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During the monsoon, pools of clouds hover over the hill of Kumara Parvatha, during winter, the entire hill takes the shades of orange and summers are hot. There are two trekking routes to reach the camping ground of Kumara Parvatha Hill- one being Somwarpet and other Kukke Subramanya.
Both the routes have plenty of waterfalls and abundance of greenery. Watching the sunrise from atop has been the favourite activity among people who hike up the hill. Camping is not allowed at the peak so while you visit the forest department to pay and enter the trek route, you have to leave your gears behind.
You can camp near or next to the forest department or at Manscape. The hiking trail on the Somwarpet route goes around a 6 to 7 KM (one side) deep forest patch with multiple waterfalls. The 16 KM trail from Subramanya to Kumara Parvatha peak is filled with meadows and views of the western ghats making the long route exceptionally beautiful.
Height: 1712 Mts
Location: Pushpagiri, Kumaralli, Karnataka 571236
Best Time to visit: October to February.
Entry fee: INR 75 is paid at the forest office as a trekking fee and another 100 for Camera.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Average time required to visit the place: It takes 8 to 10 Hours to trek the hill.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 63 to 64 KM.
It is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the entire region and one of the best sightseeing places in Coorg. It is situated 13 KM from Cheyyandane village on Virajpet, the nearest settlement to falls.
The falls is located in the interior of a forested patch and is incredibly breathtaking and equally dangerous as people are not allowed to go near the falls because of the depth of the water-pool that lies beneath the fall which is said to be 50 feet deep.
People often do a combined visit of Kakabbe, Nalknad Palace and Chelavara falls. One can also visit Chomakund Hill which is around 2 KM away from the falls and is undoubtedly one of the Coorg tourist places which are equally mesmerising.
Height: 150 feet
Location: 2 Km From Choma Kund Hill, Madikeri, India
Best Time to visit: Monsoon is the best time but is equally risky. Winter season is the safest one.
Entry fee: No entry fee.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days of the week.
Average time required to visit the place: More than 2 to 3 hours.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 43 Km
This is the highest peak in Kadakke and this moderate trekking route can be taken by even amateur hikers as the path is a decent climb except after Rock Point, from where the trail becomes a little narrower.
The view from the top can take your breath away, incredibly surreal especially if you encounter clouds, see them engulfing the apex portion of the hills.
This small square like design built of mortar and bricks where The king used to come with her queen to sit and enjoy the sunsets and sunrises in the distant horizon of high and low-rise mountains engulfed by white creamy mist.
Tadiandamol Peak counts as one of the isolated places to visit in Coorg which is a pretty getaway in the lap of mountains and greenery.
Height: 1748 m
Location: Tadiandamol, Yevakapadi, Karnataka, 571212, India
Best Time to visit: December to May
Entry fee: No entry fee.
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all seven days of the week.
Average time required to visit the place: The trek takes around 5 to 6 hours.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 37 KM
Coorg is known to be one of the best adventure destinations in India. It homes a lot of adventure camping sites, to experience the best camping trip check out the places to camp in Coorg.
Barpole is turbulent river full of class 2 and class 4 rapids originating from Kithu Kakathu River further extending to Brahmagiri hills to the Arabian Sea. Whitewater rafting is one recreational activity that Barpole river is famous for.
One of the most challenging rafting experience on the different level of rapids. The adrenaline rushing activity is best done in Monsoon. Launch you rafts high in the rapids and click the most adventurous pictures on your trip to Coorg or Kodagu.
Barpole is one of the adventurous Coorg tourist places in Karnataka and the best place to try rafting in Coorg. Venture into an off the beaten adventure and indulge into this heart-pumping activity.
Location: Barapole River, Coorg, Karnataka 571201, India
Best Time to visit: Monsoon (July to September)
Entry fee: An average cost of rafting may range from INR 1200 to 1500.
