Coorg, officially known as Kodagu is one of the popular hill stations with an attitude of 1525 M on the Western Ghats in Karnataka. Coorg is the largest producer of Coffee in India. Coorg is termed as the ‘Scotland Of India’ and the ‘Kashmir of Karnataka’.Madikeri or Mercara is the capital of Coorg district of Karnataka. The population of Coorg comprises a tribal community like Kodava, Tulu, Gowda, Buntas and Kudiyas. Among them, Kodava has major population.
This place is famous for its evergreen forests, lush green valleys, coffee plantations, tea gardens, and orange groves. Interestingly, This place provides Homemade Wines. It is the right place to chill in the summer. Tourists can enjoy this place along with friends and families.
Coorg is also famous for trekking and it attracts travelers from all over the world. It has pleasant weather throughout the year. It is a must-visit place for nature lovers.
Best Places To Visit In Coorg :
Abbey Falls :
Abbey Falls or Abbi Falls is one of the most attractive waterfalls with a height of 70 feet situated in Coorg. The waterfall is situated between private Coffee Plantations and Spice Estates. The flow of water joins Kaveri River or Cauvery as one of its tributaries.
This waterfall is surrounded by lush greenery and attracts thousands of tourists throughout the year. There is an overbridge which hangs opposite to the waterfalls. The sound of Abbey Falls can be heard from the main road during the rainy season.
It is possible for trekking through the greenery can leave you with a refreshed mind. The trek is very short between 15 – 20 minutes. There is the temple of Goddess Kali situated near the bridge. The best time to visit in July to October. Swimming or Bathing is prohibited in the falls.
Raja’s Seat :
Raja’s Seat or Seat Of The Kings is one of the important sites located in Madikeri in the district of Coorg.Its a garden with beautiful seasonal flowers and musical fountains. There is small pavilion with four pillars and bridged by arches.
In this place, The Kodagu Kings spend time with their queens in the garden. The spot offers a panoramic view of the surroundings consisting of green valleys, towering hills and paddy fields. Even this place is beautiful during sunrise and sunset.
Early mornings and evenings are the best time to visit to watch the sunrise during the morning and sunset during the evening give a different experience. There is also a toy train available for adults and children were its take around the park to enjoy the views.
Omkareshwara Temple :
Omkareshwara Temple is an ancient temple was built in 1820 by King Lingarajendra situated in Madikeri. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple structure demonstrates a blend of Islamic and Gothic Style of architecture. Inside the temple, the Shivalinga is brought from Kashi. So that shivalinga was named as Omkareshwara.
There is a large central dome in the temple which displaying like dargahs and mosques. Moreover, the temple has a water tank with mantapa in the center. The tank has large numbers of fishes can be seen and visitors love to take photographs.
You will find the history of the temple at the entrance of the door which is on a copper plate. Every year visitors are increasing and Mahashivaratri is major festival.
Bhagamandala is a pilgrimage for the Hindus located in the foothills of Talacauvery. It is also known as ‘Triveni Sangam’ which means three rivers named as The Kaveri, The kannike and The Sujyoti. Among them, Sujyoti river flows underground until it meets the Sangam.
Bhagamandala becomes famous where tourists and travelers comes all over the world. During the Tula Sankramana, most of the pilgrims take a dip at the Bhagamandala.
There is a famous temple near to Triveni Sangam names as Sri Bhagandeshwara Temple which has idols of Lord Shiva, Subramanya, Mahavishnu, and Ganapati. Even this place is known as Bhagandeshwara Kshetra. During festivals, thousands of oil lamps were lit in the temple.
Namdroling Monastery :
Namdroling Monastery is a beautiful Buddhist Monastery and largest teaching center of the school of Tibetan Buddhism known as Nyingmapa which is located in Bylakuppe of Coorg. It is also known as Golden Temple which was built in 1963 by Drubwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche. This place spread over an area of 80 Sq Ft is carved out from bamboo. There are about 5000 Sangha Community Members in educational institutions and hospitals to take care of poor.
The Golden Temple has a fascinating framework with three gilded images of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Sakyamuni, and Buddha Amityas. The prayer drums, prayer wheels, and the doors are full of decoration. You will observe 40 feet tall idols inside the temple.
This place is calm and surrounded by its landscaped gardens. The town is celebrating the festival every year named as Tibetan New Year falls in the month of February or March as per the lunar calendar. This festival over a period of fifteen days at this time they perform lama dance known as Losar Cham. Moreover, you will find shops to buy statues and food stalls like noodles, eggs, breakfast, and tea.
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary :
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is a Bird Sanctuary and Home to many rare species of birds located in Somwarpet taluk of the Coorg district.The Wildlife sanctuary covered an area of 102 sq Km and has been proposed as one of the World Heritage Sites.
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is connected with the Bisle Reserve Forest from one side and the Kukke Subramanya Forest on other side. Kadamakkal Reserve Forest is also part of the wildlife sanctuary. Almost more than 75% of the sanctuary covered with dense forest.
This sanctuary is most prominent areas for birds and animals which include Indian Hare, Giant Flying Squirrel, Spotted Deer, Wild Dog, and Striped Mongoose. You will find dangerous birds like Wood-Pigeon, Flycatcher, Small Sunbird, and Grey Hornbill. Some of the reptiles like Rock Python, King Kobra, and Rat Snake.
Iruppu Falls :
Iruppu Falls is a cascading waterfall that flows down the Bramhagiri Hills situated in Coorg District of South Karnataka. This falls also known as Lakshmana Tirtha Falls as its originates as the tributary of Cauvery River. The waterfalls dropping from a height of 170 feet passes several stages.
Iruppu Falls is a part of the Bramhagiri Forest range. The famous Rameshwara Temple is close to this falls. According to History, Lord Rama and Lord Lakshmana passed along the Bramhagiri Forest Range in search of Sita. Lord Rama asked his brother to bring some water to drinks but Lord Lakshmana did not find water place immediately Lord Lakshmana Shot an arrow at the hills and brought Lakshmana Tirtha River.
This fall becomes a picnic spot for friends and family. Even this falls is a perfect place for trekking and enjoy nature. During on Shivaratri Festival, thousands of devotees visited here. Tourists never forget this memorable experience.