Best Places to Visit in Coorg 2018 – Are you interested in visiting Coorg, Karnataka (India) and want to know the best places to visit in Coorg? You’ve come to the right place!
Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, lies in the South-Western part of Karnataka and is one of the best hill stations and honeymoon destinations not only in South India but in the world too. Rich in Rice & Coffee cultivation, Coorg offers plenty of tourist places to visit. Every year thousands of tourists from countries like United States, Australia, Middle East, England and other European countries visit famous places in Coorg.
Languages Spoken in Coorg
Kodava Takk is the major language spoken in Coorg. Besides it, following languages are also spoken in Coorg: Are Bhashe, Kannada, Malayalam, Tulu, Konkani & Urdu.
Coorg Sightseeing Places
Coorg, A.K.A “Scotland of India”, is one of the top travel destinations in India (specially in South India) and attracts thousands of tourists, both domestic and International ones, every year. Coorg sightseeing places include Abbi Falls, Puthari festival, Madikeri, Omkareshwara Temple, Bylakuppe town, Coffee Plantations all over in Coorg, Kodava Hockey Festival, Dubare Elephant Camp, Nisargadhama Island, Madikeri Fort, Bhagamandala Pilgrimage Site, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary, microlight aircrafts, Tadiandamol Peak, Raja’s Seat (also known as garden of flowers), mallalli falls, Irupu Falls (also known as Iruppu Falls).
Best Places to Visit in Coorg 2018
So, following are the best places to visit in Coorg in 2018 (Karnataka, India) in detail:
Abbey Falls (Abbi Falls or Abbe Falls)
Abbey Falls, also known as Abbi Falls or Abbe Falls, is one the most popular waterfalls in Coorg. In the midst of coffee cultivation of Karnataka, who is also the largest coffee producing state in India, Kaveri river is flaunting its beauty through the gorgeous Abbe Falls. The exotic view of the falls from the hanging bridge just opposite to the falls, is absolutely marvelous. Earlier, Abbey falls was renowned as ‘Jessi Falls’, during Britisher’s era. But, later on the name changed to Abbi or Abbe Falls in local languages. Apart from the falls, the place is also famous for the coffee and spices plantation. To reach this enchanting place, you can drive up to its entrance and then cover a short distance on foot, which is also equally exciting and thrilling.
Puttari (Puthari / Putthari or Huthari / Huthri) Festival
Puttari, also pronounced as Puthari / Putthari or Huthari / Huthri, which means “New Rice” is a renowned festival celebrated by local people all over in Coorg around the last week of November and the first week of December every year.
On this festive day, locals decorate their house via different flowers and with mango & banana leaves. On this occasion, local families prepare and eat some special foods which include Kadaumbuttu (Non-veg), Thambuttu (veg), Holige (veg) and Payasa (veg). These food items are really very tasty & delicious and we’ll recommend you to get try them.
Tadiandamol Peak or Thadiyandamol Trek
Situated at the height of 5724 ft., Tadiandamol is the highest peak in Coorg and is one of the most beautiful & uncommercial peaks in Coorg (Karnataka).
We’d say, for amateurs, Tadiandamol isn’t an easy trek however if you are in properly shape, it’s certainly possible. Before you start this trek ask the locals about directions and plan your schedule very carefully. Other wise, you can also take the help of Google Maps for trek directions. Sunrise and Sunset scenes from Tadiandamol peak is breathtaking.
- Tadiandamol or Thadiyandamol trek can be a life changer experience for both avid and newbie trek lovers. It cannot be termed as an easy nor a difficult trek.
- It is a moderate level trek of 10- 12 Kms taking almost 9 hours to complete.
- Tadiandamol trek is in Kakkabe near Virajpet town in Coorg district. Kakkabe is the base village of Tadiandamol peak which gives a marvellous view in the morning.
- 4 km away from the main road, Nalknad Palace is situated, which is just at the base of the hill.
- There is a huge rock near the palace which is considered to be the starting point of the trek.
- The trek trails through the Shola forests, vast lush green grasslands and streams.
- The exotic view and the gusty cold winds throughout the day long trek will a captivating experience.
Best to Time to Visit Tadiandamol or Thadiyandamol
Remember the best time for Tadiandamol or Thadiyandamol trek is between October to February months i.e. just after Monsoon period. Trekking is very difficult in monsoon season.
Places of Attraction Near Tadiandamol or Thadiyandamol
Nearby to this peak, there is an old Padi Igguthappa temple which is one of the holiest temples for the locals. Although one may find a lot of difficulties while reaching to this temple from the peak, but this temple is definitely worth to visit.
Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri (Coorg, Karnataka)
Omkareshwara Temple in Madikeri town is a very peaceful temple quite famous for its mixed Islamic & Gothic style temple architecture and is dedicated to the Lord Shiva. It was built in the year 1820 by Linga Rajendra 2 or also known as Linga Raja 2, who was the ruler of Kodagu Kingdom for 1811-1820. This temple has a Shiva linga which was brought directly from the famous Varanasi, Benares, Banaras or Kashi city. Inside temple compound there are several statues of Shiva avatars, a Hanuman temple and small pond for religious bath and ceremonies. Visiting this temple will offer you a fascinating and a peaceful experience.
How to Visit Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri
Omkareshwara temple is well connected via road, since it is situated along the main highway in Madikeri town, Coorg. You can easily hire a taxi/cab or an auto and can reach here within 5 minutes from Madikeri town. However, the road leading to this temple is little bit steep. There is no entry fee for visiting Omkareshwara Temple and the Parking is also free.
Visiting Hours of Omkareshwara Temple, Madikeri
- Morning: 06:30 AM to 12:00 PM
- Evening: 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Bylakuppe town / Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery
The beautiful Bylakuppe town has a Buddhist monastery known as “Namdroling Nyingmapa monastery” which have gold statues of lord Buddha and a lot of monks chanting & doing meditation. In Coorg, you’ll found the biggest tibetan settlement all over in South India and 2nd largest in India. It’s a very peaceful place and food here is affordable and delicious too. While you visit Bylakuppe town, do not forget to buy some handicrafts and try out different varieties of momos!
How to Reach Namdroling Nyingmapa Monastery
You can reach Namdroling Monastery by hiring a cab for Kushalnagar from Madikeri town. This monastery is situated near Kushalnagar, around 45 minutes drive in the east of Madikeri. This monastery is about 27 km far from Madikeri.
Namdroling Monastery Visiting Hours
- Monday : Closed
- Tuesday to Sunday : 06:00 AM to 08:30 PM
Coffee Plantation Fields
By seeing the atmospheric conditions here at Coorg, the Britishers once established coffee plantations. And now Coorg is one of the world’s best coffee producer place. Karnataka is the highest coffee producing state in India with 71% (Coorg alone contributes 60% of India’s total coffee production), followed by it’s adjacent states Kerala with 21% and Tamil Nadu with 5%. Visit coffee plantation fields in Coorg and smell the rich aroma of coffee and cardamom. Coorg’s coffee plantation fields are famous for finest quality of blue colored coffee beans. There are a lot of coffee shops here in Coorg which really offer the best taste of drinkable coffee at very low price. Around these coffee fields, you’ll also find an abundant rosewood, sandalwood and teak forests.
If you really want to get the best experience of these coffee plantations fields, then you must try to stay at any local homestays or good resorts situated very close around these fields. While you visit any of these coffee fields, then have a walk through the plantations and must take some sample coffee beans from the locals. You should also check here about the coffee making process by locals, who are very friendly and helpful too.
We’ll suggest, try to grab a cup of coffee during the rainy season in the coffee field itself. It’ll definitely be a fascinating experience for you!
Bhagamandala Pilgrimage Site
Bhagmandala is situated on the confluence of three rivers, the Triveni Sangama, where River Kaveri joins its two tributaries Kannike and the mythical Sujyoti river. The temple is built in Karavalli style, and dedicated to Shiva, Subramanya, Mahavishnu and Ganapathi. If you are interested in poojas and other ritual practices, you can contact the inquiry room of the temple. For the convenience of the pilgrims, Government of India has recently made various changes in the architecture of the temple and other surrounding areas.
Bhagamandala is also famous for its Honey marketing centre and Apiculture Training Institute. The bee rearing centre, named Madhuvana, also possesses a museum with rare objects related to bee.
How to reach Bhagamandala temple?
Bhagamandala is at the border of Kerala state and is roughly 37 kms from Madikeri. It is also accessible from Kerala.
You can take 1 hour drive via Talakaveri road by covering 37 kms from Madikeri
Or you can take 2 hours drive via SH56 and Bhagamandala interstate Road by covering 70 kms from Kanhangad.
Best time to visit Bhagamandala temple
You can visit during summers or winters, but try to avoid rainy season. Between June and September, it faces heavy rains, which breaks the connectivity with Bhagamandala.
Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary
Talakaveri wildlife sanctuary or Talacauvery wildlife sanctuary, is named after Talakaveri, the origin place of the River Cauvery, which is located on the eastern edge of the sanctuary and has religious importance for the people of Kodagu. This tropical evergreen forest that stretches for 105.01 sq. km, is home to many wild lives such as tiger. sloth bear, jackal, elephant, lion-tailed macaque, wild pig, wild dog, Nilgiri Marten, different species of deer and mongoose and porcupine. Many reptiles such as king cobra, rat snake, cobra and python are commonly found over here. Other than fauna, there are a wide variety of flora too, such as Dipterocarpus indicus, Hopea parviflora, Dysoxylum malabaricum, Pallaquim ellipticum, Mesua ferrea and Artocarpus lakoocha. Coffee and cardamom plantations are also prevalent in the sanctuary. This place was declared as Wildlife Sanctuary on 31 Aug / 1 Sep 1987.
Best time to visit Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary
The best time to visit Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary is February to April and October to December. The visiting hours start from early morning to late evening- from 6 am to 8.30 pm. During winters, the hours reduce a little. But, it is better to avoid during the rainy season.
Precautions to take while visiting Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary
You can go for trekking and camping in the Talakaveri wildlife sanctuary, but prior permission is required for that You can pitch your tents at Kallu Mantapa spot for camping or you can rest under small sheds made for forest patrolling staffs. But, remember trekking and camping are suitable during monsoons. As it is home for various flora and fauna, you need to follow certain rules and regulations of the wildlife sanctuary. Note: No pets are allowed to enter the sanctuary.
Raja’s Seat Coorg
Raja’s Seat literally means “Seat of the Kings”. This place is also known as “Garden of Flowers”. Located in the town of Madikeri town of Coorg, Karnataka, it is a beautiful place presenting a refreshing setting and soothing environment.
The place is called as Raja’s Seat because it was the place where Coorg’s kings used to visit and enjoy the beautiful scenic beauty around. The sunset and sunrise make for mesmerising view which is worth captivating in your cameras.
Raja’s Seat Visiting Hours
You can visit anytime between 5.30 am and 8:00 pm on any day of the week. But, just like the kings you can also experience the magnificent sunset from this point. You can also visit in the evening to see the beautiful sunset from here.
Cost to visit Raja’s Seat
The entry fee of the Raja’s Seat Park is Rs. 5. The toy train cost is Rs. 20 per person. The parking fee of each car is Rs. 40.
Mallalli falls is famous for its view with its milky white colour amidst the lush greenery of the forest and surrounded by black boulders of the mountains. It originates as River Kumaradhara takes a deep plunge of over 1000 metres in two tiers. The best route to reach the waterfall is by stepping down the 600 concrete steps. But, some of the steps have broken with time, so be very careful.
Best time to visit Mallalli falls
It is always better to visit any falls during the monsoon season. So, it will be best to visit Mallalli falls between June to September, as you will enjoy here to see its highest water level.
How to reach Mallalli falls?
You can drive your own car or hire a jeep or taxi to Kalahali Road through Somwarpet Taluk, which is 10 Kms. After a certain point the road gets narrow and unfit for vehicles to proceed further, that is the parking area. You need to trek 2-3 Kms from there up the mountain.
Note: Be careful of leeches. There is no facility of food and water, so carry enough drinking water along with you. Wear proper trekking gear and be careful while going up and down the steps. And do not leave any expense items inside the parked car.
Irupu Falls (or Iruppu Falls)
Irupu falls is formed by the river Lakshmana Theertha that is plunging down from a height of 170 ft., so it is also known as Lakshmana Teertha falls. It is fresh water cascade, located on Brahmagiri range.
It is considered as one of the most sacred places all over in Karnataka. There is a Rameshwara temple dedicated to lord Shri Ram on paddy fields, from where you need to climb up to the falls through the forest by trekking. It is believed that all your sins will be washed away and you will be clean soul. So, thousands of devotees visit this place during Shivratri. The Irpu Rameshwara temple was built by Lord Rama and the Shiva Linga was consecrated by the Lord himself.
How to reach Iruppu falls?
Iruppu falls is 50 Kms away from Madikeri and 50 Kms away from Nagerhole National Park. So, it will be better if you visit the place while going to Nagerhole National Park from Gonikopal by taking a detour after Srimangala, situated in the Kutta Road.
Irupu falls Timings
You can visit Irupu falls from Sunday to Monday between 7.15 am to 5:00 pm. But, the Rameshwara Temple remain closed from 1pm to 6pm.
Chelavara falls, locally known as Embepare which means ‘tortoise rock’. The first view of the falls after walking through the forest for a few meters is just magnificent. The small tributary of Kaveri river gushes down from a height of 150 feet and the water is 100 feet deep with high suction power. There are many sign boards of ‘Danger’ near waterfall, please obey them. Do not go near the waterfall! You will find barbed wire fencing around the falls.
