Coorg - Beyond Believe
You would think that a travel agent dreamed of 'Coorg'. Just fantasize this 1,293 square miles of undulating topography carpeted in just about every shade of green possible, wreathed over by a gauzy stole of thin white mist. Bamboo, sandalwood, rosewood forests. Apiaries making heavenly honey. Murmuring streams and rivulets, children of the mighty Cauvery, herself born within this realm, wending her way swiftly at times, languorously at others, through her lands. Waterfalls, deep ravines, paddy fields, sloping glades, grassy downs, coffee bushes studded with red berries. Pepper, Cardamoms, oranges, nutmeg, turmeric, lemon grass...a land fecund beyond believe. Wild beastes and a martial race of men and women who compel a second and even third glance with their chiseled profiles, stately bearing the striking dress.
All to watch.....
One of the South's best kept secret Coorg was discovered by honeymooners and trekkers. In a trekker's wake came the families who wanted to recharge their holiday and soon it became a backpackers paradise. The best thing to do at Coorg is to take a Vehicle and drive through is leisurely pace, stopping every now and then to smell the coffee scented air. Wait and watch the potent Coorg ready to spill the beans ....
Madikeri got a lift from a mud built house to a Fort by Tipu Sultan. The Fort comprises of Palace of Lingyat rulers, a simple double storey structure, a pale reflection of grand palaces seen elsewhere. A big hit with the tourists and locales, the Abbi Falls is just 5 kilometer from Madikeri.
Built by Kogadu Kings in 1820, the Omkareshwara temple is one temple built in Muslim Style with impressive central dome and four minarets, surrounded by Basava or sacred bulls. On top of the temple sits a gilded dome, with a weathercock.
Adventure at Coorg
Coorg is a trekking paradise, so get those boots on and get moving. Up and down hills, through coffee and pepper plantations, alongside the graceful Cauvery and myriad little streams, whether its leisurely rambles or a purposeful trek, it's most satisfying and great fun.
Fishing is another popular indulgence, as the rivers are well stocked with Mahseer in the Cauvery River. Treks through the Dubare forests with a guide, elephant safaris, boating in the lake, swimming, fishing, table tennis, carroms or chess indoors, a spot of golf on the nine hole course are the activities here. One can use Alath-Clad bungalow, a near by sprawling estate, as their base while they take off on days trips around Coorg. For those of the latter persuasion, treks through the Alath clad estate, birdwatching to have a colourful cycling, angling and picnicking.
- Coorg is compelling no doubt and before you submit to it just keep a track of reaching there. Coorg is accessible only through Mangalore Airport. The nearest railway centre is at Mysore and keep in mind that the roads are hardy at Coorg so be well prepared for bumpy rides.
- The best time to visit Coorg is before and after rains, which are copious in these parts.
- Tourist Office: Karnataka Tourism, Hotel Mayura Valley View, Raja's Seat, Madikeri-571201