Why is Coorg so famous? Places to visit, when to visit, & more.

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Located in the western ghats of India in Karnataka, Coorg is a stunning hill station with lush greenery and rolling hills.

Here, you will experience pleasant weather all the time. The quaint colonial estates, waterfalls, coffee, and spice plantations transport you to some other era.

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During the colonial period, the Britishers who lived here fondly called this place ‘Scotland of India’ as they found it quite similar to Scotland.

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Why is Coorg so famous?

Coorg is an amazing place to unwind yourself and take a break from the monotony of life.

With year-round pleasant weather, lots of things to do, and places to visit, Coorg attracts a lot of visitors throughout the year. Coorg is rich in biodiversity and has a lot to offer to its visitors.

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Various shades of green in plantations are a treat to the eyes. Its scenic beauty and misty ambiance will make you fall in love with this place.

Is Coorg open for tourists in 2021?

Yes, Coorg is open for tourists. Please check the official tourism website for the latest travel advisory and updates.

Why is Coorg called coffee country?

Coorg is famous for its amazing flavourful coffee.

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Your trip to Coorg is incomplete without a visit to the coffee plantations. You must try here what is called the world’s best mild coffee.

It is believed that centuries ago a traveler named Baba Budan brought some coffee beans to India and planted them here.

The geographical and climatic conditions of Coorg were ideal for growing coffee and it flourished here.

How many days can we stay in Coorg?

3-4 are sufficient for a relaxed trip to Coorg. You can also visit Coorg in 2 days but that may get a little hectic.

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What are the best places to visit in Coorg?

Tadiandamol

For an adventure lover, Tadiandamol or Thadiyandamol trek is one of the must-do things in Coorg. Tadiandamol peak is the highest point in Coorg.

Iruppu Falls

Iruppu Falls is located about 75 kms away from Madikeri town. In order to reach Iruppu falls, you have to walk down a steep path for some time.

Raja’s seat

Raja’s seat is one of the important tourist attractions of Madikeri. Visit this place for amazing sunset around the valley and beautiful gardens. The gardens are very well maintained. You can also go back to childhood and have a fun experience on the toy train.

Abbey Falls

Abbey Falls is the most popular waterfall in Coorg. Monsoon is the best time to visit this waterfall.

As the waterfalls are located amidst the coffee and spice plantations, you may sense the pleasant aroma in the air. When we visited, it was super crowded. I did not find it fit for senior citizens to walk down and up.

Madikeri Fort

Madikeri Fort was built by the Haleri dynasty in Coorg. Though there isn’t much left to visit this fort, it may still attract people interested in history and architecture.

Coffee Estates

If you are a coffee lover, staying a day or two in a coffee estate would be a memorable experience for you.

Many plantations have homestays. Our walk in Tata plantation was fun, especially the open safari.

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Namdroling Monastery/ Golden temple

Namdroling Monastery (also known as Golden temple) is a Tibetan monastery located in Coorg where thousands of monks and nuns live and study. It is a very peaceful and beautiful place to experience some calmness.

It may get very crowded during weekends. If you want to spend some time here to soak into the tranquility, better visit on weekdays. There is no entry fee here.

What kind of adventures are available in Coorg?

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Coorg has a lot to offer to adventurous souls. You can enjoy camping, river-rafting, trekking, and jeep safari in Coorg.

River rafting was fun. Though there weren’t big rapids, we had fun swimming in the river.

All the kids had an amazing time together which also gave us grown-ups some time to relax and relive our memories.

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What is the best time to visit Coorg?

Coorg is a place that you can visit any time during the year. Depending upon your liking, you can choose what suits you the best.

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Coorg during Summers

Summer is the ideal time to visit Coorg to relax and rejuvenate. Temperature ranges between 20 degrees Celcius to 35 degrees Celcius. If you don’t like cold weather then this is the best time for you to visit Coorg. Flowers are in full bloom making it a great time for nature lovers.

Coorg during Monsoons

If rain showers are your thing, then the monsoon is the best time for you to visit Coorg. Everything around looks refreshing and lush. Temperature ranges from 20 degrees Celcius to 30 degrees Celcius. For budget travelers, this is the right time to visit Coorg as it is off-season. Water sports are a popular indulgence during this season.

Post monsoon is also a great time to visit Coorg if you like lush greenery but want to escape rains. You can go out trekking, camping, and enjoy outdoor activities.

Coorg during Winters

Coorg is a romantic place to visit in winters as the weather is cold but not freezing. Nights are cold but afternoons are pleasant. This is a popular time among honeymoon couples to visit Coorg.

What clothes to wear in Coorg?

The choice of clothes to wear in Coorg depends upon your time of visit. During summers, light and comfortable clothes are the best.

You may carry a light jacket for nights. During winter, you would need warm woolen clothes. Wear comfortable shoes if you intend to walk around during your trip.

