Coorg is an astonishing land in the heart of the southern Indian peninsula. The misty hills, lush teakwood and sandalwood forests, and acres of tea and coffee plantations of Kodagu are, in a word, stunning. Also known as Coorg and dubbed “The Scotland of India,” Kodagu is a postcard-perfect region of scattered villages and hamlets, which are the epitome of old-world charm. Kodagu is ideal for outdoor activities such as trekking, angling, and white-water rafting.
Abbey Falls makes for one of the most popular places to visit in Coorg. Located 1 km from the town of Madikeri, the waterfall is located between coffee plantations and spice estates. Enjoy the gushing beauty where the Kaveri River cascades down a rockface turning into the falls. The best time to visit is November and December, just after monsoons.
Brahmagiri Peak is a scenic spot full of forested woods and mist-topped hills. On the way to the peak, you will trek through grasslands, colorful floras and sparkling streams of clear water. It also has a wildlife sanctuary which includes Lion-tailed Macaque, Jungle Cat, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Langur, Giant Flying Squirrel amongst others. It is one of the most beautiful places to see in Coorg in 2 days.
Dubare Elephant Camp:
One of the most interesting things to do in Coorg is getting close to elephants at the Dubare Elephant Camp. With over 150 elephants, the camp is a great chance to get to know these enchanting creatures. Watch the elephants being given a bath, fed and trained by Mahouts. In addition, take a coracle ride on the River Cauvery and spot a crocodile, gaur, the wild dog, sloth bear, and peacocks.
Of all tourist places in Coorg, Bylakuppe is full of cultural delights. The second biggest Tibetan settlement in India, the main attraction in Bylakuppe is the Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery which adheres to the typical Tibetan style of architecture. The town is especially great to visit during the festival of Losar (Tibetan New Year), which is celebrated with much fervor.
How to Reach?
The nearest railway station is Mysore about 120 km away. The nearest domestic airport is the Mangalore International Airport, about 160 kilometers away. KSRTC bus services connect Coorg to nearby Karnataka cities such as Mysore, Mangalore, and Bangalore among others.