Coorg or Kodagu is one of the popular tourist destinations in Karnataka. Coorg is a mountainous district located near the Western Ghats in the southwestern part of Karnataka, at an altitude of about 900 meters to 1715 meters above sea level. Coorg is called the Scotland of India and is also called the Kashmir of Karnataka.
This place is famous for the greenery found here, beautiful valleys, mysterious hills, large coffee plantations, tea gardens, orange trees, lofty peaks and fast flowing rivers, attracts tourists. is. It is the famous weekend getaway of the people of South India, people of Dakshina Kannada especially come here to celebrate the weekend.
Other tourist destinations in and around Coorg – Paradise for tourists
Coorg has a very special and scenic tourist destination for tourists. Tourists come here to enjoy the beauty of old temples, eco parks, waterfalls and century. If you visit Coorg, do not forget to visit Abbey Falls, Erapu Falls, Madikeri Fort, Raja Seat, Nalkhand Palace and Raja’s Dome. Coorg also has a number of religious sites including Bhagmondala, Tibetan Golden Temple, Omkareshwar Temple and Talakav
Many of the places here also witness the immense beauty of nature such as Chilwara Falls, Harangi Dam, Kaveri Nisargadama, Dubare Elephant Camp, Honamana Kere and Mandalapatti etc. Tourists interested in wildlife will enjoy visiting this place. Tourists can also enjoy adventure sports by visiting here, trekking, golf, angling and river rafting etc. are very much liked by the tourists visiting here.
Most of the trekking trails of Coorg are located on the Brahmagiri hills of the Western Ghats. Other trekking destinations like Pushpagiri Hills, Kottebatta, Igguthappa, Nishani Mottay and Tadinadamol are the major trekking destinations. The Upper Barapole River flows through the Brahmagiri Hills, which is to the south of Coorg and the place is known for water sports activities similar to Valanur, which is situated on the backwaters of the Kaveri River. This place is special for water lovers.
The best season to visit Coorg is from November during April. Coorg weather is good in all months of the year.
How to reach Coorg
The nearest railway station of Coorg is Mysore, which is 118 km from Coorg. Is located at a distance. The nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport from where both domestic and international flights are flown.
Coorg is well connected by road with all the major cities of the state of Karnataka. Buses run by the state government from Coorg take all the nearby cities and states. Buses are easily available from Coorg to Bangalore, Mangalore, Hassan, Kannur, Thalassery etc. Many state roads pass through Coorg, such as the Mekutta – Perumbadi road.
Culture of Coorg
Coorg is considered to be the most beautiful hill station in terms of culture and tradition. Among the festivals celebrated in Coorg, Huttari, Merakara Dasara, Kel Podu (Kel Muhurath or Arm Festival) and Kaveri Transition or Libra Transition are the major ones. Non-veg dishes are the most made in local cooking here. Apart from this, the South Indian food here is also very tasty.
The Coorg population consists of several tribal communities, some of these species are named Kodava, Tulu, Govda, Kudias and Buntas etc. Majority of the people here: The people belong to the Kodava tribe and this tribe is known for its bravery and hospitality.
Coorg is known all over the world for its coffee production, it is a major coffee growing center in India. Coffee was introduced by the British in Coorg. Arabica and Robusta are the main coffee species produced in Coorg.
History of Coorg
Many stories go around the origin of Coorg, that is, Kodagu. Some people believe that the word Kodagu is derived from Krodhadesa which means the land of the Kadava tribe. Some others believe that the word Kodagu is made up of two words – Kodha i.e. Dena and Avwa i.e. Mata, from which this place is considered dedicated to Mata Kaveri. Later Kodagu was known as Coorg.
If we look at the historical figures of Coorg, it is known that it was settled in the 8th century. The Ganga dynasty was the first to rule in Coorg. Later, the Coorg became the capital of many rulers and descendants like the Pandavas, Cholas, Kadambas, Chalukyas and Changlvas etc.
Hoysala in Coorg in 1174 BC. Had acquired his suzerainty. Later in the 14th century, the Vijayanagara rulers ruled here. After this, many rulers ruled in Coorg. In the end, the British also took suzerainty over Coorg.
The British ruled Coorg till 1947 before independence and till 1950 it was an independent state. It was made a part of the state of Karnataka during the reorganization of the states in 1956. Til taluk is located in this small district – Madikeri, Somvarapete and Virajapete. Madikere is considered the headquarters of Coorg.