If you are a nature and adventure lover, then you will find a lot of things to do in Coorg (also known as “Kodagu”). It’s a green patch of land filled with foliage and ancient trees located 265 kms from Bangalore.
To enjoy Coorg to the fullest you need at least 3 to 4 days. The place is filled with trekking trails and animal sanctuaries. Many bird spotting enthusiasts also visit here to explore different kinds of birds and wild life.
This place is ideal for couples and family outings. Definitely not the place to have wild parties with friends. It exudes a very laid back and chilled vibe.
Coorg has an amazing weather year around which
How do you reach Coorg?
If you travel by air the nearest airport is Mangalore International Airport which is 150 Kms from coorg and Bangalore Airport which is 265 Kms away.
Daily buses are available from Bangalore which offers a scenic route and approx. takes 4 to 4 ½ hours to reach.
Best time to visit Coorg?
Monsoon season is the best time to visit coorg which starts from November and ends by March. Summer starts in in the month of March and lasts up to October end.
So here are our
favourite things to do in coorg when we visit.
Wake up early morning to breathtaking view
One of first things that you need
to book is the hotel for your stay. There are many options such as luxury stay,
plantation stay, forest stay or camping (a bit difficult in the monsoons). No
matter which one you choose, all of them would offer amazing views.
Stay in a coffee plantation and have a freshly brewed coffee
Staying in a coffee plantation has
its own perks. You not only get freshly brewed coffee every morning but you
also get a small tour around the plantation. These guided walks offers you info
on different types of coffee and how they are harvested. It is very relaxed way
of getting to know the place.
Help elephants take their morning bath Dubare elephant camp
Want you help some elephants in
their early morning grooming process? Well you can join this ritual at Dubare
elephant camp near kushalnagar where you are invited to give bath to elephants.
It’s a bit cringe worthy when you see some elephants in chains but never the
less it is an experience.
While we think of things to do in coorg, Kushalnagar is where many people flock to. It’s a town situated on the banks of river Kaveri. You can visit Chiklihole reservoir and dam if you love to taking long walks along the side surrounded with lush green plains. Towards the south of town, you can find the Buddhist Namdroling Monastery, also known as the Golden Temple.
Food you must try before you leave Coorg
You need to try authentic Kodava
food such as Akki roti, Fish chutney, Tamarind rice, Meat pulav, Kadumbuttu,
Take a Jeep ride to Mandalpatti
To reach Mandalpatti you can take
a jeep of trek up to the top point. A scenic trek through the green plains are
the best. It offers a unique view of the valley of Coorg and make you realize
why they call it the “Scotland of india”. It’s definitely worth the hike.
Visit the Trekking trails nearby
Along with freshly brewed coffee
It also offers amazing treks for adventure seekers. There is ample amount of
treks in Kodagu district such as Tadiandamol Trek, Brahmagiri Hills Trek,
Kotebetta Trek, Pushpagiri Trek and many more.
Get a spectacular view of Mallali falls
One of the highlights of your trip will be Mallali falls. Mallali falls is located 26km from somwarpet town. The place offers a panoramic view of the milky white water falls.
Friendly disclaimer: Watch out for leeches! especially in the rainy season
While making this list we have consciously avoided tourist traps and other popular places in Coorg which usually attracts large crowds. So some of the tourist places that you could visit is Raja’s seat, Bylakuppe (Golden temple monastery), Abbey falls and Irrupu falls