The Kodagu area is a highly picturesque and attractive mountain region in the south of Karnataka, not too far from Bangalore and Mysore. It’s often called Coorg (the English version of its name). The Brahmagiri range distinguishes it from Kerala. Coorg is one of the top destinations for nature lovers and those wishing to enjoy the great outdoor activities in Karnataka. These are all popular attractions for visitors to Coorg. However, as they spread across the region, you will need your own transportation.
Coorg is famous for its coffee plantations that represent approximately 60 percent of the coffee production in India. There are also abundant teak, rosewood, and forests of sandalwood. The best way to experience coffee plantations is to stay in one of the many coffee houses and resorts. Join the coffee plantation tour as an alternative. You can walk through the plantations and sample fresh coffee and learn about coffee production. It’s awesome!
Falls Abbey and Falls Irupu are two of Coorg’s largest cascades. It is best seen right after the monsoon season, but it cascades throughout the year. Abbey Falls is most accessible approximately 15 minutes north of Madikeri. In the other direction, Falls is about two hours from Nagarhole National Park and one hour from Madikeri. Many prefer Irupu Falls to Abbey Falls, and a scenic journey through Nagarhole to Bangalore can follow them. In the summertime after the monsoon, the area around Irupu Falls is rich in butterflies.
Mountains and Hiking
The Coorg region is ideal for hiking, with several attractive peaks and valleys. The highest peak in the state is Kakkabe to Thadiyandamol, one of the most popular routes. Let this ride take at least five hours. Many people also enjoy walks from Virajpet to Irupu Falls, from the range of Brahmagiri. However, through a dense jungle, it’s a difficult journey. Walking to Mandalpatti is often combined with an Abbey Falls visit. This is the best-known walk in the forest of Pushpagiri. The majority of holiday homes and resorts in Coorg offer walking and trekking. Also, offer Thrillophilia Mandalpatti Trek one day and Thadiyandamol Trek for two days.
Dubare Elephant Camp is a Karnataka government elephant training camp. You will learn all about elephants and ride them while they are bathed in the river, and even scrub them. The camp is open every day starting at 9 a.m. At eleven a.m. And four and a half p.m. At five.30 p.m. The elephants are located inside the camp on an island and a boat is needed to get there. So try to come as quickly as possible, preferably by 9 a.m. if you want the bathing experience. Be aware, however, that there is a government institution so don’t expect or have a good organisation for good infrastructure. Dubare is also a training camp, not a rehabilitation centre or sanctuary. Those interested in the treatment of elephants should not visit them, as elephants are chained and disciplined. One of the cottages in the camp can be stayed. The camp is situated about an hour east of Madikeri just off State Highway 91, near Kushalnagar.
Namdroling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery and Golden Temple
One of India’s must-see Buddhist monasteries is home to one of India’s largest Tibetan settlements. The amount of gold is pretty overwhelming in the prayer hall and temple, as the Buddha’s huge gold statues are too. It lies near Kushalnagar in Bylakuppe. Note that visitors require permission from the Protected Area to stay in the monastery since the area is limited. Day trips are however permitted. Bring your passport or other appropriate ID. For detailed insight, this guided tour is recommended.
Raja’s Seat is the most popular tourist attraction in Madikeri if you’re looking for something to see around the town. It seems that this garden was King of Kodagu’s favorite place. Raja’s Seat offers superb sunsets and panoramic views across the valley, all the way to Kerala, the best thing about it. But it’s best to go in the morning if you want peace and quiet. In the evening, people flock. The old fort and palace are Madikeri too. However, the majority of the palace was transformed into state offices. A small part was opened as a museum that was not attractive. Informative Madikeri tour, Gully Tours focuses on the heritage of the town.