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Coorg or Kodaku, Scotland of INDIA

Kodagu is a district of Karnataka State in Southern India. It is also known by its anglicised name of Coorg. 252 kms from Bangalore and 1525 m above sea level lies Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu. Coorg or Kodagu (originally called Kodaimalenadu) means 'dense forest on steep hill'.

A land of chivalry and pride, a life of solitary splendour, rich food and spices is in short termed Coorg. Smell the coffee, taste the oranges, flavour with cardamom and savor the honey. Popularly termed as the Scotland of India.

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Kodagu is on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats. It is hilly district with the highest peak, Tadiandamol and Pushpagiri, the second highest. The main river in Kodagu is the Kaveri (Cauvery) River.

It is said about the Coorgs (or Kodavas as they are locally known) “They are easier to love than to like.” One of the most hospitable people in India, the doors of their homes are always open to guests.

The Coorgs today are Hindus. They are a martial race and belong to the Kshatriya community. The Kodavas follow Hinduism but are more liberal and independent than any other Hindu sect in customs relating to marriage, divorce, remarriage, festivals, worship, ceremonies, dialect and also dress. They are probably the only Indian community that does not observe the dowry system. Child marriages too are unheard of.

Kodagu is a rural region with most of the economy based on agriculture, plantations and forestry, and is one of the more prosperous parts of Karnataka. This is due primarily to coffee production and other plantation crops. Rice and other crops are cultivated in the valleys. Coffee plantations became characteristic of the district in the 20th century, situated on hillsides too steep for growing rice, and taking advantage of shade from existing forests. Today coffee is a major cash crop. In recent years tourism has also begun to play a role in the economy. Eco-tourism, such as walking- and trekking-tours, take advantage of plantation buildings converted into guest-houses.











Tourist attractions:

Talakaveri: the place where the River Kaveri originates. The temple on the riverbanks here is dedicated to lord Brahma, and is one of only two temples dedicated to Brahma in India and Southeast Asia.

Nisargadhama: A beautiful island and picnic spot near Kushalanagara, formed by the river Kaveri.

Iruppu Falls: A sacred spot in south Kodagu in the Brahmagiri hill range. The [Lakshmana Tirtha River] flows nearby. Legend says that Rama and Lakshmana passed this way while searching for Sita. Sri Rama asked Lakshmana to fetch some drinking water for him. Lakshmana shot an arrow into the Brahmagiri hills and brought into being the river Lakshmanatirtha. The river descends into a cataract known as the Iruppu Falls. This place is said to possess the power to cleanse one's sins and is visited by thousands of devotees on Shivaratri day.

Abbey Falls: a scenic waterfall 5 km from Madikeri.

Dubare: mainly an elephant-capturing and training camp of the Forest Department at the edge of Dubare forest; on the bank of the river Kaveri along the Kushalanagara - Siddapur road.

Nagarahole: a national park and wildlife resort.

Bhagamandala: situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Kaveri and the Kanika. A third river, the Sujyothi, is said to join from underground.

But the best thing to do is to experience the real coorg, their unique cuisine and their culture is by far the biggest attraction and to stay there at a home stay, you will find many established homestays like Sparkle, Irpu home stay, south side, etc.

Horticultural station Chettalli, a spot for the visitors and see plenty of verities of fruit and flowers and can be future spot for nature tourism

Coffee Research sub station Chettalli place of Research of coffee, soil, coffee diseases etc.is also a place for the visitors to know more about coffee.


COORG, an incomparable scenic beauty, lush green valleys, coffee plantations, teak wood forests & majestic mountain ranges. Add to that a strong, brave martial race of Coorg's (Kodavas) that reveres tradition, has a distinct culture and lives life to its fullest.

One trip to Coorg (Kodagu) and it’ll haunt you for the rest of your life. You might leave Coorg, but Coorg will never leave you.

Coorg is like the dreamland of the philosopher. If you’re the type who likes to mingle with nature, romance in the mountains, feel the tingle of the cool and gentle breeze, watch leaves flutter in dance-like movements and hear sounds of birds fill the air, then Coorg is just the place for you.!

 
Keep these in your mind:

Here the climate is pleasant all year round. Monsoon is from June to September. Best Time To Visit is April to November.
For stay addresses of some hotels are given below.
1.Hotel Coorg International,
Convent Road,
Madikeri - 571201.
2. Hotel Crystal Court
3. BB Estate Homestay
4. Swarga Resorts
25 Kms from Sakleshpur ,Coffee Planter, Kumbarahalli Estate Post, Via Yeslur,
Hassan District - 573 137
Road map of Coorg:
Road map of the district.

6 comments :

Rakesh said...

I like your theme of blog. it's nice, And your post also great on coorg. i know about coorg, that's very beautiful hill station. i can suggest you about sight seeing details in this link Coorg Tourism

unnikkuttan said...

i hav a collection of coorgU pictures... can i send it to you?

unnikkuttan said...

i hav a collection of coorgU photos..
can i send it to u?

PVS Nambiar said...

First of all, thanx for ur comment Unnikkuttan. Anyway, I'm expecting those Coorg snaps, and i'll surely publish those snaps in this blog...! please send those photos...!

Yaseen Abbas said...

You capture nice spots of nature. thanks for sharing.
trekking

zoey moggard said...

Coorg is a beautiful place and awesome tourist destination in Karnaka. It has got hills and mountains, water falls, coffee plantations and many other. After coffee estates and misty hills if you think what comes to your mind are the 100’s of Homestay in Coorg, Resorts and Coorg Hotels options that are fast becoming the new Signature of Coorg Tourism.

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