Coorg, otherwise known as Kodagu rests on the laps of the mountains in South India (Karnataka), picturesque to the extent that it makes you fall in love with nature. The serenity and the originality of Coorg are unspoiled and the charm is surely rugged and wild.
With wooded slopes, attractive villages, vibrant panorama and the natural scenery, Coorg has an excellent combination for the travelers. The endless mountain ranges, slopes rising to the sky and the grassy affair of this place give it an irreplaceable character.
Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu or Coorg is situated at a distance of about 255 km from Bangalore. The original name of this place was Kodaimalenadu which meant 'dense forest on steep hill'. The softness of nature has termed this place as India's Scotland. It is definitely an unforgettable holiday destination for all those who want to lie in the lap of nature away from the bustling crowd. Located on the Western Ghats, this hill station is spread over an area of 4,102 sq km.
Coorg is a beautiful place for tourist seeking natural picturesque spots and exciting treks. One can pay a visit to Raja's seat, Omkareshwara Temple, Abbey Falls, Madikeri Fort and other famous tourist attractions in and around Coorg. Wildlife lovers can travel to the Nagarhole National Park. Coorg is different in every season, one has to come here and discover it.
|Time Zone||GMT/UTC +5:30|
|Talukh||Madikeri, Somwarpet, Virajpet|
|Population (2011 census)||554,519|
|Coordinates||27.28° North and 77.41° East|
|Area||4102 Sq. km|
|Climate||Summer 19 to 34°C, Winter 14 to 29°C|
|Main Languages||Kannada, English, Kodava|
|Elevation||174 m (570 ft)|
Shopping in Coorg is not the focus of activity. This is a land of unspoilt natural beauty. You would not find swanky shopping malls, rising structures in glass and concrete and raucous buyers in Coorg. It is not a typical shopping destination.
But for some, returning from a tour without buying some souvenir for near and dear ones is just impossible. They can shop for the local produce here. Cardamom, pepper and honey should top your shopping list in Coorg.
You can also pick delicious oranges in seasons while shopping in Coorg.
Tourist can travel to Coorg anytime round the year. Walk in the rains, enjoy the cold winters or simply relax in the pleasant summers. For trekking lovers, March is the best time.
By Air: The nearest airport to Coorg is the Mangalore Airport which is around 135 km from the city. Flights from different Indian cities will leave you at the Mangalore airport from where you can take a bus or an auto to reach Coorg.
By Rail: Mysore railway station is the nearest railway station to Coorg. There are trains from all the major Indian cities to Mysore.
By Road: There is a well-laid-out network of roads connecting the city with important cities in Karnataka. Cities like Mysore (120 km), Hassan (115 km), Mangalore (136 km) and Bangalore (256 km) are linked by roadways with Coorg.