Located on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats and abundantly blessed with the richest nature’s bounty, the district of Kodagu, also known as Coorg, is renowned for its verdant landscapes and coffee and spice plantations. It is home to the Kodavas, the dominant community of Kodagu. It earns the moniker, “Scotland of India” due to the striking similarities between the terrains and cultures of the two regions. Kodagu was once home to the British planters fraternity, that was predominantly of Scottish origin, before Indian independence.
The origin of the Kodavas remains shrouded in mystery, with many unsubstantiated theories adrift in the literary records of Coorg. A martial race, the polytheistic Kodavas worship nature, arms, and their ancestors with passionate fervour. Their festivals are acutely symbolic of their religious beliefs. During festive occasions, they sport traditional attire that is as distinctive and colourful as their jewellery, customs, dialect, and cuisine. Generously embellished with meats and vegetables sourced from the land, their signature dish is Pandi (pork) curry. Although the Kodavas can boast of incorporating unique preparations into their cuisine, they also draw heavily from the cuisines of neighbouring regions. The Kodavas are known for their inclination towards a colonial lifestyle, hospitality, and hearty living and are fiercely proud of their heritage.

Topography And Climate:

Coorg is located within 4,102 kms and 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 and valleys, rivers, waterfalls, rainforests, agro plantations, and paddy fields.
Kodagu has an equable, average temperature of 15˚C. In the summer, the air is redolent of coffee blossoms. Temperatures, between March and May, hit a high of 35˚C and a low of 20˚C to 15˚C, during the evenings and nights.
The monsoon season is between the months of June and August. Kodagu witnesses heavy rainfall, as high as 2500 mm to 3500 mm, during this time. Monsoon scenes are breathtakingly beautiful 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 spend time with loved ones in front of fire, with chilly lows ranging between 8˚C to 10˚C.

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 king, Chikka Veera Raja, was captured by British forces in 1834. The palace is now a protected monument.
Distance from The Tamara Coorg: 8 Km

Padi Igguthappa Temple

Padi Igguthappa Temple

Situated in Kakkabe, this temple is sacrosanct to the Kodavas. Lord Igguthappa is one of the main deities worshipped, particularly during Puthari, the harvest festival. The design of the temple draws inspiration from Kerala architecture.
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 from The Tamara Coorg: 10 Km

Madikeri Fort And Palace

Madikeri Fort And Palace

Mudduraja built the Madikeri Fort and Palace during the 17th century. It was rebuilt in granite by Tipu Sultan and subsequently expanded by the British before being renovated by Lingarajendra Wodeyar II between 1812 and 1814. A church with a museum, the Deputy Commissioner’s office, a library, prison, and a temple presently lie within the fort.
Distance from The Tamara Coorg: 37 Km

Omkareshwara Temple

Omkareshwara Temple

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

Raja’s Seat & Nehru Mantap

Raja’s Seat & Nehru Mantap

The kings of Coorg spent time with their queens in this 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 from The Tamara Coorg: 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, signifying the birth of the river Cauvery. Lying at the foothills of Talakaveri, Bhagamandala is located at the confluence of three sacred rivers – Cauvery, Kannike and Sujyothi.
Talakaveri distance from The Tamara Coorg: 38 Km
Bhagamandala distance from The Tamara Coorg: 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. Unsurprisingly, with such a rich variety of flora and fauna, this region has three wildlife sanctuaries – Brahmagiri, Talakaveri, & Pushpagiri, along with one national park, Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi.
Brahmagiri distance from The Tamara Coorg: 79.6 km
Pushpagiri distance from The Tamara Coorg: 101 km
Rajiv Gandhi National Park distance from The Tamara Coorg: 86.1 km

Bylakuppe

Bylakuppe

Located in the town of Kushalnagar, Bylakuppe houses Tibetan settlements on land 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 from The Tamara Coorg: 73.5 Km

Abbey Falls

Abbey Falls

Located 7 kms from Madikeri town, 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 spectacular. A hanging bridge affords great views of the falls.
Distance from The Tamara Coorg: 43.3 Km

Dubare Elephant Camp

Dubare Elephant Camp

The Dubare Elephant camp is situated on the banks of the river Cauvery. The camp elephants belong to the Karnataka Forest Department. These elephants were used for logging operations previously and are now entertaining visitors in retirement. Trekking, fishing, and river rafting are other activities hosted by the Jungle Lodges and Resorts. The Dubare Forest is home to several wild animals, birds, and reptiles.
Brahmagiri distance from The Tamara Coorg: 55.6 km