Coorg, with its mesmeric natural beauty and quaint hill station environment, is known for having attracted tourists from all over India and even outside. Beautiful waterfalls, sprawling green landscapes, mystical mountain tops, and lovely flora and fauna are some of the attractions that make Coorg such a great location for a holiday. Be it a weekend getaway or an entire vacation, Coorg is a fascinating surrounding as a hill station, and you’ll soon find out why it is known as the Scotland of India.
1. Abbey Falls
Located only 1km from Madikeri, Abbey falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Coorg. Spice plantations, coffee estates, rich green plains and the Kaveri river posing as waterfalls falling over huge rocks, Abbey Falls is a hike to admire for a long time. If you visit right after the monsoons in November and December, this spot will be your favourite one to visit in Coorg.
2. Dubare Elephant Camp
Get up close and witness the glorious elephants in their natural habitat at Dubare elephant camp. Home to over 150 elephants, you can have the chance to see the elephants being given baths, being fed and trained. The enchanting environment also includes other wildlife like crocodiles, peacocks, wild dog, and sloth bear, which can all be seen during a coracle boat-ride through the camp.
3. Brahmagiri Peak
Magical hills and deep woods are the highlight of Brahmagiri peak, where you can get to take a trek through the luscious green landscape, pristine and sparkling waters, colourful and rich flora. Through the trek, you can even spot some interesting wildlife in the wildlife sanctuary, which includes the spotted deer, Jungle cat, Lion-tailed Macau, Nilgiri Langur, Giant flying squirrel, making it one of the most captivating locations of Coorg.
4. Iruppu Falls
Torrentious waterfalls are a speciality of Coorg, and the Iruppu falls from the river Lakshmana Tirtha, over a 60-feet fall gives these gushing waterfalls a mystical aura. Topped with the richness of greenery in the hills surrounding it, make it a rather unforgettable experience. The trek to the falls is quite exciting as it is, and once you’ve seen the beauty of the Iruppu falls.
5. Nagarhole National Park
Wildlife is abundant in Coorg, and the Nagarhole National Park is quite the perfect spot for watching wildlife. Over 270 species of birds and a great number of animals can be spotted through the dense forests which have open lines across the river-banks to be able to see the wildlife clearly. During the summer and the winter, it is much easier to spot as many animals as possible than other times. The natural surrounding is also quite rewarding around the wildlife sanctuary.
This tiny, quaint village situated on the road between Madikeri and Siddapur is a delightful retreat. Chettalli is the perfect place for a cultural tourism enthusiast, and a visitor would love to explore the endless greenery and the surrounding tranquil hills that prove to be a charming and relaxing retreat from the bustling and heavy city life. Chettalli will be the ideal weekend getaway for a tourist looking to learn some deep-rooted culture of the rural areas.
7. Raja’s Seat
Madikeri is home to Raja’s Seat, which is one of the most picturesque points of Coorg. Raja’s Seat is a sunset point with an incomparable view of the hills and valleys, coupled with musical fountains, periodic flowers inside a charming garden that make it such a popular tourist location of Coorg. Early mornings and evenings are the best time to visit Raja’s Seat in order to be able to observe the mesmeric view.
8. Mandalpatti View Point
Being a hill station, Coorg is filled with sunset and sunrise points which provide a spectacular view of the valleys and mountains around. Trekking up to the Mandalpatti view point gives the experience of adventure and a chance to admire the pretty landscape. Carry your backpack along and trek through the twisting hiking trails to get to the top and get a view of the beautiful area.
Coorg is not only rich in nature, but it also boasts of a deep culture, which can be witnessed at Bylakuppe, the second biggest Tibetan settlement located in India. The Namdroling Monastery at Bylakuppe is built with the typical Tibetan way of architecture. Bylakuppe is a spot of Coorg that should surely be visited during the Losar celebrations, which is the Tibetan New Year so that a tourist can explore the rich heritage of Tibet.
This river-island situated 28kms from Madikeri lies nestled between dense bamboo groves, and an assortment of teak and sandalwood trees. The bamboo cottages on treetop are a great attraction in Nisargadhama, and tourists also love to enjoy the river-side boating and enthralling elephant rides through the island.
Head over to Coorg from Mysore or Bangalore, and you’ll have a fantastic experience amidst lush resorts and hilltop hotels to make your trip to Coorg a lot more enticing.