Coorg: The Scotland of India


Kodagu or Coorg is an administrative district in Karnataka, India. Before 1956 it was an administratively separate Coorg State, at which point it was merged into an enlarged Mysore State. Coorg, officially known as Kodagu, is the most affluent hill station in Karnataka. It is well known for its breathtakingly exotic scenery and lush greenery. Forest covered hills, spice and coffee plantations only add to the landscape. Madikeri is the region’s centre point with all transportation for getting around starting from here.

Abbey falls – Gushing through the rocks

Abbey Falls makes for one of the most popular places to visit in Coorg. Located 1 km from the town of Madikeri, the waterfall is located between coffee plantations and spice estates. Enjoy the gushing beauty where the Kaveri River cascades down a rockface turning into the falls. The best time to visit is November and December, just after monsoons.

Dubare Elephant Camp for animal lovers

One of the most interesting things to do in Coorg is get close to elephants at the Dubare Elephant Camp. With over 150 elephants, the camp is a great chance to get to know these enchanting creatures. Watch the elephants being given a bath, fed and trained by Mahouts. In addition take a coracle ride on the River Cauvery and spot a crocodile, gaur, the wild dog, sloth bear and peacocks.

Iruppu Falls – Rush of the torrents

Of all tourist places in Coorg, Iruppu waterfall is one of the most popular. River Lakshmana Tirtha takes a 60 feet plunge amidst the green mountains to turn into these falls. The picturesque view of the ferns along with the gushing sound of the falls makes for a memorable experience.

Brahmagiri Peak – Trek through the verdant trails

Brahmagiri Peak is a scenic spot full of forested woods and mist-topped hills. On the way to the peak, you will trek through grasslands, colourful floras and sparkling streams of clear water. It also has a wildlife sanctuary which includes Lion-tailed Macaque, Jungle Cat, Spotted Deer, Nilgiri Langur, Giant Flying Squirrel amongst others. It is one of the most beautiful places to see in Coorg.

Chettalli – The less trodden pathways

If you are into cultural tourism, an interesting thing to do in Coorg would be to visit a local village. Chettalli is a small village on the Madikeri – Siddapur Road is just the place. With the misty hills being perfectly complimented by the unending greenery it provides a great place to enjoy the serenity and relax.

Raja’s Seat – Mystical views and cottony clouds

Present in the town of Madikeri, Raja’s Seat is considered one of the most scenic places to visit in Coorg. A popular sunset point, it provides a breathtaking view of the green valley and the surrounding hills. It is also surrounded by a beautiful garden of seasonal flowers and musical fountains. The best time to visit is during the early morning and evening hours.

Mandalpatti View point – Nature at it’s best

With abundance of greenery, trekking is definitely one of the things to do in Coorg. And Mandalpatti is one of the best tourist spots to indulge in the adventurous activity. Climb up towards the Mandalpatti View Point via the scenic Makkandur route but be sure to pack some water for the way!

Nagarhole National Park for the love of the wild

If you are interested in wildlife, the Nagarhole National Park is possibly one of the best places to visit in Coorg. Despite the dense jungle, it has open sight-lines along the river bank, which makes for fantastic place to watch animals and over 270 species of birds. The best time to visit is during summer (April to May) or winter (November to February).

Cauvery Nisargadhama – Time to the beaten tracks

Nisargadhama is a beautiful island, 28 km from Madikeri, surrounded by thick foliage of bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees. An interesting things to do in Coorg would be to stay in the treetop bamboo cottages here, and enjoy the elephant rides and boating on the river sid

 Bylakuppe – A cultural delight

Of all tourist places in Coorg, Bylakuppe is full of cultural delights. The second biggest Tibetan settlement in India, the main attraction in Bylakuppe is the Golden Temple or Namdroling Monastery which adheres to the typical Tibetan style of architecture. The town is especially great to visit during the festival of Losar (Tibetan New Year), which is celebrated with much fervor.