Timings: Best done before 2 to 3 PM
Average time required to visit the place: Rafting is a 1.5 to 2 hours activity.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 80 KM.
This river camp has trained Elephants and their mahout who bathe them and feed them. The Dubare Elephant Camp is a project which is run together by the forest department and Jungle Lodges and Resorts Ltd.
There are naturalists who elucidate the biology, ecology and the history of Elephants to the visitors and you can not only see them but even participate in the river bath, and feeding. There are about 150 Elephants in every such camp of the Karnataka Forest Department and is a great way of promoting eco-tourism in the state.
The project mainly started for the cause of conserving and understanding Elephants in India which is now becoming one of the major attractions in Coorg.
One can hear the gurgling sound of the river Cauvery as it is situated on the banks of the river and also indulge in various activities which enable a close encounter with these beautiful mammals.
Dubare Elephant camp is one of the amazing places to visit in Coorg for a wild adventure.
Location: Dubare Reserve Forest, India
Best Time to visit: Take an evening jeep safari along with a trained naturalist.
Entry fee: If you want to feed the Elephants, the kit will cost INR 20, if you want to bathe the Elephants then the fee is INR 100 per head.
Timings: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM on all days of the week.
Average time required to visit the place: More than 3 Hours.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 30 KM
Between Wayanad and Kannur districts in Kerala in the north and the east and Coorg in Karnataka in the south, lies the trekker’s paradise- Brahmagiri hills, the highest peak in the sanctuary that covers an area of 181 KM and derives its name from the Brahmagiri hill.
The celestial presence of Thirunelli temple and the adorable Iruppu falls amid the green groves en route makes the trekking experience a lifetime event that states with you for long.
It is suggested that you take a guide which will charge around INR 200 but will make your journey informative and more fun. Experience the best of our service, book our Brahmagiri Hill Trek Tour.
Height: 1,608 m
Location: Border of Mananthavady Taluk, Wayanad district, Kerala and Virajpet Taluk, Kodak district, Karnataka India.
Best Time to visit: December to March
Entry fee: A single charge of around INR 200 for the guide which is mandatory to take on the hike.
Timings: Daytime, an evening trek can be tricky.
Average time required to visit the place: The trek can be of 6 to 8 hours depending on the route opted.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 60 KM
Most of the people do not think of Southern India when monastery hits their brains, but this information is incredibly intriguing that the Tibetan-Buddhism influence had reached the southern part of India ages ago.
Mandroling Monastery in Bylakuppe is also known as the Golden temple. Around 5000 nuns and monks live together in Harmony at Namdroling and It is the second largest Buddhism settlement in India.
You can even spend some time in the bookstore and the cafe that is inside the Monastery premises. Namdroling is also called Golden temple because of the golden paintings etched on the monastery and the three golden statutes named Buddha, Padmasambhava, and Amitayus.
Photography is allowed inside the monastery and one can even light some incense sticks and sit for some time to soak in the piousness of the place.
Location: Arlikumari, P.O. Bylakuppe, Mysore, Karnataka 571104
Best Time to visit: Any time of the year.
Entry fee: No entry fee.
Timings: 7 AM to 6 PM on all the days of the week.
Average time required to visit the place: 1 to 2 hours.
Distance from Madikeri Bus Stand: Approximately 35 KM.
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Traveller Tales from Coorg
24 October 2015
Trekking and water adventure...what else can be so tempting especially for adventurists like me. This things give me my Kick. Wonderful place and everything is just up-to-the-mark. I'm certainly explor
26 July 2018
It was a very well organised trek by friendly and courteous hosts. Shahid, Danny, Habib and Avinash were great and were fun to trek with. Homestay near Shuntikoppa was beautiful with coffee plantations...
08 January 2019
Hi this is keerthi vaasan, We are of 14 members for the trip. We reached at afternoon. The climate was really awesome. We started playing volleyball ball after long time. We played like this while we ...