It is one of the gigantic waterfalls in Coorg and the most unexplored falls in the lush greenery. Remember, the roads are rough and you have cover some distance by walking after the parking area. No food, water or washroom facility is available near the falls.
You should also visit Kabbe hills, 2 Kms away from Chelavara falls. It is one of the famous viewpoint of Coorg. You can also visit it separately and stay there at Kabbe Holidays Homestay. It is just 1 hour away from the highest point of Coorg, Tadiandamol.
One more unique destination, 18 Kms away from the town of Madikeri, is Mandalpatti. It is situated at a hilltop on an height of around 4050 feet and it is a part of Pushpagiri reserve forest too.
How to reach Mandalpatti Hill?
You can reach Mandalpatti hill either via Abbi falls junction. It is a shorter way, 20 Kms only, but it may find it a little bumpy. You can also go via Makkanduru, a longer way of 35 Kms. This drive will be one of the best experiences of Coorg as the road is full of coffee estates, small waterfalls and water streams. You can also get an amazing view of Kote Abbe falls. The way to visit Mandalpatti hill will be go via Abbi falls and return via Makkanduru or vice-versa, to experience both the ways.
Jeep ride to Mandalpatti Hill
You cannot reach the hilltop with your own vehicle. You can drive 17 Kms from Madikeri on your own up to Mandalpatti forest checkpoint. But, the last 3 Kms can only be covered by trekking or by jeep ride. Even if you take a jeep, the last 1 Km to the top needs to be reached by walking. You can take jeep either from the checkpoint or from Abbe falls. But, the best option will be to book a jeep from Madikeri for the full day and cover all the places. Any jeep has the permission to stop for 45 mins at the hilltop.
Cost to visit Mandalpatti Hill
- The jeep ride cost from Mandalpatti forest checkpoint to the hilltop is Rs. 1000 for 5-6 people.
- The jeep costing from Abbe falls Y-Junction to the hilltop is Rs. 1500 for 5-6 people.
- If you have reached Mandalpatti hill via Abbe falls route and you want to return via Makkanduru, drivers may charge extra Rs. 100 per head in jeep ride.
- The parking fee of Mandalpatti forest checkpoint is Rs. 20.
- The viewpoint of Mandalpatti hill is Rs. 25 per head.
Best to Time to Visit Mandalpatti Hill
The best time to visit Mandalpatti hill is either before the summer season or after the rainy season. Avoid monsoon, to visit this place. The timings of Mandalpatti hill are from 6am to 6pm, all days open.
Note: There is no facilities of washroom, food, water or hotel at Mandalpatti hill. So, be prepared for it and carry essential things along with you.
Where is Coorg in India
Coorg, also known as “Scotland of India”, is a beautiful, romantic and adventurous tourist destination in the Southern part of Karnataka, India which lies 252 kms from the state capital Bangalore. Coorg or Kodagu (also called as Kodaimalenadu in older days which means ‘dense forest on steep hill’) has numerous peaks which are on average 3000 feet to 4000 feet high. The tallest peak in Coorg is around 6000 feet high.
In the North-west direction, the Coorg is bordered with the Dakshina Kannada (Karnataka) part of Western Ghats, in the West it is connected with Kasargod (Kerala), in the North it is connected with Hassan (Karnataka), in the East it is connected with Mysore (Karnataka), whereas in the South-west part it is connected with Kannur (Kerala), and finally its Southern part touches the Wayanad (Kerala). Madikeri (also known as Mercara) is the headquarter of Coorg or Kodagu district.
Where to Stay in Coorg
Homestays are the best option if you don’t know where to stay in Coorg. They’re known as the window to the local culture. In Coorg, staying with a local is far better than a hotel because in this way you can easily roam around and get the chance to experience the real beauty of this tourist destination which probably may not be possible by staying at a hotel. Also, by staying at a homestay in Coorg you’ll also learn about the local customs, traditions & cuisines, when they sleep, how they sleep, when the awake, how they live their daily life, etc.
Coorg has some of the most magnificent homestays in India where you can enjoy a feast on delicious home cooked food and receive their personalized attention. They’ll also help you in guiding which places to visit at which time and how to reach there, booking your ride, safety, etc.
If you think you’ve to share your bathroom with the host family or other travellers, so think again! Coorg has some of the best accommodations that you can get in India.
Note: We’re not declaring that only homestays are the best, in fact, there are certain hotels which provide the best India’s famed hospitality in Coorg. But we’re not including them here because it’s far better if you research by reading other customer reviews for them.
