Have You Visited This Heaven Name Kodagu (Coorg)?
Coorg or Kodagu, a place truly mentioned as “Scotland of India” on the list of tourist attractions. One of the top tourist places in Karnataka state, Kodagu encloses mystical hills, fresh breeze with the rich aroma of coffee and cardamom plantations in its beautiful climate.
Coorg is the perfect retreat for people to rejuvenate and for the ones who are in love with unspoiled, serene, and calm locations. The quaint hill station with amazing places to visit and having a moderate temperature round the year, which makes it one of the popular spot for trekking and adventurous activities.
Here are some of the best places to visit in the heaven of Kodagu (Coorg).
One of the most beautiful waterfalls located in South India, Abbey Falls has located 10kms away from Madikeri. The amazing waterfalls cascading from majestic mountains of the Western Ghats, with misty clouds in the backdrop, is a sight to behold. The waterfalls are nestled amid stretches of coffee plantations and pepper vines, and there is a hanging bridge to have a fantastic view of the falls. It is also a popular trekking spot in Coorg.
Located in the town of Madikeri, Raja’s Seat is the place where the kings would sit and watch the sunsets with their consorts. One of South India’s most scenic locations, the view from Raja’s Seat is breathtaking when you gaze upon the green valleys and towering hills. This is the picturesque place to sit with a glass of wine and watching cars curving up the road to Mangalore.
Built in 1820, this temple features flawless Mumammadan architecture and design with a central dome and four corners with turrets. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple has a Shiva Linga near the entrance, which was built to console the spirit of a Brahmin who was unjustly killed by the king Lingarajendra II. Also, in front of the temple, there is a beautiful lake with plenty of fishes.
Talacauvery and Bhagamandala
Every year, at a predetermined time, water gushes out from a small pond at Talacauvery, the birthplace of river Cauvery. Talacauvery has located 44 km from Madikeri, on the slopes of Brahmagiri Hill. Besides being a pilgrimage center, Talacauvery is known for its natural beauty.
Dubare Reserve Forest & Elephant Camp
This is another scenic spot located 15 km from Kushalnagar famous for its elephant training camp. You can also go for rides on the Gentle Giants. It is also an ideal place for angling in the swirling waters of the Cauvery.
Bylakuppe 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.
Nisargadhama is a beautiful island off the state highway, two km from Kushalanagar town and 28 km from Madikeri. The 64-acre island, surrounded by the Cauvery river, can be accessed by walking across a hanging bridge. Island’s breathtaking beautiful surrounding is lush with thick foliage of bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees. It has lovely riverside cottages to accommodate up to five persons. Elephant rides and boating are some of the other attractions. A deer park, children’s park, and Orchidarium in the resort are must have a look at.
Located in Brahmagiri Hills, Iruppu Falls is ranked as one of the most popular tourist places in Coorg. According to religious significance, Iruppu falls were generated when Lord Rama and his brother Lakshmana were in search of Devi Sita, and Lord Rama was thirsty. So, Lakshmana shot an arrow into the ground from where water oozed to quench his thirst. The river creates Iruppu Falls that descends from 60 meters, creating picturesque beauty.