Beautiful Hill Station Coorg (Kodagu), Karnataka, India – “Bliss” according to photographer Nikhil Verma
India is famous for its lush greenery and beautiful places; among those beautiful places resides a serene & exotic hill station called Coorg. This hill station is one of India and Karnataka’s most sought after destinations. Coorg is aptly known as ‘Scotland of India’ for its lush valleys, forests, hazy hills, tea estates, coffee plantations, lofty peaks, fast flowing streams and orange orchards. Coorg tourism welcomes you all year round but the best time to visit Coorg is between November and April. Coorg offers attractions that range from beautiful scenic locations to famous religious destinations. There are plenty of places to visit in Coorg that will definitely make your trip memorable.
River Rafting in Coorg, India – Photo Courtesy: Barapole Rafting
Coorg is a perfect honeymoon destination offering a truly romantic atmosphere to the newlyweds. Coorg tourism has something for outdoor enthusiasts too as there are plenty of interesting activities they can indulge in that includes golfing, angling, river rafting and trekking to name a few. Brahmagiri, Pushpagiri and Tadiandamol peaks challenge trekkers but it is worth the toil as one is greeted with spectacular scenic views on reaching the summit.
Situated among lush surroundings of Western Ghats, there are numerous places to visit in Coorg. Some of them are as follows:
Road that leads to Abbi falls comprises of twists & turns, steep ups & downs, passing through dense and green surroundings of coffee plantations. This is a great experience in itself and the beautiful and striking sight of Abbi falls is similar to an icing on the cake.
Located at foothills of Pushpagiri, Mallalli falls is one of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the region. Monsoon is an apt season to visit this fall when water rises very high & flows down with a gushing speed.
Mandalpatti view point – Photo Courtesy: Amritasthanam Guest House & Retreat
It is a scenic viewpoint located at a distance of about 34 km from Madikeri. To reach this beautiful viewpoint, you will be passing through some of the most mesmerizing coffee plantations. This particular spot is about 600 meters high and provides picture perfect panoramic view of the region.
Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary:
This sanctuary is located at Somwarpet taluka. This sanctuary houses endangered & rare species of birds and hence is considered as one of most important bird areas in the world. Indian wild dog, Indian giant squirrel, wild pig, stripe necked mongoose, Indian hare and Asian elephant are some of the animal species that are found here.
Dubare Reserve Forest:
If you are a wildlife fanatic then this place is perfect for you. Major attractions of this reserve are Asiatic Elephants. Wildlife safaris, fishing, river rafting, elephant rides are some of activities that you can perform at Dubare reserve forest.
Apart from the various places to visit in Coorg, you can also witness the unique traditions, cultures and festivals that also attract a lot of tourists each year.
Chandralekha is a Travel enthusiast, currently working with ixigo.com, an online India Travel Guide helps you to plan your trip to India. Apart from this she also writes to guide train travelers on irctc railway reservation, pnr status & all the Indian railways related stuff.