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Holidays in India - Vacation at Coorg

Updated on February 2, 2012

Travel to India - Holiday in Coorg

Floating among the clouds and atop the mountain ridges is the beautiful land of Coorg in the state of Karnataka. Coorg or Kodagu is known for its beauty and temperate climate. Coorg is the “Coffee Cup of India” the “Honey Pot of the South” and the ‘spice bowl ofIndia’. This emerald valley, surrounded on all sides by densely forested hilly terrain, is almost unspoilt and largely untouched. It is, quite literally, “Heaven on Earth”. It is also called the Scotland of the East. Just driving down the slopes from one place to another is a treat to any nature lover. The winding roads, scooped out of the hills, covered with ferns and flowers of different hues, shapes and sizes are indeed a treat to the senses as you drive along. All you need to do is relax, put on your seat-belts and take a deep drink of the beauty around you.

The River Cauvery at Dubare forest
The River Cauvery at Dubare forest | Source

Where to go in Coorg - A drive through nature's splendor

Bangalore is the biggest international airport closest to Coorg. As you drive from Bangalore to Coorg, you could make Kushalnagar your first stop. Here, there are beautiful resorts, moderately priced cottages and facilities that you can live with. Within 12 kilometres of Kushalnagar, you have beautiful places to trek/hike around and see. The Cauvery Nisgardhama (a beautiful island ) is a scenic spot thickly forested with bamboo, teak and sandal wood trees. If you are a nature lover, this is a place to be, especially in the mornings, when you can hear the birds, the sound of water lapping on the rocks, the trumpeting of elephants and feel the peace and cool of the morning. If you don’t like crowds, then get there as early as you possibly can. You could also stay here in the cottages maintained by the state. You would usually find a spot of the river to yourself, if you manage to walk along the natural rocky path. An elephant ride is another experience to savour and enjoy. Perched atop an elephant, you would feel like a boat being rocked and tossed around by the waves and this is something that you have to experience and enjoy.

Elephant ride at Dubare forest
Elephant ride at Dubare forest | Source

Adventure, activities and fun at Coorg

The Dubare forest a 7km drive or trek from the city is well worth visiting. There is a scenic spot of the river that spreads across not too widely allowing you to walk across it on the naturally stony path when the river is not in full spate. Don’t panic if you can’t, you can get yourself a boat ride to the other end where you can watch elephants having a bath and if you want to help scrub him down you are welcome. This is a lovely picnic spot if you care to get yourself a hat and some sun protection cream. Rafting is something you can do here to enjoy your day. Here also you could get an elephant ride but a very short one. This is an elephant training camp and you would see a number of elephants here.

Coffee PLantations
Coffee PLantations | Source

Coorg - Places to see and things to do

There is a little reservoir near the Dubare forest, a quiet place not visited by many and a lovely place to trek and catch up on some well needed exercise during your holiday. Agreat place to watch the sunrise or sunset from if you are in Kushalnagar. The Buddhist monastery is a beautiful and restful place worth visiting. Bylakuppeis a Tibetan refuge camp and you would find monks in red all over the city ofKushalnagar. Don’t be surprised to see them on bikes and wearing stylish Raybann glasses. If you are interested in customs and religious traditions you may enjoy your visit here. The Golden Temple in all it splendour with a sixty foot Buddha statue plated in gold is a great attraction here. The architecture of this place is worth taking a look at. If you have had a fill of this place I would suggest that you drive up to Madikere the second spot on your map.

A view from Raja's seat  - Madikeri Coorg The Abode of Gods
A view from Raja's seat - Madikeri Coorg The Abode of Gods | Source

Coorg the abode of Gods - walk among the clouds at Madikeri

The drive to Madikeri is beautiful, it is 3781 ft. above sea level. Have your cameras ready for you may want to take home some pictures of the lovely drive. As you climb higher up the hills you would find the temperature dropping and becoming very pleasant. The Raja’s seat is a place to watch the sunset from. You would get a lovely view of the valley and the route that you took to come here. You would also walk among the clouds if you wait for a few minutes after sunset. Within minutes you would be covered by the mist and clouds and you would inhale the pure rarefied mountain air.

Nisgardhama | Source

Drive into nature lap of luxury at Coorg

A drive to Tala Cauvery and Bhagamandala would make a huge difference if you are on a pilgrimage, these are places of worship. If you are a nature lover and don’t mind the drive this is paradise, just for the view that you get from top the hill which is the source of the river Cauvery. It was a moment of awe and wonder to watch the splendour of creation and the peace that comes from it all. As I stood in awe of the creator, I realized this is not just beautiful place but oneness with the creator and this is something that would take another life time to forget. The view of the mountains and the thick vegetation and the gossamer clouds hanging as veils and decoration among them is a sight that makes this trip worth it all.