17 June 2017
"One of the best places for camping. You will love the drive to reach this place, those roads!! so beautiful.\nCan't forget the hospitality of the host. Bahaddur, who is working over there and his kids...
02 July 2018
The experience was awesome! This was the first trek for my sister and me. The trek co-ordinaries Habeeb, Avinash & Shaid were very very helpful & friendly and the group we went with was awesome! The ...
17 August 2017
First of all I would like to thank Coorg local team for wonderful arrangements and management. Special thanks to Mr Pavan and Mr Arun Anna. Votecad Nature camp : If you want to feel the nature really...
03 January 2017
It was an stunning experience for me as solo traveler. Location is in 16 km cut from Madikeri towards Talakaveri and last 3 km pathway is very much into the forest and you will be enjoying that. Lo...
10 April 2016
Coorg is indeed a lovely place and the perfect place to take your spouse and kids. If you are planning a Coorg trip then you should go to this amazing elephant camp for a quick and amazing vacation! T...
15 October 2015
The term 'Gentle Giant' might have been coined especially for elephants! This was a very offbeat and enchanting experience. Totally loved our stay and activities like jeep safari, bird watching, elepha
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When you travel, avoid carrying a huge amount of money with you rather use credit cards or travelers’ cheques.
If you purchase a bottle of drinking water from a stall, make sure the seal of the bottle is intact.
Puthari means ‘new rice.’ It is the name that is given to the harvest festival of Coorg. Usually celebrated towards November end or at the start of December, Puthari brings with it a lot of singing and dancing celebrations. It can be a memorable festival for the tourists.
Built in 1820 by Lingarajendra II, the Omkareshwara Temple is a potpourri of Islamic and Gothic architecture. The Shiv Linga that is placed in this temple was brought all the way from Kashi. What makes the temple fascinating is its Islamic style of architecture. It resembles a Muslim Dargah with its four minarets and central dome.
Coffee in itself is a huge reason to be grateful for the British Rule in India. It was in Raj era that coffee plantations were introduced and today Coorg is one of the biggest coffee producers in India. The coffee from Coorg is particularly famous for its clean beans, blue color and incredible liquoring qualities which makes it the most sought after coffee all across the globe. A visit to the plantations and the coffee estates during the season will give your olfactory organs utmost pleasure. You can also try some coffee plantation stays in Coorg and experience the destination at its best.
Legends say that Coorgis are the descendants of Alexander the Great. They are staunch non vegetarians. The meat that they eat is cooked with a lot of curry leaves, spices and coconuts. Some of the most prominent Coorg dishes are Baimbale, Pandi Curry, Kadubu and Atti Payasa.
Kodava Hockey Festival
Amongst the Kodava community, Hockey is the most cherished sport. One of the families from the community hosts a hockey tournament on annual basis. This festival is also featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest field hockey events across the globe. More than 50 Kodavas have represented India in the sport. Of these, 7 of them have even played hockey in the Olympics.
Mahseet fish is a magnet for the professional anglers from across the globe. To enjoy angling, you can make a visit from November to March which is the angling season.
At Ponnampet near Coorg, one can enjoy single or two-seater gliders. You can learn the basics from an educated and well equipped instructor before you take off. Hand gliders here reach a height of 5000 feet and run at a speed of 100 km/hour. The overall view from down is simply majestic.
Coorg is a rural district in the Indian state of Karnataka. Situated on the slopes of the Western Ghats, Coorg is an astonishing land and also biggest producer of coffee in Karnataka .
Coorg is located at a distance of 260 kilometres from Bangalore which takes about a 5 hour drive between the two places.
Coorg does not have an airport or a railway station therefore the best way to reach Coorg is via road because of its excellent road connectivity. However the nearest airport is Mangalore and the nearest railway station is Mysore from where you can hire a cab to reach Coorg.
The temperature in Coorg ranges between 15-20 degrees Celsius throughout the year with its pristine valleys and mesmerizing landscapes.
