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Hill Stations in Karnataka: Coorg

Updated on February 11, 2014

Viper (Snake) in Coorg

Viper resting on a leaf
Viper resting on a leaf | Source

Coorg or Kodagu in Karnataka, India is a very charming place with its range of hills, coffee plantations and the sweet oranges.

Coorg has a lot to offer if you love adventure as it has high hills and valleys and the right place for trekking.

You can approach Coorg from all the three different states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil nadu in India.

We travelled from Bangalore, Karnataka. It is about 270 kms from the place we live and it took about 5 hours to reach Coorg including the time taken for breakfast.

The natives of Coorg are Kodavas. When we travelled from Bangalore to Kodagu we could see men and women dressed in their traditional attire. Our guide in the hotel explained to us that the Kodavas are good at sports and martial arts and they traditionally joined the armed forces to serve the country.

The natives of Coorg dominated the coffee trade and we could see beautiful coffee plantations along the sides of the road up the hill. There were three types of coffee plants as explained by our guide; coffe Arabica, coffe robusta and coffe liberica. Coffee Arabica is said to have intense flavor. Coffee liberica grow tall and they are the less popular ones.

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Coffee plantation in Coorg

Coffee Liberica
Coffee Liberica | Source
Cardamom plantation at Coorg
Cardamom plantation at Coorg | Source

We could also see some poisonous snakes in the jungles of Coorg. Green tree snake and a viper resting on the leaves were beautiful sights. There were also cardamom plantations. Even in September, it was raining and it was fun to walk out in the evening when it was drizzling.

Green snake in Coorg

It was moving fast and very transparent
It was moving fast and very transparent | Source

The atmosphere is peaceful and is very good as a getaway on weekends from the concrete jungle where you live in.

The place has reserved its natural beauty and you may come across beautiful creatures like snakes and lizards as you see in the picture below.


The evening trip to the nearby hills through the forest was fantastic. The trip was on a jeep hired from the hotel. A guide accompanied us in our trip to the hill tops. We had two stoppages one at 1300 feet height and another at 1900 feet height. The view of the surrounding hills was magnificent. We were surprised to see one or two houses living at such heights; children playing around. Hens and cattle were also seen at such heights.

Hill tops of Coorg

4 out of 5 stars from 1 rating of Coorg as a holiday destination

Other activities you can enjoy in Coorg are trekking, exploring the plantations, river rafting etc. they have also started with horse riding. Elephant riding is possible in Dubare elephant camp. Dubare elephant camp gives the opportunity to go closer and watch the elephants and even participate in taking care of them like feeding and bathing.

Lush greenery of Coorg hill tops

Hens pecking at the heights of Coorg
Hens pecking at the heights of Coorg | Source

The amusements did not end at the hill tops. We got this river which is flowing all frothy and beautiful on our way back from the hill tops. Our guide took us there. I could hardly see any other human being in the vicinity. The water was clear and cold to touch.

Beautiful river at Kodagu
Beautiful river at Kodagu | Source
A muddy river down the hill
A muddy river down the hill | Source
A banana bunch growing upwards
A banana bunch growing upwards | Source

We stayed in Club Mahindra, Kodagu valley. It is a very secluded place away from the husle and busle of Madikeri town.

The entrance of the hotel has a “nadumuttom” in Kerala style. But the front office staff did not show any distinction though it is marketed as a five star resort. They were lacking personal touch.

Misty morning at Coorg
Misty morning at Coorg | Source

The room had a small kitchen with a microwave oven and a small refrigerator. There were plates, spoons and other cutleries. The food prices were exorbitant. The room had a beautiful balcony facing courtyard. The misty mornings and the rainy evenings were romantic.

The micowave oven and the refrigerator helped us to prepare something on our own when we got bored with the restaurant food.

Kitchen at Club Mahindra, Kodagu valley
Kitchen at Club Mahindra, Kodagu valley | Source
Room at Club Mahindra, Kodagu valley
Room at Club Mahindra, Kodagu valley | Source

On our way back, we saw this beautiful sight of sheep being taken home probably after a whole day grazing at nearby fields.

We relished our stay in Coorg (Kodagu valley) as it was different in many ways; the weather, the people, the greenery, the smell of spices….

Another beautiful sight when we came out of Kodagu
Another beautiful sight when we came out of Kodagu | Source

Would you like to spend your holidays in Coorg?

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    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      3 years ago from India

      Hi lollyj lm

      Thanks for the visit and comment

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      Laurel Johnson 

      3 years ago from Washington KS

      Thank you for taking me to Coorg on this hub. Well done!!

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      3 years ago from India

      hi chef-de-jour

      Thanks for the visit and comment.

      You are most welcome to India to see snakes and many other creatures. LOL

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      Andrew Spacey 

      3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      The more I see and hear of India the more I want to visit. Having been to Brazil, Columbia and Peru last year I need to save up for what would be a beautiful and exciting trip to your large and varied country. I enjoyed your insights into Coorg. As a wildlife enthusiast I would very much like to meet as many snakes as possible, as many Indian creatures as possible!

      Votes and a share.

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      JR Krishna 

      4 years ago from India


      Thanks for the visit and comment

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      Sanjay Sharma 

      4 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Nice hub with excellent photographs. Lovely place to visit. Voted up.

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      Hi DDE

      Thanks for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hill Stations in Karnataka, India-Coorg an amazing place with unique reptiles and sights

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      Hello MG Singh,

      I have been to Nilgiris as well; only for a visit. These are very beautiful places.

      I am glad that you liked the hub

      Thanks for the visit

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      Hi Thelma,

      These photos are taken by my husband. I am very much scared of snakes. But of course the one in the picture (on the leaf) was resting probably after a meal whereas the green snake was very swift; that is why we could not get picture of its entire length.

      Thanks for the visit:)

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      MG Singh 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      I spent a year at the staff college at Wellington close to Coonoor in the Nilgaris. Lovely place, but not as cold as the northern hill stations

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      Thelma Alberts 

      5 years ago from Germany

      What a beautiful place to visit. The photos are beautiful, too. Were you not afraid of the snakes? I could imagine myself running after seeing those snakes. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      5 years ago from India

      Hi ishwaryaa,

      Coorg is indeed a wonderful place for relaxation

      Thanks for your visit.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub with detailed information and wonderful photos. I have heard from my relatives that Coorg is a nice place and it is often used as a holiday destination for school students. A well-formatted hub! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi M. Dasgupta,

      Coorg is a very beautiful place; not far from Bangalore.

      You can definitely make it

      Thanks for the visit

    • thumbi7 profile imageAUTHOR

      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi Peggy W,

      I am glad that you liked this article.

      Thanks for the visit

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      And I second alocsin's statement. Coorg looks very inviting as a holiday destination. I will probably never make it that thank you for sharing your photos and impressions with us. Up and interesting votes.

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      JR Krishna 

      6 years ago from India

      Hi alocsin

      Thanks for the visit

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      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Sounds like a place worth visiting if I ever make it to your country. Voting this Up and Interesting.


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