Last Updated: July 19, 2019 Sonam Dave
Snuggled in the arms of jade mountains and gorgeous valleys of Karnataka in South India – Coorg is a beautiful destination to spend a perfect vacation with your family and loved ones. It’s stunning landscapes, covered with widely spread coffee plantations and misty lush green forest that are partially penetrated by the sun rays, come as a delightful sight to its visitors. Even if your are a nature lover, an adventure enthusiast or on a look out for the best honeymoon destination, Coorg is one stop for all kind of travellers. And this is reason why, in the travel guide, Coorg secures the top position among all the tourists destinations that has popularised Karnataka Tourism.
As far as to talk about Coorg Tourism, the places to visit here are immense. But, after narrowing down the list, we have come up with top 15 places that must be included in your itinerary to make your visit an experience of a lifetime! Scroll down to know more…
Once the favorite hangout place of the Rajas who visited here with their queens, because of its unsurpassable scenic beauty and pleasant climate, is now a charming garden adorned with an array of colorful flowers, artificial fountains and a concrete arc overlooking the green hills looming with cottony clouds. As for your holidays, this place gives a kick start to your one day sightseeing pursuit in Coorg.
Dubare Elephant Camp
If you are in love with the elephants, then this place is a must visit for you. Relish a fun filled day with these giant and adorable creatures while enjoying a spurting bath with them and alluring them with the tasteful delights, before they finally allow you to get on their backs to explore the nature’s bounty around the banks of river Kaveri. Whereas, the adventure lovers can catch the thrill of whitewater rafting in the Kaveri river. This camp is blessed with more than 150 elephants, who are ever ready to become friends and have a good time with the visitors.
Gushing between the aromatic coffee plantations and spice estates; the charming Abbey Falls is one of the best place to see in Coorg. The hanging bridge constructed right opposite to the falls, offers the enchanting views of cascading waters of river Kaveri, and also serve as the perfect spot to capture a memorable moment with the nature. Located just 8 km away from the Madikeri, Abbey Falls is an inviting summer getaway for your kids vacations.
Nagarhole National Park
Spread over an area of 572 square km, Nagarhole come as a fine retreat for the wildlife lovers, where they can sight most of the south Indian species of animals. Whereas, there are around 270 species of birds that infuse the park’s ambience with their melodious tunes, as if waiting to be followed by the eager birdwatchers. Enjoy the morning and evening safaris inside the Nagarhole National Park and try your luck spotting tigers and leopards walking ferociously in their territory.
It is an old temple built by Linga Rajendra II in 1820. Unique in its structure, this beautiful temple of Lord Shiva is an impressive amalgamation of both Islamic and Gothic style of architecture. After a blessed visit into the temple, one can sit by the serene water pond lying outside at the middle of the premises, to catch the quick movements of various colorful fishes.
An awe-inspiring island surrounded by the Cauvery river water, is situated 3 km away from Kushalnagar, off the State Highway. Provided with various recreational activities like boating, elephant ride and nature walk, Nisargadhama serves as a popular picnic spot to spend some quality time with family and friends. The scenic beauty of this 64 acre island is enhanced by the exquisite variety of fauna that includes the thick groves of bamboos, sandalwood and teak trees. The sight of the deers roaming around or galloping in leaps, adds to the beauty of this lovely place.
Showcasing the exuberance of the Tibetan culture, this petit town is a fine contrast to the south of India. Famous among the tourists, this places has many activities and attractions that lures them to visit here. Starting from the splendid Namdroling Monastery to the small shops selling various tibetan items, from tasting the sumptuous tibetan cuisine to capturing the colorful settlement in their lenses, this place has got it all. As a whole, Bylakuppe is sample experience of how one would feel when in Sikkim of India.
The ‘golden temple’ being an essential part of it, a visit to the Namdroling Monastery of Nyingma sect situated in Bylakuppe, gives a tibetan touch to your memorable trip to Coorg. The multicolored flags fluttering outside the monastery, constantly revitalizes the overall ambience of the surrounding and makes the interesting structure of the monastery look even more beautiful. Many tibetan food outlets and the shops selling various tibetan items outside the monastery, gives a unique opportunity to the tourists of indulging into the vibrant culture of the Tibets.
Though not quite popular, Chettalli is a small village situated on the Madikeri and Siddapur Road. Profuse with precious gifts of nature like the misty greenery, flattering valleys and lofty hills, it is a must visit spot to dwell into this untouched part of the Mother Nature. While being here, rejuvenate yourself in the village’s mesmerising charm, pay a visit to an ancient temple – Cherala Bhagavathi and of course, sip a coffee or two in its spectacular coffee plantation.
