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Located on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats, the district of Kodagu, also known as Coorg, is renowned for its lush landscapes and aromatic coffee and spice plantations. Thanks to its cool climate and hilly terrain, the region, the home of the Kodava community, is often referred to as the “Scotland of India”.

The origin of the Kodavas remains shrouded in mystery, with many unsubstantiated histories adrift in literary records. A martial race, the polytheistic Kodavas are known to worship nature, arms, and their ancestors with passionate fervour. The community is vibrant, colourful, and steeped in history, best reflected in their traditional attire, jewellery, customs, dialect, and cuisine. The Kodavas are known for their hospitality, hearty living and fierce pride in their heritage.

Topography And Climate:

Coorg is bordered by Dakshina Kannada district to the northwest, Hassan district to the north, Mysore district to the east, Kannur district of Kerala to the southwest, and Wayanad district of Kerala to the south. Its elevation ranges from 914.4 m to 1715.11 m above mean sea level. It is a biodiversity hotspot, peppered with hills, valleys, rivers, waterfalls, rainforests, plantations, and paddy fields.

Kodagu has an pleasant climate, with a temperature averaging about 15˚C through most of the year. In the summer, the air is filled with the aroma of coffee blossoms. Temperatures in the summer months (between March and May), hit a high of 35˚C and a low of 20˚C to 15˚C. The monsoon season falls between the months of June and August, when there is heavy rainfall, as high as 2500 mm to 3500 mm per season. But this monsoon season is when Coorg comes alive; blossoming with gushing waterfalls, lush green landscapes, and mist wrapped hills, cloaking Coorg with a mystical ambience. Winters are a time to bring out warm clothing and huddle around a fire, with chilly lows ranging between 8˚C to 10˚C.

Kodagu-map

Around Coorg

Nalknad Palace
Nalknad Palace

Situated at the base of Tadiandamol, the highest peak in Coorg, the Nalknad Palace was built between 1792 and 1794. It functioned as a summer palace for the Kodava kings till the last one, Chikka Veera Raja, was captured by the British in 1834.
Distance: 8 km

Padi Igguthappa Temple
Padi Igguthappa Temple

Standing at the top of the Chelavara Falls offers a spectacular view of the surrounding hills and valleys. It is a natural waterfall formed by a small stream, a tributary of river Cauvery; a stunning sight during monsoon.
Distance from The Tamara Coorg: 10 km

Chelavara Falls
Chelavara Falls

The Chelavara Falls offers a great vantage point of the surrounding hills and valleys. It is a natural waterfall formed by a small stream, a tributary of river Cauvery and offers a marvellous sight during monsoon.
Distance: 10 km

Madikeri Fort & Palace
Madikeri Fort & Palace

Mudduraja built this fort & palace in the 17th century. It was rebuilt in granite by Tipu Sultan & expanded by the British before being renovated by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II between 1812 and 1814. The Deputy Commissioner’s office, a church, museum, library, prison, & a temple presently lie within the fort.
Distance: 37 km

Omkareshwara Temple
Omkareshwara Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple was built by King Lingarajendra II. Interestingly, the monument features a dome in the centre and turrets at the corners, following the Mohammedan style of architecture. A mantapam connected by a causeway is located in a central pool within the temple.
Distance: 37.3 km

Raja’s Seat & Nehru Mantap
Raja’s Seat & Nehru Mantap

The kings of Coorg spent time with their queens in this beautiful garden. It has unfettered views of the hills, valleys, and greenery spread out across a sheer drop. A variety of colourful blooms can be spotted here, while a toy train can take you on a short trip around the area.
Distance: 37.8 km

Talakaveri & Bhagamandala
Talakaveri & Bhagamandala

The birthplace of the river Cauvery, Talakaveri is perched on the slopes of the Brahmagiri Hill. As an important pilgrimage destination for Hindus, special prayers are offered at Talakaveri by the Kodavas during the celebration of Kaveri Sankramana. Lying at the foothills of Talakaveri is Bhagamandala, at the confluence of three sacred rivers – Cauvery, Kannike and Sujyothi.
Talakaveri: 38 km
Bhagamandala: 30 km

Wildlife Sanctuaries
Wildlife Sanctuaries

The four main types of vegetation prevalent in Coorg are the Evergreen, Moist Deciduous, Dry Deciduous and Shola forests. The varying environments makes the region a rich biodiversity hub, with a wide variety of flora and fauna. The region has three wildlife sanctuaries – Brahmagiri, Talakaveri, & Pushpagiri, along with one national park, Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi National Park.
Brahmagiri: 79.6 km
Pushpagiri: 101 km
Rajiv Gandhi National Park: 86.1 km

Bylakuppe
Bylakuppe

Located in Kushalnagar, Bylakuppe is a Tibetan settlement leased by the state government to accommodate Tibetan refugees. The settlement harbours a large number of agricultural areas, Buddhist monasteries, temples, and universities. The eye catching Namdroling Monastery with the beautiful Golden Temple within is open to visitors who sit inside and view the prayer proceedings.
Distance: 73.5 km

Abbey Falls
Abbey Falls

This multi-tiered waterfall, located on a private plantation, is a marvellous sight to behold. During the monsoon season, when the water is in full flow, it is a spectacular place to spend a leisurely afternoon. A signature hanging bridge gives visitors access to a truly beautiful view of the falls.
Distance: 43.3 km

Dubare Elephant Camp
Dubare Elephant Camp

The Dubare Forest is home to several wild animals, birds, and reptiles, situated on the banks of the river Cauvery. It belongs to the Karnataka Forest Department, and in addition to watching these magnificent elephants, the camp also offers trekking, fishing, and river rafting experiences, hosted by the Jungle Lodges and Resorts.
Brahmagiri: 55.6 km