Enchanting valleys, high peaks, rivers yielding rain, and the elixir of rain! Embellished with all these ornaments is a small hill station in Karnataka – Coorg. Also called Kashmir of South India, Coorg is a dream destination. I’ll take you today to the places to visit in Coorg, intertwined with my experience.
When I made the idea of going to the Coorg, there was an eagerness in my mind because the pictures had already cast a spell on the dead. Discussions of the greenery of this place go all over the country, so if you are a nature lover, this place will not disappoint you at all.
Major Tourist Destination: Places To Visit in Coorg
Coorg or Kodagu is a small district headquartered in Madikeri. 80% of the tourist destination is in Madikeri and 20% in Kushalnagar. I was accompanied by my friends Shekhar and Tanya. We were Couchsurfing in Kushalnagar, so on the first day, we planned to see some places around there.
Our first stop was Namdroling Math, Bayalakuppay.
Namdroling Monastery, Bylakuppe
Bayalakuppe is also called Tibet of South India. The main settlements of Tibetans are in Dharamshala in North India and Byalakuppe in South India. Buddhist followers from different parts of the country come here to receive religious education.
The peaceful and spiritual atmosphere here served as a lifeline for the beginning of our journey. In my opinion, this will be a perfect place among all the places to visit in Coorg to start your expedition.
We first entered the main temple where the magnificent statue of Lord Buddha was decorated. After seeing it, we sat there for some time. Peaceful like a forest lake. I got lost in that environment. A large number of tourists came and gone. After spending some time, we proceeded to visit the campus.
When we asked a Buddhist follower about his daily routine, he politely explained us everything. We were all ears.
There is a small lake at some point ahead of it, which is visited by very few people. I thought to go to the lake but being hungry I chose to go back to the bus stop and fill myself.
Nisargadham is a breathtaking and beautiful island situated at a distance of 2 km from the city of Kushalnagar. This magnificent island is spread over an area of 64 acres. Established as a tourist destination in 1989 by the Forest Department, the picturesque picnic spot is adorned with dense bamboo trees and sandalwood sandstone with beautiful bamboo tree clumps.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Nisargadham is truly a paradise on earth for all nature lovers. In fact, Nisargadham is an ideal place for tourists and visitors who want to spend a few moments in peace in the lap of nature with their loved ones. All in all, it’d be a shame if we don’t count it as one of the must-visit places in Coorg.
The natural beauty of Nisargadham makes it one of the most beautiful places in Coorg and is a famous picnic spot, not only for the people of Coorg but also for tourists and nature lovers from all over the country.
The island can be accessed via a hanging rope bridge. A herd of animals including deer, rabbits, and peacocks live here in ancient surroundings. Apart from this, the place also has a small snack house and a deer park.
Tourists are allowed to venture into some shallow and safe places along the river. Elephant rides and boating are some of the other popular attractions here. Nisargadhama has a forest house-run guest house and treetop bamboo cottages.
We spent a very good time in Nisargadham, whether it was feeding grass to deer or sitting on the river bank. It should be in your list of places to visit in Coorg as well.
Now the sun was setting and we decided to go back. There is a lot of chocolate shop here, where you will find different types of chocolate – free from harsh chemicals.
Departure for Madikeri
The next day we wake up early in the morning. Had our breakfast and headed quickly towards the bus stop. It turned out that the bus will arrive 20 minutes later. Madikeri is an hour’s way from Kushalnagar. After arriving there, we planned to go to Abbey Waterfall first.
The distance from Madikeri to Abbey Waterfall is 8 km. We took an auto and were anxious to get there. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens of coffee. You have to descend long stairs to reach the waterfall. But after that the natural sight you will see will take away all your fatigue.
Abbey Waterfall was formerly known as Jessie Waterfall. Jessie was the wife of an English officer. It was later named Abbey. After admiring some time, we were ready to come back. The waterfall takes a big shape in the rainy season.
If you love water bodies, and sitting by it, make sure you include Abbey Waterfall and put this in at least the top 5 list of places to visit in Coorg.
One km from the main city, the Tomb of the Kings is a historical monument built on the edge of the mountainous region, and in the Indo-Scenic style. There are two main mausoleums on the right. Lingarajendra was built by his son Chikkavirajendra in A.D. 1820 and to the left of the tomb of Rudrappa (royal priest) which was built in 1834 and the center, the tomb is that of Dodda Veerarajendra and his queen.
From here, you can see the entire city of Madikeri. You will get amazing views to take lots of photos. For the love of breathtaking photos and exciting history, make sure you visit this, one of the places to visit in Coorg.
