coorg.
How to reach Coorg
The town doesn’t have a railway station of its own nor can you take direct flights to Coorg. However, it is connected to several airports and railway stations in the nearby cities so you need not worry about how to reach Coorg.
If you’re a foreign tourist, the nearest International Airport is the one in Mangalore and if you’re a domestic tourist, you can take flights to Mysore or Bangalore Airport. Wherever you land, you can easily get cabs or private buses and reach your hotel in Coorg.
You can take a train to the nearest railway stations of Mysore or Bangalore and then hire a cab or travel by private bus to Coorg. There are numerous hotels as well as homestays in Coorg where you can accommodate during your stay.
The final leg of your trip to Coorg whether you take a flight or train is any way by road but if you like to take road trips and are starting from nearby cities like Ooty, Bangalore or Mysore, then you’ll have a wonderful experience as the journey won’t be tiring and you’ll be able to enjoy the scenic view to Coorg.