Planning to spend your vacation in an isolated ambiance, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then Coorg, a small hill station in Karnataka is the perfect place for you. It has spell binding mountain ranges all over with luscious greenery and the tranquil waters of the Cauvery River flowing through the hilly area. Coorg is also known as ‘Country of Hills’. Coorg gives a revitalizing feel to those who visit this place. Coorg is also famous for its huge coffee and spice estates, which offer a special experience to tourists. Talakaveri a man-made island and a favored holiday resort, Irupu and Abbey Falls, Nagarhole National Park, Dubare Elephant Camp – each of these can be an adventure destination by themselves.
Coorg is far away from the hustle and bustle of city life and is a favored holiday destination for couples, especially those on a honeymoon. Long walks in the plantations with the invigorating aroma of coffee and catching views of the sunset, especially from the Chiklihole Reservoir, 45 kilometers from Madikeri, make for romantic moments.
Coorg as Honeymoon Destination
Abbey Falls is in Kodagu, in the Western Ghats in Karnataka. It is located 8 km from the Madikeri, 268 km from Bangalore and 122 km from Mysore.
The river is part of the early reaches of the river Kaveri. Flow is much higher during the monsoon season.
The waterfall is located between private coffee plantations with stocky coffee bushes and spice estates with trees entwined with pepper vines. A hanging bridge constructed just opposite the falls.
The falls was earlier called Jessi falls, named after a British officer's wife. However, the place was a thick jungle area back then. Years later, the waterfall was discovered by Mr. Neravanda B.Nanaiah who bought the place from the government and converted it into a coffee and spices plantation that surrounds the waterfall today.
Nagarhole National Park (also known as Rajiv Gandhi National Park), is a national park located in Kodagu district and Mysore district in Karnataka state in South India.
This park was declared the thirty seventh Project Tiger tiger reserve in 1999. It is part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. The Western Ghats Nilgiri Sub-Cluster of 6,000 km (2,300 sq mi), including all of Nagarhole National Park, is under consideration by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for selection as a World Heritage Site.
The park has rich forest cover, small streams, hills, valleys and waterfalls. The park has a healthy predator-prey ratio, with many tigers, Indian bison and elephants.
The Irupu Falls (also Iruppu Falls) are located in the Brahmagiri Range in the Kodagu district of Karnataka, India, bordering the Wayanad district of Kerala. It is a fresh water cascade and is situated at a distance of 48 km from Virajpet on the highway to Nagarhole. The Falls are also known as the Lakshmana Tirtha Falls, derived from the name of the tributary of Cauvery which starts from these falls, the Lakshmana Tirtha River.
A forest trail leads from these falls to the Brahmagiri Peak in Southern Kodagu. Irupu falls is a major tourist attraction as well as a pilgrimage spot. A famous Shiva temple, the Rameshwara Temple is situated on the banks of the Lakshmana Tirtha River, en route to the Falls. This temple attracts a large number of pilgrims during the festival of Shivaratri.
The Omkareshwara Temple is an ancient shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is situated in the town of Madikeri in Coorg, Karnataka. The specialty of the temple is that its construction reflects a mix of Gothic and Islamic styles. It is a popular religious destination of Coorg. The temple draws a large number of tourists and devotees regularly.
- Whether you are a coffee lover or not, an adventure junky or not, you must visit Coorg at least once in your life. With enchanting rolling hills, fascinating curves, terrains and lush green ambiance, this scenic hill station in the Western Ghats allures a large number of visitors.
- Also referred to as Kumaraparvata, Pushpagiri is the second highest peak of Kodagu District or Coorg. Located about 36 km from Somwarpet and 1.5 km from Kumaralli, this beautiful peak is surrounded by forests on all four sides! Those who wish to embark on an interesting Pushpagiri trek; this will be a fun challenge for you! Though a bit strenuous, on completion, the trek offers several bountiful views of Coorg’s evergreen and mesmeric charm.
- Located on the northern side of Coorg, the Pushpagiri Peak can be reached by two different routes. For those with an eye to scale high peaks, grab your gear and experience the adventurous Pushpagiri trek! The eastern entrance for the peak is from Beedehalli through the Heggademane Temple. For the observant traveler, there is a check post of Somwarpet Wildlife Range.
- The Pushpagiri trek is around 12 km starts around 09:00 AM and lasts for 4-5 hours. Beedehalli can be accessed easily while Somwarpet can be approached from Madikeri at a distance of about 30 km. You could explore the wide expanse of the Pushpagiri Wildlife sanctuary upon your visit here, and can be accessed from Madikeri town.
- Somwarpet can also be accessed from Mysore via KR Nagar and Ramnathpur. The beautiful climate and the friendly locals will make you feel right at home, and allow you to bask in the glory of all that nature can provide you in ample quantity.
Mandalpatti is a viewpoint, which is located at a distance of about 35 km from Madikeri town. Tourists can reach the 600 meters high point through the coffee plantations.
Talakaveri is the place that is generally considered to be the source of the river Kaveri. It is located by Brahmagiri hill (not to be confused with the Brahmagiri range further south) near Bhagamandala in Kodagu district, Karnataka, 1,276 m. above sea level. However, there is not a permanent visible flow from this place to the main river course except during the rainy season.
Mallalli Water Falls
Mallalli Falls is situated in the northern region of Kodagu District, Karnataka. The Kumaradhara River is the main watercourse for this waterfall. The Kumaradhara later flows through Kukke Subrahmanya and merges with the Netravati River at Uppinangadi, which then empties into the Arabian Sea at Mangalore.