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Coorg – Scotland Of India

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Coorg – Scotland Of India
  • (worth a trip)
  • 5-10 km
  • Easy
  • Average
  • 2-3 days
  • 3 3

Coorg is known as "Scotland of India" because of its beautiful landscapes

Coorg, Karnataka, India
Coorg is a city in the state of Karnataka, South India. Like every region in India, the south also has a distinctive cuisine which is mostly marked by the usage of coconut, curry leaves, and tamarind. Bamboo shoot curry is a local's favourite and is found in abundance specially during monsoon. Kadumbuttu is another liked dish in the town which is nothing but rice dumplings and is mostly paired with chicken curry or Pandhi (Pork) Curry. the combination of Pandhi Curry and Kadumbuttu is highly prominent during special occasions such as weddings, birthdays and the likes. No ceremony in Coorg is complete without at least one round of wine and other alcoholic beverages.

Homemade wines churned from locally grown fruits such as oranges, grapes, orange plums, beetle nuts and paddy are very famous and easily available at shops. Toddy is another alcoholic drink in Coorg which is made out of coconut and pine trees but is available only at specific shops.
Coorg is highly popular in India as a Honeymoon destination as well as a city for a peaceful family vacation. The city has a lot more to offer than just its scenic beauty.

Kushalnagar, a small town in the city of Coorg is most famous as the location for Dubare Elephant Camp where you can not only stay and observe the experts train the elephants living in the surroundings but also be a part of various activities yourself such as washing and scrubbing the elephants under guided supervision. The experience is definitely worth the detour!

Cuddled up within the plush greenery and superb landscape of Western Ghats, Coorg – also known as Kodagu, is a picturesque hill station in the state of Karnataka. Every year, hundreds of vacationers flock to Coorg from all across the country to enjoy a cheerful family time or to enjoy their romantic honeymoon. The city of Coorg is also highly famous with international tourists travelling to Southern India.


When you think of Coorg, think of an endless horizon where all you see is miles and miles of coffee plantations and rice fields, for agriculture is the major contributing factor in the economy of this city. But this is not all: The landscape of Coorg is as beautiful as it is dynamic. You may think that being an agricultural land, the people and society of Coorg aren’t as modern as of those living in the metropolitan cities of India, however, if you think so you would be highly mistaken. Fact: Coorg is one of the only few cities in India where consumption of alcoholic beverages socially is not only acceptable for both genders but also that there is no ceremony or celebration here which can be termed complete without a round of the locally made wine or Toddy – a local drink made of coconut trees and pine trees! (Dynamic. Told ya folks!)


Coorg is popularly known as the “Kashmir of South India” or the “Scotland of India”. This is because of its breath-taking sceneries and the gratifying climate that the city offers throughout the year (except the monsoon seasons). Located at an altitude of 3000 feet above sea level and covering an area of 1584 square miles, the city is home to the local community called the Kodavas (the origin of the name Kodagu). 


Its brilliant location on the eastern slopes of the Western Ghats makes it a perfect trekking destination for even the amateur trekkers. The effort level required for trekking in Coorg is moderate to easy.


Apart from trekking, you can also indulge in bird watching, rejuvenation, or golfing at one of the three locations – Polibetta, Coorg Golf Link in Bittangala, and Mercara. Camping in an Elephant reserve near Kushalnagar is also another famous tourist activity (See below for more details).


Some of the best places to visit in Coorg include:

      • Barapole River (famous as one of the best rafting spots in the country)
      • A visit to a coffee plantation
      • Abbey Falls and Iruppu Falls (two biggest waterfalls in the region)
      • Dubare Elephant Camp (see below for details)
      • Namdroling Nyingmapa Tibetan Monastery and Golden Temple (one of the ten must visit Buddhist Gompas in India and supposedly the second largest Tibetan establishment in the country)
      • Raja’s seat (one of the most visited spots in Coorg, offers panoramic sunsets and views expanding till Kerala)


One of the best ways to travel here unless you are travelling with family is to get a GoMowgli Pass – a backpacker style hop on hop off option, which lets you pick from tailor made itineraries ranging from a day to 19 days.


Being one of the most famous holiday destination in India, accommodation options are in abundance through the city of Coorg. From luxurious properties such as Club Mahindra Madikeri, Vivanta by Taj, and Orange County Coorg, to B&Bs and hostels – name it and you shall have it!


Opening hours

You can travel to Coorg throughout the year except the monsoon as it can get very intense here during the rains.

How to get there

The nearest international airport is Bangalore airport which is approximately 290 km from Coorg. The nearest railhead is Mysore, however again, a train from Bangalore City Junction serves better connectivity. Regular KSRTC buses operate from Mysore and Bangalore to Madikeri (known as the HQ of Coorg), Virajpet and Somwarpet (other major towns in Coorg), and Coorg itself.


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