Coorg – the Scotland of South India
Coorg is one of the tourist favorite hill stations in South India. Coorg, also known as Kodagu district, is fondly called the ‘Scotland of South India’. It is one of the perfect weekend getaways from Bangalore for all those Nature lovers and the ones who are looking for a thrilling bike ride. Imagine riding through the dwindling hilly roads with a number of picturesque spots on your way. Coorg is famous for coffee plantations and is the leading producer of coffee in the country.
Best time to Visit Coorg:
Best time to Visit Coorg:
The summers in Coorg are pleasant with an average of 25 degrees Celsius, while the temperature in winter could drop as low as 10 degrees Celsius. Coorg receives average to heavy rainfall during the monsoons and can be the reason for roadblocks, hence it’s better to avoid monsoon if you are not an avid fan of rains (read heavy rains!!) For a relaxing trip, it is ideal to visit Coorg from September to June.
Visit duration: It is preferable to plan for a two days trip to Coorg/Madikeri, where you will comfortably be able to cover a handful of places.
How to reach Coorg from Bangalore?
- By car: Coorg is at a distance of 265 kms from Bangalore, and hence it takes 5 to 6 hours approximately to reach by car.
- By bus: There are direct routes available from Bangalore to Coorg, and this takes around 9 hours to reach. Daily buses both private and government ply between Bangalore and Coorg. Take a night bus and you will reach Madikeri, the main town of Coorg by 5 or 6 AM in the morning easily.
- By train: There are no direct trains available from Bangalore. The nearest train station is Mysore, which has a lot of passengers coming from Bangalore daily. You will have to take the local bus service or a taxi to reach Coorg. It is at a distance of 118 kms from Mysore, and it takes 2 to 3 hours to reach Coorg.
Distance from Bangalore: 260-270 kms
Places to See in Coorg:
- Madikeri fort, initially built by Muddu Raja in the 17th century, by mud, was rebuilt in granite by Tipu Sultan. It now displays the rich collection of artifacts and weapons used during his reign.
- Abbey falls, where the water flows from a height of 70 feet and is surrounded by lush greenery. This place is immersed in the rich aroma of coffee and spices from the plantations nearby and makes the whole area feel magical.
- Talacauvery is the origin place of the River Cauvery. This is considered a sacred place and is a significant tourist attraction. It is located at 1,276 meters above sea level, on the Brahmagiri hill.
- Namdroling Monastery or the Golden temple is a place of learning for the Tibetian Buddhists. They have colorful, massive tower structures and paintings that depict the various moments from Buddha’s life and the Buddhist culture.
- One of the best-known wildlife reserves in India, Nagarhole National Park, houses a variety of wildlife and vegetation.
- Irupu falls – One of the most popular waterfalls to visit in South Coorg, which is also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. The falls lie in the Brahma Giri range and one needs to cover a forest trail to reach the main viewpoint.
- Mandalpatti or mugilpete, a beautiful viewpoint located around 25-30 kms from the main town of Madikeri. It is a popular trekking spot, however, bike enthusiasts consider riding atop the hill on their two-wheelers. Additionally, one can opt for a jeep ride as well.
- Dubare elephant camp, situated at the banks of river Kaveri, is one of the most popular places to visit in Coorg. There are plenty of activities one can indulge in this elephant training camp.
Things to Do in Coorg:
- Watching the mesmerizing sunrise and sunset from Raja’s seat. It is filled with beautiful flowers, bushes, and artificial fountains, which tourists rejoice.
- Do not miss the famous white river rafting in the Barapole river. As you raft through the speedy, frosty waters, do enjoy the exquisite landscapes around.
- If you are planning on a two-day trip from Bangalore to Coorg and wanted to make it adventurous, prepare on trekking to the Tadiandamol peak, for a challenging trek journey but an unparalleled, breathtaking view from the hilltop.
- Jungle safari at the Nagarhole national park is surely not to miss. It is a treat for all the nature lovers who love wildlife photography.
Places to stay at Coorg: