By Purnima Chowdhury
03 October 2020
Coorg is rightly called the Scotland of India. The scenic view of the cloud laden mountains makes you feel calm and complete. This hill station in Karnataka is a must visit if you are looking for a getaway to nature. Coorg is a touristy place all year around but monsoons are specially favored by tourists because of its enhanced beauty in the rains.
This simple looking monument overlooks the Hills and the paddy fields of the region. This is one of the most visited places in Coorg with the statues and artificial fountains. This place is right in the middle of the town and is at a walking distance from the main bus stop. If you visit in the early morning, you can see the beautiful clouded hills. They say the royals used to come here to watch the sunset from this place.
Pouring from a height of 70 ft this place is a true beauty to enjoy. The pathway to reach this fall is equally beautiful with the coffee estates. The best time to visit this place is between November and January with the red ripened coffee berries and when the fall is at its glory.
This is my favorite place in Kodagu. The fact that you have to walk through the forest to see this fall makes it much more interesting. This looks spectacular falling from such high at two different stages. The locals say this fall is sacred as it has its roots in the epic Ramayana.
Situated at the banks of the cauvery river, this is the perfect place to enjoy your time in the nature’s lap. This is a perfect picnic spot to enjoy with your family. You can sight some deer at this place so it makes a great place for the kids too.
Dubare Elephant Camp
You cannot claim to have visited coorg completely if you havent been to dubare elephant camp. This is an enclosure maintained by the government to maintain and train the elephants. It seems the elephants for the Mysore Dasara fesival are trained at this camp. To reach the camp you have to cross a shallow water body which makes it even more exciting.
This fort is situated at a hilltop and from here you can have a view of the entire town. Originally a mud fort, the present day stone structure was built by Tipu sultan. It has a small museum in the premises where you can see the stone sculptures and carvings.
Namdroling monastery also called the golden temple, is a three storeyed shrine that is home to more than 5000 buddhist monks. This place is a must visit if you want to relax in the calm atmosphere of the monastery and admire the tibetan architecture.
Talacauvery is considered to be the origin of river Kaveri. Located at the Brahmagiri hills this is considered as a holy place. Every year many pilgrims visit this place to have a bath at this holy place. Right after visiting the Talacauvery you can head to the Brahmagiri hill as you can walk to the entrance from where you have to climb a series of step to reach the hill top. From here you can have a 360 degree view of the surrounding hills.
This temple is an ancient shrine of Lord Shiva. This place is famous for its not so usual architecture. This is one of the most popular tourist places in coorg.
Nagarhole National park
This is a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve and has a wide variety of flora and fauna. You can take a safari here and enjoy the animal sightings or you can just drive through the forest if you are visiting in a car with due permission.
How to reach Coorg:
- By Bus: You can find Sleeper buses from Bangalore between Rs. 600 to Rs. 1500. You can also find buses from most of the cities in the state.
- By Train: Coorg doesn’t have a train station. The nearest train station is in Mysore at 100 Kms away. And other station being Bangalore.
- By Air: Coorg doesn’t have an airport. The nearest airport is Bangalore international airport as this airport hosts flights from most part of the world.