10 Best Places to Visit in Coorg

Coorg is known for its scenic beauty, green mountain ranges, coffee plantations and mesmerizing waterfalls. The aroma of coffee in the morning and the misty mountains are an antidote to your tired mind. And for all those wildlife lovers, it is the perfect place to get a close look at your favorite wild ones.To experience the best of Coorg, these are the best places to visit in coorg .

Abbey Falls

One of the most beautiful waterfalls in the south and the sight of cascading water down the hills of the Western Ghats is sure to leave you spellbound. Monsoon is the best time to visit Coorg and to know and appreciate the beauty it is. The waterfalls are surrounded by black pepper trees and you can always take a stroll or trek upto the waterfalls to take a feel of how beautiful these trees and the waterfalls look. The sight of the water plunging down at unbelievably high speeds and the thunderous roar it makes when it hits the rocks is a breathtaking experience.

Brahmagiri Peak

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Located between Coorg in Karnataka and Wayanad in Kerala in South India, Brahmagiri is a mountain range at a height of 1608 mt.in the Western Ghats. It’s a popular tourist spot, especially the top of the hill which is a favorite among trekkers. The trekking range can be reached through Coorg, which is about 60kms long. Brahmagiri is one the most popular trekking trails in the country and along the way, one can see rivers and take a dip in the shallow river waters.  The famous Iruppu Falls are in the Brahmagiri region.  There is no dearth of photography-worthy places in this region and on top of the hill, lies a dense forest home to wild animals and some exotic species of birds.

Dubare Elephant Camp

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As the name suggests, the Dubare Elephant camp is a place where elephants are bred and trained. The elephant camp is a project initiated and looked into by the forest department. At this camp, one can know more about the psychology and lifestyle of these creatures. The Elephant Camp is home to almost 150 elephants. It is also home to many wild animals such as deer, sambhars and Asiatic elephants, that are smaller in size compared to African elephants. The sight of partridges, kingfishers, woodpeckers and the ever-beautiful peacocks with the spread of their colorful feathers is a sight to behold.

Iruppu Falls

Not only is it among the beautiful waterfalls of Coorg, Iruppu Falls also has a mythological connect to it. It is believed that Lord Ram and his brother Laxman passed this region in the Brahmagiri Hills , in the quest to search Lady Sita. As per the Hindu mythology, Lord Ram was thirsty and Laxman shot an arrow in the ground and that spot started oozing water. That is how this river came into existence. Iruppu Falls stem out of this river, at a height of 60 meters up in the hills. This place is also known as the Laxmana Teerth and is visited by scores of devotees during Shivaratri. It is believed that taking a dip in this sacred waterfall cleanses one of all his sins.

Nagarhole National Park

Nagarhole National Park is a famous wildlife sanctuary in Coorg. The wildlife sanctuary is also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park and is a dense tropical forest, essentially a tiger reserve. Apart from being a tiger reserve, the Nagarhole  National Park is home to deer, gaur and wild dogs and wild elephants. If you want to take a close look at these wild animals, the best time to visit the wildlife sanctuary is summer.  During summer, these animals are seen lying around the water-bodies. The experience of living in lodges amidst the forest is a thrilling experience.

Raja’s Seat

The reason its called Raja’s seat is because once upon a time it was a favourite spot of the Kaodagu kings to relax and unwind. A house of greenery with sprawling seasonal garden in the lush-green Coorg, Raja’s Seat is a great place to enjoy the view of sunsets. This place is a favorite among the locals as the

Gaddige

The tomb of the Raja of Gaddige is a major attraction for history buffs and explorers. This historical structure is built in the Indo-Sarcenic style of architecture and is reflective of the Mohammedan style of architecture. Gaddige is a place where the tombs of royal family members exist.  King Virarajendra and King Lingarajensdra were kings in the erstwhile Wadeyar dynasty of Mysore and ruled Madikeri, the headquarters of Coorg, about 107 kms away from Mysore. Tomb of the warrior of Tipu Sultan, the ruler of the kingdom of Mysore, is also housed in Gaddige.

Madikeri Fort

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The Madikeri Fort was built on a hill top, the fort was first built by Mudduraja in the second half of the17th century and restructured by Tipu Sultan and is a major historical place in Coorg. The north-east corner of the fort gate is flanked by two life size elephants and on the south east corner of the gate is the St. Mark’s Church which was built in 1859. The Madikeri Fort is now a famous museum which is managed by the Karnataka State Archeological Department and many history lovers take a tour of this fort and museum to satiate their love for knowledge of places and people.

Golden Temple, Bylakuppe

Golden Temple, Bylakuppe

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Probably the only place in South India that practices Buddhism and is home to many Buddhist monasteries, the region of Bylakuppe known for its Golden Temple where Buddhism is taught. This place gives you the feel of being in Sikkim or Mcleodganj! Tibetans moving in and out of the temple and around the region and the numerous Tibetan flags make this place different from any other in South India. The Golden Temple is known for its unique architecture, which is unlike any other temple in the country. The colorful extravagance of this place is sure to leave you mesmerized.

Cauvery Nisargadham

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A beautiful island formed by river Cauvery, the Cauvery Nisargadhama is a famous picnic among locals and tourists, alike. The island of Cauvery Nisargdhama is located near Kushalnagar, covering an area of 64kms and what makes this island even more scenic are the vast stretches of sandalwood and teak trees found everywhere on the island. This place is not only famous for its scenic beauty, but also a paradise for bird-watchers. Otherwise restricted, there are a few patches of shallow waters where you allowed to get into the river waters. Popular activities here are boating and elephant rides. The experience of just sitting and enjoying the tantalizing beauty of this island is sure to rejuvenate your senses.