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Who built Madikeri?

Madikeri was known as Muddu Raka Keri. It was named after Haleri king Mudduraja. Madikeri Fort was built by king Mudduraja in 1681.

Is Coorg and Madikeri same?

Madikeri is the main town of Coorg. It also serves as the district headquarters of Coorg.


Why is Coorg called Madikeri?

Coorg district is composed of 3 Taluks- Madikeri, Virajpet, and Somvarpet. Madikeri serves as the district headquarters of Coorg.

Who ruled Kodagu?

Kodagu was ruled by the Haleri dynasty between 1600 and 1834.

How is the road from Bangalore to Coorg?

The road from Bangalore to Coorg is smooth and well-maintained which makes the journey a pleasant experience.

Bangalore to Coorg took us 6 hours but Coorg to Banglore took us 8 hours 😭. We had booked a zoom SUV from Bangalore but due to their adjustments made we couldn’t drive at more than 80 km/h.

During our journey from Bangalore to Coorg, we drove through misty roads and picturesque views.

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How is the road from Mangalore to Coorg?

My cousin booked via Rev and his SUV was better maintained. It had no speed restrictions. My sister booked a drop and pick up via Make My Trip…her experience was also good.

The rest of our family did the Coorg to Mangalore drive and it took them just 3 hours.

Coorg was beautiful. It was as cold or a little less cold than Gurgaon so we were comfortable. My sister’s and cousin’s family came from Mumbai so they felt the chill in the air.

Having your own car or renting one to travel around in Coorg would be very convenient.

Where to stay in Coorg?

We stayed at Rare Earth Estate Homestay by Taj.

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It was a 5 bedroom Heritage Bungalow that Gives You the Classical Feel of Southern India. This is the only Taj property outside the plantation.

I think there are 5 properties inside the plantation of different sizes. We needed a 5 room bungalow so we chose rare earth. The staff was very cordial and they cooked the meals for us both veg and non-veg.

If your budget is more you can also try Taj Madikeri. We visited only for lunch but the location is beautiful.

If you like elephants, you can visit Dubare Elephant Camp. However, I would personally recommend not visiting it. The elephants are chained and they are often forced into photoshoots.

I liked visiting the Raja’s Tomb and the fort is good for photoshoot 😜

If you like the combination of greenery, hills, and coffee, then Coorg is a must-visit place for you. Another destination to be added to your travel plans!

If rolling hills, picturesque views, pleasant weather and coffee- is the combination that lures you to travel, then Coorg is the place for you to be! Coorg can be visited all around the year. Find more in the blog post about how to reach Coorg, why it is famous and places to visit in Coorg. #lighttravelaction #coorg #coffeecountrycoorg #placestovisitcoorg #kodagu #howtovisitcoorg #travelindia #coorgtravel #coorghillstation #madikeri #coffeeestate #coorgattractions #scotlandofindia
If rolling hills, picturesque views, pleasant weather and coffee- is the combination that lures you to travel, then Coorg is the place for you to be! Coorg can be visited all around the year. Find more in the blog post about how to reach Coorg, why it is famous and places to visit in Coorg. #lighttravelaction #coorg #coffeecountrycoorg #placestovisitcoorg #kodagu #howtovisitcoorg #travelindia #coorgtravel #coorghillstation #madikeri #coffeeestate #coorgattractions #scotlandofindia
If rolling hills, picturesque views, pleasant weather and coffee- is the combination that lures you to travel, then Coorg is the place for you to be! Coorg can be visited all around the year. Find more in the blog post about how to reach Coorg, why it is famous and places to visit in Coorg. #lighttravelaction #coorg #coffeecountrycoorg #placestovisitcoorg #kodagu #howtovisitcoorg #travelindia #coorgtravel #coorghillstation #madikeri #coffeeestate #coorgattractions #scotlandofindia

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the English name of Coorg?

Kodagu is also called Coorg as English people used to call it that way.

Does Coorg have an airport?

No, Coorg has no aiport. The nearest airport is in Mangalore.

How can I go to Coorg?

Coorg is well connected with Mysore, Bangalore, and Mangalore. You can travel by air, train, and road.

Which airport is near to Coorg?

Mangalore airport is the nearest airport to Coorg.

Is AC required in Coorg?

No, Coorg is pleasant during summers too. So, AC is not required.

How long is Coorg from Bangalore?

The distance between Coorg and Bangalore by road is about 242 km which takes about 5-6 hours to travel.

Is Coorg and Madikeri same?

Madikeri is the main town of Coorg district.

Why is Coorg called Madikeri?

Madikeri is the main town of Coorg. It also serves as the district headquarters of Coorg.

What language is spoken in Coorg?

Kannada and Kodava languages are spoken by the native people in Coorg.

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