The Abby Falls at Coorg
The Abby Falls at Coorg | Source

The Abby Falls at Coorg

The Abby falls the beautiful landmark of Madikeri is a sight to be seen and savoured. Unfortunately for me that when I visited the falls it was so noisy and crowded because there was a Hindi film shooting going on, I am not a great movie buff and was not happy with my surroundings. I would like to go there quiet early in the morning and spend time enrapt in the beauty and splendour of the fall listening to the sights and sounds of the water rushing and falling against the rocks. It would be another memorable experience that I am sure to make it mine in the near future.

A Drive of another 70 km would take you to the Nagarhole wild life sanctuary, a wonderful place for those of us who love nature and relax in her lap of comfort. The jungle resorts and cottages here are could make you stay comfortable. Sighting the animals on treks and rides would be a fantasy come true. I would not miss visiting Nagerhole for anything in the world

Hotels stay at Coorg - my recommendation

Hotels rooms are not too pricey, it is what you would pay at any tourist spot inIndia. The food here is very good, not too spicy neither is it too bland. You could get almost any kind of food here even for those that cannot eat spicy food. It is better to stay in a coffee plantation that offers homestay facilities or at a resort a little away from the hustle and bustle of the town. If you decide to stay in the city you may find that your mornings and nights are not as peaceful as they should be. So now you know my recommendation. The orange county resorts offer excellent facilities that you may want to look at, of course at a price.

On the whole if you are in India as a tourist or an Indian, visiting places, Coorg is the place to be. It is called the abode of God’s and it is indeed worthy of its name. Come to Coorg and I am sure you will carry an experience and memories that you will cherish for a long time to come. I wish you a happy and enjoyable holiday at Coorg. Make time to savour life the Natures way.

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    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Yeah it is.. thanx for reminding me... need to fix the next vacation :) Appreciate the comment :)

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      kriti dugar 

      7 years ago

      another grt place is chikmagalur.. very similar to coorg - less the tourist rush

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Uma, I love Coorg.. especially Medikeri and further down.. it is truly heaven on earth. I have already told my husband that I want to live there after retirement. I love kodikannal, Ooty is too commercialized, I prefer Kunoor, Yercaud is another awesome place to be in..and so are Kulu, Manali. I truly wish you would go to Coorg..if you are a nature lover that is the place to be :)

      Thanks Uma for the read and the comment, I appreciate it.

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      7 years ago

      Sofs, I missed visiting this place while I was visiting Ooty and Kodaikanal. Now having read you hub, I miss it all the more. I am noting down this place in my diary so I can coax my family into taking me to this beautiful place. It's heartening to see you giving Indian tourism a boost you way. God bless and I'm proud of you! :)

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      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Eiddwen, I am glad that you like the hub...I am sure that you would love Coorg too, I can be sure of that from reading your hubs:) Thanks for the read and the comment ..God Bless :)

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      7 years ago from Wales

      Thank you sofs for giving me another hub to bookmark. I also vote up and up.

      Take care


    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Ruby thanks for your constant support. I truly wish you could visit Coorg sometime, it is indeed a lovely place. The HP photo capsule is not helping either.. I had to abandon posting pictures as they were not getting saved and causing trouble..and the size too doesn't help.. Oh I wish I could at least have some more visual treats in the form of pictures for you :) Your comment is highly valued here :)

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      sofs, Your description of Coorg would entice anyone to want to see the beauty shown in your pictures. I know i will never get to go, but your article is a good substitute. Thank you.


    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Paradise, Coorg is paradise on Earth. :) Thank you for the comment and I hope you enjoyed the trip :)

    • sofs profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Sylvia, Coorg is a beautiful indeed. Thank you for the read and the comment :)

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      7 years ago from From the land of wonders

      Tim, I would be glad to have you as my guest whenever you are here in India. I am sure you would be at home in Coorg. Thank you for the read and the comment. I honestly appreciate this. God Bless!

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      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      It does, indeed, look like a lovely place to visit.

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      Sylvia Van Peebles 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Looks like a beautiful place!

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      Tim Nichol 

      7 years ago from Me to You

      Oh my..heaven on earth indeed. Your descriptions and the pictures are very enticing sofs. I wish I could afford to go. Maybe some day. I love nature, and I'm sure I'd feel right at home. Thanks for the tour.


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