Kodagu - Coorg
- Coorg - The Picture Perfect Kodagu
A tiny district perched at a height of 4000 ft, Kodagu stood isolated
from the rest of the land till recently when its immense tourist
potential was discovered. With its dense green rainforests, pepper,
cardamom, and coffee estates sprawled over misty mountains and valleys,
the place is definitely the dream of any nature lover or honeymooning
couple. The rivers Kaveri, Bara Pole and Payaswani and their tributaries
crisscross the landscape and the virgin forests here are home to
animals of all kinds, including wild elephants.
The climate of Kodagu is pleasantly cold throughout the year, which makes it one of the most visited tourist destinations of Karnataka. Drenched in the heavy monsoons, the place gives an altogether different feel, although the tourists might find traveling difficult. Kodagu is also one of the major producers of orange, timber, arecanut, pineapple, papaya etc as well. A drive through one of the plantations is bound to be an enchanting experience.
The native inhabitants of Kodagu are called Kodavas, who have a unique religion and culture of their own. Initially, Kodagu was under the kingdom of Ganges. Later, it saw invasions by the Cholas and the Changalvas, followed by the Hoysalas. Kodagu was officially part of the kingdom of the Hoysalas and Vijayanagar from the 14th to the 16th centuries. The Nayaks followed and established their supremacy till the arrival of Hyder and Tippu Sultan. Legend goes that Chandravarma, the son of Siddhartha, once visited the area while on a pilgrimage and was inspired to settle down there with his eleven sons. As Goddess Kaveri blessed the eldest son of the King, her sari knot turned, resulting in a twist in the course of the river.
There is no place in Kodagu which is of no tourist interest. Madikeri or Mercara, the headquarters of the district, is one of the most picturesque areas of the town. There are quite a few spots of tourist interest here- the palace inside fort, the Omkareshvar temple, Rajas tomb, Rajas seat, Abbi falls etc.
The two rivers Kaveri and Kannike converge at Bhagamandala where there are a handful of temples as well. The most significant among them being the Padi Igutappa temple, situated around 2 km from Kakkabe. Kakkabe has several mountain peaks ideal for trekking and hiking. The area also bags the credit of being the largest producer of honey in India.
The Irpu Falls is a must see spot, with its misty waters cascading down slopes amidst thick greenery. There is also a temple of Lord Shiva tucked away among the woods here, along the banks of the Lakshmithirtha River. The waters here are said to have the power of cleansing ones sins and is visited by thousands on Sivarathri day.
Dubare Elephant Camp
The Tibetan Monastery
- Best Time To Visit
October to March.
- How to Reach
By Flight :
Nearest Airport is Mangalore Airport.
Kodagu does not have a railway station of its own, the nearest stations are Mysore, Hassan, Mangalore and Tellicherry.
Madikeri is well connected by road to Bangalore, Mysore, Hassan and Tellicherry.