Tourist Places in Coorg

Coorg is the anglicized name of Kodagu situated in Karnataka State. It is famous for its natural splendour and heart-touching scenic environment. It is Karnataka's hill station rich with lush greeneries, natural waterfalls, wildlife sanctuaries and majestic temples. It is situated at 3500 ft. from the sea level and nestled among the green valley of the delighting Western Ghats. The beauty that the hill station beholds has forced tourists to refer it as the 'Scotland of India,' and 'Kashmir of the South.'

For tourists who love to be cuddled amidst the nature, fill their hearts with endless natural beauty, take moderate and challenging treks, Coorg hill station is the finest place on the Earth. With captivating dense forests replete with teak woods, wide green valleys, and huge coffee plantations, Coorg is really revitalizing destination. The hill station of Coorg is packed by tourists in the summer, but many also arrive here during the rainy season to explore its wild beauty and stupendous waterfalls.

Tourists Places in Coorg

Gaddige Raja's Tomb, Madikeri

The Gaddige Raja's Tomb is a historical monument known for its indo-sarcenic style of architecture. Many history buffs visit this site and try to imagine the bygone era. The Kodavad royalty are buried here along with other court dignitaries. The complex has many other tombs of important personalities who have played a key role in history. The most prominent tombs are of Lingarajendra and Rudrappa, the royal priest. Chikkaveerarajndra, the son of Lingarajendra, built the former tomb in 1820 AD and the latter was built in 1834 AD.

Madikeri Fort

Lingarajendra Wodeyar II built the Madikeri Fort on a hillock in 1814 with brick and mortar. The British destroyed the Virabahdra temple in 1855 and built a Gothic-style church. Coloured stained glasses are used for aesthetic looks. It is used as a museum now by the Sate Archaeological Department, and as an office of the Deputy Commissioner. Tipu Sultan rebuilt the fort, which was originally built of mud, in granite stone. The entrance of the fort is decorated with two huge statues of elephants. A part of the fort is used as a public library named after Mahatma Gandhi.

Abbey Falls

Abbey falls is near Madikeri and the most visited spot of Madikeri. The breathtaking waterfall is due to the Kaveri River flowing down through an edge of the rock from 70 ft. height. To offer a close view of the fall, a hanging bridge is built just across the falls. The fall is accessible by vehicle until the entrance gate. From the gate, it is a downhill walk on paved steps to reach near the falls. With coffee and spice estates nearby, the falls is an excellent sport to hangout.

Raja's Seat

Raja Seat is the Seat of the King that offers a vantage point from where the view of sunrise and sunset could be enjoyed. This location was the favourite of the Coorg King and his consort. It is a beautiful spot with full of greenery and a small pavilion. The hills and the green valley down below can be seen without any interruption.

Omkareshwara Temple

This temple stands out in the state of Karnataka due to its Islamic and Gothic style of architecture. Lingarajendra completed it in 1820 in the centre of Madikeri. The temple is covered with a compound and there is a pond inside. Entrance to the main mandap leads through a footpath. The temple was built when the spirit of a Brahmin, who was killed by Lingarajendra for political ambitions, started troubling the raja. To get rid of his spirit, the raja built a temple and installed Shivlinga he brought from Kashi. The Shivlinga was consecrated as 'Omkareshwara.'

Trekking

Madikeri town in Coorg district is perched in the verdant greenery of the Western Ghats. The charming landscape of the town offers numerous trekking opportunities. All the treks provide lots of fun and greeneries. Some of these treks are suitable for starters, while others are specially meant for the experienced ones. The highest peaks in the town are Thandiyandamole and Pushpagiri at an altitude of 5729 and 5626 ft. respectively. The height may not appear too much for seasoned trekkers, but the steepness will sure make them consider it as the toughest treks.

Bhagamandala

Bhagamandala is a temple town 40 km from the town of Madikeri. The downhill flowing of the Cauvery River and the joining of the two tributaries, Kanake and Sujyoti at a spot is named as Bhagamandala. The temple symbolizes the meeting of all the three rivers. It is built in Kerala style of architecture. There are many small shrines of various gods in the complex. Lord Ganesh, Lord Subramanya and Lord Vishnu are enshrined in the temples. The temple celebrates an annual festival in October or November.

How to Reach Coorg

By Air

Mangalore is the closest domestic airport, 160 km from Coorg, and Bengaluru is the nearest international airport, 265 km from the city.

By Rail

Rail passengers have four options to get down while travelling by train. They are Hassan, Thalassery, Kannur and Kasrgod. All these stations are 115 km from Madikeri.

By Road

Coorg is connected to Mysore, Bengaluru, Mangalore and other cities by state buses plying from all cities of Karnataka.

If you are searching for a hill station where you can enjoy the natural beauty, take up trekking challenges, feel the droplets of waterfalls on your face and complete religious duties, then you should visit tourist places in Coorg.