Places to Visit in Coorg | Coorg Tourism | Coorg Hill Station
Madikeri is the headquarters of the Kodagu district. The district is bordered by Dakshina Kannada district to the northwest, Hassan district to the north, Mysore district to the east, the Kannur District of Kerala to the southwest, and the Wayanad District of Kerala to the south.
Coorg Mudduraja, the Kodagu King had Mudduraja Keri as his capital.In the year 1681 he renamed it as Madikeri. It is the headquarters of Kodagu District at a height of 1170 meters.It is about 100 km from Mysore. Makikeri is famous for its coffee and oranges. It is famous as birthplace of the most famous river of Karnataka Cauvery.This place is famous for its scenic beauty. The fabulous paddy fields,coffee bushes and the morning mist form a sketch of some unforgettable memories for the tourists.
Coorg is famous for oranges and coffee plantation. This region also is famous for spices. pepper, cardamoms etc can be seen.The coffee plantations in Madikeri alone accounts for almost half of Karnataka' s coffee production. Karnataka is known to be India' s largest producer of coffee even today.
History of Kodagu / Coorg:
The Kodavas were the earliest agriculturists in Kodagu, living in that place for centuries. Over centuries several South Indian dynasties, like the Kadambas, the Gangas, the Cholas, the Chalukyas, the Rastrakutas, the Hoysalas and the Vijaynagar Rayas ruled over Kodagu.
Best time to visit coorg:October to April.
Location:Western Ghats, Karnataka.
Main Attraction at Coorg:River Cauvery, Coffee Plantations
Altitude:Uneven surface- average height around 1170 meters
Coorg Climate:Moderate climate- pleasant Winters, warm summers, heavy monsoons
Average Temperature:-13°Celcius To 26°Celcius.
Temperature of Coorg:Summer : 28.6 °C (83.5 °F)
Winter : 14.2 °C (57.6 °F)
Warmest Months:March To May.
Coolest Months:-December To February
Languages:Kodava-Thak, Kannada, Maliyalam, Tamil, Hindi, English
STD Code:08272(Madikeri), 08274 (Virajpet), 08276 (Somwarpet)
The prominent peaks ain Coorg are Kote Betta, Pushpagiri, Nishani Motte, Tumbe Male. Tadiyandamol (1750 m), Soma Male and Brahmagiri.
Geography of Coorg:
In July and August, rainfall is intense, and there are often showers into November. Yearly rainfall may exceed 4,000 millimetres (160 in) in some areas. In dense jungle tracts, rainfall reaches 3,000 to 3,800 millimetres (120 to 150 in) and 1,500 to 2,500 millimetres (59 to 98 in) in the bamboo district to the west. Kodagu has an average temperature of 15 °C (59 °F), ranging from 11 to 28 °C (52 to 82 °F), with the highest temperatures occurring in April and May. The principal town, and district capital, is Madikeri, or Mercara, with a population of around 30,000. Other significant towns include Virajpet (Virarajendrapet), Kushalnagar, and Somwarpet. The district is divided into the three administrative talukas (divisions) of Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet.
How To Reach Coorg:
By Road:There is a good set of road connections to the east and west. Tellicheery-Coorg road links Kodagu to Malabar region of the neighbouring state Kerala
By Rail:The nearest railway stations are Thalassery, Mysore and Hassan.
By Air:The nearest airport is Mysore Airport which is 90 KM away and Mangalore International Airport around 180 km away.Kannur International Airport at Mattannoor in Kerala,expected to be completed in 2012, is 55 km away from Virajpet.
Distance between Major cities from Coorg:
Bangalore to Coorg
|260 KMS||6 hours|
Mysore to Coorg
|120 KMS||3 hours|
Mangalore to Coorg
|120 KMS||4 hours|
Hassan to Coorg
|125 KMS||4 hours|
Tellicheri to Coorg
|135 KMS||4 hours|
Places to Visit in Coorg:
Fort and the Palace:
Coorgfort The 19th century fort in the centre of the Madikeri town visualised some of the most ferocious battles of its time. From the fort the entire Coorg town is visible.The fort now contains a small museum having some historical paintings,arms,armours and possessions of the past rulers, the prison.The fort also contains a small palace.
