Nestling in the western ghats of southwestern Karnataka is this beautiful hill station called Kodagu. Apparently known as Coorg, this hill station has a tropical monsoon climate.
For its outstanding beauty and scenery, it is often called ‘Scotland of India’.
With historical stories, luxury, and delicious food it is worth a visit at least once. No matter what you crave for, be it relaxing vacation or an adventurous trek, Coorg has all it covered!
Planning To Get To Coorg? Here’s How To Reach Coorg
Mangalore Airport is the nearest airport to Coorg. It is about 164 km from Coorg.
Mysore Railway station is the closest railway station to Coorg. It is 95 km away and has good connectivity and trains from all over India.
Mangalore, Mysore, and Bengaluru have daily bus (KSRTC deluxe buses) services going to and from Coorg.
Also if you want to self-drive, it is a four and half hour journey from Bangaluru.
Bengaluru To Coorg
The distance between Bengaluru to Coorg is 264 km.
It can be covered either by road or by train. For the latter option i.e. the train one must reach the nearest railway station Mysore. Coorg doesn’t have its own railway station.
Mysore is about 100 km from Coorg and this distance can be covered by taking a cab, taxi, or bus.
To reach Coorg by road is more convenient and the journey takes no more than 6 hours. You can choose to do it through cab operators, such as Ola, Meru, or Taxi for sure via their outstation services.
Apart from these, there are local cab operators, some famous ones being Bharat International Travels, Akbar travels KSTDC, etc.
Travelling by road can be a pleasant experience as it is a well-maintained road and surrounded by beautiful scenery.
How To Explore Coorg?
The best way to explore Coorg is on foot. It gives a memorable experience. Although if you are short on time or don’t prefer walking, you can hire a taxi. Hiring a Taxi or driving is always a good idea.
5 Best Places To Visit In Coorg:
1.Abbi Falls, Coorg
Even if you have the slightest idea of Coorg, you have already heard about the Abbi Falls.
The smashing streams rolling down the western ghats and falling in the Cauvery river is a treat to eyes and mind.
This is an island formed by the river Cauvery and is a perfect blend of nature. If you wish to experience nature at it’s best this is the place with lush green trees and freely roaming deers and peacocks.
It also has an orchidarium worth visiting.
This is a beautiful hill station and the headquarters of Coorg. If you are looking for a romantic getaway amidst nature this is it. Apart from the lovely nature Madikeri also offers a variety of adventure sports. It is a paradise for coffee lovers.
King Lingarajendra constructed this magnificent site as a tribute to Lord Shiva in the early 1800s. Surrounded by water, there are aspects reminiscent of both Muslim and Gothic influences in its architecture.
5.Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
This is one of the 21 wildlife sanctuaries of India. It offers a home to a variety of birds. The sanctuary also houses Kadamakkal, one of the highest peaks here and a proposed UNESCO World Heritage site.
5 Must-Do Things In Coorg:
1. Take strolls in coffee and spice plantations
Coorg is one of the lead producers of coffee in India. It is famous for its spices and coffee plantations which are open for tourists.
You can spend some time here and take this fresh produce as souvenirs.
2. Trek and adventurous activities
Brahmagiri, Pushpagiri, and Tadiyendamol are the mountains around Coorg that are perfect for day treks. Challenging forest trails and meandering lanes will leave you refreshed.
Besides trekking, you can also choose to do rafting, Microlight flying, and paragliding. White river rafting can be done at the Barapole river. Microlight flying can be done from Ponnampet.
Ziplining is available from Madikeri to Kushalnagar. In fact, there’s no dull moment in Coorg, if you are up for adventures.
3. Visit a spa
Do try the traditional spa massages at Madikeri. Take time off to refresh and rejuvenate.
Shop at the local markets here. Coffee, spices, chocolates, and honey are the must-buys!
5. Eat the local cuisine
The local food called Kodava cuisine is a must-try. A combination of sizzling spices and delicious flavours will be a treat for sure.
Don’t forget to try dishes like Baimbale Curry made with Bamboo Shoots, Kumm Curry with wild mushrooms and Chekke curry with unripe jackfruit, and many more.
Best Time To Plan Your Trip To Coorg
All around the year, Coorg offers mesmerizing beauty and ravishing experiences. However, the period from October to March attracts the most tourists and is considered the best.
Many adventure activities are also available during this season. Coorg experiences very heavy monsoons and hence it is generally not advisable to visit then.
Frequently Asked Questions About Coorg
- What should one carry for the trip?
If you are going to undertake treks or adventurous activities sports shoes are a must. Apart from that, it is advised to pack light.
Carry cotton clothes and also a jacket in case it gets chilly. Carry your medical kits, umbrella, torch, etc with you.
- Which language is spoken by the localities?
The local language is called Kodava. Although people have good command over English and Kannada. Many people also speak Malayalam and Urdu.
Language won’t be a barrier to this trip.
- What is the ideal duration of the Coorg trip?
It depends on many factors like how long are you willing to take time out for this trip, your time if visit, and the places you desire to cover.
There is no hard and fast rule to the time, it depends on your availability and situations.
- Is Coorg good for honeymoon?
Yes. Many couples come here to spend quality time with each other amidst nature. It is a romantic and relaxing place.
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