The months of October to March are the most recommended for tourists planning a vacation in Coorg. It is a great time for adventure activities like rafting, trekking etc as well as for sightseeing in Coorg.
While visiting Coorg, there are some essentials which you should not miss while packing your bags to make your trip easier and comfortable. You should carry light and comfortable clothing but also keep a jacket in case it gets chilly.
If you are going for trekking, you should always keep medical supplies and a first aid kit. Also sports shoes are highly recommended if you wish to try out adventure activities. For other water sports you should always have a dry pair of clothes to change into after the activities.
Yes, Coorg is one of the most popular as well as safest tourist attractions of India. The crime rate here is comparatively low as compared to other cities. It is a peaceful and safe area where you can stay at homestays and good hotels for an excellent vacation.
But it is always advisable to take caution while travelling, especially when you are going on adventure activities like trekking, camping, river rafting etc.
Yes, Coorg is a safe city and there should not be any issues if you are travelling alone. It is one of the safest places in India and extremely hospitable for women.
The locals here are friendly and you should not face any hassles while travelling alone in Coorg. However we advise you to take caution while going to secluded places or travelling at night by yourself.
A weekend in Coorg is a wonderful getaway option from Bangalore. With so many activities like rafting, trekking, microlight flying you can experience the adventure in Coorg.
It is located amidst beautiful hills with waterfalls and there are many nature reserves located in the city which is an excellent opportunity to get a closer outlook of nature.
The activities in Coorg can be both spontaneous and adventurous which would be loved by all adventure junkies. So if you wish to get your heart racing, head directly to Coorg. Coorg also allows some offbeat activities too for a peaceful and laid back time. Activities like camping and trekking in Coorg is quite famous.
There are so many activities which you will love to try in Coorg like trekking, camping for having a memorable vacation. Some of these different activities are:
Coorg is becoming a popular honeymoon destination because of its tranquil landscapes, secluded homestays and a diverse range of holiday activities. Coorg promises an irresistible combination of adventure and fun for couples on a honeymoon.
The exotic locations of Coorg will definitely kindle the romance in you when you are on your romantic retreat. Popularly called the ‘Scotland of India’, Coorg has won the hearts of many couples looking for a romantic getaway from the hustle and bustle of life.
The ideal duration for visiting Coorg is two days. Most of the Coorg packages range from 1-4 days. However you can lengthen your visits depending upon how much time you wish to spend for exploring the different places.
Also your budget is a deciding factor for the duration of your trip. We advise you to check online holiday packages for Coorg for a good deal in advance.
The unspoiled, serene and beautiful landscape of Coorg is one of the top tourist attractions in India. You will witness here the most magical hills, cool breeze, amazing climate, and the rich aroma of coffee and cardamom plantations which will enchant you.
In Coorg, we would like to recommend the following tourist attractions for a wonderful visit:
There are various options available for trekkers in Coorg. From gentle to challenging terrains, Coorg has got amazing hilltops with breathtaking views to fulfil every trekker’s dream.
Some of the famous treks are Nishani Motte trek, Tadiandamol trek, Pushpagiri Trek etc. Yes, it is a very safe destination for trekkers. But we suggest you to be accompanied by a professional guide before going on your trek.
River rafting is one of the most sough activities which you can do in Coorg in the Barapoleriver with its roaring currents. The speedy waters of the river with rapids provide the most favorable location for white water rafting.
The best months for rafting in Coorg is from June to September when the South West Monsoon enters the country.
It will cost you about Rs 1,000 per person. You can also get a customized package from the tour operators.
Coorg has many impressive monasteries established by the Buddhists who practiced here. The most famous monastery in Coorg is Namdroling Monastery. This Buddhist Monastery is the largest teaching center of the Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism in the world.
It is a home to more than 7000 monks and nuns. This place is also called the Golden temple on account of the gold work done on every painting.
