COORG KODAGU TOURISM
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Coorg (Kodagu) is Situated in the southwestern part of Karnataka, it is perched on the Western Ghats at an altitude of 1100 m above sea level. Dotted with beautiful coffee and tea plantations, alluring nature trails and splendid waterfalls, it's a place good enough to be visited again and again. Nestling at a height, the climate in Coorg (Kodagu) throughout the year is perfect. The most magical place in Coorg is Madikeri which is often referred to as 'Scotland of India'.
Coorg (Kodagu) is an absolute gem for all adventure buffs. The options that you will get here are numerous. You can go on trekking in scenic routes, practice few swings on the green top golf course or you can just sit by the river and try your luck in angling. Around Coorg (Kodagu), there are many Buddhist circuits as well that will keep you interested for long.Quite naturally, Coorg is among the most naturally beautiful places in Karnataka. Every place you visit, will be a sight to behold. Along with natural splendors, there are many monumental places as well that are worth a visit.
Coorg (Kodagu) has an average temperature of about 15 °C all round the year. Summers (March to May) are pleasant with maximum temperature not crossing 28 °C. The season is liked by all kinds of tourists. Monsoons (June to September) offer medium rainfalls, and Coorg (Kodagu) looks charming in rains. Winters (December to February) are cool days with minimum temperature above 11°C. This climate with soothe winds and mild cols is liked by many tourists. Best season to visit Coorg (Kodagu) is all through the year; keep a watch on heavy raining days October to May is ideal for sight seeing and outdoor visits at Coorg (Kodagu). June to September is good for short trips and indoor activities at Coorg (Kodagu).
Tourist Places in Coorg (Kodagu)
Coorg is among the most naturally beautiful places in Karnataka. Every place you visit, will be a sight to behold. Along with natural splendors, there are many monumental places as well that are worth a visit.
Madikeri is the capital of Coorg region. There are many tourist attractions in Madikeri that beckons visitors. The most mesmerizing are the many coffee and tea plantations on both sides of the roads.
Madikeri fort As an attraction, the 19th century Madikeri fort is the most famous one. Madikeri Fort can be found on elevated ground atop Madikeri. The fort was originally made out of mud and rebuilt by Tipu Sultan with stone, only to be wrested back by the Coorg King in 1791.There are two mortar elephants, built life-size to catch the visitors' eyes as they enter the fort. Inside the fort, the British took out the temple of Virabhadra in 1855 and replaced it with the gothic-style Anglican Church, which has since been converted to a museum.
Raja's Seat From Raja's seat you can witness the most scintillating sunsets. And the calmness in the air, makes it an apt place for picnics and outings. Raja's Seat in the town of Madikeri is where the kings would sit and watch the sunsets with their consorts. This is considered one of South India's most scenic locations. The view from Raja's Seat is breathtaking as you gaze upon the green valleys and towering hills. This is the perfect place to sit with a glass of wine and watch cars curving up the road to Mangalore that lies in the valley like a flowing ribbon. The government has set up a garden all around Raja's Seat. This is the ideal place to go for a morning stroll.
Omkareshwara Temple Built in 1820 Omkareshwara Temple is one of the oldest structures in Coorg. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The style of temple architecture has both Islamic and Gothic styles mixed in it. You can see four minars one on all corners of the temple. It is said that the temple was built by Lingarajendra to save himself from the spirit of a Brahmin, whom he had killed for his personal reasons. He brought a Shivalinga from Kashi and consecrated it here and named it Omkareshwara. There is a large tanks in front the temple. Omkareshwara Temple is situated at a distance of 1-km form Madikeri. And is easily accessible
Nagarhole National Park
Nagarhole National Park proves to be a great excursion from Coorg. Situated at a distance of 94 kilometers from Coorg, it was once the exclusive hunting ground for Mysore Rulers. Nagarhole National Park was set up in the year 1955 and covers an area of 575 sq km. Main attractions of the park are tigers. The density of tigers in the park is quite impressive. Other animals that are found here are elephants, jackals, panthers, hyenas and many reptiles. The best time to visit the park is early winters when the climate is at its pleasant most.
Abbey Falls are among the favored picnic spots for locales as well as families coming from nearby towns. The falls runs throughout the year and is full of water even in summers. Abbey falls are situated at a distance of 10 km from Madikeri. The falls are a great place for bird watching as well. So don't forget to carry your binoculars and cameras. It is easily accessible by road as the main road leads upto it through picturesque coffee gardens. The best time to visit Abbey falls is around November when the falls are overflowing after monsoons.
Nisargadhama: An island and picnic spot near Kushalanagara, formed by the river Kaveri.
Iruppu Falls, A sacred spot in south Kodagu in the Brahmagiri hill range. The Lakshmana Tirtha River flows nearby.
Talakaveri The place where the River Kaveri originates. The temple on the riverbanks here is dedicated to lord Brahma, and is one of only two temples dedicated to Brahma in India and Southeast Asia. Every year, at a predetermined time, water gushes out from a small pond at Talacauvery, the birthplace of river Cauvery. Talacauvery is located 44 km from Madikeri, on the slopes of Brahmagiri Hill. Besides being a pilgrimage center, Talacauvery is known for its natural beauty.
Bylekuppe near Kushalanagar is one of the largest Tibetan settlements in south India. It has several monasteries and the prominent among these are the Great Gompa of Sera Je and Sera Mey and the Namdroling monastery. The Mahayana Buddhist University is at Sera. Another important monastery is the Tashi Lhumpo monastery, the seat of the Panchen Lama. The gold-coated Buddhist statues in the monastery are imposing and unique, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetans.
Bhagamangala is situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Kaveri and the Kanika. A third river, the Sujyothi, is said to join from underground.
Dargah Sharief of Yemmemadu
Dargah Sharief of Yemmemadu, Dargah Sharief, the Holy Tomb, of Yemmemadu is one of the most sacred shrines for Muslims in Kodagu district. (35 km from Madikeri; Madikeri-Bettageri-Napoklu-Hale Taluku-Yemmemadu)