Coorg 'Scotland of India'
Kodagu has three taluks – Madikeri, Virajpet and Somwarpet. Steep hills, valleys and gorges with countless streams that gurgle through them, beckon intrepid trekkers and rock climbers. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views make Coorg an unforgettable holiday destination.. The chief languages presently spoken in Kodagu are Kodava, Are Bhashe, Tulu and Malayalam. Kadumbuttu and pandi curry is a local dish of Kodagu. This dish is made of steamed rice balls and pork curry.
Coorg Atmostpheric conditions
Coorg is a lush green hill station in Karnataka, one of India’s more popular travel destinations. Open to tourists all year around, Coorg is alluring because of its sheer natural beauty. The weather here is pleasant and comfortable on most days. October to March is considered the best time for visiting this piece of heaven on earth.
The summer here lies between March to May. Most tourists like to visit Coorg in summers because of the hilly terrain and pleasant weather. Usually, the temperature is around 22 degrees Celsius but sometimes it can go up to 40 degrees. Even then, it is pretty comfortable and breezy.
In Coorg, winters start in October. The temperatures are bearable during this month but the mercury dips steadily till January. The cold lasts till February with the temperature ranging anywhere from 10 to 28 degrees. Whenever you decide to make a move toward Coorg, pack your bags with some light woolens and take a pair of good sports shoes – since trekking is a must do here.
The Monsoon starts around June and goes on till September. The everlasting greenery receives heavy rainfall. Monsoons are considered to be an off season for tourism. However, if the rains make you happy, then Coorg will delight you during these months with its lush green landscapes. The average temperature in monsoon ranges from 23 to 26 degrees.
Places to visit in Coorg
These places in Coorg are special in their own way for they encompass the best of untarnished nature of South India. Mark them on your to-do list and make sure that you enjoy every bit of your memorable vacay.
1. Abbey falls
Nestled near Madikeri, Abbey Falls stands surrounded by a blanket of greenery. It is also known as Abbi Falls. To reach the waterfall, you will have to drive up to its entrance and then cover a short distance on foot. As you make your way to the waterfall, you will be greeted by lush plantations of spice and coffee. For waterfall lovers it is one of the best places to visit in Coorg.The roar of the water along with the aroma of the plantations is a delight in itself. The brilliant view of the waterfall from the hanging bridge running opposite to the waterfall is a sight to cherish. Guarded by tall trees with pepper vines for a company, Abbey Falls sparkles as if a stream of white pearls is running down a green wall at a great speed. But if you happen to be standing on the hanging bridge right after the monsoons, the voluminous waterfall will leave you soaked by its spray of water.
2. Iruppu falls
Iruppu water falls is located at a distance of 50 km from Madikeri, head quarters of Kodagu district and 20 km from Nagarahole National Park bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala. The fascinating places to visit in Coorg. The Iruppu waterfall is surrounded by lush green Western Ghats. The roaring waters of the Iruppu falls and the picturesque surroundings make it a favorite picnic spot.
Iruppu Falls presents a magnificent view during the monsoon. Originating in the lofty Brahmagiri peaks, the falls plunge 170 ft in two different stages. Iruppu falls later become a part of the Lakshmana Teertha River. Hence, this waterfall is also known as Lakshmana teertha falls.
The Rameshwara Temple located nearby the Iruppu water falls attracts a huge number of pilgrims during the festival of Shivaratri. It is believed that Iruppu waterfall possesses magical powers and they remove one’s sins. On the day of Shivaratri, devotees take bath in Iruppu falls to get rid of their sins.
3. Nagarhole National park
Nagarhole National Park or Rajiv Gandhi national park is located in Kodagu district of Karnataka. It is a part of Nilgiri biosphere reserve and is now under the consideration for recognition as a heritage site. The park is filled with waterfalls, hills, valleys, streams and forests. The park is famous for its rich population of animals and birds.
Nagarhole National Park or Rajiv Gandhi national park is located in Kodagu district of Karnataka. It is a part of Nilgiri biosphere reserve and is now under the consideration for recognition as a heritage site. The park is filled with waterfalls, hills, valleys, streams and forests. The park is famous for its rich population of animals and birds. Nagarhole national park has the highest density of herbivores in Asia. This park is best for spotting elephants, guar, tiger and bear.
4. Harangi Dam
Located in the Hudgur village near Kushalnagar, Harangi dam also makes for an interesting visit. The dam has been built across the tributary of River Cauvery and has a height of 47 meters and length of 846 meters. It is one of the popular picnic spot with mesmerising natural setting and relaxed atmosphere. Located at a distance of approximately 36 km from Madikeri, Harangi dam is the first Dam to have been built across River Cuavery.
The place is comparatively less crowded and thus is perfect for those looking for some seclusion and private time with the nature. Soothing environment with gentle breeze greets as you enter the area around the dam.The scenic beauty makes it one of the perfect places to visit in Coorg. The best time to visit the dam is during the months of August to September. During this time, the reservoir is completely filled with water creating for a picture perfect setting.