Coorg, locally known as Kodagu, is the most scenic hill station in Karnataka and is often referred to as the 'Scotland of India'. The area attracts a large number of travellers with its pristine greenery, forested hills, spices and coffee plantations. All expeditions to explore Coorg start from Madikeri, the headquarters of the district. Here is a list of the major places of interest in this region, which is endowed with amazing natural beauty.
Located 10 km from Madikeri town, Abbey is among the most popular spots in the region. The sight of water cascading down from a hilltop 70 feet high is feast for the eyes. Moreover, the greenery of the surroundings rivals that of the Western Ghats. A favourite of nature lovers as well as photographers, Abbey waterfalls are surrounded by private coffee plantations, wild shrubbery and spice estates having trees covered with pepper vines.
The origin of Cauvery, one of the holiest rivers in south India, Thalacauvery lures mostly pilgrims who arrive to pray at the spring where the river starts its long course. Moreover, the scenery of the place is amazing. Situated between four hills named Brahmagiri, Agnigiri, Vayugiri and Gajarajagiri, Thalacauvery sits at an altitude of 1,276 m above sea level. As per local legend, the mythical sage Agasthya had conducted penance at this spot.
Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary
A favourite destination of trekking freaks, Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary is 60 away from Coorg. Evergreen forests of the sanctuary attract travellers around the year but permission has to be obtained from the Forest Department to enter the area. Surrounded by coffee and cardamom plantations, the sanctuary was set up in 1974. It can be reached by trekking from Iruppu waterfalls on the Madikeri side and from Thirunelli on the Kerala side.
The largest monastery of Tibetan Buddhism in India, Namdroling is 34 km from Coorg. Buildings at the monastery are a fine example of traditional Tibetan architecture and art. Highlights include a beautifully decorated temple tower, outer wall and wall paintings. Land to set up the monastery was donated by the Indian government to Tibetan refugees. At present, there are around 5,000 Tibetan residents in the monastery area, which has facilities such as schools and a hospital.
A garden with carefully-designed and arranged flowering plants as well as beautiful fountains, Raja's Seat was built to entertain the kings of Kodagu. Views of the sunset and sunrise from this garden are stunning.
White river rafting at Barapole
A well-known white river rafting spot, the Barapole River flows through some among the most picturesque areas in Coorg. The white river rafting is arranged at Upper Barapole and participants can also enjoy the sights of the Brahmagiri wildlife sanctuary.