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INFORMATION ABOUT COORG

Noted for its scenic beauty, Coorg is a beautiful hill resort in Karnataka. If you are looking for a picture post card hill resort that is enveloped in mist as you open your eyes in the morning, Coorg is the place to be in. Dotted with lush coffee plantations and sandal wood trees, Coorg offers a perfect blend of sight and smell. Coorg is also referred at Kodagu.

COORG HISTORY

the region was ruled by Lingayat and Kodavas. In 1785, Tipu Sultan reined the region. Later Coorg came under the British.

COORG TOURISM

    The Places of Interest and Sight Seeing

  • Coorg has a number of beautiful villages that present a picture post card look. There are a number of picnic spots in Coorg that include the beautiful Abbey Falls. Most of the wonderful places are located near Madikeri, the district headquarter, which is located at an altitude of over 5,000 feet above sea level. Tadevendamol, the highest peak in the region is best for trekking. The peak offers beautiful view of the Arabian Sea in the distance. Nagarhole National Park is an ideal place for wildlife enthusiasts.


  • Vidhaan Soudha:The Vidhaan Soudha houses the state legislative assembly of Karnataka and part of the Secretariat. The gleaming white domes, pillars and archways, resemble the architectural pattern of Mysore's old palaces.


  • Tipu's Palace:The entire structure is built of teakwood. This double-storeyed ornate structure was constructed in 1781-1791 AD. This palace is beautifully decorated with floral motifs on the walls and ceilings. The structure is replete with pillars, arches and balconies.


  • Coorg also has few temples that one can visit. Located on the confluence of the Cauvery and Sujyothi, the Bagamandala Temple is built in traditional Kerala style. The Omkareshwara Temple dedicated to lord Shiva is another beautiful temple that you can visit. The temple is about 200 years old.


  • Raja's Seat, at a short distance from the center of the town is wonderful spot that presents panoramic view of the area. It is believed that kings of Kodagu used to come here to see the sunset.


  • Abbi Falls :Only 7 kilometers from Madikeri town is the Abbi Falls. The narrow and steep road to Abbi squirms though the dense flora of surrounding coffee plantations. Located on private property, a narrow pathway leads to the waterfall. Splashing hard against the huge boulders of rock, unmindful of the crevices and hollows, the water drops at enormous speed accompanied by gushing sounds. A feast for eyes, this white veil of water descends into a flowing stream to unite to the River Cauvery.


  • Irpu Falls :If you are sportiest, it is a great place to begin. You could start from behind the Rameshwarna temple, and relax at a refreshing pond halfway up the falls. Then, if you are some strange sort of enthusiastic trekker and have some spare RBC (the leeches demand that), carry on to the top. Direct buses leave Madikeri every couple of hours. You could also catch a bus from Gonikoppal. There are more of those from there.


  • Bhagamandala :At the unification of the rivers Cauvery, Sujyothi and Kanike, the Bhangandeshwara temple here has a unique Keralite touch. Due to these three rivers, it is also called Triveni Sangama.


  • TalaCauvery :Every year on October 17, in Tulasankranama, thousands of devotees come here to take a dip and pray. For this is Telecauvery (meaning Head of the Cauvery), the origin of one of the seven sacred rivers.


  • Kakkabe :The largest producer of honey in South- East Asia, mostly come here for the Padi Igutappa temple. It is Coorg's most renowned temple and the presiding deity of the Puthari Festival.


  • Madikeri :Popularly known as the Scotland of India, the capital of Coorg was previously called Mercara. Madikeri is also world record holder for the Cardamom crop.


  • Cauvery Nisargadhama :If you want to be with your beloved to enjoy the nature's beauty, it is great place to be. This 2.5 sq. km. large island in the middle of the River Cauvery, is an ideal destination.


  • Omkareshwara Temple :The temple was built in 1820 by King Lingarajendra. With a dome in the middle of a square lake and minarets at each corner, the design of the temple is an amalgamation of catholic Keralite, Gothic and Islamic architectural styles.


  • Nagarhole National Park :Despite the fact that the name literally means Snake River in Kannada, there aren't too many snakes around. Nagarahole is one of the best game sanctuaries in Southern India, providing natural living conditions to several wild animals like elephants, tigers, panthers, rhinos and wild elephants, but one is more likely to see smaller game like gaur, deer, wild dogs and langur. Since its difficult to reach, it makes the place quieter than other parks.


  • Somwarpet :If you want to make an early start, a drive to Somwarpet is ideal. This 42-kilometer, one-and-half hour drive will be a great way to start your day. This is the coffee hub of Coorg. You will pass through some of the finest coffee estates you will ever get glimpse of. Gigantic trees reaching up to the sky, cast shade to the coffee plants. Mingled with cardamom and pepper as well. Somwarpet's other claim to fame is the Basappa Club. Like the cold stonewalls of taverns where sailors and ship mates would gather to make merry, drink, talk and pick up some gossip, the Basappa Club is often visited by the medium and small coffee planters, who meet here to unwind.


  • Little Tibet :Little Tibet is bustling with tourists, as it is one of the most beautiful places of Coorg. The people living here are referred to 'As the kindest people on earth'; the crowd living in this area mainly consists of many Tibetan refugees. Two kms from Namdroling is Sera village, which also homes 2 monasteries, 'Sera Jhe' and 'Sera Mey'.


  • How to Reach -:By Air: The nearest airports are Mangalore 136 km and Bangalore 260 km. By Rail: The nearest Railway Station to Coorg is Mysore situated at a distance of 114 km. By Road: Coorg has well-developed roads connecting it to Mysore 120 km, Mangalore 136 km and Bangalore 260 km.


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