Coorg: The beautiful Scotland of South India
Known for its natural beauty, coffee plantation and cool climate, Coorg or Madikeri is an amazing tourist destination in South India. Located at a height of 3500 feet above the sea level, in the Karnataka state, Coorg is a hill station which is famous for its scenic beauty, lush green forests and breathtaking landscapes because of this reason it is called as the Scotland of South India. Embraced by the green forests of the Western Ghats, the majestic splendor of Coorg makes it an apt place for travelers from all across the world. A holiday here will refresh your mind and soul.
Special attractions in Coorg:
There are many attractive places in Coorg and each year many tourists visit here. Below mentioned are some important attractions you should not miss. Scroll down and check out yourself.
Gaddige Raja's Tomb:
The Gaddige Raja’s Tomb is one of the most important historic buildings of Coorg. It is a place of great historic significance for those who love to explore the various aspects of history. The architecture of this tomb is intriguing and this is the place where the mortal remains of the mighty Kodavas as well as their dignitaries are displayed.
Madikeri Fort is a fabulous attraction and you will regret missing it. In the 17th century Mudduraja mud fort. Inside this marvelous palace was a beautiful palace built. Later on when Tipu Sultan visited here he found it amazing and he got it revamped granite and he renamed it as Jaffarabad. This beautiful fort has witnessed many battles and when Doddavira Rajendra took control he renamed and renovated this fort as Wodeyar II in 1812-1814. There are two huge elephant statues at the entrance of this fort. There is a church made in the south east corner of this fort and this place offers breathtaking view of the city. The architecture of this fort is amazing and here you can check out an old prison, a beautiful temple and a chapel. Another attraction here is the small yet interesting museum along with some government offices.
The Nalknad palace which was built in1792 by Dodda Viraraja is another amazing attraction in Coorg. The lovely architecture and paintings mounted of the walls of this palace allure tourists coming from all across the world. This palace was actually hunting lodge during the early times and its double storied Kodava architecture and wood work is great. Located at the foot of the Thadiyandamol peak this palace speaks out for its rich history and architecture.
One must not miss attraction of Coorg is the Abbey Falls. You can take a day picnic herewith your family. It is one of the most important attractions of Coorg and the breathtaking natural beauty of Abbey Falls is awesome. There are many coffee estates and spice gardens on the way towards the Abbey Fall and the panoramic view from here is just too amazing. Perfect for photography, it is an impressive place and we will recommend you to make a visit here during monsoons.
Raja’s seat means the Seat of the King and it is situated in the western direction of Madikeri towards the end. Her you can visit the beautiful and lush green garden which offers amazing view and picture perfect scenery. You can make a visit here during evenings as the sun set view from here is just too intriguing. According to the locals in the Raja’s Seat there is a pavilion and the Kodava rajas used to enjoy sun set from here. It is indeed a serene place from where you can enjoy the best of what Mother Nature has offered.
Irupu Falls a cascade of fresh water located 48 Kms away from Virajpet. The other names of this falls are Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. One of the major tourist attractions of Coorg is Lakshmana Tirtha Falls. Rameshwara Temple is present near the banks of river Lakshmana Tirtha. During Shiv Ratri huge population of devotees visit this temple of Lord Shiva.
It is one of the beautiful temples of Coorg and Lingrajendra II built this temple during 1820 CE.
Some of the other attractions of Coorg are Talakaveri, Bhagamandala, Nagarahole and Mandalapatti
Things to Buy In Coorg:
Dry Fruits and Spices of Coorg: Excellent spices like cardamom, pepper, mint, cumin, oregano, basil and bay leaves are available which you take back home. Rose Mary is available in huge volume. Dry Fruits of Coorg are equally popular as the Spices and includes raisins, cashews and figs.
Coorg Honey: If you ask anyone where you can get the best quality honey in India, everyone will name of Coorg Honey. This honey is really tasty and of high quality.
Chicory Coffee: The strong aroma of Chicory Coffee will attract the tourist to buy some packets way back home. Mark Chicory Coffee in the must to buy category from Coorg
Corgi Costumes: If you want to buy some traditional dress of this region then buyKodava costumes for your wardrobe.
Oranges: The oranges grown in Coorg are very tasty and Juicy, and so you can collect it for your home.
Planning to go this place via Indian Rail?
Visit www.indianrail.gov.in. / for knowing specific trains going to this place. You may book your train tickets at www.irctc.co.in/
Planning to go this place via Bus?
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