Kings of Kodagu spent their evenings to watch the unforgettable scenes of the sun set. From this point thrilling view of valleys, lush green fields and Western Ghats can be viewed.
Igguthappa Devara Betta:
Igguthappadevara betta, in the proximity of the Aiyengeri forest near Kakkabbe , is a lofty peak and is a pilgrim centre for the Coorgs in particular and other Hindus in general. Worshippers from all over the district congregate at the shrine and offer poojas and sometimes "Tulabhara", weighing oneself with rice or coconuts and offering the same to the deity along with some money. The place is highly venerated for the presiding deity Subramanya, the patron God of Coorg.
Kakkabbe is at a distance of 45kms from Madikeri. Private buses ply from Madikeri & Virajpet.
Dubare mainly an elephant-capturing and training camp of the Forest Department at the edge of Dubare forest; on the bank of the river Kaveri along the Kushalanagara - Siddapur road.
Bhagamandala is situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Kaveri and the Kanika. A third river, the Sujyothi, is said to join from underground. This place is 30 km from Coorg. It is famous for temples and is known as the temple town of this region.This place also has significance as here Cauvery is at its confluence with river Sujyothi and Kannike.
Dargah Sharief of Yemmemadu:
Dargah Sharief, the Holy Tomb, of Yemmemadu is one of the most sacred shrines for Muslims in Kodagu district. (35 km from Madikeri; Madikeri-Bettageri-Napoklu-Hale Taluku-Yemmemadu)
28 km from Madikeri. On the way to Abbey Falls, before 3 km from Abbey Falls take right, from there 25 km.
Talakaveri the place where the River Kaveri originates. The temple on the riverbanks here is dedicated to lord Brahma, and is one of only two temples dedicated to Brahma in India and Southeast Asia.
Flora and fauna of Coorg:
Madikeri Hotels and Lodges:
- Hotel Coorg International Madikeri
- Hotel Rajdarshan Madikeri
- Hotel Chitra Madikeri Capital Village Madikeri
- Veera Bhoomi Tourist Village Kushalnagar
- Hotel Hill Town
- Hotel Mayura Valley View
- Hotel Cauvery
- Hotel Rajadarshan
- Hotel Brahmagiri Comforts
- Hotel Coorg Side
- Mercara Inn
- Hotel New Chithra
- Hotel Fort View
- Hotel Coorg International
- Vinayaka Lodge
- Hotel Summer Green
- Hotel East End
- Capital Village Hotel Resort
- Tourist Lodge
- Popular Residency
- Mistywoods Resorts Kakkabe
Gonikoppa Hotels and Lodges:
- Heritage Holiday Home, Kutta
- The Green Resorts, Kutta
- Radha Tourist Home
- Nandanavana Lodge
- Mountview Lodge
- Hotel Golden Gate, Ponnempet
- Rose Cottage, Ammathi
- Hotel Bhagyalaxmi
- Hotel Boregowda Complex
Somwarpet Hotels and Lodges:
- Hotel Karthik International, Kushalnagar
- Hotel Kaleghat, Kushalnagar
- Hotel Kushal, Kushalnagar
- Kodagu Plaza, Kushalnagar
- Veerabhoomi Tourist Village Resort
Resorts In Coorg:
- Orange Country Resort Siddapura
- Club Mahindra Kodagu Valley Resort
- Heritage Resort Madikeri
- Misty Woods Resort
Homestay at Coorg / Kodagu:
- Ramcad Estate, Srimangala
- Pompy Valley, Katakeri
- Depo Estate, Madikeri
- Rachana Villa, Madikeri
- Ambica Villa, Madikeri
- The Heritage, Kutta
- High falls, Irupu
- Pady Valley, Chettalli
- Zepry, Valnur
- Kudumane, Sunticoppa
- Rose Cottage, Ammatty
- Green Acres, Murnad
- Samrat Estate, Polibetta
- R.K. Form, Virajpet
- Nimbecad Estate, Gonicoppa
- Manasa Guest House, Koppa
- N.K. Venugopal Shanthi Estate
- Smt. Nalini Ravishankar, Gardenvilla Homestay