Trekking in the Hills and the Tibetan Settlement at Byllakuppe
Coorg, also known by the name of Kodagu, is counted among the most beautiful hill stations in India. Located in the Western Ghats of Karnataka, Coorg fascinates the visitors with its quaint scenery, enchanting waterfalls, misty mountain peaks and miles of forests and plantations. Many popular wildlife reserves are also accommodated by the place which also arranges for exciting activities like whitewater rafting and Ayurvedic treatments.
Madikeri, the city that serves as the headquarters of Coorg District, is famous for its Madikeri Fort. Constructed in granite, the fort accommodates a temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha and a small museum. It is an unforgettable experience to view the setting sun from Raja’s Seat in Madikeri. Dubare Elephant Camp is another wonderful destination in Coorg. Get engaged in the fun-filled activities of bathing and feeding the tamed elephants and participate in the thrilling adventure of rafting at the camp.
Among the most enthralling waterfalls in Coorg is Abbey Falls where roaring sounds of water are no less than sweet music to the ears. In the close vicinity of the waterfall, there are coffee and cardamom plantations and you can enjoy walking through them. Mallalli Falls is another popular venue for the tourists, who can enjoy the spellbinding sight of water disappearing into a gorge. Iruppu Falls is revered for its holy water which is believed to purify one’s soul. The beautiful waterfall is surrounded by lush green paddy fields.
Nagarhole National Park, a part of the Project Tiger, is a famous wildlife reserve in Coorg District. Apart from a variety of plants, trees, birds and animals, the park flaunts mesmerizing natural beauty in the form of streams, waterfalls and valleys. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary is another interesting destination for wildlife lovers (especially It is home to rare and endangered birdlife), who can also enjoy participating in trekking adventures.
The tourists also take interest in visiting Nisargadhama, an artificial island formed by River Cauvery. Elephant riding, boating and walking through thick bamboo groves are among the popular activities one can enjoy here. Talakaveri, the origination point of River Cauvery, is famous for one of the rarest Brahma Temples located on the river banks. Another holy place in the district is Honnamana Kere, where Goddess Honnamma is worshipped. The place is also admired for its scenic beauty adorned with cliffs and coffee plantations.
Trekking, rock climbing, rafting and hiking are among the adventure stores organized in different parts of Coorg. You can also visit an ayurveda center to obtain extremely relaxing herbal treatments.