Madikeri Fort and Museum
The fort of Madikeri is located just 700-800 meters from the bus stop. The fort is not very grand but it describes the history of that time. Now, this building is used for government offices.
Right in front of it is a museum where you will get a glimpse of Kodava culture. Everything found in the excavation is stored here.
Walking some distance away from the Madikeri Fort, you will reach the Raja’s seat. This is an amazing place. Here you can get the privilege of seeing mountain ranges, sunrise, sunset, and coffee plantations at a height.
It has been given the form of a park to spend time with children and family. It is said that the kings of this fort used to come with their queens to watch the sunset. We also sat down to watch the sunset and I am sure it felt like a king.
For the love of the majesties, nature and our deep history, this is definitely one of the exciting places to visit in Coorg.
The Omkareshwar temple located in Madikeri was built in 1820 as a penance by King Lingarajendra II. The temple is built in the Muhammadan style of architecture, with a dome. Its four corners are surrounded by four bastions.
A linga is installed near the entrance of the temple. Another attractive architectural feature of the temple and in front is a small pond, which has a variety of fish.
Some More Tourist Places to Visit in Coorg
- Mandalpatti jeep safari – Mandalapatti is located 25 km from Madikeri, where you have to go through the thick forests of Pushpagiri. During the rainy season, its beauty is doubled by freshly bathed grass and wildflowers swinging with the breeze.
- Dubare Elephant Camp – Here you can see elephants bathed and play and if you want, you can also bathe elephants. It is 40 km from Talakaveri – Coorg. This is the place where the river Kaveri originated. The Kaveri River is one of the sacred rivers of the Sapta Indus rivers.
Kurti Taste Fun
Madikeri’s ‘Coorgi‘ restaurant has long queues to eat. You will get a token number and get a seat when your number arrives. Another place is ‘Udupi Garden’ where you can eat good Coorgi food.
Local dishes – Kadambut, Nuput, Pandi Curry, Kodwa Cola Curry, Bambu Shoot Curry, Akki Roti, etc. you can eat.
Glimpses of Kodava Caste and Culture
The people here belong to a tribal called Kodava. They belong to the Indus Valley Civilization city of Mohenjodaro. In the Skanda Purana, Kodava is said to be a descendant of the Chandravanshi kings, who were the priests of Parvati and the protectors of the birthplace of the river Kaveri.
The city was settled in the 8th century. The rulers of Ganga Vans first ruled here. It was later ruled by kings of Pandava, Chola, Kadamba, and the Chalukya dynasty. Even today you will get a glimpse of Kodava culture here.
Chocolate and Coffee Lovers’ Paradise
Coorg is the largest producer of chocolate. Do not forget to buy different types of chocolate and homemade coffee from here. Near the bus stop is a shop called “Ganesh Coffee” which is the best coffee seller in the city.
Spices like cloves, cardamom, black pepper are also sure to be taken home. Homemade wine is also famous here. I bought a lot of chocolate and also had coffee. Frankly, tasted pure and tasty pure chocolate for the first time.
When and How to go?
Although this place attracts tourists all year round, if you go during the rainy season, its beauty gets charred. Be sure to keep an umbrella and raincoat.
Coorg is located 260 km away from Bangalore and 120 km from Mysore. The nearest airport is Bangalore and railway station Mysore. Further travel can be done via bus, car, or bike.
Some Main Points
- Coorg is also called “Kashmir of Karnataka”.
- A good option is to visit the coffee and spice gardens.
- There is also an online booking for a visit to the coffee plantations.
- Must spend at least 3-4 days.
- Feel the natural beauty from the heart.
- Stayed around homestays or coffee gardens instead of hotels.
Some Commonly Asked Questions
What is the easy way to reach Coorg?
Bangalore Airport is the nearest airport to Coorg. From there you can reach via bus. Due to good road conditions, you can also go with your personal vehicle.
What to do in Coorg?
The most important thing to do is to visit the coffee plantations. Look at the method of making coffee and if possible, plan to stay in the coffee estate itself. Also, buy chocolate and coffee, as well as relax in the lap of nature.
What is a good time to go to Coorg?
Winter and rainy seasons are considered ideal. At this time, the beauty and beauty of Coorg comes. And of course, abstain from going in summer.
By what other name is Coorg known?
Coorg or Kogadu is a district in the state of Karnataka, headquartered at Madikeri. Mainly all tourist places are around Madikeri.
I hope I’d done justice with this article based on places to visit in Coorg, intertwined with my personal experiences.
Living close to nature is always pleasurable and joyful. To be fair, this journey was a wonderful journey where not only remained close to nature but also saw a new culture and met new people. If you ever think of admiring this natural beauty and have any question in mind, feel free to ask us.