Best Homestays in Coorg
Homestays in Coorg will charge you around 1000 INR (20 USD) per day which will include accommodation with breakfast and dinner. However, we’ll suggest you to go for lodges or homestays which will charge around 2000 INR to 3000 INR (35 USD – 50 USD) or even more because these homestays or lodges are really nice ones and provide more comfortable bedding, include lunch and makes bonfire. However, not that prices will also go up and down depending upon the season (on-season or off-season).
So, following are some of the best & cheap homestays in Coorg:
- Location: Near Kadagadal Village, 8 km from Madikeri.
- Cost: 2800 INR / Night for 2 people
- Location: 6 km from Madikeri.
- Cost: 3100 INR / Night for 2 people
- Location: Bittangala (Virajpet), 30 km from Madikeri.
- Cost: 3400 INR / Night for 2 people
- Location: Madikeri.
- Cost: Around 3900 INR / Night for 2 people
Little Jungle Homestay
- Location: Belur Village, 35 km from Madikeri.
- Cost: 4400 INR / Night for 2 people
Honey Pot Homes
- Location: 5 km from Madikeri.
- Cost: 4400 – 5400 INR / Night for 2 people
- Location: Madikeri.
- Cost: 3900 – 5900 INR / Night for 2 people
Silver Brook Estate
- Location: 10 km from Madikeri.
- Cost: 4900 – 5900 INR / Night for 2 people
- Location: 2 km from Madikeri.
- Cost: 5400 – 5900 INR / Night for 2 people
- Location: Mysore-Madikeri Highway, 10 km from Madikeri.
- Cost: 5900 INR / Night for 2 people
- Location: Mysore-Madikeri Highway, 30 km Madikeri.
- Cost: 5900 – 6900 INR / Night for 2 people
Notting Hill Homestay
- Location: Near Raja’s Seat (Madikeri town).
- Cost: 8900 INR / Night for a complete furnished house.
How to Reach Coorg:
If you’re seeking help for following queries-
- how to reach coorg from bangalore
- how to reach coorg from chennai
- how to reach coorg from hyderabad
- how to reach coorg from mysore
- how to reach coorg from delhi
- how to reach coorg from pune
- how to reach coorg from Mangalore
- how to reach coorg from Kolkata
You can reach Coorg from any of the above cities i.e. Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mysore, Delhi, Pune, Mangalore & Kolkata by any of the following ways.
By Air : You can reach Coorg by Air by taking flight to Mangalore Airport (136 km far) and Bangalore Airport (260 km away).
By Rail : Mysore Railway Station is the nearest railway station which is only 114 km far away.
By Road : Coorg has very road connectivity from its neighbour cities like Mysore (Coorg from mysore is 107.5 km away which will take around 2 h 50 min drive), Mangalore (Coorg from Mangalore is 150.8 km away which will take around 3 h 40 min drive) and Bangalore (Coorg from Bangalore is 243.3 km away which will take around 5 h 30 min drive).
Best Time to Visit Coorg
Being not just the best romantic hill station in Karnataka, South India but also a the best honeymoon destinations in World, temperature in Coorg ranges from 15 degree Celsius (minimum) and 20 degree Celsius (maximum).
Coorg during October to March:
Weather in Coorg remain pleasant from October to March and, thus, from October to March it is the best place adventure seekers and romantic couples.
Coorg during March to April:
Whereas, March and April months are famous all of the Coorg valley becomes full with the white flowers and, thus, romantic couples can visit during these months.
Coorg during Monsoon i.e. June to September:
However, during summer monsoon period i.e. from June to September, Coorg experiences a heavy rainfall and, thus, these months are not suitable for every traveller to visit Coorg who are seeking a pleasant and peaceful weather. It is to note here that during June to September months, the beauty of Coorg is at its Charm!
Following is the weather report of Coorg for all 12 months.
- Coorg Weather in January: 18 °C – 33 °C
- Coorg Weather in February: 19 °C – 34 °C
- Coorg Weather in March: 21 °C – 34 °C
- Coorg Weather in April: 22 °C – 34 °C
- Coorg Weather in May: 23 °C – 33 °C
- Coorg Weather in June: 21 °C – 30 °C
- Coorg Weather in July: 21 °C – 29 °C
- Coorg Weather in August: 21 °C – 29 °C
- Coorg Weather in September: 21 °C – 29 °C
- Coorg Weather in October: 22 °C – 31 °C
- Coorg Weather in November: 21 °C – 32 °C
- Coorg Weather in December: 19 °C – 32 °C
So, all of this was about best places to visit in Coorg 2018. Make sure you check the best time to visit Coorg and its top sightseeing places before planning your trip to Coorg.