Yes, visiting the Dubare Elephant Camp offers you a chance to engage in some fun filled activities like wildlife safari and coracle rides. This camp hosts the majestic and friendly elephants that you get to meet up close and learn about the complexities of elephant history, ecology and biology.
Your whole trip to Dubare Elephant Camp will last for about 7 hours, but will be an exhilarating experience for you and your folks.
The mesmerizing topography of the city with hilltops, coffee plantations, thick forests and gushing rivers make camping in Coorg an extraordinary experience. Coorg has a number of excellent locations where you can pitch your tent and gaze at the stars beyond a majestic landscape.
Some places where you can go camping in Coorg are Gonikoppal, Nangala Village, Virajpet, Kushalnagar, Madikeri, Bettigeri Post etc.
For a true camping experience, the camps will be in the form of tents on a multiple sharing basis. Some companies have already built concrete or bamboo accommodations.
You will have to book the camp according to your preference.
Waterfalls in Coorg is its star attraction that tease you with their splendid sights and awesome adventure activities. The best time to visit Coorg for witnessing these breathtaking waterfalls is during the South West Monsoon season from the months of June to September.
The most famous waterfalls which you can discover around Coorg are:
Waterfall rappelling which is also known as abseiling is a famous adventure activity for which Coorg is known for. The wonderful waterfalls in Coorg are the best places in India to enjoy this amazing and adventurous activity.
It is safe to do as you are guided by trained experts and held by thick tight ropes wearing a protective gear. So you just need to follow the safety instructions carefully for your benefit. Children under the age of fourteen are not allowed to do this.
If you are planning a vacation to Coorg, there are a number of resorts, ranging from luxury to budget offering all the modern amenities. These resorts are amazing places for a quiet weekend retreat away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Also there is no dearth of adventure activities which you can engage in while staying at one of these resorts in Coorg.
Some famous resorts which you should check out are:
Coorg has got some excellent homestays which allow you to cherish the natural richness of this exotic tourist destination. Most of these are located in spectacular locations and offer a plethora of adventure activities.
Otherwise these homestays are just the perfect places to relax your mind and body on your holidays in Coorg.
Some good homestays in Coorg are:
Coorg has a number of estates amidst the coffee plantations where you will enjoy the sweet aroma of coffee day and night. They are secluded from the main city and a wonderful retreat for those looking for a serene and tranquil time either by yourself or with your loved ones.
They also allow you to engage in activities like boating, trekking, plantation walk, river rafting etc.
If you are looking to spend your vacation in seclusion on an estate to explore the city of Coorg, then we have the following popular estates listed out as follows:
For shopping in Coorg, the best places to go are:
The most popular products to buy in Coorg are coffee, spices, dry fruits, honey, oranges and chocolates.
When you are in Coorg, we advise you to eat like the locals. The South Indian Cuisine is popular in Coorg and you will love the spicy flavors in your food which you eat in Coorg.
The local cuisine offers many fantastic dishes, the taste of which will last in your memories for a long time in the future. To enjoy the local cuisine, the most popular restaurants in Coorg are:
There are many medical institutions in Coorg with expertly trained doctors in case you face any medical emergency when in Coorg. There are Vivus Hospitals and Sri Raja Rajeswari Hospital in case you face any medical emergency.
If you are more than 18 years of age, there is no problem for smoking/drinking in Coorg at the resorts.
Yes, you can go for a wildlife safari in Coorg to enjoy exploring the wildlife. It is an amazing way to have a closer look at these wild animals and make for a fun filled activity.
It is a great learning experience too when you are with friends and family.
The national park which is most famous is Nagarhole National Park for undertaking wildlife safaris.
Madikeri is a part of the district of Coorg. Madikeri is an important spot for visiting popular tourist attractions like Raja’s Seat, Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort, St Mark’s Church and Omkareshwar Temple in Coorg.