Approximately 265 kilometers of distance from Bangalore, Coorg or you can say Kodagu, a district in Karnataka, and Madikeri is the district headquarter. Coorg is known as the Scotland of India.
Glance of History:
In 1834, the East India Company annexed Kodagu into British India, after deposing Chikka Virarajendra of the Kodagu kingdom, as ‘Coorg’.
Coorg Province was largely inhabited by the Kodava people who spoke the Kodava language.
During the 19th century, a number of coffee plantations were established in Coorg with the result that Coorg became one of the largest producers of coffee in the British Empire.
I will start with accommodation first;
I used to book my hotel thru Hostelworld.com.
I got a beautiful accommodation, in the mid of the forest, approximately 32 km far from city center,Madikeri. And that was Zostal Coorg. It starts from INR 499/- per dorm, if you are lucky then only you can get it. Dorm means one cot, it can be ground floor, or upper.
Located in the middle of a mini forest and coffee plantations, Zostel Coorg is a laidback backpacker hostel in the lap of nature. The hostel is 5 kms from the Siddapur town and is well connected by bus and auto rickshaw service.
Tucked away in the greenest lands of the town, Zostel Coorg offers a variety of dormitories, tents and private rooms. There is plenty of space all around the hostel for travelers to mingle apart from the cozy common room and the multi-cuisine cafe.
For the more adventure-loving of the lot, they have tents for you to camp with wilderness around you. There is a small pond within the property and hammocks are all around the place to just relax and do nothing.
Places to visiting in Coorg/Madikeri
I will not give you bunch of places. I will suggest only important main places mandatory to visit. It will not take more than 24 hours, but yes, you can spent more day, if you are going to my way. I spent two days and one night.
1. Coffee Plantations:
Coorg is renowned for its coffee plantations, which contribute around 60% of India’s coffee production. It also has plentiful teak, rosewood, and sandalwood forests. You have two choices: Either stay near by resort or join the group, who is visiting coffee plantation group tour. You can have a fresh cup of coffee definitely.
Abbey Falls and Irupu Falls are two of the biggest waterfalls in the Coorg region. Abbey Falls, located about 15 minutes north of Madikeri, is most accessible. Irupu Falls is nearly two hours south of Madikeri and an hour from Nagarhole National Park.
3. Dubare Elephant Camp
Dubare Elephant Camp is an elephant training camp operated by the Karnataka government. The camp is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.The elephants are located on an island within the camp and it’s necessary to take a boat to get there. Hence, if you want to experience the bathing try to arrive as early as possible, preferably by 9 a.m. You’ll be able to learn all about elephants, ride them, and even scrub them while they’re being bathed in the river.
4. Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary:
Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, also known as Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka, is a bird sanctuary in the Mandya District of the state of Karnataka in India. It is the largest bird sanctuary in the state, only 40 acres in area, and comprises six islets on the banks of the Kaveri river.
5. Namdroling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery and Golden Temple
It’s located in Bylakuppe, near Kushalnagar. One of the must-see Buddhist monasteries in India, this monastery is home to one of the largest Tibetan settlements in India. The amount of gold in the prayer hall and temple is quite overwhelming, as too are the immense gold statues of Buddha.
6. Madikeri Fort
Madikeri has an old fort and palace. Most of the palace has been turned into government offices though. A small part has been opened as a rather unappealing museum.
7. Nisargadhama hole National Park
Nisargadhama is a breathtakingingly 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.
8. Rajs’s Seat
One of the popular tourist spots, Raja seat literally means “Seat of the Kings”. Located in the town of Madikeri, it is a beautiful place presenting a refreshing setting and soothing environment.
The place is called as Raja’s Seat because it was the place where Coorg’s kings used to visit and enjoy the beautiful scenic beauty around. The sunset and sunrise make for mesmerizing view which is worth captivating in your cameras.
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