Life after Corona: 5 Reasons Why Coorg needs to your next travel destination
Coorg situated in the South-western part of Karnataka was termed as Scotland of India by the British planter community. Known for its misty landscape, Coorg is where you will want to be to connect with nature after we’ve survived the Corona crisis. So, here are our top 5 reasons why Coorg needs to your next travel destination
Glorious greenery and waterfalls:
The land of Cauvery is a glorious place to be in if you crave lush greenery and waterfalls to set the mood for a relaxing holiday. Huge coffee plantations, scented cardamom fields and giant waterfalls like Abbey fall, Iruppu falls are plenty in Coorg. Wondering where to stay? Coorg has got you covered with many homestays and estates offering accommodation amidst coffee plantations.
Rich cultural heritage:
Natives of Coorg are Kodavas who were an indigenous community of hunters and warriors. Coorg comes alive with locals in their ‘Kuppasathatti’, the traditional attire of Kodavas during local festivals. Make sure to witness their culture during one such festival called Puthari which commences sometime around the end of November or the start of December. During this festival, locals rejoice displaying their traditional folk song and dance celebrations
Coorg is infamous for its scrumptious cuisine rich in coconut, spices and curry leaves. Kodava communities are known to have been traditional hunters-gatherers of food and hence, use locally grown resources in all their dishes even today! Their cuisine is predominantly non-vegetarian. wild boar, jungle mangoes, jackfruit, Kumbh leaves, and rice make up for their staple diet. Don’t miss out on indulging in dishes like Nooputtu, Otti Kadumbuttu, curries made out of bamboo shoot (May-August), jungle mango (April–June) or jackfruit (September–December), Koovaleputtu and Kajaya while you are on a trip at Coorg.
Unique sporting activities:
Coorg has an elevation ranging from 4500-4800 feet which makes it an ideal destination for trekking and camping. Angling is another activity that attracts professional anglers from across the world during the months of November to March. If you are someone who loves fishing, Coorg is for you. Kodava community of Coorg is also big on Hockey. Over 300 families of the Kodava community come together for annual hockey festival with spectacular opening and closing ceremonies showcasing various dance forms and martial arts. Guinness Book of World Records has recognized this event as one of the biggest field hockey events in the world and you definitely wouldn’t want to miss it.
Coorg has plenty of tourist attractions that would need you to take at least 3 days to cover them all. Nisargadhama, a man-made island accessed through an Instagram worthy hanging bridge is picnic heaven. Situated next to Cauvery river, Dubare elephant camp is a natural habitat for elephants, leopards, gaurs, bears, peacocks and partridges. If famous hotspots like Abbey Falls, Iruppu Falls, Burude Falls seem too crowded, head on to a secret waterfall called Cheladara. Coorg has some amazing viewpoints like Mandalpatti Viewpoint, Raja’s seat and Madikeri Fort. Wildlife enthusiasts can Nagarhole National Park, Talakaveri Wildlife Sanctuary and Brahmagiri Sanctuary. Lastly, Namdroling Monastery is a must-see if you visit Bylakuppe where biggest Tibetan settlement in South India stays.
Things to know before you pack:
Best time to visit: April – November
How to reach:
By Air- The nearest airport to Coorg is at Mangalore which is at a distance of 135 km
By Rail-The nearest railway station to Coorg is at Mysore which is at a distance of 120 km.
By Road- Roadtrip from Bangalore to Coorg will take around 5-6 hrs(250 Km away). Coorg is well connected by road to all major cities.
Things to shop: Traditional Kodagu jewellery, spices, dry fruits, organic coffee, wild honey, Tibetan artefacts, home-made wines and home-made chocolates
Where to shop: Virajpet market, Kushalnagar market, Friday market at Madikeri and Tibetan flea market