A weekend getaway to Coorg, Karnataka's coffee county

We’ve chalked out a two-day itinerary for you to follow with recommendations for adventure seekers and those looking for a more relaxed and laid-back holiday. Photo: iStock/Saikat Chakrabarty

Nestled amidst the verdant hills of Karnataka, Coorg, also known as Kodagu, is a captivating destination that beckons travellers with its pristine landscapes, aromatic coffee plantations, and rich cultural heritage. A weekend trip to Coorg offers the perfect escape from the bustling city life, allowing you to immerse yourself in nature's splendor and indulge in the flavors of the region's famous coffee.

Bestowed with the prestigious title of Karnataka's Coffee County, Coorg is a magical getaway with treasures waiting for you to discover. Its lush greenery, misty mountains, and soul-soothing ambiance invites travellers to slow down, reconnect with nature, and indulge in the simple pleasures.

If you are a novice traveller, unsure about navigating through the beauty of Coorg - don’t worry we’ve got you covered! We’ve chalked out a two-day itinerary for you to follow with recommendations for adventure seekers and those looking for a more relaxed and laid-back holiday.

DAY 1:
Dubare Elephant Camp
Your weekend must include a visit to the renowned Dubare Elephant Camp! Nestled along the banks of the mighty Kaveri River, the beautiful camp lets you witness the incredible bond between elephants and their mahouts, and participate in activities like bathing, feeding, and even enjoy a leisurely elephant safari ride. The experience will leave you in awe of these majestic creatures and their gentle nature!

Abbey Falls
Coorg is known not only for its picturesque coffee plantations but also for its rejuvenating waterfalls such as the gorgeous Abbey Falls. A breathtaking cascade hidden amidst verdant coffee plantations; you can discover this gem by meandering through a short trail with lush foliage, with the sound of gushing water growing louder as you approach the sight in all its glory. Soak in the cool mist as you stand in awe of nature's raw power, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of your surroundings!

Raja’s Seat
As you wrap up the above two activities and the evening sky fades in, make your way to Raja's Seat, a popular viewpoint offering panoramic vistas of Coorg's valleys and undulating hills. As the sun sets, painting the sky with vibrant hues, you will find yourself in a state of serenity, enjoying the gentle breeze and overlooking the forests and rice paddies.

Fun fact: Did you know this place was once used by the Kings and Queens of Coorg, who ruled over Karnataka for over 200 years, as a favourite place of recreation! So it’s fair to say that Raja's Seat truly lives up to its name as the "Seat of Kings”.

Madikeri Town
Before calling it a day, make one last stop and explore the famous Madikeri town, also known as the heart of Coorg. The bustling local market will entice you with its aromatic spices, freshly brewed coffee, homemade chocolates, and exquisite Coorgi handicrafts. Indulge in a bit of shopping, and take home a piece of Coorg's vibrant culture with you!

DAY 2:
Coffee Plantations
You second day can begin with an immersive experience in Coorg's coffee plantations. Book a guided tour to take you through the process of coffee cultivation, from bean to cup.

And learn about the intricate techniques involved in harvesting and processing coffee, and of course, savor the taste of freshly brewed Coorgi coffee, delighting your senses with its rich flavors! All while being enveloped by the gorgeous greenery of the plantations around you!

Next, you can embark on a journey to the holy spot of Talakaveri, the sacred birthplace of the Kaveri River. Embrace the serenity of the place as you climb to the hilltop, mesmerized by the breathtaking panoramic views that unfold before you eyes. Talakaveri is not only a natural wonder but also a significant pilgrimage site that holds deep spiritual importance for the locals!

To wrap up your second day in Coorg, make your way to Nisargadhama, a tranquil island formed by the River Kaveri. This idyllic spot boasts lush bamboo groves, a serene deer park, and a picturesque hanging bridge. Stroll through the bamboo thickets that create a serene canopy from the outside world. Or take a leisurely boat ride through the river or perhaps even an unforgettable elephant ride!

Whether you are an adventure seeker, a nature enthusiast, a coffee connoisseur, or simply someone seeking solace in the lap of nature, Coorg promises an unforgettable weekend getaway. So pack your bags, leave behind the worries of the world, and allow Coorg to captivate your senses, one enchanting moment at a time.

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