Talacauvery & Bhagamandala
Considered as the source of river Cauvery; Talacauvery is situated atop the hills amidst lush greenery. An array of numerous steps lead the tourists to the tank – which is the permanent visible source of the river Cauvery. The place is visited by many devotees and pilgrims every year, who feel at bliss by offering their prayer to the temple constructed near to it.
Bhagamandala is another pilgrimage place on the river Cauvery in Kodagu. Being perched on the banks of the three rivers; Cauvery, Kannike and Sujyoti, it is popularly known as Triveni Sangam. Inside the temple compound – Bhagandeshwara Kshetra carries various temples of Bhagandeshwara, Subramanya, Mahavishnu and Ganapati, which are visited by hundreds of reverents and also take a holy dip in the pious water. Bhagamandala is the first stop before advancing for Talacauvery.
Also known as Kithu Kakathu River, Barapole river is an inviting spot for the nature lovers and who have keen interest into river rafting. The river is flourished with roaring currents of clean water, amazing natural surrounding and fresh air breeze, all which is required for a breathtaking river rafting experience. The nature lovers can stroll around the place and have an incredible time while relishing the general splendour.
The crystal clear water of Iruppu Falls cascading from a height of 51 m, makes an enormous falls that’s also religiously significant and hence called as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. It is a great excursion place and an adventurous picnic spot to be visited with family and friends. Capturing the picturesque beauty of it and enjoying a refreshing bath beneath it, are few of the activities to be indulged into it on your visit here.
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
If you are among the keen birdwatchers, who would be interested to site the rarest of the bird species, then Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is the place for you to be in. It is a sanctuary surrounded by forests; Bisle Reserve Forest on one side and the Kukke Subramanya Forest range on the other. The cascading waters of the charming falls and the gushing valleys provide the soothing backdrop when you are waiting for your favorites of the birds.
Perched at an altitude of 1633 m – the Brahmagiri peak covered with immense greenery, is truly an adventurer’s delight. There are a lot of streams on the way that nourishes this spell-binding hill and are also considered needful as for the supply of fresh water to the trekkers. The Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary here is a major tourists attraction, which is supplied with the abundance of fauna and flora. So, for a wholesome experience of adventure plus of the exciting wildlife, a visit to this place is a must.
A 45m high – Chelavara Falls is a charming fall formed by a tributary of Kaveri River. Locally famous as Embepare, which means tortoise in the local kodava language, because of the tortoise shaped rock on which the waters of the Chelavara fall plummets. The tranquility of the place is enhanced by the coffee plantation through with the gushing Chelavara falls make its way downwards. The wonderful natural surrounding, turns this place into a fantastic picnic spot for spending some cheerful time with family and loved ones.
Things to Do in Coorg
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Apart from going for sightseeing in its surrounding nature and visiting the above top tourists places in Coorg, the travellers can indulge into exploring the trodden paths of some of the beautiful treks of Coorg like the Pushpagiri Trek, Kumara Parvatha Trek, Brahmagiri Hill Trek and Tadiandamol Trek, where they can even lay an overnight camp. River rafting in the picturesque Barapole River is another thrilling option for the adventure enthusiasts. One can also enjoy the jeep safari to Nishani Hills and Mandalpatti to relish the awe-inspiring views of the setting sun.
How to Reach Coorg: If travelling by train, then Mysore, Mangalore and Hassan are the railway stations that are nearest to Coorg. And if looking for a flight connection, then around 135 kms away lies the Mangalore international airport. Whereas, KSRTC buses establishes the road connection between Coorg and the nearby Karnataka cities such as Mangalore, Mysore and Bangalore. Not Being too far from these cities, this place is often considered for a short weekend trip by the locals.
Best Time to Visit Coorg: This beautiful hill station is blessed with pleasant weather conditions, where the temperature lies between 15°C to 20°C throughout the year. Hence, that makes it a year-round destination, which is even perfect to spend the summer holidays. But if you are an adventure lover, visit this place between October to March to indulge into various activities. However, to taste the mouth watering cuisine of Karnataka and to witness the grand celebration of the unique festivals of Coorg i.e Kail Pold, Kaveri Sankramana and Puttari, visit during the months between September to December.
Best Places to Stay in Coorg: As it comes to hotels and resorts in Coorg, the options are immense, right from luxurious five-star to comfortable budget hotels. Blessed with unmatched beauty and extraordinary history, each of the hotels and resorts here are provided with mesmerising views and serenity with a distinctive old world charm. Even the homestays here come as quite a lavish accommodation option, if looking for a group stay.
While travelling in Coorg, do not forget to check-out these beautiful places listed above, that gives a valid reason to visit Coorg. Offering all kinds of experiences, this beautiful destination is alluring for everyone at all seasons and any occasion. So, if you have finally decided to visit this wonderful land, you can contact us at Tour My India, and know about the amazing travel packages that will ensure you of giving the best of the time in Coorg without any hassle.
Published: 16 Sep, 2017