Last week my brother went to Coorg and showed me the photographs it was awesome, hence i thought to share with you all those pictures and some information i know about Coorg.
Kodagu originally called Kodaimalenadu means ‘dense forest on steep hill’, is an administrative district in Karnataka in southern India. It is also known by its anglicized former name of Coorg. 252 kms from Bangalore and 1525 m above sea level lies Madikeri, the district headquarters of Kodagu.
Coorg or Kodagu (Dubbed as the Scotland of India, this town has a lot to offer to the tourist. Misty hills, lush forest, acres and acres of tea and coffee plantation, orange groves, undulating streets and breathtaking views are what make Madikeri an unforgettable holiday destination.
Kodagu is considered rich in wildlife and has three wildlife sanctuaries and one national park:
- Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
- Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary
- Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
- Nagarahole or Rajiv Gandhi National Park.
The fauna over there includes the Asian elephant, tiger, leopard, dhole, gaur, boar, several species of deer etc.
The flora of coorg includes Champak, Ironwood, Ebony, Indian mahogany etc, in the undergrowth are found cardamom, Areca, plantains, canes, wild black pepper, tree and other ferns, and arums.
This is a plant in coorg, for the first time I saw this, I thought this is an animal. In the forest of the less thickly-wooded bamboo country in the west of Kodagu the most common trees are the Black wood, Kino tree.
The temple tank of Omkareshwara Temple at Madikeri
Talakaveri: the place where the River Kaveri originates. The temple on the riverbanks here is dedicated to lord Brahma, and is one among the two temples dedicated to Brahma in India and Southeast Asia.
Nisargadhama: An island and picnic spot near Kushalanagara, formed by the river Kaveri.
Iruppu Falls: A sacred spot in south Kodagu in the Brahmagiri hill range. The Lakshmana Tirtha River flows nearby.
Abbey Falls: a scenic waterfall 8 km from Madikeri, the charming Abbey Falls is a wonderful place for picnics. It is advised that the tourists should make their own arrangements to reach this place before they get on on a tour. It is one of the best among the tourist attractions in Coorg and should not be missed out at any cost.
Dubare: mainly an elephant-capturing and training camp of the Forest Department at the edge of Dubare forest; on the bank of the river Kaveri along the Kushalanagara – Siddapur road.
Nagarahole: a national park and wildlife resort.
Bhagamandala: situated at the confluence of two rivers, the Kaveri and the Kanika. A third river, the Sujyothi, is said to join from underground.
Dargah Sharief of Yemmemadu: Dargah Sharief, the Holy Tomb, of Yemmemadu is one of the most sacred shrines for Muslims in Kodagu district.
Mandal patti: 28 km from Madikeri. On the way to Abbey Falls, before 3 km from Abbey Falls take right, 25 kms from there.
Tibetian monestry – Bailkuppe : Golden Temple
The gold-coated Buddhist statues in the monastery are magnificent and unique, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of the Tibetans.
The statues are of Guru Padmasambhava, Buddha Shakyamuni and Amitayus. Golden Temple is also known as Namdroling Monastery.
- Closest Airport: Bangalore (260 km), Mangalore (135 km)
- Closest Railway Station: Mysore (146 km)
- Road: The Mysore – Mangalore highway (NH48) passes through Kodagu. The district headquarters Madikeri (Mercara), is 262 km from Bangalore and 120 km from Mysore. The distance from Mangalore is 136 km and from Cannanore and Tellicherry, it is about 118 km. There are regular buses plying from these places to Madikeri.
Dont miss such an amazing place..