Do you wish to visit an offbeat travel getaway in Karnataka? If yes, then, Coorg is a place which is still somewhat unexplored and apparently a great option for you to travel to. Due to its beauty, it is also known as the ‘Scotland of India.’
Apart from its Scotlandish beauty, what’s really interesting about this destination is that it is quite an excellent place for discovering and falling in love with coffee. Yes, the aroma of coffee beans with overflowing waterfalls steaming over is just a delight to experience. Also known as Kodagu, Coorg is popular for its large cultivation of coffee and rice.
It is also a great place for having some adventure, yes there are many things you can do such as go on a trek while imbibing the naturally intense views of the dramatic trails and plantations. Not just that one also gets to experience scenic waterfalls, wide lush green fields, statutes of elephants and there is just so much more to witness. Furthermore, many ethnic groups reside in the district and Kodava is the main language spoken here apart from some other local regional languages.
Nestled among the western ghats of Karnataka, Coorg is all about discovering the leisure of travelling, the happiness of devouring scrumptious cuisines, the wildness of camping, discovering new species of birds along with witnessing the Tibetain Monasteries.
It was 1770, there was some dispute regarding the succession of Mysore Kingdom. However, Hyder Ali, amid all the dispute, favoured Linga Raja. It is said that the Linga Raja had fled him for seeking justice. And with Hyder Ali being at his side, Linga Raja was nominated as the king. And showing a good gesture to a friend who had helped him win a kingdom, Linga Raja ceded certain territories to Hyder Ali and even offered to pay him tribute as part of taxes.
However, later on in future, after Linga Raja's death sometime in 1780 Hyder Ali nominated his sons who were minors in the fort of Mysore to be the future guardians of the whole place. There they had even installed a governor as their guardian at Mercara with a Mysore garrison. But then in 1782, Kodagu rebelled and drove out the Mysore troops.
After that, it was Tipu Sultan who did the negotiation work with Coorgs and even came on an amicable understanding. But then, soon after a surprise attack followed which was responsible for driving the Kodagus to the woods. The territories of the Coorgs were forcibly captured again and the captured soldiers were later trained to form the 8 Assad Ilahi and Ahmadi regiments.
The Coorg rebellion had begun in 1837, when a man named Virappa falsely claimed to be a king and also claimed to be a member of the Haleri dynasty. It is said that most people knew that it was nothing but a hoax on his part. Due to this, his attempt to rebel had drastically failed. And seeing the failure of this drama, the Britishers offered the Coorg chiefs with gifts for remaining loyal to them postponing their rule until the Indian Independence.
Abbey Falls. Seeing the cascading waters falling down from a height of about 70 feet is totally blissful experience. There is also an over-bridge located nearby and is just the kind of spot for photographers to click some really good shots of scenery.
Talacauvery. Situated at the Brahmagiri hills, this destination is located up above at a height of around 1,276 m above the sea level. There is also a temple located nearby dedicated to the Goddess Kaveriamma and bathing here is considered on various occasions is considered as a holy activity.
Nagarhole National Park. Considered as a part of the Nilgiri biosphere, this place is loaded with a blend of valleys, hills, streams, forests. Moreover, there are several swamps located in this region and are home to many natural diverse landscape forms.
You can spend your day strolling Chikli Hole. Now this place is quite refreshing to visit. If you love to walk around spending your day with someone special then this place should definitely be on your travel bucket list.
Bathe Elephants. This is something quite unimaginable but it is true. Bathing elephants will be an ever-lasting memory which you will cherish in the coming years for a very long time.
Visiting Ancient Madikeri. It has been rightly said that travelling and journeys indeed make you into a storyteller and visiting Madikeri might just do the miracle for you. You would love to take long strolls around this place.
Kailpodhu. A festival is always a jolly time isn’t it? And Kailpodhu, celebrated in the month of September is all about sweets, new clothes along with delicious food. Kailpodhu signifies the day when men should prepare to safeguard their crops from wild boars along with other animals.
Kaveri Sankramana. Associated with the birth of pious Kaveri river. It is said that there is a precise moment during this time when the Sun enters the Tula Rasi. During this festival, people immerse themselves into the holy water at Talakaveri. It is said that doing so helps people in cleansing their karma.
If you are planning to travel to Coorg then the best months to do so would be from October to May. As this is the time of the year during which the overall temperatures and climatic conditions are best suitable for tourists to visit and explore this phenomenal place.
Karnataka is a place which is all about discovering subtle nuances of its culture consisting of its food, clothing, places to visit, rituals and traditions and simply everything which Karnataka is known for. Coming on to its clothing, the men in Karnataka like to carry angavastram and Panche which is like a dhoti and the womenfolk like to go with traditional sarees, especially silk sarees are very famous here. Kanchipuram and Kanjivaram silks are considered as the specialities of this place. The food speciality here consists of Neer Dosa, Korri Gassi, Kundapura Koli Sarru, Mysore Masala Dosa, etc.
By Air. The nearest airport from Coorg is situated in Mangalore. It is situated at a distance of around 150-200 km away from this particular place. Mangalore airport is very well connected with other cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Chennai and many other cities. After deboarding your flight, you would need to take a cab or a bus to reach your destination.
By Train. The nearest railway station from Coorg is located at around 120 km away in the city of Mysore. It has good connectivity with other cities like Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc. Karnataka Express, Konkan Kanya Express, Anga Express are some good options for travelling to Coorg.
By Road. The city of Coorg is quite well connected by road with all the major cities situated in Karnataka. You can easily travel to Coorg from Delhi, Pune, Mumbai, Kolkata, etc. For travelling from these destinations you would need to cover a distance of around 2,434km, 883km, 1,026 km, and 2,168 km. One can also opt for buses run by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation.
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